LOL, same here..<quoted text>
Yes, I agree with you on the matter of committing to surgery at such a young age. But that isn't what being transgender entails from the outset. I have met one person who had gone through the progression eventually getting transformed surgically. She served in Vietnam. She had a friend that was in the process of transformation. They were both very nice and seemed quite stable. Nothing flamboyant about either of them. TBH I'd be willing to bet that if the two of them were milling about in a crowded mall no one would take note or even know that they'd been born with male genitalia.
BTW, I was well aware of my heterosexual tendency at least as early as the first grade. Oddly enough that is the age where little boys are supposed to hate little girls. At least pretend so among peers. I was quite smitten by two or three little girls as well as our teacher. I just didn't understand it.
OTOH, my nephew was pegged as being gay at about the same age. At least by many of us that weren't blind to the notion. When he came out to his mother in his mid teens she was quite amusing to the rest of us. She had a bit of a meeting with his sisters where she advised them of their brother's sexual orientation. They were quite surprised she hadn't figured it out on her own. Denial is strong medicine.
I was eyeballing my female teachers in 2nd grade. Probably didn't have the slightest clue WHY I was eyeballing them, but, boy, they sure were cute....