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Transgender Generation

Q says he'd prefer not to grow up. But he is now on the cusp of middle school, adolescence and facing his changing body. And for a transgender child, this time of life is particularly complex.

It's safe to say that Q Daily, who's 11, is savoring childhood. He is an avid climber of trees. A dancer and loves Michael Jackson. He treasures play. Adults, he laments, can be quite boring — particularly at parties.
"All that I think they do," says Q, "is sit around, talk and drink wine."
Q says he'd prefer not to grow up. But he is now on the cusp of middle school, adolescence and facing his changing body. And for a transgender child, this time of life is particularly complex.
He was born a girl, and began questioning gender around age 3. By the time he started third grade, at his public school in Brooklyn, Q had socially transitioned to identifying as a boy. He dropped his given name and went solely by his first initial. He wore boy clothes and cut his hair short. He used male pronouns.
We first met Q two years ago when he was just finishing his third grade year. Since that time, he's only grown more confident in himself.
"I'm sure that I'm a boy," he says.
And though he's received support from his family, classmates and school, he's used to people asking, still, "Are you a boy or a girl?" Or, they may question why he's transgender.
"I'm used to getting comments like that," he says. "Some people don't agree. But I can't do anything about that. I can't change their thinking."
At a time when you hear stories of transgender kids feeling isolated, or bullied, Q's comfort in his own skin, and his happy-go-lucky nature, draw people in.
"People like him because he's good with people," says Q's mother, Francisca Montaña. She calls it his superpower. "He's good to people. And he is not ashamed of asking people to be good to him, either."
But both of Q's parents say there is an effort to buffer a bit of the outside world. For instance, Montaña did not directly discuss with Q the Trump administration's decision to rescind federal guidelines protecting transgender children in schools.
She decided not to raise the issue, in part, because New York City has its own guidelines protecting transgender kids. And also, because — with Q being a half-Latino, half-black, transgender kid — she wants him to continue to feel strong, and maintain that uncanny sense of self.
"I think that when you're raising a transgender boy of color, you need to have 'the talk,' " she says. "But you want to show him that he is welcome in this world."
Q's parents are divorced but still very much raising him together. "I'm sure when he gets older, there are going to be things that he's going to have to deal with on his own," says Avery Daily, Q's dad. "We're trying to instill these values in him so that he's capable of going out on his own and defending himself and standing up for what is right."
Daily says he wants his son to be a "strong thinker," particularly now that Q is entering a new phase as a transgender child: puberty. It's an awkward and confusing time for all kids, but it comes with higher stakes for a child like Q.
"The age of cuteness has passed," says Montaña. "He's at a different stage where people start having different standards for what it means to be transgender."
Meaning, people ask: What's going on with his hormones, his body? What's Q's plan?
These are questions that Q, Montaña and Daily, have been working through for the past year. At Q's request, they are poised to allow him to begin taking puberty blockers. This is medication that basically puts puberty on hold.
"I feel that the blockers are a good, safe next step," says Montaña, adding, "it seems that it will give us more time to think about the big decisions."
Transgender adolescents might consider decisions like whether to take hormones to affirm their gender identity, such as testosterone or estrogen. Or perhaps they will consider, down the road, getting surgery, which is irreversible.
Blockers, by comparison, are not as invasive. They're listed as reversible in a guide co-authored by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians.
Q knows other kids who are on blockers, because he goes to a camp for transgender kids each summer.
"Everybody in camp — that's the only people that I want to talk about the blocker thing with," says Q. When it comes to school, "I keep my mouth shut."
Q is spending two weeks at camp this summer. Even though he has lots of friends in Brooklyn, and feels accepted by his peers at school, he says it's not the same as being with other people like him.
It's just two weeks of the year, he says, that he needs to be in a group where he is the same as everyone else, no questions asked.


The Rise of Transgender Children 9 APRILE 2015

Bambini Transgender 3 8 DICEMBRE 2015

As the debate continues over which bathroom transgender people should use, a more complex question is emerging about how early the medical transition begins for trans kids
Families and doctors are rewriting the rules as they decide when and how to start medical intervention before transgender youth hit puberty. 
VICE explores this emotionally charged and rapidly evolving issue with trans youth and their parents in the midst of that intense process.


When someone is pregnant or a new baby is born, usually the first question on everyone's lips is: is it a boy or a girl?
Despite this preoccupation with gender, the parent of eight-month-old Canadian baby Searyl Atli Doty is determined not to enforce or register a gender for Searyl. In British Colombia, where Searyl was born, the gender of a birth can only be registered as either male or female.
Kori Doty, Searyl's parent, identifies as gender non-binary, neither male nor female, and uses the gender neutral pronouns "they, them, their" for themselves and for Searyl, as a child who has not yet expressed any gender preference.
Kori told CBC News that "until they have the sense of self and command of vocabulary to tell me who they are, I'm recognising them as a baby and trying to give them all the love and support to be the most whole person that they can be outside of the restrictions that come with the boy box and the girl box."
Western society is slowly catching on to the notion that one's sex and gender identity are not always binary and not necessarily consistent. 
The recent increase in coverage of people coming out as transgender in order to correct their gender identity has facilitated mainstream conversations about sex and gender identity.
Numerous non-western cultures have long embraced a third gender or multiple genders, such as the hijras of India and the fa'afafine of Polynesia. 
In Australia, laws regarding birth certificates vary. Only the ACT and South Australia allow parents to register a birth with a non-specified gender marker, and allow a person to change their gender marker on their birth certificate or list their gender as unspecified without having to undergo gender confirmation surgery. All other Australian states and territories only allow a person to change their gender marker or register a non-specified gender marker after undergoing gender confirmation surgery.
In contrast, the federal government allows people to change the gender marker in their passport, or list a non-specified gender, without the need for surgery. The different standard between state and federal laws results in some people (including myself) having mismatching identity documents, which makes things awkward when needing to prove one's identity.
21-year-old British man, Hayden Cross who has been legally male for three years has become first transgender man in UK to give birth to a baby girl.
He made headlines around the world when he announced he was pregnant by a sperm donor.
His daughter Trinity-Leigh was born by caesarean on June 16, his family confirmed.
"She's perfect in every way," he told The Sun.
Now, he plans to complete his gender re-assignment to remove his breasts and ovaries.
Cross was born in Paige and had applied to have his eggs frozen on the NHS in the hope that he would have children in the future, but when he was refused, he found an anonymous donor through a Facebook group.
"Having a biological child has always meant a lot to me," he said earlier this year. "I've always wanted kids."
His daughter was born at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in the Britain, with Cross was registered as mother but not the father.
He also received death threats after she broke the news of his pregnancy.

The number of children being referred to gender identity clinics has quadrupled in the past five years, figures show.
Experts have warned that the huge spike is, in part, due to the promotion of transgender issues in schools which they say has encouraged to question their identity, and “sowed confusion” in their minds.
Figures from the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS), which is the NHS's only facility for transgender children based at the Tavistock Centre in north London, show that 84 children aged between 3 and 7 were referred last year, compared to 20 in 2012/13.
The number of children referred to the service under the age of ten had also seen a four-fold increase, from 36 in 2012/13 to 165 last year. 
Last year there were a total of 2,016 referrals for youngsters aged between three and 18, more than six times more than the 314 referrals five years previously. 
Chris McGovern, a former advisor to the Department for Education, said: “It has become an industry, people are making a career out of encouraging children to question gender at an age when they need to be left to be children. When teachers raise these issues children can become confused or unhappy and traumatised by it."
Mr McGovern, who is chair of Campaign for Real Education, added: “In a sense we are imposing adult concerns on children. Schools feel under huge pressures to comply with a politically correct agenda.”
Dr Joanna Williams, a university lecturer and author of the book Women vs Feminism, has said that schools are “sowing confusion" in children's minds by over-promoting transgender issues.
She said that feminists were attempting to reshape school policies on gender, adding that children were being forced to “unlearn” the difference between boys and girls.
“Research suggests that just one per cent of the population experience gender issues. Although the number of transgender children is small, it is growing rapidly,” she told the Telegraph Festival of Education last month.
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."
Dr Williams added that the growing number of young children being referred for gender counselling stemmed from new policies being adopted by schools, adding that schools were now “encouraging even the youngest children to question whether they are really a boy or a girl.”
Dr Polly Carmichael, a leading NHS psychologist and director of the GIDS, defended the teaching of transgender issues in schools.
She told The Sunday Telegraph: “It is good that schools are putting it on the agenda. It can never be negative if schools are being thoughtful and offering opportunities to discuss topical issues.”
She added that gender is a complex subject, and children should only be taught about it in schools in an “age appropriate” manner.
Children can only be referred to GIDS by their GP or by the child and adolescent mental health service.
After six months of psycho-social assessment by a clinician, an action plan would be drawn up, which could be continuing with counselling, or it could be a physical intervention.
Children who have started puberty, from around the age of 12, can be referred on to an endocrinology clinic which can prescribe a course of hormone blockers, which postpones puberty.
Children aged 16 and over could be given cross-sex hormones, which would enable them to take on the physical characteristics of the opposite sex.
More than double the number of teenage girls compared to boys are referred to the GIDS, while in the younger age groups it is more common for boys to be referred.
Dr Carmichael said one possible explanation is that young girls who display more male attributes are seen as “tomboys” and so are less likely to be seen as a cause for concern among parents.

Number of children being referred to gender identity clinics has quadrupled in five years Camilla Turner8 JULY 2017

IL TERZO GENERE Individui Asessuati Globalizzati 26 FEBBRAIO 2015


Brainwashed Teens 1 DICEMBRE 2015

Transgender Revolution 24 DICEMBRE 2016

Transgender politics have taken Americans by surprise, and caught some lawmakers off guard.
Just a few short years ago, not many could have imagined a high-profile showdown over transgender men and women's access to single-sex bathrooms in North Carolina.
But transgender ideology is not just infecting our laws. It is intruding into the lives of the most innocent among us — children — and with the apparent growing support of the professional medical community.
As explained in my 2016 peer-reviewed article, "Gender Dysphoria in Children and Suppression of Debate," professionals who dare to question the unscientific party line of supporting gender transition therapy will find themselves maligned and out of a job.
I speak as someone intimately familiar with the pediatric and behavioral health communities and their practices. I am a mother of four who served 17 years as a board-certified general pediatrician with a focus in child behavioral health prior to leaving clinical practice in 2012.
What doctors once treated as a mental illness, the medical community now largely affirms and even promotes as normal.
For the last 12 years, I have been a board member and researcher for the American College of Pediatricians, and for the last three years I have served as its president.
I also sat on the board of directors for the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity from 2010 to 2015. This organization of physicians and mental health professionals defends the right of patients to receive psychotherapy for sexual identity conflicts that is in line with their deeply held values based upon science and medical ethics.
I have witnessed an upending of the medical consensus on the nature of gender identity. What doctors once treated as a mental illness, the medical community now largely affirms and even promotes as normal.
Here's a look at some of the changes.

The New Normal

Pediatric "gender clinics" are considered elite centers for affirming children who are distressed by their biological sex. This distressful condition, once dubbed gender identity disorder, was renamed "gender dysphoria" in 2013.

Gender dysphoria in children From Wikipedia

In 2014, there were 24 of these gender clinics, clustered chiefly along the East Coast and in California. One year later, there were 40 across the nation.
With 215 pediatric residency programs now training future pediatricians in a transition-affirming protocol and treating gender-dysphoric children accordingly, gender clinics are bound to proliferate further.
Last summer, the federal government stated that it would not require Medicare and Medicaid to cover transition-affirming procedures for children or adults because medical experts at the Department of Health and Human Services found the risks were often too high, and the benefits too unclear.
Undeterred by these findings, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health has pressed ahead, claiming — without any evidence — that these procedures are "safe."
Two leading pediatric associations — the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Endocrine Society — have followed in lockstep, endorsing the transition-affirmation approach, even as the latter organization concedes within its own guidelines that the transition-affirming protocol is based on low evidence.
They even admit that the only strong evidence regarding this approach is its potential health risks to children.
The transition-affirming view holds that children who "consistently and persistently insist" that they are not the gender associated with their biological sex are innately transgender.
(The fact that in normal life and in psychiatry, anyone who "consistently and persistently insists" on anything else contrary to physical reality is considered either confused or delusional is conveniently ignored.)
The transition-affirming protocol tells parents to treat their children as the gender they desire, and to place them on puberty blockers around age 11 or 12 if they are gender dysphoric.
If by age 16, the children still insist that they are trapped in the wrong body, they are placed on cross-sex hormones, and biological girls may obtain a double mastectomy.
So-called "bottom surgeries," or genital reassignment surgeries, are not recommended before age 18, though some surgeons have recently argued against this restriction.
The transition-affirming approach has been embraced by public institutions in media, education and our legal system, and is now recommended by most national medical organizations.
There are exceptions to this movement, however, in addition to the American College of Pediatricians and the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice. These include the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, the Catholic Medical Association, and the LGBT-affirming Youth Gender Professionals.
The transgender movement has gained legs in the medical community and in our culture by offering a deeply flawed narrative. The scientific research and facts tell a different story.
Here are some of those basic facts.

1. Twin studies prove no one is born "trapped in the body of the wrong sex."

Some brain studies have suggested that some are born with a transgendered brain. But these studies are seriously flawed and prove no such thing.
Virtually everything about human beings is influenced by our DNA, but very few traits are hardwired from birth. All human behavior is a composite of varying degrees for nature and nurture.
Researchers routinely conduct twin studies to discern which factors (biological or nonbiological) contribute more to the expression of a particular trait. The best designed twin studies are those with the greatest number of subjects.
Identical twins contain 100 percent of the same DNA from conception and are exposed to the same prenatal hormones. So if genes and/or prenatal hormones contributed significantly to transgenderism, we should expect both twins to identify as transgender close to 100 percent of the time.
Skin color, for example, is determined by genes alone. Therefore, identical twins have the same skin color 100 percent of the time.
But in the largest study of twin transgender adults, published by Dr. Milton Diamond in 2013, only 28 percent of the identical twins both identified as transgender. Seventy-two percent of the time, they differed. (Diamond's study reported 20 percent identifying as transgender, but his actual data demonstrate a 28 percent figure, as I note here in footnote 19.)
That 28 percent of identical twins both identified as transgender suggests a minimal biological predisposition, which means transgenderism will not manifest itself without outside nonbiological factors also impacting the individual during his lifetime.
The fact that the identical twins differed 72 percent of the time is highly significant because it means that at least 72 percent of what contributes to transgenderism in one twin consists of nonshared experiences after birth — that is, factors not rooted in biology.
Studies like this one prove that the belief in "innate gender identity" — the idea that "feminized" or "masculinized" brains can be trapped in the wrong body from before birth — is a myth that has no basis in science.

2. Gender identity is malleable, especially in young children.

Even the American Psychological Association's Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology admits that prior to the widespread promotion of transition affirmation, 75 to 95 percent of pre-pubertal children who were distressed by their biological sex eventually outgrew that distress. The vast majority came to accept their biological sex by late adolescence after passing naturally through puberty.
But with transition affirmation now increasing in Western society, the number of children claiming distress over their gender — and their persistence over time — has dramatically increased. For example, the Gender Identity Development Service in the United Kingdom alone has seen 2,000 percent increase in referrals since 2009.

3. Puberty blockers for gender dysphoria have not been proven safe.

Puberty blockers have been studied and found safe for the treatment of a medical disorder in children called precocious puberty (caused by the abnormal and unhealthy early secretion of a child's pubertal hormones).
However, as a groundbreaking paper in The New Atlantis points out, we cannot infer from these studies whether or not these blockers are safe in physiologically normal children with gender dysphoria.
The authors note that there is some evidence for decreased bone mineralization, meaning an increased risk of bone fractures as young adults, potential increased risk of obesity and testicular cancer in boys, and an unknown impact upon psychological and cognitive development.
With regard to the latter, while we currently don't have any extensive, long-term studies of children placed on blockers for gender dysphoria, studies conducted on adults from the past decade give cause for concern.
For example, in 2006 and 2007, the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology reported brain abnormalities in the area of memory and executive functioning among adult women who received blockers for gynecologic reasons. Similarly, many studies of men treated for prostate cancer with blockers also suggest the possibility of significant cognitive decline.

4. There are no cases in the scientific literature of gender-dysphoric children discontinuing blockers.

Most, if not all, children on puberty blockers go on to take cross-sex hormones (estrogen for biological boys, testosterone for biological girls). The only study to date to have followed pre-pubertal children who were socially affirmed and placed on blockers at a young age found that 100 percent of them claimed a transgender identity and chose cross-sex hormones.
This suggests that the medical protocol itself may lead children to identify as transgender.
There is an obvious self-fulfilling effect in helping children impersonate the opposite sex both biologically and socially. This is far from benign, since taking puberty blockers at age 12 or younger, followed by cross-sex hormones, sterilizes a child.

5. Cross-sex hormones are associated with dangerous health risks.

From studies of adults we know that the risks of cross-sex hormones include, but are not limited to, cardiac disease, high blood pressure, blood clots, strokes, diabetes, and cancers.

6. Neuroscience shows that adolescents lack the adult capacity needed for risk assessment.

Scientific data show that people under the age of 21 have less capacity to assess risks. There is a serious ethical problem in allowing irreversible, life-changing procedures to be performed on minors who are too young themselves to give valid consent.

7. There is no proof that affirmation prevents suicide in children.

Advocates of the transition-affirming protocol allege that suicide is the direct and inevitable consequence of withholding social affirmation and biological alterations from a gender-dysphoric child. In other words, those who do not endorse the transition-affirming protocol are essentially condemning gender-dysphoric children to suicide.
Yet as noted earlier, prior to the widespread promotion of transition affirmation, 75 to 95 percent of gender-dysphoric youth ended up happy with their biological sex after simply passing through puberty.
In addition, contrary to the claim of activists, there is no evidence that harassment and discrimination, let alone lack of affirmation, are the primary cause of suicide among any minority group. In fact, at least one study from 2008 found perceived discrimination by LGBT-identified individuals not to be causative.
Over 90 percent of people who commit suicide have a diagnosed mental disorder, and there is no evidence that gender-dysphoric children who commit suicide are any different. Many gender dysphoric children simply need therapy to get to the root of their depression, which very well may be the same problem triggering the gender dysphoria.

8. Transition-affirming protocol has not solved the problem of transgender suicide.

Adults who undergo sex reassignment — even in Sweden, which is among the most LGBT-affirming countries— have a suicide rate nearly 20 times greater than that of the general population. Clearly, sex reassignment is not the solution to gender dysphoria.

Bottom Line: Transition-Affirming Protocol Is Child Abuse

The crux of the matter is that while the transition-affirming movement purports to help children, it is inflicting a grave injustice on them and their nondysphoric peers.
These professionals are using the myth that people are born transgender to justify engaging in massive, uncontrolled and unconsented experimentation on children who have a psychological condition that would otherwise resolve after puberty in the vast majority of cases.
Professionals are using the myth that people are born transgender to justify engaging in massive, uncontrolled and unconsented experimentation on children.
Today's institutions that promote transition affirmation are pushing children to impersonate the opposite sex, sending many of them down the path of puberty blockers, sterilization, the removal of healthy body parts, and untold psychological damage.
These harms constitute nothing less than institutionalized child abuse. Sound ethics demand an immediate end to the use of pubertal suppression, cross-sex hormones, and sex reassignment surgeries in children and adolescents, as well as an end to promoting gender ideology via school curricula and legislative policies.
It is time for our nation's leaders and the silent majority of health professionals to learn exactly what is happening to our children, and unite to take action.


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