I recall seeing a cartoon by a great cartoonist called Kathryn Lamb, which shows a teacher standing at the front of her class and asking those who are the same sex this term as last term to put their hands up. We all get the joke these days but it wouldn’t have made any sense when my kids were little.
When my daughter was in her third year of life, she announced she was a boy. Her brother put her straight. He was the big boy in the family and she was the little girl. She wasn’t best pleased and argued that she could be a boy if she wanted to.
I wasn’t particularly surprised that she either wanted to be a boy or believed she was one. She had short hair and hardly ever wore dresses, which meant she looked more like the boys than the girls in her picture books and she was mistaken for a boy every single time by strangers. What’s more, she didn’t know any girls. She had one older brother – two years her senior – and there was a dearth of girls her age amongst friends and neighbours, so all her playmates were boys. She would share a bedtime bath with her brother, so she knew they had different genitalia. But at that age she didn’t understand what that difference meant or what being a girl meant.
I responded to her declaration by telling her that she was in fact a girl, that there was no reason to want to be a boy because a girl could do everything a boy could do, that I was a girl myself albeit now grown up. Soon afterwards she started pre-school playgroup, where she met other little girls and that was the end of the matter. She was never a girly girl but she never again expressed a desire to be anything other than a girl. Whether she spent her childhood as I’d spent my own, secretly hating the fact that she was a girl, I don’t know.
That was back in 1990. I wonder, in today’s climate, whether anyone would have suggested she might actually be a boy born in the wrong body and, if so, whether she would have latched onto the idea and refused to let it go. This article, which describes a girl whose behaviour – rejecting dolls, playing football, etc – sounds exactly like my daughter’s, inclines me to think she would have. It actually doesn’t bear thinking about and my heart breaks for all parents who find themselves in this situation. I admit I find it hard not to judge those who take a different approach to the one I think I would have taken.
On this page I put links to websites of adults – parents, professionals and anyone else with something relevant to say – who are concerned with the rise in the number of children who want to transition, as well as to the stories of families who are going through it and to an assortment of articles, the inclusion of which isn’t intended to imply endorsement.
Campaigning, Support and Advice
“4thWaveNow was started by the mother of a teenage girl who suddenly announced she was a “trans man” after a few weeks of total immersion in YouTube transition vlogs. (The daughter has since desisted from identifying as transgender.) After much research and fruitless searching for an alternative online viewpoint, this mom began writing about her deepening skepticism of the ever-accelerating medical and media fascination with the phenomenon of “transgender children.”
4thWaveNow has now expanded to feature not only the writing of the founder of this blog, but that of other parents, formerly trans-identified people, and people with professional expertise and experience with young people questioning their gender identity.”
Here is an interview with 4thWaveNow founder & her daughter Chiara 27.02.19.
“We are a group of parents based mainly in the UK, who are concerned about the current trend to diagnose ‘gender non-conforming’ children as transgender. We reject current conservative, reactionary, religious-fundamentalist views about sexuality and we have no political affiliation. We are also concerned about legislation which places transgender rights above the right to safety for girls and young women in public bathrooms and changing rooms.”
Click here to go straight to the page to download the Schools Resource Pack produced by Transgender Trend – the one that Stonewall representatives have been trying desperately to persuade teachers to dispose of without even reading it! A campaign by trans activists against crowdfunding for the production of more copies ultimately failed: Fundraising site re-instates campaign to send transgender resource booklet to schools Independent
“We are a group of parents whose children have suddenly—seemingly out of the blue—decided they identify strongly with the opposite sex and are at various stages in transitioning. This is a new phenomenon that has only recently been identified. Researchers are calling it Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria (ROGD), and it is epidemic among our most vulnerable youth.
Our children are young, naïve and impressionable, many of them are experiencing emotional or social difficulties. They are strongly influenced by their peers and by the media, who are promoting the transgender lifestyle as popular, desirable and the solution to all of their problems. And they are being misled by authority figures, such as teachers, doctors and counselors, who rush to “affirm” their chosen gender without ever questioning why.”
The study referred to in this article can be read in full here: Rapid-onset gender dysphoria in adolescents and young adults: A study of parental reports Lisa Litman 16.08.18
“The Gender Critical Support Board is run for parents and families by parents and families who share the experience of coping with a child, teenager or young adult who believes she or he is transgender.
We are critical of the phenomenon of transgender youth growing at epidemic rates.
The forum provides support for parents and families who would like a thoughtful and cautious approach to intervention for their gender dysphoric child.”
“The Kelsey Coalition is a national group of parents whose transgender-identifying children have been harmed by physicians, therapists, and clinics throughout the US. We share our experiences to help change the educational, mental health, and medical practices that have betrayed us, and failed our children.”
Finally, it may be worth checking The Homarchy blog for other Youth Trans Skeptical Websites.
I Was A Trans Kid Who Detransitioned…Why Conversion Therapy Bans Harm Trans Children Erin Brewer 09.07.19
Unpacking Packers: Fake Penises for Girls Under Five Years Old Erin Brewer 19.04.19
The trans train – Swedish documentary raising concerns about the rise in transitioning girls. Upsetting.
The Shocking Medicalization of Gender Dysphoria Erin Brewer 13.04.19
Doctor Exposes Transgender Propaganda Michael Laidlaw 11.04.19
PUBERTY BLOCKERS AND THE TRANS MOVEMENT: Risks & Dangers to Kids with Stephanie Davies-Arai Stephanie is interviewed by Deborrah Cooper
Parody from the Posie Parker
Any resemblance to convict, Dr Helen Webberley, who features in a couple of the stories below, is purely intentional.
The Tavistock’s Experiment with Puberty Blockers
An appalling scandal has been taking place in the NHS: Hidden trials, suppressed results, misleading parents and children entering trials, ideologically driven treatments and cover ups. Here’s the paper by Michael Biggs – related news stories below.
Also check out the Transgender Trend website: Tavistock’s Experiment with Puberty Blockers: an Update Michael Biggs 22.07.19
Articles from blogs, newspapers and journals
BBC films teach children of ‘100 genders, or more’ The Sunday Times 09.09.19
“The BBC has told teachers who work with children aged 9-12 that there are “100, if not more” gender identities. Children are seeking in record numbers to change their gender because they feel they were born in the wrong body, and the advice has sparked concerns that it could fuel confusion.”
How the trans debate entered the classroom Spectator Life 04.09.19
“A friend recently told me she spent four years of her childhood living as a boy. ‘I hated dresses, cut my hair, gelled it and spiked it,’ she says. ‘From aged eight, I thought I was meant to be a boy. I remember going into a swimming pool changing room in board shorts and the girls shrieking: “It’s a boy!”’
It wasn’t until my friend hit puberty that she began to feel more comfortable in her gender. By her mid-teens she was living happily as female.”
BBC films teach children of ‘100 genders, or more’ The Sunday Times 09.09.19
“The BBC has told teachers who work with children aged 9-12 that there are “100, if not more” gender identities. Children are seeking in record numbers to change their gender because they feel they were born in the wrong body, and the advice has sparked concerns that it could fuel confusion. The claim appears in a series of nine films created by BBC Teach to support the personal, social and health education (PSHE) curriculum in schools.”
“The confidential Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) draft guidance, leaked to The Telegraph, reveals that schools could be set to consider admissions of trans students to single-sex schools on a “case-by-case approach”.”
“The country’s top health organisation, NHS England, is investigating issues around hormone-blocking drugs prescribed to under-18s to ‘pause’ their adolescence and prevent changes to the body like breasts or facial hair. Children as young as 10 are being referred for hormone-blocking drugs, despite concerns they could cause emotional problems and long-term effects on the brain and body which are not yet known.”
“Children as young as three could be helped to change gender by doctors on the basis of just a Skype phone call under plans being considered by the NHS.
A controversial clinic, which helps thousands of children to change gender every year, says that it has become so overwhelmed by patients that it could be forced to set children on a path to a new sex on the basis of ‘telemedical’ appointments.”
“Teenagers who identify as transgender and take powerful ‘puberty blocker’ drugs may suffer from weaker bones in the future, a new study suggests.
Many doctors believe the drugs are safe, saying they do nothing more than ‘pause’ puberty.
But the study of nearly 6,500 young adults found that those who naturally went through puberty late have less dense bones by the age of 25. This makes them more prone to fracture and could put them at greater risk of osteoporosis in later life.”
School parents join forces to fight ‘trans propaganda’ The Sunday Times 04.08.19
“For Tanya Carter, a mother of four girls, the death of Jayden Lowe, a transgender teenager who took his own life last year after buying hormone treatment from doctors online, was the last straw.
Carter had already begun to question some of the advice being given to children about changing sex when Jayden, 18, died.”
“We Really Really Tried.” A 2017 Letter from GIDS Clinicians Ignored by The Guardian Transgender Trend 29.07.19
“It has been a great disappointment to many on the Left that the Guardian has been largely silent on this issue. But two former GIDS clinicians sent a letter to the Guardian back in 2017 to alert them to serious concerns about what was going on within GIDS. One of the authors of the submission to the Guardian commented to us “we really really tried.” However, rather than jumping to publish such a devastating testimony – the kind of exclusive most journalists would give their right arm for – the Guardian chose to ignore it.”
Puberty blocking drugs: ‘For the past four years I’ve been stuck as a child’ The Times 26.07.19
“Jacob has just turned 16 and for the past four years the teenager’s body has been put on pause. He has been on hormone blockers to stop puberty while he decides how far he is willing to go to become a transgender man.
He claims that taking blockers was “the worst decision I’ve ever made”.”
Politicised trans groups put children at risk, says expert Guardian 27.07.19
“School counsellors and mental health service providers are bowing to pressures from ‘highly politicised’ transgender groups to affirm children’s beliefs that they were born the wrong sex, a leading expert has warned.”
Use of puberty blockers on transgender children to be investigated The Times 26.07.19
Paediatricians are to investigate the controversial drug therapies used to halt the puberty of children who want to change gender. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has asked its committee of experts to look at the ethics around the rapid increase in the use of hormone blockers to treat under-16s who identify as transgender.
Transgender treatment: Puberty blockers study under investigation BBC News 22.07.19
England’s only NHS youth gender clinic lowered the age at which it offers children puberty blockers, partly based on a study now being investigated. The study’s full findings have not been published – but early data showed some taking the drugs reported an increase in thoughts of suicide and self-harm.
NHS psychologist claims poor and abused children are wrongly being labelled transgender and prescribed sex-change treatments without appropriate testing by clinicians who ‘fear being labelled transphobic’ Mail 21.07.19
A former NHS psychologist has broken cover to claim that children are being misdiagnosed as transgender cases – with sex-abuse victims and young people living in extreme poverty among them.
Children ‘misled’ at gender clinic The Times 20.07.19
“Medical staff from England’s only children’s gender clinic have gone public for the first time to raise fears about the treatment of youngsters seeking a sex change.”
It’s time to listen to the NHS gender clinic whistleblowers James Kirkup 19.07.19
“Why are increasing numbers of children designated as transgender? Are the resulting medical interventions safe and justified and in the best long-term interests of those children?
These are questions of public interest. Some of the answers being offered are troubling, to say the least. One such answer came this week, and deserves attention from politicians and journalists.”
“The NHS‘s top psychologist for transgender children warned yesterday of a major increase in the trend, saying parents are researching the subject online and taking advice from internet forums and transgender lobby groups.
The warning comes as the latest figures show the number of referrals to England’s only specialist clinic for children has almost doubled in four years.”
An open letter to Dr Polly Carmichael from a former GIDS clinician Kirsty Entwhistle 18.07.19
“I think it is a problem that GIDS clinicians are making decisions that will have a major impact on children and young people’s bodies and on their lives, potentially the rest of their lives, without a robust evidence base. GIDS clinicians tell children and families that puberty blockers/hormone blocks are “fully reversible” but the reality is no one knows what the impacts are on children’s brains so how is it possible to make this claim?”
The book that dares to take on transgender myths told to children: Experts reveal psychologists are scared to question transgender ideology, GPs are afraid of being branded transphobic and teens are being wrongly diagnosed Mail 13.07.19
Dear Young Trans Person The Lonely Transsexual 10.07.19
“I know what it’s like to be young. Granted it’s been a while but I’ve been through it and bought the T-Shirt. Being a young person right now is not something I envy. The pressure to be one thing or another and the mixed messages are so confusing and I don’t know how you deal with it. Much respect.”
Penny Mordaunt: It’s vital to look into surge in gender-change girls The Sunday Times 07.07.19
“Equalities minister Penny Mordaunt has commissioned research into a surge in the number of school-age girls seeking to change gender. It will explore the “nature of adolescent gender identity and transitioning”.
Mordaunt ordered the review after figures showing that 2.8 girls are referred for treatment for every boy — a pattern mirrored in other developed countries. The minister said finding out why must be a “priority”.”
Dear Parent of “Transgender” Child…. The Lonely Transsexual 03.07.19
“I am a male transsexual. I have had issues with my gender since I was 5 years old and have been through extensive psychiatric and psychological evaluation. As an adult I transitioned however I oppose affirmative care for children and the use of hormones and blockers.
You can dismiss woman as “TERFs”, doctors as ignorant and society as transphobic but I am someone who has been there and I’d like to share with you my thoughts and experiences.”
UK gender clinic reports highest record of girls, young kids seeking to transition Christian Post 02.07.19
“England’s sole gender clinic has seen a significant increase in girls seeking to “transition” to male, the highest proportion ever recorded, in addition to an increase in younger patient referrals, figures show.
Approximately three-quarters of children seeking medical assistance to transition genders at the Tavistock clinic in London were girls, reports say. From the beginning of the year until April, the numbers also show a rise in younger children seeking such treatment. Fifty-four percent of patients referred to the clinic were 14 or younger.”
Tavistock clinic reveals surge in girls switching gender Sunday Times 30.06.19
“Almost three-quarters of children seeking help to change their gender are girls, the highest proportion recorded, according to figures from England’s only child gender clinic. The numbers, for the year to this April, also show marked rises in younger children seeking treatment. For the first time, the majority of patients referred to the clinic (54%) are aged 14 or under.”
Mum’s fury after transgender suicide teen sold hormones from illegal online clinic Cambridgeshire Live 29.06.19
“A heartbroken Cambridgeshire mum of a transgender teenager who took his own life is calling for a second inquest after finding out he had hormone treatment from unregulated online doctors.
Jayden Lowe, 18, paid £30 a month for private therapy after facing a six-year wait with the NHS, his inquest heard.
Married doctors Mike and Helen Webberley have both received an interim suspension by the British Medical Council pending an investigation, after they set up their unregulated gender treatment service.”
Surge in girls switching gender The Sunday Times 29.06.19
“Almost three-quarters of children seeking help to change their gender are girls, the highest proportion recorded, according to figures from England’s only child gender clinic.
The numbers, for the year to this April, also show marked rises in younger children seeking treatment. For the first time, the majority of patients referred to the clinic (54%) are aged 14 or under.
The number of 13-year-olds seeking treatment rose by 30% in a year to 331. Referrals of 14-year-olds went up by a quarter, to 511. The number of 11-year-olds is up by 28%. The youngest patients were three.”
“I thought that’s what feminism had fought for? To not have to acquiesce to sexist stereotypes because we are female? Should we not simply be encouraging girls to reject the rules imposed upon them as to how they should behave?”
“A teenager suspended from school after insisting there are ‘only two genders’ has revealed he spoke out in protest at the ‘dangerous’ views being forced on to pupils. The 17-year-old sparked an international debate about transgender rights and free speech after a secretly filmed video clip of him being reprimanded by his teacher went viral. He was thrown out of class after arguing that only two genders exist – male and female – a position which his teacher claimed was ‘not inclusive’.”
A damaged child: Why the NSPCC must act Rainbow Radicals 15.06.19
This is the story of a damaged child & the content may be triggering, particularly if you are affected by childhood abuse.”
Gendered Intelligence Training Session for Teachers at ‘Kiss My Genders’ TransgenderTrend 14.06.19
“Gendered Intelligence co-hosted a teacher training session at the Hayward Gallery last night for teachers of primary, secondary and higher education. The aim of the training was to “explore ways of talking about gender and identity, using Hayward Gallery’s Kiss My Genders exhibition as a discussion starter” and to “build skills to discuss key topics of trans awareness and gender identity, drawn from the exhibition, in the classroom.””
Munroe Bergdorf, the NSPCC and the failure of the media James Kirkup 14.06.19
“To be crystal clear about this, the board of the NSPCC dismissed Bergdorf because it judged that her actions breached its standards relating to child protection and would actually undermine the work of the charity (i.e. the protection of children).”
“Transgender activist Munroe Bergdorf says she is “unbelievably sad” that the NSPCC has cut ties with her, days after she revealed she was Childline’s “first LGBT+ campaigner”.
She said the charity was “bowing down to pressure from a transphobic lobby”.
Her appointment had been criticised by some on Twitter, with Ms Bergdorf described as a “porn model” and her appointment called “inappropriate”.”
‘Desmond Is Amazing’ Needs Saving Madeleine Kearns 11.06.19
“An eleven-year-old drag performer should inspire fierce protest. It so happens that the issue that launched the recent fracas on the American Right is in my own dispiriting beat: the effects of gender-identity policies on children. Disputes about “strategy” aside, conservatives can all agree that a culture that permits the sexualization and sterilization of children’s bodies is a rotten one.”
“Students sitting the Edexcel paper had to study a diagram of chromosomes – the arrangement of genes which determine if someone is male or female – before being asked to identify which ‘gender’ was shown. Pupils were also asked to explain how ‘gender’ is ‘inherited’.
Furious scientists, one of whom was marking the test, say the wording of the questions was scientifically inaccurate and suspect it was chosen instead of ‘sex’ for politically correct reasons following lobbying by transgender campaigners.”
“Dr. John Steever, assistant professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center in Manhattan, who runs its transgender health program and has evaluated over 500 patients from ages 8 to 23, said that almost 95 percent of the transmasculine teenagers in the program bind.
Binders are not classified as medical devices, but some doctors and parents have concerns about their safety.”
“An exam board has been accused of “sowing scientific confusion” after misusing the term “gender” in one of its biology exams.
Edexcel asked students taking a GCSE paper last month to identify the “gender” shown by a set of chromosomes, then told them to show how “gender is inherited” from parents.”
Scouts earn U-turn badge after scrapping trans policy The Times 26.05.19
“The Scouts have done a U-turn on a transgender policy that members said put young people’s safety at risk.
The policy, which was published only 18 months ago and triggered protests — one MP called it “madness” — has been substantially changed. Advice that scout leaders should not call children “boys or girls” has been scrapped.”
“A vicar has resigned following a bitter dispute with his bishop over the way a Church of England school handled an eight-year-old pupil’s plan to change gender. The Reverend John Parker, a governor at the school, supported the boy’s wish to become a girl but said he was silenced when he raised concerns that parents and pupils would be kept in the dark. He also feared that staff and governors had been misled by the transgender lobby group Mermaids, which had been invited in to advise the school.”
Young children, reality, sex and gender Katie Alcock 29.05.19
“Children can work out at a very young age that there are men and women, boys and girls, in the world — it’s probably quite useful for them to work this out in the general scheme of things.
So when they see all the girls at nursery wearing pink and having long hair, well, that’s what girls do! And they also realise, from what people are saying, and from how their parents dress them, what toys they are given, and what toys other children who look like them (same clothes, same hair) what they are supposed to like and do based on what sex they are.”
“Care proceedings were instigated by Lancashire County Council based on concerns from social workers about the treatment of the children with gender identity issues, along with a referral to children’s services by the school regarding concerns of fabricated and induced illness in respect of four of the children. There was also a catalogue of hospitalisations for one child. Lancashire CC subsequently sought to withdraw care proceedings, which was what this hearing was about.”
Suspended GPs Helen and Mike Webberley move sex change clinic to Spain The Sunday Times 19.05.19
“A private gender clinic that gave sex-change hormones to a 12-year-old is moving to Spain after both its doctors were suspended by the General Medical Council (GMC).
It will continue to dispense the drugs online from its new base in Malaga in what critics called a “dangerous loophole” in regulation.”
The tangled case of the brothers who became girls aged seven and three, Sunday Times 12.05.19
“A boy transitioned to being a girl from the age of three after being sent to live with foster parents, whose own son had just legally transitioned at the age of seven. The younger child was dressed in girls’ clothes, even though teachers had “expressly asked” the foster parents not to do so. A third foster child previously cared for by the couple also had “gender identity issues”.”
Judge backs parents who allowed their four-year-old son to live as a girl and sent him to school in a girl’s uniform – despite social workers accusing them of ‘actively encouraging’ their child’s transgender identity Mail 10.05.19
“A couple who sent their four-year-old son to school wearing a girl’s uniform have been praised as ‘good parents’ by a senior judge. Social workers accused the couple of being too quick to recognise the child – referred to as ‘H’ in court – as transgender at such a young age. Threatening to take H into care, they said the couple had ‘actively encouraged’ the child and ‘acted in a precipitate manner in relation to perceived gender dysphoria.'”
“The parents of an elementary student suing the Woodburn School District for almost a million dollars say a second-grade teacher kept their son from recess and educated him without their permission about being transgender.
The lawsuit filed in Marion County Circuit Court accuses the school of false imprisonment, negligence and the intentional infliction of emotional distress.”
TED Talker Promotes Laws To Let Doctors Mutilate Minors Without Parent Consent Jane Robbins 30.04.19
“Aye’s recent TED talk on this issue is illuminating in several ways. One is her slavish adherence to the new grammatical mandates of the transgender orthodoxy. She consistently refers with female pronouns to a boy who identifies as a girl.
His parents realize they have “a daughter with a penis” (1:10). He was “assigned” a sex at birth (3:30). His treatment isn’t gender “reassignment” therapy but gender “affirmation” therapy (1:40).”
No Outsiders : Queering the Primary Classroom Transgender Trend 23.04.19
“The parent led revolt over the teaching of the No Outsiders programme at Parkfield Community School, a Birmingham primary with a 98% Muslim intake, shows no sign of going away. At least five schools in the area which had been teaching the programme have now, like Parkfield, suspended it while consultations take place with parents.”
Gender Incongruence in children, adolescents and adults (Screenshot) British Journal of GP Practice, April 2019
More individuals are requesting medical assistance for gender uncertainty or dysphoria and provision of adult NHS gender identity services (GIS) is changing.1 Despite minimal medical input to polarised debates, several issues are potentially concerning: reports of poor care; rapid rises in referrals of children and young people to GIS;2 public conflation of biological sex with socially influenced gender roles; and extensive uncertainty in the evidence base to guide practice.3
Johanna Olson-Kennedy and the US Gender Affirmative Approach Transgender Trend 17.04.19
“Listening to Olson-Kennedy speak about her practice gives us a clear picture of what NHS gender identity services would look like if based on the beliefs and demands of support groups such as Mermaids, GIRES and Gendered Intelligence. Olson-Kennedy is perhaps the most influential ‘gender doctor’ out of many who are already putting into practice a gender-affirmative and informed consent model across the United States.”
Transgender booklet suspended in Warwickshire schools CoventryLive 11.04.19
“A council is reviewing its use of a controversial transgender toolkit for schools after complaints from parents. Warwickshire County Council had issued the booklet to all schools in the county at the end of January last year. The booklet – which describes itself as a “best practice guide” – provides schools with the information it needs to become a trans inclusive environment. But now its use has been formally suspended as a review takes place into its content.”
Parents with gender dysphoric kids are fighting back The Post Millenial 11.04.19
“The parents came from a wide range of religious and political leanings, but all were intelligent, well educated and strong-minded enough to ask questions when something sounded wrong, even if it was coming from “respected” authorities. They had all independently researched their children’s issues, and each had arrived at the same conclusion: The experts were wrong.”
Investigation for The Times by Lucy Bannerman
Calls to end transgender ‘experiment on children’ The Times 08.04.19
- Families ‘exploited by gender lobby groups pushing for treatment’ The Times 08.04.19
- It feels like conversion therapy for gay children, say clinicians The Times 08.04.19
Doubts over evidence for using drugs on the young Prof Carl Heneghan The Times 08.04.19
“You would think, when it comes to children, the testing and evaluation of medicines would be robust — ensuring the utmost safety. Well, you’d be wrong. The mess we have gotten ourselves into with the treatment of gender dysphoria in children and adolescents highlights all that is concerning with the present use and evaluation of powerful medicines in this age group.”
It is now ‘transphobic’ to report doctors’ fears about trans’ children’s health James Kirkup 08.04.19
“The Times today reports serious concerns about the functioning of the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust.”
Parents in revolt as councils issue schools with transgender toolkits The Sunday Times 07.04.19
“As a self-proclaimed “leftie liberal”, Tracy Shaw, 44, a mother of three, had not taken much notice of the rise of transgender activism — but that all changed in the space of a few weeks last summer.
Her nine-year-old daughter brought home a notice from her gymnastics club in south Oxfordshire informing her that she would have to share changing rooms with trans children.”
The ‘Trans’ Child as Experimental Guinea Pig Madeleine Kearns 04.04.19
“Last year Jeanette Jennings, as part of the reality-TV show I Am Jazz, threw her 17-year-old child, Jazz, a “farewell-to-penis party.” Guests cheered as the teenager hacked at a phallus-shaped cake with a knife, shouting, “Let’s cut it off.” The party may have been a bit contrived even by reality-show standards, but the subsequent operation was all too real. In any other context, we might consider the drug-induced stunting of a child’s penis, followed by its surgical removal, to be mutilation. But in an era of culturally and legally enshrined transgenderism, it’s not just permissible; it’s entertainment.”
‘Doctor’ Advises Threatening Suicide To Get Transgender Treatments For Kids The Federalist 01.04.19
“On February 28, the day after Bowden’s decision was released, Wong spoke at an event hosted by Vancouver Public Library. In a tape of the event obtained by Canadian pro-family group Culture Guard, Wong is heard proudly describing the scope of his children-only “gender therapy” practice, noting that his youngest client is not yet three years old and that he has 501 orphans and foster kids in his local practice.”
Grandmother fighting to save 10-y-o grandson from puberty blockers, gender-transition speaks out Christian Post 15.03.19
“Amanda Wilson hasn’t seen her grandson in two years and each day she longs to hold him in her arms and hug him but can’t. Her daughter, Marissa, and her spouse began believing that little Jack was really a girl around three years ago and because Wilson doesn’t agree they’ve cut off all contact with her, no longer speak, and don’t allow her and her husband to see him.”
“A girl of 15 was taken into foster care after she told teachers her parents were refusing to support her decision to change gender.
The family was informed by the deputy head teacher at her school that he was ‘powerless to intervene’ in preventing them losing their ‘much-loved’ daughter.
He told them: ‘I know she’s not a boy but she’s self-identified so my hands are tied.'”
“Parents blog 4thWaveNow, tweeting at @4th_WaveNow, exposes disturbing leaked discussions from a private group for parents of “transgender children”. In multiple screen-grabs parents discuss the “problem” of children who are not dysphoric and who do not want to take puberty blockers nor wear devices to disguise their sex. Parents strategize about how to overcome the children’s resistance to transgender “treatment”.”
Tavistock’s Experimentation with Puberty Blockers: Scrutinizing the Evidence Michael Biggs 05.03.19
“In 2010, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) launched a trial of puberty blockers for children in their early teens with gender dysphoria. This was—and remains—an experimental treatment. These drugs, Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone agonists (GnRHa), have not been certified as a safe or effective treatment for gender dysphoria by their manufacturers, nor by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.”
Vulnerable youngsters rushed into treatment. Staff too nervous to speak out: After resigning from controversial Tavistock gender clinic trust, a former governor says he fears we’re hurrying children down a transgender path they may bitterly regret Mail 01.03.19
“Treatment that has unknown far‑reaching consequences and that, without sufficient exploration as to the child’s feelings and motives, can have devastating life‑long effects on their identity and development.
Although, following this first critical report, the Trust had subsequently commissioned its own review of the situation, I began to worry that this second report was being used to close down rather than open up the debate about the serious and sensitive clinical issues.”
NHS child gender reassignment ‘too quick’ BBC 25.02.19
“England’s only NHS youth gender clinic is too quick to give children and young people gender reassignment treatment, a former governor has said. Psychoanalyst Dr Marcus Evans, who resigned last week, told the BBC’s Today programme he had been concerned about clinicians searching for “quick solutions.”
“This is the opposite of what needs to be done,” he said.”
Gay and trans lessons for primary schools The Sunday Times 24.02.19
“Compulsory lessons to teach children from the age of five about gay and trans relationships will be outlined in guidance to head teachers to be published tomorrow.
The controversial new statutory guidance will also spell out for the first time the end of parents’ right to opt their children out of sex and relationships education classes in secondary school. The change will guarantee all children receive at least a term of lessons by the time they are 16.”
Staff at trans clinic fear damage to children as activists pile on pressure The Times 16.02.19
“England’s only NHS gender clinic for children is exposing young patients to “long-term damage” because of its “inability to stand up to the pressure” from “highly politicised” campaigners and families demanding fast-track gender transition, some of its own doctors say.”
- Governor quits ‘blinkered’ Tavistock clinic The Times 23.02.19
- Governor of Tavistock Foundation quits over damning report into gender identity clinic Guardian 23.02.19
It’s Complicated: Docs Say Gender-Questioning Kids Need Better Science Medscape 15.02.19
“Three separate groups of physicians have recently written to leading medical journals questioning hormonal treatment of children and adolescents with gender dysphoria in countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia, and certain European countries.”
Training guide ‘pushed GPs to endorse gender swaps’ The Sunday Times 03.02.19
“The professional body for family doctors has dropped a course provided by a transgender activist charity because GPs felt it pushed them to guide patients towards gender reassignment. The course on gender variance, which the Royal College of General Practitioners had hosted on its website since 2015, has been withdrawn. The college’s decision represents a significant response by the medical establishment at a time of growing disquiet about the surging number of children who are transitioning.”
Doctors Speak Out Against Medical Profession’s Utter Lack Of Caution For Trans Kids The Federalist 31.01.19
“The most troubling agenda item for the transgender radicals became the demand that dysphoric children be provided medical intervention to help their bodies mimic those of the opposite sex. Such interventions can include puberty blockers (which disrupt the natural maturation of the body), cross-sex hormones (which flood the body with hormones natural to the opposite sex), and surgery to remove healthy but unwanted reproductive organs and perhaps to craft faux organs natural to the opposite sex.”
Ten things you’re not supposed to know about the transgender industry Hacsi Horvath 21.01.19
“At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, transgender industry Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedyrefers healthy but confused teen girls as young as age 13 to the surgeon for radical mastectomy — “top surgery,” or “chest surgery.” Girls and young women will likely also have their uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes rooted out before too long.”
“Britain’s only NHS transgender clinic for children was last night accused of burying disturbing figures showing a third of its young patients are autistic. Since 2011, specialists at The Tavistock Centre’s Gender Identity Development Service in London have seen more than 1,000 under- 18s. An internal review discovered 372 of these patients – some 35 per cent – exhibited ‘moderate or severe autistic traits.'”
Jo or Joe? Surge in trans children changing names Sunday Times 13.01.19
“Children as young as 10 are having their gender switched by deed poll as record numbers of British youngsters identify as transgender.
The UK Deed Poll Service has seen a sharp rise in the number of parents paying £35 to alter their child’s title from “Miss to Master” or “Master to Miss” in the past five years, with about one under-16-year-old making the change every day.
These changes are commonly accompanied by the renouncing of the child’s birth name and the adoption of a new first name from the opposite sex.”
When Your Daughter Defies Biology reblog from Wall Street Journal 14.01.19
“But giving in to patients’ demands is exactly what most medical professionals do when faced with ROGD. Like fashionable and tragic misdiagnoses of the past, this one comes with irreversible physical trauma. “Top surgery,” a euphemism for double mastectomies. Infertility. Permanent rounding of facial features or squaring of the jawline. Bodily and facial hair that never goes away.”
“NHS staff are being advised to ignore parents’ wishes if they conflict with those of a child who identifies as transgender – even if the child is not considered to have the understanding and intelligence to consent.
A Telegraph investigation has found that one NHS trust is even willing to allow adolescents to share sleeping space with members of the opposite sex upon admission to single sex wards.”
Mothers in shock as daughters come home from college with mustaches, breasts removed The College Fix 10.01.19
“Rapid-onset gender dysphoria, which has been described as a “contagion,” has caught up with more and more mothers who are shocked when their formerly feminine daughters suddenly come from home college with mustaches, acne, different demeanors — even their breasts removed.”
The New Conversion Therapy: How Homophobic Quackery Is Targeting Children Sue Donym 22.12.18
Why Puberty Blockers Are A Clear Danger To Children’s Health The Federalist 14.12.18
The New Homophobic Bridge To Nowhere: Child Transition Sue Donym 05.12.18
The Pied Pipers of gender ideology: a different transgender perspective Jenn Smith 26.11.18
Why Is Transgender Identity on the Rise Among Teens? Psychology Today 28.11.18
See also: Teen Transgender Identity: A Response to Critics Psychology Today 29.11.18
Gender GP clinic faces questions after giving sex-change hormones to 12-year-old The Sunday Times 25.11.18
Activists challenge ‘transgender ideology’ sweeping Scottish schools The Sunday Times 25.11.18
Trans groups under fire for huge rise in child referrals The Sunday Times 25.11.18
The rush to diagnose trans children serves no-one Debbie Hayton 23.11.18
There is no such thing as a ‘trans kid’ Brendan O’Neill 22.11.18
Gender identity clinic accused of fast-tracking young adults Observer 3.11.18
Anger as gender neutral toilets introduced at primary school without parents knowing
Warrington Guardian 02.11.18
The Unspoken Homophobia Propelling the Transgender Movement in Children Debora Soh 23.10.18
Scotland: Opinion poll reveals backlash over trans rights Sunday Times 14.10.18
Suicide by trans-identified children in England and Wales Prof Michael Higgins 09.10.18
Don’t tell the parents: the official guidance to teachers of ‘trans children’ Madeleine Kearns, Spectator 06.10.18
Trans rights have gone wrong James Kirkup 04.10.18
Transgender specialist Dr Helen Webberley ran online clinic BBC News 05.10.18
Why Are Pediatrician Groups Conforming to Transgender Orthodoxy? National Review 18.09.18
Half Of All Transgender Female Teens Have Attempted Suicide The Federalist 13.09.18
NSPCC in Mumsnet row after defending Girl Guides transgender policy Telegraph 03.09.18
Why are so many teenage girls appearing in gender clinics? The Economist 01.09.18
Transgender kids shouldn’t be bullied, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be opposed Washington Examiner 23.08.18
Trans teenagers have become an experiment Janice Turner Times 18.8.18
Primary one children will be told ‘your gender is what you decide’ The Scotsman 07.08.18
When Children Say They’re Trans Jesse Singal, The Atlantic July/August 2018
Why Trans Kids Need Gatekeepers Libby DownUnder 31.7.18
The impact on children of accepting ‘transgender’ ideology Herald 22.7.18
Trans Activism’s Dangerous Myth of Parental Rejection Lisa Marchiano 20.07.18
The Myth of the “Desistance Myth” Julian Vigo 02.07.18
Trans activist ‘bullies’ stop donations for schoolchildren The Times 3.6.18
Schools pulled into row over helping transgender children The Guardian 15.05.18
Detransitioned man blasts “transworld” 4th Wave Now 05.05.18
Is it a Myth that the Vast Majority of Gender Dysphoric Children Desist? Paul Dirks 18.04.18
Gender Dysphoria and Children: An Endocrinologist’s Evaluation of I am Jazz Michael K. Laidlaw 05.04.18
How many transgender kids grow up to stay trans? Jesse Singal 28.03.18
Official Guidance Lets Kids Down Jo Bartosch 24.02.18
Parents Just Lost Custody of Teenage Daughter Who Wants to ‘Transition’ to a Boy: What You Need to Know Ryan T. Anderson 19.02.18
Teacher Roy Wilkes wins fight over ‘transphobic’ comments The Times 28.01.18
Schools rushing ‘on whisper’ to label pupils as transgender Sian Griffiths, The Times 21.01.18
Gender Dysphoria in Children American College of Pediatricians – June 2017
How many transgender kids grow up to stay trans? Dr James Cantor 30.12.17
Transgender fetish is a truly shameful modern invention Stuart Waiton 27.11.17
“Should I take testosterone when I’m 16?” Lisa Marchiano 14.11.17
Meet Alex Bertie, the transgender poster boy Janice Turner The Times 11.11.17
Professor Robert Winston joins the transgender debate and shares his concerns for young children Transgender Trend 02.11.17
Transing children & the myth of an unbiased medical establishment Louise Pennington 24.10.17
We need to investigate the causes of this sudden transgender explosion Norman Tebbit 23.10.17
Misunderstanding a New Kind of Gender Dysphoria Lisa Marchiano 06.10.17
NHS pressured our kids to change sex Daily Mail 3.10.17
Treatments for gender identity issues among Scottish children are soaring Sunday Herald 02.10.17
Buying time or arresting development? The dilemma of administering hormone blockers in trans children and adolescents Guido Giovanarti, Porto Biomedical Journal Volume 2, Issue 5, September–October 2017
What happened when a primary school went gender-neutral Telegraph 15.08.17
How 800 children as young as 10 have been given sex change drugs Mail on Sunday 30.07.17
Nearly 2,000 children referred for help with gender identity The Times 29.7.17 (paywall)
UK doctor prescribing cross-sex hormones to children as young as 12 The Guardian 11.07.16
Number of children being referred to gender identity clinics quadrupled in five years The Telegraph 08.07.17
Desistance: The missing piece in the conversation about ‘transgender kids’ Jesse Singal 06.02.17
Drug used to halt puberty in children may cause lasting health problems Stat News site 02.02.17
The Conservative Gendered Stereotyping of Children, Radical Feminism and transgenderism Louise Pennington 28.05.17
How Conversion Therapy Bans Will Trap Transgender Children Marcus Gregory 11.05.17
Why I’m raising my kids to know their sex, not their gender J.J. Barnes 08.05.17
Minority of children with gender issues diagnosed with gender dysphoria Brisbane Courier-Mail 08.04.17
Time For Parents To Resist Transgender Activism Emily Zinos 01.02.17
14-year-old girl surgically mutilated for “gender” in California Stop Transing Kids blog 05.04.16
Do trans kids stay trans when they grow up? Dr James Cantor 11.01.2016
When Transgender Kids Transition, Medical Risks are Both Known and Unknown Frontline 30.06.15
Eugenics and the practice of transgendering children Sheila Jeffreys 07.11.11
I don’t know the source of this screenshot.
Living in trans bubble increased my social anxiety Thomasin Pick 03.08.18
I Have Gender Dysphoria. But your Trans-Identified Child May Not Todd Whitworth 07.03.19
I Protect My Trans Kid Gender Critical Dad 18.02.19
A Letter To Young Trans People Leanne Mills 16.01.19
One parent’s story: the school was already calling her ‘him’ The Sunday Times 25.11.18
FTMTF LadyAntiTheist (see screenshot right)
From Blue to Pink – When the Trans Virus strikes home Feudal Times blog
Grandmother and Grandson Victims of Gender Ideology (Video interview)
Hitting Peak Trans and Becoming a Minority of One Gender Critical Dad
I Had 4 Boys — Until One of Them Told Me She Was Really a Girl Good Housekeeping
I was an eight-year-old drag queen Chad Felix Greene
My daughter is not transgender. She’s a tomboy Lisa Selin Davis
These fathers are fighting for their trans kids too Outsmart magazine
12-year-old describes growing up transgender New Hampshire News Site
We Still Have a Son and Daughter — Just Not the Way We Expected Good Housekeeping
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There are many more personal stories at 4thWaveNow.
Stories concerning Mermaids charity
What Questions Should a School be Asking about Mermaids Training for Teachers? Transgender Trender 09.09.19
Our Response to the Revelations about Mermaids in the Sunday Times Transgender Trend 16.06.19
Talks ‘make children feel surgery is expected’ The Sunday Times 16.06.19
Parents’ anger as child sex change charity puts private emails online The Times 15.06.19
An Analysis of the Mermaids Press Statement Transgender Trend 27.05.19
The journalist investigated by police for ‘using the wrong pronouns’ James Kirkup 20.03.19
The Successful, Dangerous Child Sex-Change Charity Madeleine Kearns 23.01.19
Pseudo-Scientific Hokum And The Experimentation On Children’s Bodies Julian Vigo 27.12.18
Trans ideologists are spreading cod science The Times 22.12.18
Child sex-change charity Mermaids handed £500,000 by national lottery The Times 16.12.18
Should Mermaids be permitted to influence UK public policy on ‘trans kids’? 4thWaveNow 21.10.17
A complaint about an article reporting alleged against Mermaids Critical Sisters site 28.08.17
Mermaids TG are either lying or hopelessly unprofessional Fair play for Women site 28.11.16
Transgender children: the parents and doctors on the frontline The Observer 13.11.16
Parents fear transgender children will be taken away after court ruling Guardian 22.11.16
The case of Child J
Mermaids UK charity ban as boy forced to live as girl The Times (paywall)
What on earth is happening to the Girl Guides?
The saga of Girlguiding UK and the Equality Act exemptions Legal Feminist 27.09.18
Ban for Girl Guides who identify as boys Times 27.09.18
Girl Guide leaders expelled for questioning trans policy Times 23.09.18
Articles about ITV Drama ‘Butterfly’
About an early adolescent boy who wants to ‘transition’ to being a girl Tasmanian Times 03.02.19
Too young to decide? Questions dividing real-life Butterfly families Observer 03.11.18
Trans drama Butterfly is rejection and sexism dressed up as social justice TV Sarah Ditum 27.10.18
Butterfly: A Mermaid’s Tale Transgender Trend 14.10.18
Butterfly – a view from the cocoon Lily Maynard 14.10.18
Butterfly: Teen transgender drama ‘inflates suicide risk’ Sunday Times 14.10.18
TV Documentary: Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best?
A fascinating and, in my opinion, well-balanced BBC documentary giving both sides of the argument. It was pulled from the viewing schedule at very short notice by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. It can currently be viewed here.
Dr. Zucker Defied Trans Orthodoxy. Now He’s Vindicated National Review 25.10.18
Transgender Kids: why doctors are right to be cautious about childhood transition Sarah Ditum New Statesman
Statistics faulty on how many trans- kids grow up to stay trans? Dr James Cantor
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