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PSY 2012 Growing Up Trans Public Broadcasting Service Discussion

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Trebol 1
Maria Trebol Rojas
Prof. Jessica Aubuchon
PSY 2012
03 June 2021
Growing Up Trans
Growing Up Trans is a documentary by Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) that explores
the psychosocial struggles and difficult choices transgender children and their families have to
make. The film follows the lives of eight transgender youth as they navigate family, gender,
friends, and medical decisions as they near puberty. The documentary offers an eye-opening
investigation into the challenges facing transgender youth with a message that growing up
transgender means coping with unwanted body changes, struggling with mental disorders, facing
the risk of being alienated by family and society, and being forced to make life-changing
decisions at a young age.
The documentary is effective in highlighting a growing trend and an urgent psychosocial
issue that affects some children today. Just a generation ago, sex change procedures and the
accompanying controversy were a reserve of adults and, in most cases, celebrities who
sometimes welcomed the increased attention that came with such a decision. The film shows that
such procedures are no longer publicity stunts used by famous people to raise their profile but
necessary medical solutions that can help many people with gender dysphoria. I believe that this
is an issue that deserves even more coverage and analysis, given its implications on the lives of
young people. Unfortunately, conversations around gender dysphoria and transgender people
tend to be marred with misinformation, assumptions, and prejudices, making it difficult to
address the issue adequately. The documentary shows that, when approached objectively, sex
change procedures can help better the lives of young people suffering from this condition.
However, growing up transgender also means having to make major decisions about
ones life at a very young age. Therefore, I believe that such medical procedures should only be
administered when necessary, such as when children are experiencing an extreme case of gender
dysphoria. Otherwise, hormone blockers, a practice which the documentary showed to be
popular and effective in delaying puberty, should be the preferred approach to allow the child to
develop further and understand the implications of their decision. Such a strategy can also help
avoid cases where children decide to change their gender only to regret later when it is
impossible to reverse the effects.
Additionally, there needs to be increased investment from the government in research and
studies aimed at understanding sex-change procedures. In the documentary, many parents found
themselves in a desperate position where they had to consent to giving medication to their
children, of which they did not know or understand the side effects. I believe that allocating more
resources to research the issue can help reduce cases where children with gender dysphoria are
forced to endure the psychological problems that come with living with the condition.
Understanding how some of the treatments work could also help to make parents more willing to
authorize and support their children to take the medications. In addition, such an approach would
also help increase public acceptance of the procedures and reduce the stigma that transgender
people sometimes go through.

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Trebol 1 Maria Trebol Rojas Prof. Jessica Aubuchon PSY 2012 03 June 2021 Growing Up Trans Growing Up Trans is a documentary by Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) that explores the psychosocial struggles and difficult choices transgender children and their families have to make. The film follows the lives of eight transgender youth as they navigate family, gender, friends, and medical decisions as they near puberty. The documentary offers an eye-opening investigation into the challenges facing transgender youth with a message that growing up transgender means coping with unwanted body changes, s ...
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