Williams: Before I contacted you for this interview, were you aware of the way your work was being misrepresented?
Dhejne: Yes! It’s very frustrating! I’ve even seen professors use my work to support ridiculous claims. I’ve often had to respond myself by commenting on articles, speaking with journalists, and talking about this problem at conferences. The Huffington Post wrote an article about the way my research is misrepresented. At the same time, I know of instances where ethical researchers and clinicians have used this study to expand and improve access to trans healthcare and impact systems of anti-trans oppression.
Of course trans medical and psychological care is efficacious. A 2010 meta-analysis confirmed by studies thereafter show that medical gender confirming interventions reduces gender dysphoria.
Walt Heyer was abused by his grandmother in a very specific way. That isn’t true of any of the transgender people I know or have read about.
I’d probably just tell kids that Person A is a man who prefers to style themself like a lady. Best to keep things simple.
I agree, I think that is all the explanation necessary for a child prior to puberty.
Good luck explaining it to kids when there isn’t even a standard definition to go by.
At this point in history, “transgender” simply means whatever the person claims it is.
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