No. The people who think that being transgender is a mental illness are usually talking about gender dysphoria. That is the feeling that one's identity as male or female is the opposite to one's biological sex.
Mentally ill boys pretending to be girls should absolutely not be participating with girls. Boys and girls have different bone structures, different muscles. It's insane to talk about hormone treatments and the like for children, who have no grasp of what they're doing to their young bodies. Jesus Christ, please do some research before you post about such an important and difficult subject. You obviously know absolutely nothing about what it means to be transgender. You sound like an uneducated, ignorant savage.
All we're accomplishing with patronizing a boy or girl and allowing them to pretend they're something else is destroying a young life.
It's sick and it's evil.
I think that itís a legitimate viewpoint to consider this mental illness. Thatís how the DSM viewed it for decades, and there is a distinct link between trauma / abuse and transgenderism.
If that is your viewpoint, that's fine. But if you're going to say that someone has a mental illness, why is the solution to not treat that mental illness? Referencing mental illness and then forcing someone to identify as their biological sex, which is the cause of the mental illness you just brought up, makes absolutely no sense and is simply hypocritical.
I hope you understand this, I have discussed topics with you before and know you are more than civil. Not the other poster, though.
I'm always happy to hear another viewpoint, and to be educated. I don't think transgenders are evil. Jenny (Jim) Boylan was one of my professors, and I ate dinner in the Boylan home multiple times. The Boylans are lovely people, and I would never describe her (I'll use Jenny's chosen pronoun) as evil. I remember distinctly flipping through television channels and seeing a post-transition Jenny on Larry King, and immediately reaching out. So, there's no hatred in my heart.
But, to me, it's a complicated issue. I appreciate the comment above about how the best outcome for transgenders is aligned with living with their preferred gender. Maybe that's the answer, even if this is in many cases a mental illness. But, I do think there are some interesting questions.
For instance, in many cases, people can achieve better outcomes related to self-esteem through cosmetic surgery. Yet, ethics in the field suggest that it's often best to wait until somebody is fully developed before performing (elective) cosmetic surgeries. Yet, it seems like there are fewer road blocks placed on hormone treatment and reassignment surgery. Why? With a teenage mind that is in flux, is it really the best time to permanently alter somebody's body?
And, does an emphasis on surgery and hormone treatments make it less likely that this will be treated as a mental illness? Will it be politically incorrect to even research medications / treatments that are based upon the idea that transgenders are ill?
There are mental illnesses that cause people to mutilate their bodies, that cause them to think that their limbs should be amputated. Why is that a mental illness, but the idea of replacing one's genitalia is considered normal? Would it be responsible for a doctor to amputate a client's arms because their client's mind was convinced that was in their best interest?
I think it's all interesting, and complicated. I do wonder if our society is heading down the right path here. I question whether science has been replaced by social justice, and whether that's a good thing. But, again, it's above my pay grade, because I have no idea what the best outcomes will be, or whether the distinction between mental illness and genetics is one that makes a huge difference in the long run. Until there's something definitive, I'll be in parts confused, tolerant, squeamish, and open-minded.