Updated the OP to reflect any circumstance. A child with no sexual preferences and an underdeveloped brain can and should not be even considered in this debate until the early teens or puberty and even then it's questionable with teens.Â
First of all, transgender identity is not a sexual preference. I'm not sure if that is what you were implying here, but that point should be made entirely clear.
Beyond that, what is the harm in allowing a child to express themselves as they see fit? In my opinion, a parenting style of forced conformity is often far more damaging to a child's development than allowing them to discover their own identity without undue pressures. Again, the only way in which I can understand someone coming to the conclusion that this is child abuse is if your own biases lead you to believe that Transgender identity is wrong in some way (ex. morally).Last edited by sundin13 - on 20 April 2019