Gender clinics in Canada are reporting an exponential growth in the number of children being referred for gender transitions.
According to The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, some children’s hospitals in Canada are reporting at least a doubling, if not more, in the number of children and teenagers seeking gender transitions.
The outlet reports that British Columbia Children’s Hospital reported receiving 240 referrals of trans-identified children in 2018. In 2013, only 20 children were referred to the hospital for gender identity issues.
The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto reports that the number of referrals they’re receiving also has doubled since 2013, when about 100 were referred for gender dysphoria.
Stephen Feder, who co-directs the gender diversity clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, explained that it’s getting hard to keep up with the increasing demand his clinic is seeing.
About a decade ago, Feder said his hospital would maybe see about one or two patients each year struggling with their gender dysphoria. But in 2018, over 189 patients were referred to the CHEO gender clinic. The hospital serves patients living in eastern Ontario and western Quebec.
Children and teens struggling with gender dysphoria are sometimes injected with hormone-blocking drugs, cross-sex hormones and undergo extreme surgical procedures in an effort to look like the opposite sex.
Lupron — a hormonal agent that’s employed to fight prostate cancer in men and is sometimes used to treat sex offenders — is now being injected into children who suffer from gender dysphoria, The Christian Post reported last December.
The drug has never been green-lighted by the FDA for that purpose, nor have there been any peer-reviewed studies done on the drug’s long-term physical and psychological side effects on children.
A national research study involving 10 clinics from across Canada called Trans Youth Can! also found that the number of children being referred to gender clinics has increased significantly.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith