“Affirming a child is beneficial to their mental health”

There’s a good piece by Katelyn Burns in The Guardian (presumably commissioned by the US edition, which is more enlightened than the UK one) about a project that helps parents of trans and gender non-conforming kids.

On one side of the debate are people who think Seph’s gender dysphoria will fade by adulthood. On the other are the vast majority of mental health professionals who study gender dysphoria insisting that affirming a child in whatever way they express their gender is beneficial to their mental health.

At the center are the lives of trans and gender-variant kids who have immediate needs – a safe family home and a supportive school environment – regardless of what gendered adult outcome other people are hoping for.