This is an important issue as the profitable medical and pharmaceutical industries are encouraging that children be medically forced to conform to sex role stereotypes. As parents, we should be valuing the diversity created by allowing all children, regardless their sex, to pursue the activities, interests, behaviors and clothing which they most enjoy. A happy and confident child is the greatest gift we can offer our own futures. Love your child for exactly who they are and value their individuality. We all have so much to lose when you do not.
In the UK any child not conforming to gender stereotypes may be diagnosed as having gender dysphoria – now defined by the NHS as:
“a condition in which a person feels there is a mis-match between their biological sex and their gender identity.
The age at which treatment can start for this ‘condition’ was lowered in 2011 from 16 to 12 years old.
The Gender Identity Service at the NHS Tavistock and Portman clinic deals with all cases of such treatment for those under the age of 18. Treatment involves hormone blocking injections in order for the patient to basically undergo the process of stopping puberty, as pre-stage to a possible ‘sex change’. The drugs used are also potenially very dangerous, previously used in cases of extreme cancer treatment for example.
Children as young as 3 years (!) have been treated at the clinic and the number of referrals has…
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