Some people think it’s ok to give children drugs to stop them going through puberty. We don’t.

If a child develops anorexia, we certainly don’t encourage their body dysmorphia by agreeing they are overweight or offering gastric bypass surgery.

Instead, we do everything we can to help them work through the psychological issues behind their condition and ensure they are as physically healthy as possible. Surprisingly, when a child presents with gender dysphoria and wishes they were the opposite sex, parents and clinicians are instructed to do nothing but support the child in their pursuit of transition.

Current medical guidelines for gender dysphoria promote ‘gender affirmation care’ as supposedly the best model of treatment. This means agreeing with the child that their ‘gender identity’ is at odds with their physical body, calling them by a new name to match their preferred gender and using ‘he’ instead of ‘she’, ‘him’ instead of ‘her’ and vice versa.

In any other context, good therapy involves the practitioner helping the patient explore their thoughts and feelings in order to reach resolution or acceptance, but in the case of gender dysphoria, such treatment is increasingly inaccessible.

Around the world, including in Queensland, Australia, treatments other than ‘gender affirmation’ are now classed as ‘conversion therapy’ and clinicians face legal action for questioning or challenging a child’s desire to change sex. This is despite studies showing that between 80-95% of children and young people will overcome gender dysphoria and come to terms with the body they were born in. In light of this, why are medical institutions only offering ‘gender affirmation’? We find it very strange and counter intuitive that ‘best practice’ is to encourage a child with gender dysphoria toward drastic and irreversible medical interventions.

Pharmaceuticals administered to prevent a child’s body from going through puberty come with a range of side effects, including sexual dysfunction and infertility. Cross-sex hormones cause irreversible changes and for female to male transitioners these include facial hair, a permanent drop in voice and an enlarged clitoris that can make orgasm very painful. Nearly 100% of children put on puberty blockers will go on to take cross-sex hormones.

Can a child really give informed consent around choosing infertility and never experiencing sexual pleasure?

We believe medical transition is never appropriate for children with gender dysphoria and should only be a last resort where dysphoria persists into adulthood and all psychological therapies have failed.

What happens when the diagnosis is wrong?

Growing numbers of detransitioners are proof of how dangerous transgender ideology is for young people, especially teenage girls who have never displayed any ‘mismatch’ with their biological sex before reaching adolescence. This phenomenon, known as rapid onset gender dysphoria (ROGD) is of particular concern as it seems that socio-cultural pressures are at play.

Bewildered parents are left with nowhere to turn other than online support groups to help them through.

They are told by schools and medical professionals that they are bad parents if they challenge their daughter’s sudden desire to transition. We are concerned that underlying factors such as sexual trauma, same sex attraction and autism are being ignored as contributing causes of gender dysphoria.

Data collection in the UK has shown that an overwhelming 91.5% of girls presenting with gender dysphoria are lesbian or bisexual.

Veterans from the LGB community are calling the push to medically transition LGB youth a new form of ‘gay conversion therapy’ or colloquially, ‘transing the gay away.’

Further cause for concern is that 40% of young people diagnosed with gender dysphoria are on the autism spectrum, despite making up only 1.4% of the general population. Clinicians suspect this could be due to young people with autism trying to find social acceptance and ‘fit in.’

The potential of a false positive diagnosis of gender dysphoria are high under the ‘gender affirmation’ model of care and the consequences for a young person are a lifetime of medical issues, infertility and irreversible changes to their bodies.

Our children deserve better.

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