Tuesday, June 30, 2015
"Growing Up Trans" on PBS Frontline, first major film on transgender children seeking change
Tuesday, June 30, PBS aired a 83-minute Frontline documentary “Growing Up Trans”, link here.
I think this is the first film that I can recall about transgendered children, actually starting transitions.
The film paid as much heed to female-to-male transitions as the supposedly more common male-to-female.
Boys were told to expect hair to recede slightly at the temples and crown as well as appear on the beard and later body, often first the legs. Once a voice changes, it cannot be undone. Taking testosterone could bring future increased risks in the cancer and heart disease area.
There were surely eventually be female-to-male professional sports players (for example, probably most likely with pitchers in baseball). However sports will have to look carefully on what medications are acceptable (that is, not performance-enhancing).
I was quite struck be the change in social view since the time I was growing up. There was more emphasis on the idea that gender conformity was a moral requirement (even if demanding personal sacrifice) for the good of family and community, which might have to defend itself and prosper in a potentially hostile external environment.