England’s sole gender clinic has seen a significant increase in girls seeking to “transition” to male, the highest proportion ever recorded, in addition to an increase in younger patient referrals, figures show.
Approximately three-quarters of children seeking medical assistance to transition genders at the Tavistock clinic in London were girls, reports say. From the beginning of the year until April, the numbers also show a rise in younger children seeking such treatment. Fifty-four percent of patients referred to the clinic were 14 or younger.
“The number of 13-year-olds seeking treatment rose by 30% in a year to 331. Referrals of 14-year-olds went up by a quarter, to 511. The number of 11-year-olds is up by 28%. The youngest patients were 3,” the Sunday Times reported on Sunday.
“Across all ages, the entire year’s rise was accounted for by girls. The number of boys referred, 624, was the same as last year. The number of girls was 1,740, or 74% of patients at the service.”
For women’s rights activists who maintain that transgender ideology disproportionately harms women and girls, the latest data dovetails with their concerns.
Venice Allan, a spokesperson for the U.K. group Standing for Women, said in an interview with The Christian Post on Monday that some say transgender-identified persons have always existed and it is only now where they have been able to be accepted in society.
“Yet if that were true, why are the overwhelming majority of transitioners middle-aged and elderly men? And if denying ‘gender identity’ really did cause suicide, why are suicide rates of young people, especially girls, dramatically increasing, at this time when they are finally able to be their ‘authentic selves’?” Allan asked, referencing a recent study on suicide by Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
“Nobody is born in the wrong body and no amount of hormones or surgery can change our sex. Young people are being misled by adults that they should be able to trust: teachers, doctors, politicians and even their own parents who are enabling irreversible medical treatment to their healthy bodies.”
Allan, who left the Labour Party in England after she was suspended and interrogated over her stance on this issue, believes transgender ideology appeals to young girls who are struggling with societal expectations. Girls who feel unable to adhere to femininity as portrayed in a hypersexualized culture are thus deceived into thinking that since they cannot conform to those standards it must then mean they are not really female.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter