'It's wrong': New York Times readers speak out against teachers keeping gender transition secret from parents

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The New York Times has finally realized that something is amiss with the concept of the transgender child, and the response to a recent article about teachers allowing students to adopt new names and pronouns without parental knowledge or consent suggests that their readers agree.

An article published on Jan 22 told the stories of several families with children who had socially transitioned at school without the parents being informed. Most of the teenagers had coexisting mental health issues, such as bipolar or autism. Some parents were supportive, others were wary of medicalization and felt betrayed.

Some parents have filed legal action, arguing that the school district violated their rights as parents to make decisions about their child’s health. Dr. Erica Anderson, a trans-identified biological male and respected clinical psychologist who has treated hundreds of children with gender dysphoria, agrees with those parents.

“[Social transition] is a major and potentially life-altering decision that requires parental involvement,” Anderson wrote in an amicus brief filed in support of parents in Maryland taking legal action against their child’s school district.

“I don’t want to be erased as a transgender person, and I don’t want anyone’s prerogatives or identity to be taken away from them,” Anderson told the NYT, “but on this one, I’m aligned with people who are willing to advocate for parents.”

Many of the NYT readers align themselves with Anderson. Most of the top comments oppose teachers allowing children to change their name and pronouns without their parents being informed.

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