Like the people over here: https://4thwavenow.com/
I can understand a lot of where they are coming from, but I don't think I agree on balance.
Yes, gender norms are unnecessarily restrictive, and there should be less pressure put on both sexes, but though that pressure is egged on by the media, it isn't driven by it, it's driven by an innate part of our subconscious social psychology.
Yes, if we're just proto-trans as kids and we stick as how we are we may just grow up to be homosexual not transsexual (like that's so much better for us?).
But by sticking as we are we are often effectively condemning ourselves to a lifetime of social isolation/dysfunction and/or repression, which really isn't any better for us or anyone else.
It's like they've given up on the idea that with the right kind of intervention they can make someone not-queer, so now they are effectively saying "I acknowledge my child may be gender-nonconforming, and that's OK, society itself should just adapt to them, but I draw the line at letting them mutilate their precious body", and this new business of allowing people to be trans* instead of homosexual is all about whitewashing an already much maligned but valuable subculture.
(Though they obviously weren't considered valuable back in the 80s and 90s when so many of them were busy dying of AIDs.)
Again, it's all about how the parents feel, how it affects their social standing, their looking like responsible parents, and not about how the kids themselves are actually affected.
(Ha ha, Mum and Dad, I have absolutely no intention of going out and getting AIDs, I don't even like men that much, nor do I care that much for taking drugs, well maybe just nootropics thanks.
I'll just stay home and play computer games till I'm 30, and you'll just be left to wonder why I never seem to grow up.. )
But I didn't really sign up to belong to either a valuable or a maligned subculture, thank you very much, I just was born 'different', and I just wanted to grow up to be a teenage girl when I actually was a teenager, and not live an isolated life of being a perpetual misfit. (We have some friends who are an older gay married couple, and they were recently attacked while sitting in their local pub, just for being obviously gay, so it's not like it's that much better even when you are in your 50s. ..)
It seems like missing the boat on appropriate hormones at the right time is actually the cause of a lot of the psychological problems that the queer community is well-known to exhibit in later life, (depression, drug-addiction, suicide), and given medical advances if you can actually give us what we want/need, well shouldn't you?
Should it be up to the parents to dictate the lifestyle that their children is expected to follow, maybe we just want them to be proud of us as we feel like we are, and not be confined to some ghetto.
No I'm not sure people should be having surgeries before they are 18, they do need time to properly think it over, but they shouldn't be forced to wait until it is too late to avoid the kind of puberty they know they don't want, so for me HRT is actually a very different concern than actual genital operations, which I agree are drastic and have potentially major life-long complications, and shouldn't be pushed on immature kids that lightly. (But again, surgery is a very big step from 'identity', and these bathroom bills are all about comparing what you go out looking like to what's on your birth certificate, rather than what's below the belt)