The mainstream press runs overwhelmingly positive and uncritical stories of ‘trans kids’ to the extent that it can feel like everyone agrees that diagnosing and labeling children ‘transgender’ is normal. There have been some alternative views published though, you just have to search for them. Here we collate articles published throughout the media which show that there is another view which receives very little mainstream attention.

 

Aiming To Decipher My Teen’s Transgender Declaration

Psychology Today November 2016

“As I said before, I don’t think this is ever welcome news to any parent, and it wasn’t to us. But here’s the thing: If, after the shock of it, I searched my soul and thought it to be true, I would have accepted the notion, and done what was needed to move forward. However, that is not what happened. I took a deep breath, a cool step back and tried to observe without an objective eye.”

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Rupert Everett Warns Against Hormone Therapy For Children Who Question Gender

The Guardian June 2016

“I really wanted to be a girl. Thank God the world of now wasn’t then, because I’d be on hormones and I’d be a woman. After I was 15 I never wanted to be a woman again.”

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A Letter To My Little Girl, Who Identifies As A Boy

The Guardian May 2016

“You soon started to say that because you liked the boys’ things you must be a boy. You wanted to cut off your hair, refused to wear dresses and made puking faces if someone offered you something pink.”

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Not Gender Fluid Just Children

Brighton & Hove Independent April 2016

“At primary school, children should be able to play and learn freely, developing wide interests – without being taught that girls do one thing and boys another.”

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The Last Thing We Need Is ‘Transgender Days’ For Primary School Pupils

The Telegraph March 2016

“Have you had The Conversation with your children yet? Not the one about the birds and the bees, but the one about how some bees feel they are actually a bird trapped in a bee’s body, or a bee trapped in a bird’s body, or neither bee nor bird but somewhere in the middle of the bee-bird spectrum?”

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By Indulging The Whims Of Transgender Children We Are Losing The Innocence Of Childhood

The Telegraph March 2016

“But what hope do we have when our judicial system allows a transgender teen to cut off contact with his parents, or a health service which even makes provision for children who think they want gender treatment?”

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It’s Dangerous And Wrong To Tell All Children They’re ‘Gender Fluid’

The Spectator January 2016

“Their prime target, of course, will be children, whose young minds can be so easily manipulated. Trans and gender issues, says the committee, should be taught in schools as part of personal, social and health education.”

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Footballs And Fairy Costumes: Let’s Leave Off The Labels

Huffington Post November 2015

“In virtually every interview I’ve read, the transgender person refers back to their childhood, saying they knew something was wrong, because they preferred toys that weren’t “meant” for their gender.”

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The Transgender Experiment On Kids

Wales Arts Review October 2015

“Teaching children that it’s fine to be ‘atypical’ simply involves allowing children to play with whatever they want, encouraging all children in an expansive definition of what their sex can be, and having no tolerance for teasing or bullying of those children whose behaviour doesn’t fit the stereotypes for their sex.”

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Let Children Be Children – Without Jamming Them Into Gender Roles

Huffington Post April 2015

“There’s no innate reason for dresses to be deemed girls’ clothing – that’s just an (outdated) idea in our society, a cultural construction. If a boy wants to wear a dress, it doesn’t mean he needs his gender reassigned.”

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How Can A Child Of Three Need Transgender Counselling?

The Daily Mail April 2015

“There can be comfort in slapping a scientific name on your child’s behaviour, as if you were diagnosing an illness. And there is a powerful risk that professionals, fascinated by their own academic discipline, collude in that.”

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