AP promoting a myth: “How to tell if your child is transgender”


As Dr. Eowyn has reported, the idea that one can be “transgender” is a lie. Transgenderism is a psychological disorder that has no basis in biology. Whatever “transgenders” imagine themselves to be, they remain biologically fully male or female.

Notice the unscientific approach to determining your child’s gender in this article. Suggestions include letting them try on the opposite gender clothing, taking them away for the weekend to explore their feelings and trying “gender expansion” play. Not ONCE do the experts instruct parents to consult a mental health professional in this article. Disgraceful.

Yet never let science get in the way of feeeeeelings and pushing an agenda.

From Yahoo (via AP): How can a parent know if their child is transgender? What separates a young boy who might be transgender from one with a vivid imagination who likes to dress up in his sister’s dresses? What do you do if your daughter tells you she’s a boy?

The Associated Press spoke to gender experts to answer some of parents’ most commonly asked questions.


“My answer is, we don’t know,” says Diane Ehrensaft, a developmental and clinical psychologist, director of mental health at the University of California, San Francisco’s Child and Adolescent Gender Center and author of “The Gender Creative Child(in which she explains the interconnected effects of biology, nurture, and culture to explore why gender can be fluid, rather than binary).

“What we know is, you have a son who likes princess dresses. I would say get him the dresses. Have your child feel free to choose. Maybe they’ll stop wearing dresses. Maybe they’ll grow up to be gay.”

Transgender children will be insistent, consistent and persistent about their gender dysphoria, she says. “It’s not something the child says one time and it goes away.”

For critics who question whether preschool-age kids should be allowed to “socially transition,” Ehrensaft says: “We expect a 2-year-old to know ‘I am boy. I am girl.’ So why can’t that also apply to transgender children?”


“If I’m a kid who occasionally wants to put on my mom’s high-heeled shoes or wear my mom’s princess dress, I’m not the kid who wants to live as a girl. I’m the boy who occasionally wants to wear girl’s clothes,” says Johanna Olson-Kennedy, medical director of The Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.

The important thing to ask is whether your child is in distress. “Are you having daily battles about clothing before school?” Olson-Kennedy says. “There are some things that are pretty universal. Is this the kid that everyone is trying to give Mutant Ninja Turtles to, and what they really want is the gifts their sisters are getting?”

Using a child’s happiness and health as a guide is critical, she says.


It can also help for parents to get away somewhere with their child and allow the child to call the shots in terms of their gender, such as letting them use a different pronoun or wear a dress or other clothing of their choice, Olson-Kennedy says.

“Do it somewhere where you’re not going to see people you know, if that’s an issue for you,” she says. “Do a weekend as a different gender, and see what you learn. People have said this over and over again: ‘Oh, my God. I saw a side of my child I had never seen before.'”


Though there are no set rules, Ehrensaft says some early signals can provide information about whether a child is transgender. They include:

  • Certain actions at a very young age, such as toddlers pulling barrettes from their hair, grabbing for their sister’s dress and dolls, or throwing away their trucks.
  • The use of verbs regarding gender. Instead of “I wish I was a girl,” a transgender child will say, “I am a girl.”
  • Frustration over their genitals. By around age 3, children understand “penis equals boy, and vagina equals girl,” Ehrensaft said. “Often those are the kids who cry out, ‘Why did God get it wrong? Mommy, can you put me back inside so I can come out like my sister?‘”
  • Taking “gender expansion play” seriously. Many young boys like to play dress-up in their sisters’ princess costumes, twirling around and then moving on to other toys, Ehrensaft said.

A transgender child “also wants to get into his sister’s closet, but he’s not going to go for the princess dress — he’s going to go for her school uniform,” she says. “He’s going to put on her everyday clothes because he wants to be a regular girl, not a pretend princess.”


24 responses to “AP promoting a myth: “How to tell if your child is transgender”

  1. Long time ago back home a young woman lost her husband in an accident, she moved with her two sisters and the three raised the little boy. He acquired some mannerisms but grew up a man became an engineer, married and had TWO DAUGHTERS, he said he could never be away from women.

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  2. This is propaganda in the guise of “advice”.

    If parents don’t know what gender their child is (hint: look at the child’s genitalia), they are the ones who need psychological help.

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    • Amen to that! How sad that in our society, we have parents who are “creating transgender children.” If they would leave them alone and let nature take its course . . . everyone would be better off.

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    • Danielle F. Marin

      Dr. Eowyn, thank you for making this comment. It sums it up nicely – by focusing on it being the parent/parents who need some help, first & foremost.
      This is all still quite unbelievable to me. I will be 47 next month, so I am not exactly ancient, and I honestly do not recall IN THE LEAST that sex was ever an issue with kids. Having grown up in classic, middle America and patroned both Catholic & public school systems, never did I experience or come across any fellow classmate male or female who was confused and thought they “came out wrong”.
      It is quite apparent to me that media at large, whether television, radio, internet, magazines, etc., has planted the seed that has taken shape in what today is now an epidemic of blasphemic proportions. Especially evil it is in that “they” knew full well as to what they were doing with young children being so impressionable, with little minds & brains like the proverbial sponge, taking it all in & processing some immediately & some later.
      Reality television has been one of the worst assaults ever to disgrace the face of television internationally. It has caused untold damages.

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  3. “Transgenderism is a psychological disorder that has no basis in biology. ”

    Endocr Pract. 2015 Feb;21(2):199-204. doi: 10.4158/EP14351.RA.
    Evidence supporting the biologic nature of gender identity.
    Saraswat A, Weinand JD, Safer JD.


    OBJECTIVE: To review current literature that supports a biologic basis of gender identity.

    METHODS: A traditional literature review.

    RESULTS: Evidence that there is a biologic basis for gender identity primarily involves (1) data on gender identity in patients with disorders of sex development (DSDs, also known as differences of sex development) along with (2) neuroanatomical differences associated with gender identity.

    CONCLUSIONS: Although the mechanisms remain to be determined, there is strong support in the literature for a biologic basis of gender identity.


    • American College of Pediatricians:

      (1) Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: “XY” and “XX” are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder. The norm for human design is to be conceived either male or female. Human sexuality is binary by design with the obvious purpose being the reproduction and flourishing of our species. This principle is self-evident. The exceedingly rare disorders of sexual differentiation (DSDs), including but not limited to testicular feminization and congenital adrenal hyperplasia, are all medically identifiable deviations from the sexual binary norm, and are rightly recognized as disorders of human design. Individuals with DSDs do not constitute a third sex.

      (2) No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex. Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one. No one is born with an awareness of themselves as male or female; this awareness develops over time and, like all developmental processes, may be derailed by a child’s subjective perceptions, relationships, and adverse experiences from infancy forward. People who identify as “feeling like the opposite sex” or “somewhere in between” do not comprise a third sex. They remain biological men or biological women.

      (3) A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking. When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such. These children suffer from gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria (GD), formerly listed as Gender Identity Disorder (GID), is a recognized mental disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V). The psychodynamic and social learning theories of GD/GID have never been disproved.

      For more, see: https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2016/03/18/american-college-of-pediatricians-speaks-truth-about-transgenderism/

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      • That is almost a perfect explanation. Someone who is suffering “gender dysphoria” needs treatment, not encouragement to revel in their disease. I often use being a kangaroo as a joking attempt to explain the same thing. Merely being unhappy with your biological sex, or feeling drawn to the opposite sex’s expressions, does not make one change sexes. Wanting to be a kangaroo does not make you one.

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  4. What bothers me most is the careless infliction of harm being cause by this stuff. As I have said, we have a young relative who has been fooled by gender confusion. He recently committed himself due to sleeplessness, depression and suicidal impulses.

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  5. These people think they can re-write the rules of DNA,which decide,ultimately,if one is a Male or a Female. The only “adjustments” to be made is a little therapy to get confused children properly ensconced in their Gender and all that it entails. (Also,some counseling is in order for the Parents,to possibly help them walk away from the destructive Liberalism that made them think their kid “needed to be a different Gender”.

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  6. I suppose if little Johnny likes to harm small animals that’s OK too? It isn’t insanity, it’s “choice”.

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  7. I can promise you that at age 3 the notion that penis equals boy and vagina equals girl was no where in my life or understanding. If I ran across a 3 yr old with this knowledge, I would assume that the child is being victimized, most probably by someone near to him.

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    • That is precisely WHY it is part of being a parent to ensure that your child knows who she or he is. You don’t turn that over to perverts to corrupt the innocent.

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  8. Kevin J Lankford

    “How to tell if your child is a transgender?”….As if it is the most humiliating experience of your life.

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  9. Here’s a little “help” for those New Agers struggling with this new “problem”:


    People who do this should be arrested for child abuse.

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  11. You have to wonder what kind of life the parents were submitted to growing up, that they are so willing to buy into this and willing to destroy their children’s lives.
    Why can’t they just let the kids grow into their hormones and see what happens? Any child that is subjected into “lessons” of sexual identity that early in life is tantamount to child abuse.
    The more the parents keep their mouths shut and not make any issue of it, the better off the family will be. Because once you step over the line it fully disrupts the whole family for life.

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  12. What a complete pile of steaming garbage. Hard to believe that parents even read this nonsense, let alone act on it.

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  13. If so, where are the transgender cats and dogs?

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  14. I Smell the Enemy

    Its all intentional to foment chaos, destroy all your foundations. After the chaos phase you’ll be so ready for stability, thats when they’l provide you THEIR solution. You’re being played.

    Webster dictionary yr 1828
    Gender: a sex, male or female.

    Webster dictionary current
    Gender: the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex.

    Note how they took a concrete binary fact, boy or girl, and made it a conglomerate of subjective opinion depending on which way the wind blew. All intentional, all to fit their agenda. Its a psyop n remember psyops are military operations. Its all healthy cuz your witnessing the enemy’s gameplan. Stay vigilant.

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  15. Hard to believe this was actually published by the AP News Service… but I saw it myself this morning, and it just goes along with what else they publish.

    This is what happens when folks turn from God and determine that there is no Truth, no absolutes, no moral values that apply to all… just decide your own reality and demand others go along with it. Slouching toward Gomorrah.

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  16. How? If you’re a virtue-signaling progressive nutcase then your child, even if he doesn’t know yet, is transgender! (Truth be told… )

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  17. Vagina = Female
    Penis = Male
    everything else is a mental disorder.

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