In 2009, 77 gender dysphoric children were referred for treatment to the NHS gender identity service at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London.
In 2018-19, that figure had risen to 2,590.
Over the last decade, the UK has seen a 4,500% increase in referrals for children supposedly identifying as dysphoric and seeking reassignment. As children grow up, it is normal for them to explore their identity and push boundaries – it’s part of finding out who and what they are – but what we are seeing today is nothing less than an epidemic of psychosexual identity dysfunction, fostered and promoted by activists seeking to justify and promote transgender behaviour. While no one disputes the right of adults to choose such treatment, should they wish, current policy is harming children who are being wrongly diagnosed and pushed prematurely into life-changing and irreversible treatments.
Research shows that between 64-90% of children exhibiting gender confusion will, by puberty – if given love, support … and left alone – cease to identify as transgender (https://www.kqed.org/futureofyou/441784/the-controversial-research-on-desistance-in-transgender-youth ; https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/gender-development-service-children-adolescents.pdf ). This would suggest that at the very least extreme caution should be exercised in offering treatment for supposed gender identity disorder. In recent years, however, it has become routine to offer puberty suppressants to children accepted as gender dysphoric. This, despite the fact there have been repeated complaints these children have been inadequately diagnosed, with factors such as autism, abuse, sexual orientation (many such children grow up to be gay), and related mental health problems, overlooked or ignored (https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/gender-development-service-children-adolescents.pdf).
In 2019-20, 2,728 children in the UK were referred to the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) (https://gids.nhs.uk/number-referrals ). The majority of these children were prescribed puberty blockers – to delay development of characteristics that gender dysphoric children find upsetting, and to make future treatment easier. It is claimed that 97% of children who receive puberty blockers will, as teenagers, progress to hormone treatment (https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/oct/07/court-hears-children-cannot-consent-to-puberty-blockers ). Yet, as said above, between 70-90% of these children, without intervention, would by puberty have been happy with their birth sex.
This is a scandal. Exact figures are not available from the NHS, but there is growing evidence that increasing numbers of children who receive gender reassignment treatment are subsequently seeking to detransition (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7541679/Hundreds-youths-gender-surgery-wish-hadnt-says-head-advocacy-network.html ).
“This whole thing was a bad idea.
I am 19-years-old, and I feel as though I have ruined my life.”
So said Nathaniel, after receiving ‘bottom surgery’
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Links to data and references in the video
Special Report: NHS ‘over-diagnosing’ transgender children
Transgender surgery isn’t the answer. Paul McHugh
‘Many people who change their gender end up with “horrendous” results and are left feeling “badly damaged”,’ Lord Robert Winston
Liz Truss on banning surgical reassignment treatment to under 18s.
Keira Bell, currently bringing legal action against the Tavistock Clinic.
Charlie Evans, former transgender man, now detransitioned.
Michelle Cretella, Executive Director of the American College of Pediatricians
The NHS on long term effect of puberty blockers
Gender Affirmation increases suicide rate by 400%
Additional quote from researcher and author Patricia Morgan: “The differences in expected outcomes if PB is or is not prescribed can be estimated. Of 1000 children with GD, if all receive puberty suppression then we expect all 1000 to go on to full transition whereas without the pubertal inhibition only 150 (15% of 1000) will transition. As the authors correctly state in the paper, 40% of trans-persons attempt suicide in a lifetime, which means that with PB administration to all, we expect 40% of 1000 = 400 persons to attempt suicide. The authors show, however, that because of the benefits of PB, this may perhaps be adjusted downward by a factor of 0.6; the expected outcome is then 240 attempted suicides. In contrast, if none of the 1000 subjects receive puberty suppression then only 60 persons (40% of 150) are expected to attempt suicide.”
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