[9/2/16] Australian officials have confirmed that a four-year-old child is going through a sex-change procedure as he, or she, approaches kindergarten – despite the warning that was handed down just last month by the American College of Pediatrics that even treatments, much less surgical intervention, can cause sterility, are based on “unscientific gender ideology” and violate “the long-standing ethical principle of ‘First do no harm.’”
The Australian case was profiled by Yahoo7 News, which said the child is the “youngest on Australian record to change their gender.”
But the report said the New South Wales government admitted “hundreds” of other children are being “referred to the state’s hospitals for gender dysphoria.”
Deputy Secretary of School Operations Gregory Prior said there were a number of students in his area with similar “circumstances.”
“Without breaching privacy,” he told the news organization, “we have a 4-year-old who is transitioning to kindergarten next year who has identified a transgender.” He said the “Safe Schools” program is being used to “support that family, student and school.”
But no other details were revealed about the case, “including the child’s birth gender,” the report said.
In the United Kingdom, a report from only a few months ago in the Daily Mail revealed, “Up to 80 children as young as four years old are now trying to change their gender.”
The statistic came from the activist group called Mermaids, which “supports families with transgender children.”
The organization claimed 1 percent of the population is transgender there.
In America, a report from only a few weeks ago claimed there are about 1.4 million adults who identify as transgender, which would be about 0.6 percent of the adult population.
The figure was released in a report in the New York Times by the Williams Institute, which works on “law and policy issues” regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.
U.S. figures for children do not exist
The report noted that a comparable estimate for transgender youth in the United States “does not yet exist.”
But many of those who treat gender dysphoria publicly have expressed reluctance to treat people younger than 16 or 18, especially with those “nonreversible” procedures that involve surgery.
Most treatments come in the form of chemicals that block gender development – while a person sorts out their real feelings.
The authors, Lawrence S. Mayer and Paul McHugh, expressed alarm at the developing trend in the United States of parents declaring their child to be transgendered and subjecting the child to hormone treatments, behavioral adjustments and even surgery.
Mayer is a scholar-in-residence in the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University and a professor of statistics and biostatistics at Arizona State University.
McHugh is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and was for 25 years the psychiatrist in chief at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Children who express any identification of the opposite gender almost always leave those expressions behind as they grow, the scholars argue.
“Despite the scientific uncertainty, drastic interventions are prescribed and delivered to patients identifying, or identified, as transgender. This is especially troubling when the patients receiving these interventions are children,” the authors wrote in the study, “Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences,” published in The New Atlantis.
“We read popular reports about plans for medical and surgical interventions for many prepubescent children, some as young as six, and other therapeutic approaches undertaken for children as young as two.
‘No one can determine gender identity of 2-year-old
“We suggest that no one can determine the gender identity of a 2-year-old. We have reservations about how well scientists understand what it even means for a child to have developed sense of his or her gender, but notwithstanding that issue, we are deeply alarmed that these therapies, treatments, and surgeries seem disproportionate to the severity of the distress being experienced by these young people, and are at any rate premature since the majority of children who identify as the gender opposite their biological sex will not continue to do so as adults,” the study said.
“Moreover, there is a lack of reliable studies on the long-term effects of these interventions. We strongly urge caution in this regard.”
The 143-page report focused on the higher rates of mental health problems, including a stunning 40 percent suicide attempt rate for transgenders.
Both authors looked at hundreds of peer-reviewed studies across fields of epidemiology, genetics, endocrinology, psychiatry, neuroscience, embryology and pediatrics.
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