a reply to: andy06shake
I think the parents should at least allow time for the little dude to experience being male before any gender reassignment techniques are
And they are....and well done.
I just watched the vid again - of particular note is how they remedied the deafness as soon as they found out about it...
yes, that was a challenge for the whole family, especially Ryland. I looked up cochlear implants yesterday, and read about how they work. They
don't actually restore hearing, but the brain receives signals that the wearer (implantee?) learns to 'translate' as words, and as they said in the
vid, it was
work, but Ryland learned to speak/hear (obviously).
Okay....so. It's obvious they love this kid. When they learned that the situation, left unaddressed or suppressed, results in 41% of people born
like this attempt suicide - they said, "we weren't willing to take that chance."
When I was a kid, no matter what I was interested in, my parents supported it.
I wanted to learn guitar. That Christmas: guitar! (I still have it, it's in pristine condition - by now probably a collectible!).
(I also wanted to learn violin, but mom said "NO" based on the horrid screeching of learners attempting to play it - it wasn't until I was about 45
that I bought myself one for mother's day.....it hangs on the wall now with a broken string - but sometimes I get it down and turn music up really
loud and squeak away at it! LOL!!)
(I got a flute instead - but was first chair in band, and in college too!)
Anyway - I digress.
You are right about them letting Ryland 'live this interest' for now, when it makes very little difference to his future life.
IF he starts to get 'girly' in a few years - hair can grow back...dresses can be swapped for pants...
but at least he's getting to live his 'dream' for now.
I don't see anything wrong with that, really. But I know some folks do. I was talking to my mom about it last night, and she said, "mmhmm." With
a very skeptical tone of voice...."I have to wonder how much influence the parents had on this."
So (since my mom said it, LOL!) I understand what your point is.
I also understand wanting to prevent my child from becoming suicidal for something I forced on him....
Anyway, thanks for your participation. It's an interesting story in any case.