Demand a parliamentary inquiry into kids transgender treatment!
Kids as young as 5 are not old enough to figure out what clothes they’re going to wear or what food they’re going to eat for the day, let alone “decide” their gender.
The current national standards developed by Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital fail to recognise that kids under the age of 18 do not have the intellectual or emotional capacity to make life-changing decisions such as undertaking hormone treatment or puberty blockers.
We are calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the current treatment approach to kids clinically diagnosed with gender dysphoria especially in relation to the area of informed consent for parents.
Stories from across the globe are continually emerging from “detransitioners” - people who once upon a time took steps to “change” their sex but have since reverted to their gender at birth.
Sky News published a report earlier this month citing “hundreds” of examples such as that of 28-year-old Charlie Evans who was born female but identified as male for nearly 10 years before detransitioning.
"I'm in communication with 19 and 20-year-olds who have had full gender reassignment surgery who wish they hadn't, and their dysphoria hasn't been relieved, they don't feel better for it," Evans says.
"They don't know what their options are now."
"I think some of the common characteristics are that they tend to be around their mid-20s, they're mostly female and mostly same-sex attracted, and often autistic as well” Evans told Sky News.
The Times of London recently published another similar story:
Peter Benjamin knows more than most about the realities of transgender life. For several years, he tried living as a woman. Then he had sex-reassignment surgery, realised he had made a mistake and reverted to being a man.
The market researcher, 60, who has a grown-up daughter and son, says living as a woman was “making me ill”. He is speaking about his experience out of concern for people who, like him, change gender, only to find their lives as isolated and challenging as they were before.
“My anxiety levels were sky high,” he said, explaining his decision to return to his birth sex. “I was seeing the doctors for all sorts of problems. My drinking was going up because I couldn’t cope any more with being transgender. I just had to get out of it.”
And while these distressing stories originate mostly from adults, how much more the psychological impact would be felt by kids under 18 who undergo the treatment and then later regret it once they reach puberty.
Despite being marketed as entirely safe and fully reversible, the latest data now indicates that not only does such treatment have long-lasting adverse effects but also isn’t fully reversible.
Various concerns from experts in the medical establishment include the following:
- The risk of ‘irreversible loss’ of fertility in kids as young as 10 caused by puberty blockers;
- The potential for puberty blockers to stunt bone growth and memory;
- That the gender confusion phenomenon is a ‘psychological behaviour epidemic’ caused by social pressures from ideologically-driven activists.
Indeed, in 2017, a paediatric endocrinologist cited lifelong, irreversible risks including breast or uterine cancer and severe liver dysfunction in relation to the controversial court case of a 17-year-old seeking hormonal treatment to live as a male.
A 2013 Dutch study identified 127 children who were referred to the Gender Identity clinic in Amsterdam when they were under the age of 12. The results showed that gender dysphoria does not persist in most children past puberty with 64% of the children changing their minds.
Why are certain elements of the medical establishment attempting to legitimize radical treatment for children confused with their gender at such a vulnerable and impressionable stage of development?
Is this not cause for concern that the medical establishment at large is failing some of society’s most vulnerable?
If we are truly compassionate as a society, we should be demanding for a better treatment path for sexually confused young people.
The bottom line is that a system that provides hormones and surgery to sexually confused people, then expects them to deal with the adverse psychological effects alone, is not only uncompassionate but also raises serious ethical questions.
For vulnerable kids who are feeling distress over their biological sex, there needs to be more informed choices when it comes to treatment.
Furthermore, kids need affirmation from their parents that the gender that they are born with is good and wholesome. The opposite is nothing less than un-progressive and negligent.
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