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What exactly is "gender dysphoria?"Gender dysphoria involves a conflict between a person's sex and the gender with which he or she identifies with. People with gender dysphoria experience high levels of discomfort with their own bodies, and they often report feeling as if it isn't their own.
It is more commonly known as being "transgender."People who are transgender more than often realize that they are from a very young age - children are able to experience gender dysphoria and this is when the majority of trans people realize this conflict.
It is a heartbreaking reality that many trans children face rejection from their families.According to the Human Rights Campaign, studies have shown that familial rejection can lead to the LGBTQ+ youth engaging in behaviors and activities that endanger their health, trigger depression, and other mental health issues, and, in some extreme cases, can lead to homelessness and suicide.
Family support is one of the most important things for a child or person coming out as trans...Child welfare expert, Caitlin Ryan, stated that "family acceptance predicts greater self-esteem, social support, and general health status," for LGBTQ+ youth. "It also protects against depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation and behaviors - issues for which transgender youth are at disproportionate risk."
Coming out as transgender and beginning the transition is never easy...Despite this being what a person desires, the first few steps into transition are never easy, especially for a child. Enduring taunting in the school corridors from their peers who are too naive to understand the situation is a sad reality for many trans children.
Thankfully, the LGBTQ+ community is bigger than ever today.There are countless organizations around the world that work hard together purely to support people, especially children, of the transgender community.
But despite this amazing support...The transitioning process is never an easy one.
It is both physically and emotionally straining...
via: Getty ImagesAnd it puts the human body through a lot of changes and stress.
But as any trans person who has undergone a transition can agree...
via: Getty ImagesThe results are totally worth it to become their true selves.