Last October, a few days after she turned 16, a German teen named, Kim Petras had sex reassignment surgery. Born Tim, (Kim who has a career as a pop star in her native country), is thought to be the youngest person ever to have this surgery.
But is it too young? At first glance many would argue that it is. (In fact, until her surgery, German law, like many across the world, required that individuals be at least 18-years-old before sex reassignment surgery. Kim's situation changed that). It is often assumed that young people may not be mature enough to make permanent decisions about their bodies or that kids are too young to identify as transgender. However, many trans people report having known they were born into the wrong body from their earliest days.
Many professionals actually support earlier interventions for trans kids, and studies have found that adolescents who started hormone therapy as teens, had fewer psychological problems than people who started transitioning in adulthood.
Still, situations like Kim's are rare, and most trans teens who want surgery end up having to wait far after their eighteenth birthdays to obtain it.
What do you think. Should trans teens be able to have sex reassignment surgery before they are 18?
Image (c) Kim Petras