The SD house today passed HB 1108, a bill prohibiting teaching children in public schools, kindergarten through seventh grade about gender identity or expression. The passage of this Republican bill as reported by HRC would cost the lives of hundreds if not thousands of South Dakota trans children who are at risk of becoming suicidal if HB 1108 should become law.
HB 1108: “No instruction in gender identity or gender expression may be provided to any student in 6 kindergarten through grade seven in any public school in the state.”
Diversity within the gender spectrum is a naturally occurring condition in many species, including homo sapiens. Not teaching or acknowledging this phenomenon will not decrease or eliminate the occurrence of gender dysphoria amongst the youngest of hominoids, but it will kill them.
It has long been acknowledged, almost to the point of acceptance, that Transgender youth have among the highest suicide rate. Many factors attribute to this. Ignorance, as prescribed by the South Dakota legislature exacerbates this horror by facilitating familial and peer rejection which tragically increases adolescent suicidal idolization.
But this doesn’t have to be that we. We no longer have to accept the loss of our babies as status quo.
Mental Health of Transgender Children Who Are Supported in Their Identities- AAP 2016
A 2016 report by the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) confirmed the high rate of depression in the transgender population as revealed in previous studies. Those earlier studies uniformly included participants unsupported by school, family, and society.
But the 2016 study asked, what of children in our enlightened age who benefit from acceptance, education and a welcoming environment.
The study determined that socially transitioned transgender children who are supported in their gender identity have developmentally normative levels of depression and only minimal elevations in anxiety, suggesting that psychopathology is not inevitable within this group. Especially striking is the comparison with reports of children with GID; socially transitioned transgender children have notably lower rates of internalizing psychopathology than previously reported among children with GID living as their natal sex.
Planet Trans is begging for the sake of our children put HB 1108 where it belongs, in the trash.