There have been many opinion and personal story blogs and articles about transgender kids published over the last year in particular. On this page is a collection of articles about transgender kids from professionals and news reports which contain comments from professionals.
Transgender Teens: Sometimes Caution is the Right Approach
Lisa Marchiano, Jungian Analyst, Psyched (2017)
“The puberty blockers and hormones that are currently being used to treat gender dysphoria are being used off-label and there is some evidence that we may not understand the long-term effects of these medications. In addition, there is a body of writing and vlogging online by detransitioners – those who pursued transition but then later came to re-identify with their birth sex.”
Prominent Psychiatrist: Transgender is ‘Emotional Unhappiness … Purely Psychological’
“Dr. Berger told the committee, “From a scientific perspective, let me clarify what ‘transgendered’ actually means. I am speaking now about the scientific perspective – and not any political lobbying position that may be proposed by any group, medical or non-medical.
“‘Transgendered’ are people who claim that they really are or wish to be people of the sex opposite to which they were born, or to which their chromosomal configuration attests,” he stated. “Sometimes, some of these people have claimed that they are ‘a woman trapped in a man’s body’ or alternatively ‘a man trapped in a woman’s body.’”
“Scientifically, there is no such thing,” he said.”
Pink Boys: What’s the Best Way to Raise Children Who Might Have Gender Identity Issues?
Alice Dreger Ph.D, Pacific Standard (2013)
“But the truth is […] that a lot of “gender nonconforming” kids don’t have a simple story of being “trapped in the wrong body.” They are expressing more subtle, more complex, and more varied messages of self. What they need isn’t therapy; what they need is to know that it’s OK to be gender non-conforming. It’s perfectly OK be a male who has feminine-typical interests, behaviors, and desires, or a female who has masculine-typical interests, behaviors, and desires.”
Read the full article here.
Why Transgender Kids Should Wait to Transition
Debra W Soh, neuroscientist, Pacific Standard (2015)
“For a young child whose gender dysphoria would have desisted without intervention, these procedures amount to a needlessly challenging process to undergo—and that’s without considering the implications of choosing to transition back. Even a social transition back to one’s original gender role can be an emotionally difficult experience for children.”
Transgenderism: A Pathogenic Meme
by Paul McHugh, former Psychiatrist in Chief of Johns Hopkins Hospital (2015)
“The idea that one’s sex is fluid and a matter open to choice runs unquestioned through our culture and is reflected everywhere in the media, the theater, the classroom, and in many medical clinics. It has taken on cult-like features: its own special lingo, internet chat rooms providing slick answers to new recruits, and clubs for easy access to dresses and styles supporting the sex change. It is doing much damage to families, adolescents, and children and should be confronted as an opinion without biological foundation wherever it emerges.”
John Hopkins Psychiatrist: ‘Transgendered Men Don’t Become Women’
Michael W Chapman, CNS News (May 2016)
“The idea that one’s sexuality is a feeling and not a biological fact “is doing much damage to families, adolescents, and children and should be confronted as an opinion without biological foundation wherever it emerges””
The Absurdity Of Transgenderism: A Stern But Necessary Critique
Carlos D Flores, Public Discourse (February 2015)
“We should make public policy and encourage social norms that reflect the truth about the human person and sexuality, not obfuscate the truth about such matters and sow the seeds of sexual confusion in future generations for years to come.”
Sex Changes Are Not Effective Say Researchers
David Batty, The Guardian (July 2004)
“There is no conclusive evidence that sex change operations improve the lives of transsexuals, with many people remaining severely distressed and even suicidal after the operation, according to a medical review”
When Transgender Kids Transition Medical Risks Are Both Known and Unknown
“While transgender adults have taken hormones sometimes for years, the generation growing up now is among the first to start taking hormones so young. Since most people who start hormones take them for life, doctors say there also isn’t enough research into the long-term impact of taking estrogen or testosterone for what could end up being 50 to 70 years.”
“There are so many unanswered questions around the long-term consequences, and whether your health risk profile really becomes that of a male or female,” Garofalo says. “If we start testosterone today, will you have the cardiac risk profile of a male or female as you grow older? Will you develop breast cancer because we’re administering estrogen?
“I think those are the unanswered questions that really trouble me, and can only be answered with long-term follow-up studies.”
“This is Who He Is, I Have to Respect That”
Guardian report, Sept 2015
Dr Polly Carmichael, the consultant clinical psychologist who leads the Tavistock’s Gender Identity Development Service says:
“When the idea of the blocker being available to younger people was being pushed forward, I think that inevitably – understandably – there were quite simplistic arguments that if you have the blocker then all the problems disappear. In our experience, all the problems do not go away.”
“The blocker is said to be completely reversible, which is disingenuous because nothing’s completely reversible. It might be that the introduction of natal hormones [those you are born with] at puberty has an impact on the trajectory of gender dysphoria.”