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 if, 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.”
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 GenderTrender.
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.”
“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.”
PUBERTY BLOCKERS AND THE TRANS MOVEMENT: Risks & Dangers to Kids with Stephanie Davies-Arai Stephanie is interviewed by Deborrah Cooper
This is truly shocking.
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. Suppression of puberty may suggest that the person is deprived of adolescence – the crucial time to deal with identity issues, experiment and pursue unstable convictions regarding the self. However, as Bernadette Wren suggests, there is no evidence that “young people’s conviction about their gender identity is, typically, as unstable as other value-laden convictions” (p. 224).50 From a psychological perspective, the main dilemma is to understand whether buying time at such a precocious age truly enables children to explore deep personal meanings, or whether it freezes youngsters in a prolonged childhood, secluding them from certain aspects of reality and isolating them from peer groups.”
Articles from blogs, newspapers and journals
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.”
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 The Truth About Autogynephilia Truth blog 23.04.16
“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.
“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.”
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.”
I don’t know the source of this screenshot.
There are many more stories at 4thWaveNow – I only link to the few there that I’ve read.
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:
Stories concerning Mermaids charity
Where on the spectrum might your gender be? Gender Trender
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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