We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In my view, "gender dysphoria" is mostly a fad, or maybe a contagion, similar to other hysterias and things like anorexia were in the past. I have not seen enoough psychological studies. I wonder whether researchers might get canceled for doing them.
An adolescent psychiatrist just a bit younger than me complained a couple of years ago that it is tragic we cannot do the research we should in the area, as 50% of those children have a suicide attempt at some point. Two younger psychiatrists present looked horrified he had said this. I followed up with each separately later. One was worried for him that he might get in trouble for saying things like this out loud, even though they were true (she murmured this nervously). The other was offended that he could say such bigoted things in 2018. Who knows how this will shake out.
It's a small sample size, but the first psychiatrist was from India, the second from America. Maybe significant?
Assistant Village Idiot
Trends-gender is more like it. Most of them are sexually confused kids who want to identify with a certain group to obtain oppression points.
Any doctor who gives minors puberty blocking medicine or performs gender reassignment surgery on minors should swing from the gallows.