There is no “too late” to transition. There are dates when testosterone poisoning will have set in, but you’re young and will look beautiful when the hormones kick in. Best case scenario is before puberty, but worst case scenario is in your fifties and you’re way away from that. Estrogen and hormone therapy will still be affective when you’re 18, 19, 20, etc. I started HRT when I was in my twenties and I still turned out half decent!
Show them Kim Petras, then show them a picture of someone who had to transition later in life. Tell them it will have a huge impact on the rest of your life if you don’t transition before testosterone poisoning sets in.
And remember, if you want to start HRT I’m assuming you’re in therapy, so your therapist is going to be your friend here. Bring your parents in, have the therapist explain that it’s not a fad, it’s not going away, and it will have a huge impact on your body’s development if you start transitioning later.
There are brain scans showing a significant difference in the brains of trans women and trans men.
To quickly summarize the links of information: Trans women’s brains are more female, and trans men’s brains are more male. Their brain identifies more with their identified gender (as in a trans woman identifying as a woman in every day life) rather than their sex (genitalia, and such).
QUIP. Quick, Understanding, and In Private. Take them aside, be understanding, and just ask “what pronouns do you prefer?” Thank them and move on with both of your lives.
SPOILERS Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhmnoncommitalnoises it was a thing. Ugh, fine, I guess that wasn’t actually an answer so here: they got more right then most did but still got some wrong but ended up getting the major things right so I’ll go ahead and say they did a decent thing. A problematic thing that was less problematic then it’s competitors gets my seal of luke warm approval but not really but kind of.
Positive: They ended on a very good note. Sharon’s speech was fantastic, the idea that trans people should be able to use the right bathroom was reinforced, and someone was presented as “confused” which you don’t get to see a lot in media.
Negative: BEING TRANS DOESN’T COME FROM WANTING TO USE THE GIRLS ROOM. This is a trope that we’ve been fighting for a LONG time and is the argument behind why trans folks are banned in some places in the first place. And I’d like to see an actual trans character in there.
Neutral: Wendy/Wendall … let’s see how they handle them/her next weekend. If this isn’t “just a fad” (reinforcing the idea that trans guys are just going through a phase) then I’ll actually be impressed and slightly shocked because it’s not going to happen. If she’s doing it to make a point, then I get it but it still helps the very problematic idea that ftm guys are just faking it/it isn’t real.
Positive: Cartman is an asshole. Please remember this. Cartman is not their representative of trans people in the episode. They make sure to point out “there are people seriously struggling with their gender identity” which could have been pulled out of a tumblr post. They did their research and know, yes, we have teeth and we fight back when there are problems.
Negative: Randy/Lorde. Lorde could have been done so much better. The pictures of Lorde are now iconic of trans women in the eyes of MRA activists and radical feminists alike, and if Lorde actually is transgender, which is HEAVILY implied throughout the episode, then they have a lot of work to do in their art department because she could do a lot better very easily. Making the “joke” that trans women look like men … isn’t making a joke.
Like all South Park episodes, you have to wait to the end to really get their message. And it does so better then a lot of their equals, but I think that says more about the state of it’s competitors then it does about it’s actual presence. I’ll give it a luke warm, passive approval.