Some U.S. Parents Accept Children’s Trans Identity By Age Three

Some U.S. Parents Accept Children’s Trans Identity By Age Three

Researchers have long established that children acquire gender identity starting around 3 years old. While transgender people may realize their identities at any age, some firmly establish a transgender identity in early childhood, even by age 3. Dr. David Breland, who works with transgender adolescents as director of the Gender Clinic at Seattle Children's Hospital, offers simple advice for parents: "Listen to the child. They tell us who they are. We don't force anything on them," Breland said. "By affirming who they are, there's definitely better evidence that they do well mentally and physically."

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