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Daniel Pollack  is an attorney and professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University in New York City. Daniel Pollack is an attorney and professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University in New York City.

The decision to change a very young child’s gender identity is a formidable one. There are honest disagreements of opinion regarding the prevalence, psychological/medical and legal aspects of this issue.

In terms of numbers, there is no reliable data regarding the demographic characteristics of very young transgender children. UCLA’s Williams Institute issued a 2017 report in which it estimated that 0.7% of youth age 13-17 identified as transgender. That same report estimated that 0.6% of the adult population identified as transgender.

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