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.”
One of the most moving stories I’ve ever read comes from a tireless campaigner called Lily Maynard, whose story about what she and her daughter went through is on both the 4thWaveNow site and on her personal blog. It heads the list of real life stories lower down this page.
“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.”
See also ROGD- Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria by Lily Maynard 28.7.18
The study referred to in this article can be read in full here:
“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.”
Parody from the Posie Parker
Any resemblance to Dr Helen Webberley, who features in a couple of the stories below, is purely intentional.
Articles from blogs, newspapers and journals
“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.”
“Of all the foundations upon which free societies are built, the most commonly overlooked and yet one of the most critically important in terms of protecting a diversity of belief is the protection of parental rights.
We have entered a stage in history when this important bulwark against the rise of totalitarianism is under direct assault.”
The New Conversion Therapy: How Homophobic Quackery Is Targeting Children Sue Donym 22.12.18
“What if I told you that conversion therapy still existed? A new type of conversion therapy that targets children, that may, potentially, turn out gay or lesbian. Homosexual. Fruity. Fabulous. Butch. Femme.”
“As you may imagine, I have a lot of anger at transgenderism and its enablers, as well as an “inward bruise” (as Melville called it). I am not a happy camper. I have been badly harmed. However–as a father myself–I am far angrier that thousands of young people are being irreversibly altered and sterilized as they are inducted into a drug-dependent and medically-maimed lifestyle.”
“That’s it: my daughter’s getting home-schooled. It’s either that or risk having a 7 year-old earnestly assure me at pick-up time that “boys have periods too, you know.” And now that Brighton & Hove City Council have officially approved plans to teach children that “all genders” can menstruate, it won’t be long until British kids are being taught that girls have testes, Paris is the capital of Romania – and 2 + 2 = 5.”
“Sex education lessons in which pupils as young as eight will be told ‘all genders’ have periods were yesterday condemned as unnecessarily confusing for young children. The classes follow guidelines that were issued to teachers to help them avoid offending girls who identify as boys.”
“Strong calls from the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland (CYPCS) emphasised the importance that “school toilet facilities (be) compliant with human rights duties and informed by International standards”, with specific warnings where “infrastructure and management standards of school toilets are poor there is a risk of a breach of children’s rights under the UNCRC”. The government thereafter published the analysis of these responses and their plan to draft new Regulations for parliamentary approval in early 2018 was never progressed.”
Why Puberty Blockers Are A Clear Danger To Children’s Health The Federalist 14.12.18
“The argument is that this will give the girl more time to “explore her identity,” an easier path to physical transitioning before her body matures, and a chance to decide if she wants to pursue more serious measures such as cross-sex hormones and surgery. (More on that later.) The first claim is that Lupron is safe. But thousands of patients who have been treated with Lupron for non-sex-related conditions would disagree.”
The New Homophobic Bridge To Nowhere: Child Transition Sue Donym 05.12.18
“What if I told you there was a movement, nay, a civil rights movement, to castrate children? Children, that may, potentially, turn out gay. Homosexual. Fruity. Fabulous.
I know your reply already: “That’s unrealistic! Horseshit! Untrue! Conspiracy theories! No one could do that! You’re a big liar, Alex Jones-esque, and I’m going to close your article and complain on Twitter!””
“The GP prosecuted for failing to register her online advice services for transgender patients with a health regulator in Wales says she has moved her service to England. But Helen Webberley admits she has still not registered with inspectors there either. She was fined £12,000 by a district judge who called the offence “serious”.”
“A transgender charity is giving girls as young as 13 potentially dangerous breast-flattening devices without telling their parents.
The ultra–tight garments can cause ‘horrendous’ health problems including breathing and breastfeeding difficulties, chronic back pain and broken ribs, increasing the chance of a punctured lung.”
The Pied Pipers of gender ideology: a different transgender perspective Jenn Smith 26.11.18
“As a transgender person, I began speaking publicly on gender identity issues in B.C. after I witnessed the vicious attacks launched against School Trustee Barry Neufeld in Chilliwack. Neufeld spoke out against teaching gender ideology in schools claiming it constituted a form of “child abuse,” and he was quite quickly demonized in the press.”
“When his mother, a pediatrician, took James for counseling, she chose a gender transition therapist who diagnosed him with gender dysphoria, a mental conflict between physical sex and perceived gender. James’ precious young life hinges purely on the diagnosis of gender dysphoria by a therapist who wraps herself in rainbow colors, affirms the diagnosis of gender dysphoria, and dismisses evidence to the contrary.”
Why Is Transgender Identity on the Rise Among Teens? Psychology Today 28.11.18
“As attested by current controversies, rates of transgender identity appear to be on the rise, particularly among young people. Increased social acceptance of a previously stigmatized condition likely plays a role in this process, but other findings are clearly puzzling: Transgender identity is now reported among young natal females at rates that clearly exceed all known statistics to date.”
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
“Helen Webberley, founder of Gender GP in Wales, was convicted in court last month of operating gender treatment services without a licence. She was already subject to a GMC investigation and is banned from treating transgender patients unsupervised.
She announced that her husband Mike, also a GP, would take over the service to give trans clients “the highest standards of care”. Last week, however, the GMC began to investigate Mike Webberley. It has banned him from prescribing sex-change hormones over the internet, one of Gender GP’s main lines of business, and said any such patients must see him in person at his Abergavenny home.”
Activists challenge ‘transgender ideology’ sweeping Scottish schools The Sunday Times 25.11.18
“The document, Supporting Transgender Young People, was part-funded by the Scottish government. It says pupils should compete in sports in the gender they feel most comfortable with, and parents should not be told if a child wants to change gender or share rooms with the opposite sex on school trips unless the pupil gives their consent.”
Trans groups under fire for huge rise in child referrals The Sunday Times 25.11.18
“The head teacher, Richard Bradford, said the figures, the highest yet revealed in any school in the country, were from a survey of his students by the local council. The number of “openly trans children” who had “approached us with their families to say that they are transgender [was] much lower”, he said.
Even allowing for a certain number of teenagers messing around with the survey-takers, something important is happening, both in Brighton and in Britain. Over the past five years, the number of children referred to the NHS’s specialist service for those seeking to change their gender has risen by 700%.”
“A mother was warned that her daughter could be placed under the care of social workers after she complained that the 14-year-old was being ‘encouraged’ to change sex by a therapist and her teachers.
The 45-year-old, whom we’ve called Lisa to protect her identity, raised the objections after discovering that, during their first hour-long appointment, an NHS psychotherapist had told the girl she could take hormones to stop her periods and give her male characteristics.”
The rush to diagnose trans children serves no-one Debbie Hayton 23.11.18
“Today’s gender non-confirming children are receiving very different messages from those in Stella’s day. Blue Peter and Grange Hill have been replaced by YouTube and Tumblr. From across the internet, they are told that along with freedom of expression comes a freedom to choose their own sex. As science falls victim to wishful thinking, anyone who challenges them can be dismissed as a bigot.”
There is no such thing as a ‘trans kid’ Brendan O’Neill 22.11.18
“Young teenage girls are binding their breasts in the belief that they are really boys; young boys are increasingly being allowed to turn up to school in girls’ clothes; and more teens are being prescribed drugs that hold back puberty, that essential, natural progression to adulthood.”
Maggie Mellon, feminist campaigner and former social worker specialising in child protection, argues that the Scottish Government has embraced policies on transgender issues which willl harm children, and says an increasing number of women are challenging it.
“I have been a psychotherapist for more than 30 years and, in that time, I have worked with a small but significant number of patients who wished to change gender. For everyone’s sake, I believe that surgery – which is irreversible – should only ever be a last resort. We should always begin by working to help the mind fit better with the body before we start altering the body to fit the mind. Yet in today’s NHS, professionals are enabling hundreds – possibly thousands – of teenagers to have major surgery to change their gender.”
“An astonishing 17 pupils at a single British school are in the process of changing gender, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Most of the youngsters undergoing the transformation are autistic, according to a teacher there, who said vulnerable children with mental health problems were being ‘tricked’ into believing they are the wrong sex.”
Gender identity clinic accused of fast-tracking young adults Observer 3.11.18
“Britain’s only NHS gender identity service for children is reviewing its operations amid claims made by a senior member of staff that it is failing to examine fully the psychological and social reasons behind young people’s desire to change gender.
The views are shared by a group of parents of transgender children, who have raised their own concerns that the Tavistock Centre’s gender identity development service (GIDS) in London is “fast-tracking” young people into life-altering decisions without fully assessing their personal histories.”
Anger as gender neutral toilets introduced at primary school without parents knowing
Warrington Guardian 02.11.18
“Everyone is very angry about it. Some of the girls don’t want to use the toilets because the boys make a mess and some are even refusing to go at home. It is ridiculous. I just cannot believe the head teacher and the governors brought this in without saying anything.”
“More than half of Scotland’s local authorities face court challenges over controversial guidance on transgender pupils in schools.
Seventeen councils, including Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, have been threatened with legal action by parents supported by the Christian Institute, a group that successfully challenged the Scottish government’s named persons legislation.”
The Unspoken Homophobia Propelling the Transgender Movement in Children Debora Soh 23.10.18
“Therapy that seeks to help gender dysphoric children grow comfortable in their birth sex (known in the research literature as the “therapeutic approach”) has been conflated with conversion therapy, but this is inaccurate. All of the available research following gender dysphoric children longitudinally shows that the majority desist; they outgrow their feelings of dysphoria by puberty and grow up to be gay in adulthood, not transgender.”
Scotland: Opinion poll reveals backlash over trans rights Sunday Times 14.10.18
“The SNP government has supported controversial guidance that suggests teachers need not tell parents if a child wants to identify as a different gender. The advice, from LGBT Youth Scotland, also says there is no reason for parents to be told if their children are sharing rooms with trans pupils on school trips. The government is also considering letting children as young as 12 alter the gender on their birth certificate.”
Suicide by trans-identified children in England and Wales Prof Michael Higgins 09.10.18
‘I want a happy daughter, not a dead son’, proclaims Anna Friel in the new ITV drama Butterfly. This line required no creativity from the scriptwriter, as it is a constant refrain in interviews with parents. ‘I’d rather have a live daughter than a dead son.’ ‘We prefer to have a living son than a dead daughter’. ‘Our only choice was to have a dead son or a living daughter.’ ‘I’d rather have a living son than a dead daughter’. ‘Do you want a happy little girl or a dead little boy?’ ‘My wife and I decided that we would much rather have a happy, healthy daughter than a dead son.’
Don’t tell the parents: the official guidance to teachers of ‘trans children’ Madeleine Kearns, Spectator 06.10.18
“How can we help transgender children? This is a question greatly exercising politicians and many are confused about what to do. In Scotland, children are now expected to ‘demonstrate an understanding of diversity in sexuality and gender identity’. The Scottish government supports a new classroom resource that tells primary school children that they may consider themselves to be a boy, a girl, or neither. ‘You know who you are,’ it explains.
Trans rights have gone wrong James Kirkup 04.10.18
“Your 13-year-old daughter tells a teacher that’s she’s uncomfortable with her body. She prefers trousers to skirts, football to ballet. She says she thinks she’s a he and wants to be treated as a boy at school. Would the teacher tell you your daughter wants to change gender?”
Transgender specialist Dr Helen Webberley ran online clinic BBC News 05.10.18
“A GP who hit the headlines for giving advice to transgender children faces a fine after running an online clinic without permission. Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ Court heard that Dr Helen Webberley was told not to run her web-based advice surgery by watchdog Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW).
Dr Webberley, of Abergavenny, insisted she was innocent. But a judge ruled the defendant and her company broke the Care Standards Act.”
“Transgender activists and their hard-left political supporters have erected a wall of propaganda to block any objections founded in science, reality, or genuine compassion for sufferers of gender dysphoria. In a testament to their political skill, these activists have managed to shut down biologically based responses to their remarkable argument that gender is unrelated to biology and can be changed at will. But cracks in the wall are starting to show.”
Why Are Pediatrician Groups Conforming to Transgender Orthodoxy? National Review 18.09.18
“In the same week that the U.K.’s “equalities minister” launched an inquiry into why there has been a 4,000 percent increase in girls seeking gender reassignment in the past ten years (from 40 in 2009–10 to 1,806 in 2017–18), the American Academy of Pediatrics released its official policy statement on how to ensure “comprehensive care and support for transgender and gender diverse children and adolescents.”
“An urgent investigation has been launched into why soaring numbers of girls aged as young as four want to change gender – and whether social media is to blame. Equalities Minister Penny Mordaunt has ordered officials to discover the reasons why the number of girls being referred for ‘transitioning’ treatment has increased by 4,415 per cent.”
Half Of All Transgender Female Teens Have Attempted Suicide The Federalist 13.09.18
“The study by Toomey and fellow University of Arizona researchers Amy K. Syvertsen and Maura Shramko provides further evidence that research institutions should encourage more studies in this area, not shut them down. At this point, we don’t just know that lives are at stake—we know how many lives are at stake.”
Why are so many teenage girls appearing in gender clinics? The Economist 01.09.18
“Dr Littman thinks that some adolescents may embrace the idea that they are transgender as a way of coping with symptoms of a different, underlying issue. Almost two-thirds of the children had one or more diagnoses of a psychiatric or developmental disorder preceding the onset of gender dysphoria; nearly half had self-harmed or experienced some trauma. This is consistent with other studies of gender dysphoria when it sets in during puberty. Some people distract themselves from emotional pain by drinking, taking drugs, cutting or starving themselves.”
Over the past few years, many parents have begun to take note that the BBC is becoming ever more blatant with publicising and encouraging the transgender ideology amongst children. Where has this come from, and why?
“there is a real danger that gender non-confirming behaviour in children is being interpreted not as this being a child who will grow up to be homosexual, rather our feminine boys and masculine girls are being perceived to be and treated as being ‘transgender’.”
Detransitioned man blasts “transworld” 4th Wave Now 05.05.18
“Young people are systematically gaslighted in their indoctrination about all things trans. Like many adults, adolescents are usually overstimulated, sleep-deprived and eating suboptimal food; often somewhat traumatized and fragmented far away from knowing their own wholeness. Trans ideology is now presented to kids in USA schools as truth, “settled science” that helps people to “become their authentic selves,” masquerading through life as the opposite sex. But based on both my personal experience as a former “transwoman” and my ongoing research, trans itself actually doesn’t exist, at least not in material reality. It exists only through mind-games; reversals, inversions & perversions of meaning; language-policing; and bureaucratic paperwork.”
How many transgender kids grow up to stay trans? Jesse Singal 28.03.18
“This is going to be a very nerdy post that will be indecipherable to anyone not at least knee-deep in the debate over childhood gender dysphoria persistence and desistance, so I’ll just jump right to the point: Just about everyone, myself included, has been misreading the single biggest published study on this subject in an important way.”
Desistance: The missing piece in the conversation about ‘transgender kids’ Jesse Singal 06.02.17
“Part of problem is that some people don’t accept the desistance findings at all — they argue that the studies demonstrating high levels of desistance in gender-dysphoric kids are fatally flawed, and further that the very concept of desistance itself is really just a pretense for allowing bigots to deny the reality of trans people’s identities. This is understandable, in light of the very real discrimination trans people face every day and past misdeeds committed by the mental-health Establishment, but it’s also unfortunate: We can’t have an intelligent, informed discussion about these tricky issues if we’re going to ignore what is, at the moment, a solid scientific consensus.”
Drug used to halt puberty in children may cause lasting health problems Stat News site 02.02.17
“For years, Sharissa Derricott, 30, had no idea why her body seemed to be failing. At 21, a surgeon replaced her deteriorated jaw joint. She’s been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition. Her teeth are shedding enamel and cracking. None of it made sense to her until she discovered a community of women online who describe similar symptoms and have one thing in common: All had taken a drug called Lupron.”
Do trans kids stay trans when they grow up? Dr James Cantor 11.01.2016
“Despite the differences in country, culture, decade, and follow-up length and method, all the studies have come to a remarkably similar conclusion: Only very few trans- kids still want to transition by the time they are adults. Instead, they generally turn out to be regular gay or lesbian folks. The exact number varies by study, but roughly 60–90% of trans- kids turn out no longer to be trans by adulthood.”
Eugenics and the practice of transgendering children Sheila Jeffreys 07.11.2011
“There are similarities between the eugenic sexual surgeries and drug treatments of the past and the transgendering of children now. The ideas for both treatments come from scientists of sex such as biologists, endocrinologists and psychiatrists. Both practices are based on the idea that certain problematic behaviours have a biological basis and can be “cured” by treatments which alter sexual characteristics.”
14-year-old girl surgically mutilated for “gender” in California Stop Transing Kids blog 05.04.16
“Samantha, a girl born with fetal alcohol syndrome and other issues, was adopted as a baby by a couple in San Diego. Now, at age 14, she insists she’s a boy. Today, Samantha’s double mastectomy was announced to the world.”
Gender Dysphoria in Children American College of Pediatricians – June 2017
“The debate over how to treat children with GD is primarily an ethical dispute; one that concerns physician worldview as much as science. Medicine does not occur in a moral vacuum; every therapeutic action or inaction is the result of a moral judgment of some kind that arises from the physician’s philosophical worldview. Medicine also does not occur in a political vacuum and being on the wrong side of sexual politics can have severe consequences for individuals who hold the politically incorrect view.”
Gender Dysphoria and Children: An Endocrinologist’s Evaluation of I am Jazz Michael K. Laidlaw 05.04.18
“Recently, a group of parents asked me to review the book I Am Jazz to determine whether, from a medical point of view, it is suitable for children to read. They also asked this for the benefit of their school district, given that the topic of childhood gender dysphoria would be discussed at their upcoming school board meeting.”
How Conversion Therapy Bans Will Trap Transgender Children Marcus Gregory 11.05.17
“While attempts to make gays straight may have little value, that little “or gender identity” nonchalantly added to the end is a live grenade. In disguised language, it ensures no American child unhappy with his or her natural sexed body will have access to therapy other than drastically changing the body.”
How many transgender kids grow up to stay trans? Dr James Cantor 30.12.17
“The National Post recently covered the CBC’s cancellation of a BBC documentary about transgender children (Why CBC cancelled a BBC documentary that activists claimed was ‘transphobic’). In that coverage, the Post shared claims made by some activists criticizing some scientific studies, but did not apparently fact-check those claims, so I thought I would outline the studies here.”
“As the debate continues over which bathroom transgender people should use, families and doctors are rewriting the rules as they decide when and how to start medical intervention, with some deciding to start before transgender youth hit puberty.”
How 800 children as young as 10 have been given sex change drugs Mail on Sunday 30.07.17
Huge rise in puberty-blocker jabs revealed as transgender 17-year-old who was born a boy claims the NHS treatment saved her life.
Is it a Myth that the Vast Majority of Gender Dysphoric Children Desist? Paul Dirks 18.04.18
“Recently there has been an increasing number of articles claiming that the high desistence rates of gender dysphoric children is a myth. Brynn Tannehill, Zack Ford and Zinnia Jones are a few of the authors) that take on one of the most robust findings of the literature concerning gender dysphoria) namely that in the vast majority of children the dysphoria will go away in adolescence)”
Is transgender ideology making the UK’s mental health crisis worse? The Spectator 25.06.18
“There has undoubtedly been a cultural change on the issue of gender in the last few years. What started as a fringe view that being a boy or a girl is just an idea is moving into the mainstream; today, even the government wants to help three year olds ‘explore‘ and question their gender identity. This shift in thinking is helped along by the savvy marketing of transgender charities who tell emotional and powerful stories of how transitioning gender can be both simple and satisfying.”
Meet Alex Bertie, the transgender poster boy Janice Turner 11.11.17
“A woman I will call Dr K expresses years of frustration dealing with an unacknowledged epidemic of dysphoric teenage girls. ‘They are all the same, dozens and dozens of them. Short hair, boys’ clothes, probably liked rough and tumble play as small children. Now they like comic books or skateboarding or video gaming. Geeky, gauche, not many friends. They came out as lesbians, but then they went on Reddit and Tumblr and saw these transitioning videos. They decide they are trans. Suddenly they get lots of attention with everyone calling them by a new name, they get to chide anyone who uses the wrong pronoun while everyone tells them they are brave. They might get a special assembly at school.'”
Minority of children with gender issues diagnosed with gender dysphoria Brisbane Courier-Mail 08.04.17
“MANY children and adolescents are identifying as transgender because they are confused about sexuality or think it will make them “different”. Psychiatrist Dr Stephen Stathis, who runs a gender clinic, said he had seen girls who had been sexually abused and wanted to identify as transgender.
“The girls say, ‘If only I had been a male I wouldn’t have been abused’,’’ Dr Stathis said.”
Misunderstanding a New Kind of Gender Dysphoria Lisa Marchiano 06.10.17
“A year ago, as a result of a blog post I wrote, I began offering consultations to parents of teens who had announced “out of the blue” that they were transgender. Each week, several new families made contact with me, and their stories are remarkably similar to one another. Most have 14 or 15-year-old daughters who are smart, quirky, and struggling socially. Many of these kids are on the autism spectrum.”
NHS pressured our kids to change sex Daily Mail 3.10.17
“Hundreds of alarming stories have been posted over the past two months on an online forum set up by a father who says his teenage daughter is making a mistake in seeking to change gender. The father, who asked to remain anonymous, said: ‘The universal experience [of the parents] is that whether the child has been diagnosed with autism, depression or ADHD, the therapists are completely discounting any other symptoms.’”
NSPCC in Mumsnet row after defending Girl Guides transgender policy Telegraph 03.09.18
“In a statement to the site the NSPCC said it “doesn’t consider there to be specific child protection concerns in relation to trans-inclusive policies.””
Nearly 2,000 children referred for help with gender identity The Times 29.7.17 (paywall)
“According to data released by the Gender Identity Development Service, commissioned by NHS England, 1,986 people under 18 were referred and accepted for specialist treatment in the past year, compared with 94 in 2009-10. The youngest were aged just three, with seven children that age referred since 2009. The most common age at referral was 16, accounting for 24 per cent of all cases since 2009.”
“In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Dr Griffin reveals that:
Patients are being given drugs to change sex after claiming they are transgender, despite having serious psychiatric conditions;
The NHS is ‘running scared’ of challenging requests for transgender treatments in case it is accused of bigotry.
Medicines being given to teenagers to help them change gender can render them infertile, cause osteoporosis and result in sexual dysfunction, Dr Griffin warns.”
Number of children being referred to gender identity clinics quadrupled in five years The Telegraph 08.07.17
“Children – encouraged by their experiences at school – are beginning to question their gender identity at ever younger ages. In doing more than just supporting transgender children, and instead sowing confusion about gender identity, schools do neither boys nor girls any favours.”
Official Guidance Lets Kids Down Jo Bartosch 24.02.18
“At the root of this issue is the definition of ‘gender’ itself. For old school feminists like me ‘gender’ is a term to describe sexist societal norms, but for many of those who identify as transgender it is a deeply held sense of self. Look through any of the plethora of online ‘trans coming out’ videos and you’ll find the narratives are strikingly similar; there are almost always descriptions of body hatred and a childhood preference for the toys and clothes socially associated with the opposite sex. How can we fight sexist stereotypes if they are also the foundations of some people’s identity?”
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
“Parents in Ohio lost custody of their 17-year-old daughter Friday because a judge ruled that she should be allowed to receive therapy, including testosterone therapy, to identify as a boy.
Without commenting on the specifics of this case just outside Cincinnati, Americans can expect to see more cases like it as government officials side with transgender activists to promote a radical view of the human person and endorse entirely experimental medical procedures. At stake are not only parental rights, but the well-being of children who suffer from gender dysphoria”.
“There have been different ideas put forward. Some people have talked about how it is easier for girls to cross-gender identify because it’s a positive image to be a tomboy.”People are also wondering what it is to be a female at the moment and whether that’s something that is a cause for concern for young people.”
Primary one children will be told ‘your gender is what you decide’ The Scotsman 7.8.18
“Under the draft guidelines created by Education Scotland, NHS boards and the Scottish Government, children will be told in classrooms that “Your gender is what you decide.”The guidelines, set to come into effect in 2019, say, “Your sex is what you are told by a doctor when you are born. Most people are told they are a male child (a boy) or a female child (a girl).“People might think they know your gender because of the clothes you wear or the things you like to do. You are a unique person, you know who you are.””
“In an interview on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 (and also reported in the Telegraph) Professor Winston expressed his concerns that we do not yet know enough about what happens in the cognitive development of children to cause their gender discomfort. This makes it very difficult to know how best to support them. He spoke about how the brain is reassigning itself in a major way during puberty and how we don’t really know the long-term effects of intervening in that process for young children who present with gender issues.”
“Many of the kids labelled ‘transgender’ would—if left alone—grow up to be lesbian or gay. This observation has been made by many parents, and sometimes their children who desisted or detransitioned, whose stories are gathered on this website. It is also supported by a growing body of scientific research. Developmental Psychologypublished an important article last year (Li, Kung, and Hines 2017), which 4thWaveNow has previously highlighted. Thanks to the generosity of Gu Li in sharing some of the data, I will try to explicate the results for the general reader.”
Schools rushing ‘on whisper’ to label pupils as transgender Sian Griffiths, The Times
“If a school just gets a whisper of a child who may be querying their gender and within minutes they are doing everything to make sure that child is regarded as a member of the opposite sex right from the word go — that may not be the best for that child.”
“Teaching subject knowledge becomes blurred with the promotion of particular values. At the forefront of this are political goals concerned with encouraging children to think about gender and sexuality in new ways. The role of the teacher becomes policing the values, thoughts and language of children to bring them in line with one particular ideological position.”
“We have chest binders worn in school, which is horrible. If a child was cutting, they would be straight in with a counsellor. Yet damaging developing breast tissue goes unquestioned. It’s a gross failure in terms of child protection.”
“Should I take testosterone when I’m 16?” Lisa Marchiano
“A few weeks ago, I received a very thoughtful email from someone who had read my blog. This young person suffers from gender dysphoria and is considering taking testosterone upon turning 16. We agreed together that I would answer the email here on my blog, in public.”
A teacher who was accused of “misgendering” a child was told by police that she had committed a hate crime. The teacher, who claimed they were a “grammatical purist”, refused to acknowledge that the pupil self-identified as a boy and failed to use the pupil’s preferred pronouns of “he” or “him”.
“Another wrote that “transphobic posts on the union’s Facebook page have been really impacting my levels of dysphoria”. They said that when Wilkes wrote that he did not agree that trans women were women “that comment made me feel physically sick and the palpitations that I’ve been suffering from started again”.”
The impact on children of accepting ‘transgender’ ideology Herald 22.7.18
“I believe that there should be concern about such guidance, not just for girls or women but for all children. What are children being taught? Why has the transgender case been so readily accepted without any assessment of the impact on all children and on their mental and physical health and welfare?”
The Myth of the “Desistance Myth” Julian Vigo
“Desistance has been at the center of the transgender advocates’ fight to have transgender identity publicly accepted as an urgent medical condition. At the same time, these same advocates have pressured clinicians to remove the stigma of its psychiatric diagnosis in order to create a social acceptance of the idea that “gender” is truly biological and that “sex” is a social construct. Stunningly anti-scientific rhetoric like this is taking as its hostage the bodies and lives of children in order to prove the point that children are “born transgender.””
Time For Parents To Resist Transgender Activism Emily Zinos
“A kindergartener had arrived—or more correctly his parents, Dave and Hannah Edwards, had arrived—carrying the pink-and-blue banner of transgender activism. Claiming that their son was “gender non-conforming” (six months later they declared him to be a transgender girl), the Edwardses demanded that the school make special provisions for his “needs” that required infusing everyone else’s child with their peculiar version of reality.”
“I’ve covered James Cantor’s list of trans kid’s desistance studies, misleadingly titled “Do Trans kids Stay Trans?” as for the most part it doesnt even look at trans kids, on Medium before……I don’t want to rehash what I said in there too much, so if you want a deeper dive into that list feel free to check out that one. In this article I want to quickly summarise the problems with the studies and then discuss what a good desistance study would need to look like and why.”
Trans activist ‘bullies’ stop donations for schoolchildren The Times 3.6.18
“A feminist group concerned about the social pressure placed on children to become transgender has had its fundraising stopped after a “bullying” campaign by trans activists.
Transgender Trend said it was considering taking legal action against activists for claiming that a resource pack that it publishes for schools was “transphobic”, included “hate speech” and was “a modern edition of Mein Kampf”.”
“I cannot see anything liberating about forcing children into categories of boy/girl based solely on whether or not they like trains or tutus – and all the subsequent medical interventions – or the entirety of the bigender/agender/ genderqueer constructions that continue to reify the sex based hierarchy rather than challenging them.”
“The way to handle this cultural shift is not to make slurs, jokes, or threats, but neither is it to pretend that the 12 year-old behaving as another gender entirely is normal. Parents should push back, but they don’t need to verbally or physically threaten a child to do so.”
Transgender fetish is a truly shameful modern invention Stuart Waiton
“Of course, one of the ironies of transgenderism is that rather than liberating gender, it is a caricature of it. “Don’t like all things pink and frilly? That must mean you’re a boy. Don’t like football and fighting? You must be a girl.” The transgender trend is not only inward looking — it is profoundly conservative.”
Trans Activism’s Dangerous Myth of Parental Rejection Lisa Marchiano
“When children and adolescents experience gender dysphoria, our aim should be to provide them with treatment of the highest standard of care. We should be attempting to provide assistance that will result in the best outcomes—in the short-term, as well as the long-term. Unfortunately, treatment of childhood dysphoria is an area not yet well understood. The extreme contentiousness around the topic means that research can be difficult to conduct and is often hampered by ideological agendas.”
Transing children & the myth of an unbiased medical establishment Louise Pennington
“Since any discussion of the potential consequences of puberty blockers or gender dysphoria in general is met with cries of ‘transphobia’, pharmaceutical companies and various medical professionals have been given carte blanche to claim puberty blockers are safe with no real research into the long-term effects of these drugs on children.”
Trans teenagers have become an experiment Janice Turner Times 18.8.18
“Recently the NHS was called upon by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to preserve the fertility of young trans people by banking their sperm and eggs. Unreported was the bleak truth: if children take the puberty-blocking drug Lupron then proceed to cross-sex hormones they won’t have any fertility to preserve. Their gametes can’t mature enough to bank.”
“The number of children being treated for gender identity disorder in Scotland has quadrupled in just three years – to more than 200 cases last year.”
“A doctor in Wales is prescribing cross-sex hormones to children as young as 12 who say they want to change sex, arguing that if they are confident of their gender identity they should not have to wait until 16 to get the treatment. Helen Webberley, a GP in Wales, has set up a private gender clinic and recently started treating children, a “handful” of whom she has started on cross-sex hormones, including a 12-year-old.”
“Evolutionary change seldom comes so suddenly or across such a wide front, so I think it is time we had some research into the extent of the phenomenon both in time and geographical reach. I do not know if the populations of third world or of urban or of rural societies are more or less affected.”
“The conservatism of transgender ideology is often absent from modern discussions about gender, and there is a lazy conflation of transgender issues with gender neutrality. The moves by John Lewis and some schools to introduce “gender neutral” clothing are to be welcomed, but it is baffling that they have been heralded across the liberal media as a victory for “transgender pupils”.”
What happened when a primary school went gender-neutral Telegraph 15.08.17
“When Leni Boudewijn discovered that she was expecting a girl, she prepared a pink themed nursery. Then, when Lily was an infant, she plied her with what she describes as “pink, frilly stuff.” It was an unconscious decision and one Leni had never questioned, until her daughter recently started to reprimand her. “The other day I called her ‘princess’ and she corrected me,” says Leni, 33. “She’ll remind me if I say something that isn’t gender neutral.””
When Children Say They’re Trans Jesse Singal
“Claire initially kept her feelings from her parents, researching steps she could take toward transitioning that wouldn’t require medical interventions, or her parents’ approval. She looked into ways to make her voice sound deeper and into binders to hide her breasts. But one day in August 2016, Mike asked her why she’d seemed so sad lately. She explained to him that she thought she was a boy.”
“The Endocrine Society’s guidelines suggest starting puberty blockers for transgender children when they hit a stage of development known as Tanner stage 2 — usually around 10 or 11 years old for a girl and 11 or 12 years old for a boy. The same guidelines suggest giving cross sex hormones — estrogen for transgender girls and testosterone for transgender boys — at age 16. However, doctors caution that estrogen and testosterone, the hormones that are blocked by these medications, also play a role in a child’s neurological development and bone growth.”
Why Trans Kids Need Gatekeepers Libby DownUnder 31.7.18
“Through talking to other trans people in my life, it has become apparent to me that transition surgeries are an answer but not the answer to the long-term health and well-being of gender dysphoria patients. Unfortunately, many trans people get so fixated on surgery for so long, that they may forget that there is more to life and transitioning than just surgery and other medical intervention.”
“Kids need to know their sex. Not least in part for medical reasons… Understanding their own biology is pivotal, but teaching them about gender is unnecessary. And in some cases it is harmful.”
World’s youngest sex-change operation The Telegraph
“I was always against such operations on children so young but after seeing how happy one of my patients was and how well adjusted after returning from having the operation abroad while still a teenager – I realised that in some cases it is the right decision.”
What on earth is happening to the Girl Guides?
“Girlguiding describes itself as a single sex organisation on one page of its website, yet on the new trans policy confirms that male children w/ the PC of gender reassignment may also join on the basis of that PC. Children can’t change their legal sex – ergo, it’s now mixed”
“When the Guides decided to allow boys who believe they are girls to join for the first time last year, unit leader Helen Watts accepted the move with a tolerant shrug of the shoulders.
But after discovering the organisation had gone one step further by ruling that they could share showers and tents with girls on camping trips, the City analyst felt compelled to speak out.”
The saga of Girlguiding UK and the Equality Act exemptions Legal Feminist 27.09.18
“GirlGuiding UK appeared yesterday to confirm that the effect of their new trans inclusive policy is to exclude trans boys, who should be “expected… to move on” from the organisation. Whether trans boys would or would not, in practice, wish to remain Guides is beyond the scope of this blog, which is looking solely at the law here.”
Ban for Girl Guides who identify as boys Times 27.09.18
“Girls who self-identify as boys are to be asked to leave the Girl Guides in a move that has been lambasted by parents and guide leaders as “cruel, unfair and appallingly hypocritical”. The organisation has recently broken with years of tradition as a single-sex movement to welcome boys who identify as female as part of its controversial “transgender inclusion” policy.”
Girl Guide leaders expelled for questioning trans policy Times 23.09.18
“Two Guide leaders who had raised safeguarding concerns about the organisation’s transgender policy have been expelled and had their units closed down.
Dozens of children face disappointment because there is no one else to run the units. The expelled leaders say they will take legal action against Girlguiding if their removals are upheld.”
Articles about ITV Drama ‘Butterfly’
Too young to decide? Questions dividing real-life Butterfly families Observer 03.11.18
“The show, starring Callum Booth-Ford as Maxine and Anna Friel as her mother, has won plaudits for breaking new ground. But some parents of children who have transitioned, or have explored the possibility, question whether Maxine should be on such a journey in the first place.”
Trans drama Butterfly is rejection and sexism dressed up as social justice TV Sarah Ditum 27.10.18
“This isn’t just inaccurate. It’s damaging. In Max’s story, a child questioning their gender will see that suicide gets results: not just medical treatment, but ultimately the reconciliation of Max’s parents (the final scene of the last episode sees Max getting the longed-for blocker injection as his parents hold hands in the foreground, everything as it should be in the straightest of all possible worlds, the violent man back in the family fold). This presentation of suicide goes directly against the Samaritans guidelines for preventing the spread of suicide. Reckless politicising of self-harm is what endangers young people’s lives, not delaying irreversible medical treatments.”
Butterfly: A Mermaid’s Tale Transgender Trend 14.10.18
“The take home message for the viewer is that femininity in a boy points to a transgender identity. There certainly are kids who diverge from the gendered norms associated with their sex and do so despite the culture of the family in which they are raised. Some boys, for instance, display a more extreme form of femininity than would be the norm for girls. In fact we know from robust research that gender atypical boys are far more likely than the norm to turn out to be gay (though most will be heterosexual). The least likely outcome in adulthood is a transgender identity.”
Butterfly – a view from the cocoon Lily Maynard 14.10.18
“At no point does anyone tell Max that he’s just fine as he is, that liking traditionally ‘feminine’ things doesn’t make him any less of a boy. That it’s ok for a boy not to enjoy ‘manly’ pastimes…In Max’s world, it isn’t possible to enjoy the things he does and still be male. The message Max receives from everyone around him is that he is not a ‘proper’ boy.”
“Campaigners have accused the makers of a new ITV drama of creating little more than an ‘advert’ for activists who support children changing gender. Butterfly, a three-part series that begins tonight, examines the emotional turmoil of estranged parents Vicky and Stephen as they seek to support Max, their 11-year-old son who identifies as a girl.”
Butterfly: Teen transgender drama ‘inflates suicide risk’ Sunday Times 14.10.18
“The NHS’s only gender clinic for children and teenagers has criticised a new ITV drama that shows a transgender 11-year-old trying to commit suicide as “not helpful,” saying it “would be very unusual” for a child of that age to attempt suicide.”
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 be viewed here on Vimeo.
Dr. Zucker Defied Trans Orthodoxy. Now He’s Vindicated National Review 25.10.18
“Following three years of legal fees and media silence at the request of his ex-boss and the advice of his lawyers, Dr. Kenneth J. Zucker has reached a public settlement with Toronto’s Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) for unfair dismissal and libel. The Centre’s $586,000 payout was accompanied by its public apology for, among other things, publishing the false allegation on their website that Dr. Zucker had called a transgender patient “a hairy little vermin.””
“On paper, Dr. Kenneth Zucker isn’t the sort of person who gets suddenly and unceremoniously fired. For decades, the 65-year-old psychologist had led the Child Youth and Family Gender Identity Clinic (GIC), in Toronto, one of the most well-known clinics in the world for children and adolescents with gender dysphoria — that is, the feeling that the body they were born with doesn’t fit their true gender identity.”
“We must point out here that trans activists consider it “transphobic” for anyone to believe that a child’s desistance from trans-identification would be preferable to persistence. (In fact, this accusation is leveled by Temple Newhook et al in their paper, in so many words. This helps to explain why so many trans activists object to the very idea of studying persistence vs. desistance in the first place.) Yet, we find it mystifying that a preference for desistance is even controversial.”
Transgender Kids: why doctors are right to be cautious about childhood transition Sarah Ditum New Statesman
“The BBC Two documentary Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best? won’t be broadcast until 9pm this evening, but that hasn’t stopped a lot of people from forming very firm opinions about it. There has been the inevitable petition, and yesterday, the Guardian published a critical article stating that “the transgender community is ‘very scared and very worried’” by a programme that no one interviewed had, as yet, seen.”
Statistics faulty on how many trans- kids grow up to stay trans? Dr James Cantor
“The National Post recently covered the CBC’s cancellation of a BBC documentary about transgender children (Why CBC cancelled a BBC documentary that activists claimed was ‘transphobic’). In that coverage, the Post shared claims made by some activists criticizing some scientific studies, but did not apparently fact-check those claims, so I thought I would outline the studies here.”
“Supporting transgender people, including their right to dignity, support and medical intervention, isn’t at odds with taking a scientifically guided approach to determining the best outcomes for children. But as is commonly the case with political movements, these nuances only complicate the narrative and cede opportunities for activists to gain further ground.
Those complicit in the silencing of legitimate science have lost sight of the forest for the trees. The issue is no longer about what’s in the best interest of these children, but about winning, at any cost, the ideological war.”
PUBERTY BLOCKERS AND THE TRANS MOVEMENT: Risks & Dangers to Kids with Stephanie Davies-Arai Stephanie is interviewed by Deborah Cooper
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
“I hope that this brief excursus has clarified the supporting and opposing arguments with respect to the use of hormone blockers to suppress puberty. On the one hand, the treatment might impede experiences that are seriously traumatic for individuals with professionally and accurately diagnosed GD, limiting suicidal risk and preventing other adverse psychological consequences. On the other hand, the treatment risks hindering the individual’s development of a free personality, sexuality and identity, thus disconnecting the young person from the typical experiences of her or his age, with no certainty of the long-term effects on physical health. ”
I don’t know the source of this screenshot.
One parent’s story: the school was already calling her ‘him’ The Sunday Times 25.11.18
A mum’s voyage through Transtopia: A tale of love and desistance by Lily Maynard 4thWaveNowNational Autistic Society cuts links to transgender charity Pink News 5.10.18
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
Spotted on reddit:
There are many more personal stories at 4thWaveNow.
Stories concerning Mermaids charity
See also articles about ITV drama ‘Butterfly’ above.
Pseudo-Scientific Hokum And The Experimentation On Children’s Bodies Julian Vigo 27.12.18
Child sex-change charity Mermaids handed £500,000 by national lottery The Times 16.12.18
Trans ideologists are spreading cod science The Times 22.12.18
A complaint about an article reporting alleged against Mermaids Critical Sisters site
Mermaids TG are either lying or hopelessly unprofessional Fair play for Women site
The case of Child J
Mermaids UK charity ban as boy forced to live as girl The Times (paywall)
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