Professionally and personally I have been shocked by the number of young people suddenly claiming Trans identity after immersion in social media and fantasy video games, often coinciding with issues around bullying, trauma or a sense of difference related to other factors. The adults who know them best struggle to find subtle counter messages to sow doubt. Can anyone reading this suggest resources by way of music, film video games or books that might do this. Most of the young people I meet in this situation are over thinkers, self critical and pre occupied by the idea that they are not ‘good at being’ their assigned gender. The only social construct of either gender at their age seems to play to a very sexualised and sexist image. Grateful for any suggestions that provide role models or ways of presenting without the Transgender tag. Disturbingly, in one case a child who believed they were ‘no good at being a girl’ was told they ‘made a good boy’ as they presented in short hair, check shirt and binder. That seemed to me to say more about the prejudice of the counsellor than the reality. Hence, my plea for an alternative culture to present that helps young people explore their sense of self without losing their biological identity.
Appeal for resources