Like mental health, transgender issues needed to be “mainstreamed” or, as I prefer to think of it, acknowledged and discussed. Not so that young people who might be growing up gay be railroaded into a trans identity, but so that young people who might be growing up trans are given credence and treated with sensitivity and respect. Not least because suicide rates among young trans people are high. Likewise, any marginalised community drawing public attention to the prejudice and discrimination it experiences going to be politicised by default. I reiterate there is no homophobic agenda. Trans people are just as likely to be gay as any other section of society. Gender and sexuality are separate issues.
There are a lot of people who, despite decades of enlightenment, still believe there is a gay agenda. There are still folks who think gayness is a mental illness that can be cured. Homophobes used to think that young gay people didn’t know their own minds either. If a young person is having some kind of identity crisis, a medical professional asking them if they may be trans is no more of a big deal than asking them if they might be gay.
Again, I reiterate. It is hard for those who seek to transition, (and, since trans is a broad spectrum, not all trans people do seek surgery or hormone treatment), and for many it’s not a particularly easy road to hoe after doing so. Trans teens have to be throughly and professionally evaluated and it’s not something anyone treats lightly.