I'm not so sure about that. A young boy growing up in a house full of girls, he may want to dress up as these girls and do things the girls do. But why would it instantly be because he suffers from Gender Identity Disorder.
Or a girl growing up with brothers treating her like she's defective just because she's a girl, will definitely push herself into being more tomboy ish. Try to fit in with her brothers and prove to them she's just like them. It happens all the time, I witnessed my cousins doing this to their sisters and saw how it affected them.
So with the parents applauding the child into wearing the opposite sex clothing and helping support him/her, may actually be worse for the child. He/she's young, wants to fit in with their siblings or friends, doesn't in anyway mean the child has GID.
Before you start throwing around GID like it's some thing a kid experiments with and ends up never being sure about, I suggest that you take at least more than two seconds to read up on the disorder, and then possibly go talk to some trans people about how they feel about it. A majority will say that they've always felt the way they do, and if they could've done it before they hit puberty, they absolutely would have.
Also, can you even comprehend the courage it takes to come up to your parents (even as a kid) and say that? This isn't a matter of sexuality, this is a matter of personal identity in relation to the spectrum of gender. Anyone of any age can comprehend that for themselves.
Sure, there are going to be isolated cases where a girl acts a little tomboyish, but what you're inferring is that the environment a child is in shapes his or her gender identity, which is also not unlike saying being gay is a choice. It's a crock of shit.
That's a little harsh and you're being just a little naive to believe that a child knows what its doing at that age.
Am I? A large portion of my friends and exes are trans, and they would beg to differ. But hey, if you want to beat gender-normative standards into their brains with a Bible, I'm sure a lot of religious conservatives wouldn't bat an eye at it.
And for those of you making the statement about a "suicide waiting to happen", trans suicides largely are the result of how these people are treated by those that refuse to understand them. Even worse is the huge homicide rate against trans people that get murdered for, you know, being trans. The world they live in is often not a fun one. Just the other days, one of my closest friends was in tears because she was so tired of going downtown and having people yell at her that she'd never be a "real girl".
It's that kind of treatment that makes you want to give up on life.
I agree the parents shouldn't allow this until the kids are at an age where they understand what they're doing. At 5 years old, I could have convinced myself I was a robot. With parents applauding my actions, I would have been one messed up kid who still believed he was a robot.
That's a huge straw-man argument. Parents of trans kids have historically said that they see signs for years indicating that their children are a little bit different: boys playing with dolls, girls playing army, tons of constant questions about why boys dress and act one way and why girls dress and act another. Even slight feminine and masculine traits in opposite genders in children have been observed.
Some resources, most of which make your point moot:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTxRxvMR4-0http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transgender_youth