A Gay Man Writes About Medicalized Childhood

A beautiful description of the back-and-forth process people go through to understand that they’re gay. And then a trenchant examination of the transkid process today. It’s dubious notice and its dangers.

First, Do No Harm: Youth Gender Professionals

Marcus lives in the United Kingdom. He can be reached at @LogicalMarcus on Twitter. He has provided an extensive bibliography at the end of this piece.

fireworksI am nine years old and at a Halloween party. I am playing with a boy my own age with black curly hair. As the fireworks go off I notice how beautiful he is. I never see him again.

I am fourteen and unhappy. My school friends talk about girls all the time, and I can’t relate. I am becoming bookish and withdrawn. In the local college library I find a book by William Burroughs describing a wild life where men love other men in a city called San Francisco. I find the book exciting. I have never heard the word “gay” other than as an insult before.

I am fifteen and at a sleep over with a male friend. We are watching porn…

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