Originally posted by wolfgang59
One brave little girl, but I do think her parents should have given her better advice.
It's one thing for her to say to family "At this moment I am attracted to girls but not boys"
but labelling herself at 12 to being homosexual (or heterosexual) is too young.
Would Wolfgang59 have similar objections if a 12 year old girl proclaimed that she was very
attracted to boys rather than to girls? Should she deny her own feelings to conform with societal demands?
Sexual orientation is not the same as gender identity.
In reality, however, it's common for children who are 12 years old (or younger) to have developed
a clear sense of gender identity even when it does not correspond to what's on their birth certificates.
Gender dysphoria has been diagnosed in children who are 12 years old or younger.
Many homophobic people believe in or at least hope for a 'cure' of homosexuality.
One of the most dramatic attempted 'cures' is 'corrective rape'.
"Corrective rape is a hate crime in which one or more people are raped because of their perceived
sexual orientation or gender identity. The common intended consequence of the rape, as seen by
the perpetrator, is to turn the person heterosexual or to enforce conformity with gender stereotypes."