When you reach the age of 57 you often think there’s nothing left to shock or surprise you. But on a very, very rare occasion, something happens that is so shocking it is verging on the unbelievable. For every generation there comes something that is a national scandal.
In the 60’s we had the scandal of children being separated from their parents. They were sent across the world to places like Australia and Canada to work on farms. In the 90’s we found out about contaminated growth hormone, then there was the blood clotting hormone scandal. More recently, we had the scandal of social workers and police ignoring the pleas of children and parents in the Pakistani child abuse rings. Social workers and police not wanting to be called racist ignored the pleas of thousands of young girls. They were repeatedly raped and hooked on drugs.
The new scandal of trans-gender diagnosis
But all of these, in due time, will pale into insignificance once the full implications of what is happening to children at the NHS child Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) in North London. In that place, what doctors are doing to children in the name of political and social ideology is frightening.
What adults do with their own bodies is their choice. They are old enough to make a decision if they want to change sex. We might not agree with that as a church, but they are old enough to make that choice. At the GIDS in London though they are doing incredibly dangerous things to children as young as 5. At the front of the queue for this gender-changing drugs and surgery regime? It is pre-teen and teen girls and also children suffering from autism.
Anyone involved with, or bringing up, pre-teen girls (or boys) know they are not the most stable of people. They are easily influenced and become obsessed with trends, fashions and celebrity. Rational and considered thought is not the most recognised trait of an adolescent. Yet the staff and doctors at GIDS believe it is rational to give puberty restricting drugs and surgery.
Doctors fearful of being attacked as trans-phobic
Clinicians will mark children as trans-gender without any questioning. It’s because they are frightened of being called transphobic and subject to harassment and threats by activists. Even the natural behaviour of children growing up and questioning their bodies or sexuality now has to be called ‘trans-gender tendencies’.
Experts are now beginning to question what is going on in the GIDS unit. A new book to be published in September describes what’s going on. Inventing Transgender Children And Young People is a series of essays by experts that are seriously questioning the activities of GIDS and the damage it is doing to children.
An article in the Daily Mail gives advanced insight into what is in the book. It includes the account of a whistle-blower from GIDS.
An editor of the book, Heather Brunskell-Evans, a former research fellow at King’s College London, said that 30 years ago the thought of a child being born in the wrong body would have made no sense to the public.
She added: ‘Now the idea, which was invented by specialists in gender medicine and transgender activists, has become universally accepted.
‘But we are collectively arguing that this unquestioning acceptance poses a serious threat to children’s well-being and safety. We hope through this book to bring the world’s attention to the public scandal of transgendering children.’
Pressure from activists, not doctors driving the increase in diagnosis
The book warns how psychologists are now scared to question transgender identity in children. This is because of pressure from activists, parents, teachers and politicians. Doctors who question a diagnosis of transgender are called out as being trans-phobic. Doctors at GIDS are failing to take into account conditions such as autism when treating children as trans-gender.
In less than a decade, numbers of children being referred or treated by GIDS rose from under 100 in 2009 to 2,580 last year.
75% of diagnosis are girls, many without a previous history of gender questioning
The most frightening thing about the figures is that 75% of the referrals were girls wanting to trans-gender to boys. A large part of that rise by girls has happened quickly and suddenly in the child. There were no previous questions raised until the girl reach her teenage years or puberty. Do doctors think that the girl is going through a phase or a fad – as young girls often do? No, they invent a medical term to make this a trans-gender issue. It’s no longer a young girl going through normal adolescence when they question who they are and work out who they are. Are they a young girl who is easily influenced by media and not yet comfortable or confident in their own bodies – something they will naturally grow into. No, now they suffer from ‘rapid-onset gender dysphoria’.
These young girls now suffer from a medical condition that allows liberal doctors with an agenda at the unit to perform their experiments and treatments on.
Warning going unheeded
But the warnings in the book about the unit are not new. Dr Bell, a former governor of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust who runs the unit have previously branded it as unfit for purpose. He also gave a warning in a report on the unit:
‘Many services have championed the use of medical and surgical intervention with nowhere near sufficient attention to the serious, irreversible damage this can cause and with very disturbingly superficial attitudes to the issue of consent in young children.’
One of the NHS gender specialists working at the unit said:
‘I keep thinking about all of the children, adolescents and families who are being harmed by the one-dimensional discussion and the attack on truth and on thinking and on what we know about adolescent well-being.’
We are seeing here the formation of a scandal that will rise up in 20 or 30 years as children now being subjected to extreme experimental treatments start to question why adults did nothing to stop it. We will hear of children who really weren’t trans-gendered but pushed in that way direction by clinicians more interested in protecting their jobs and appeasing activists and political agendas rather than protecting the future of children.
New laws needed to prevent experimental treatment on children
As a Christian I don’t believe in new laws. I believe in preaching the gospel and letting the words of Jesus change peoples hearts and desires so new laws become irrelevant. But there are times when laws need to be introduced to protect innocent and vulnerable children.
Adults have the ability to make up their own minds and if they want to change gender so be it. That’s their choice. But we need to ban the use of gender-changing drugs and surgery in children. They have not matured sufficiently to make such a life-changing choice.
We need to begin with banning the use of puberty-blocking drugs in children unless it is specifically for ‘precocious puberty’ in children aged under 10. This is what the drugs were developed for and they should be restricted to that sole purpose up to the age of 10. They should not be used in the treatment of gender re-assignment.
Pray about the issue
Please pray about this issue so that innocent children can grow up normally without being wrongly diagnosed and treated as trans-gendered. Also, pray that girls, in particular, are not given drugs that will destroy their chance of a family of their own in the future. But most of all ultimately pray so that they are protected from political and social activists and just given time to become confident in themselves.
Young teenage girls who just suddenly decide they want to be boys without any previous inclinations need to be protected from doctors and clinicians more concerned with being politically correct or socially aware than being concerned about the right diagnosis for their child patient.
There really should be no long-term gender re-assignment medication or surgery performed on any child under the age of 18. They are not mature enough in their own mind or confident in their bodies to make that choice. Adults can but children need to be protected by the state from that sort of abuse.
As well as praying for the issue, as a church, we feel we need to do more. This involves campaigning and lobbying. The trans-gender community have a well-oiled and well-resourced campaign and lobbying organisation. It allows them to push the agenda without challenge.
Christians need to lobby to protect children from misdiagnosis
As a family of Christ, we need to organise and campaign to protect these children. We need to be able to challenge un-challenged lobbying. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 31:8 to speak out for the voiceless. Its something we need to do.
We want to set up a campaigning and lobbying organisation based on sound evidence and research. We want to present arguments that will challenge the lobbying of the transgender community who want to inflict experimental treatment on younger and younger children.
Please pray for us but most of all if you want to get involved to set up a local group to help write to MP’s or fundraise or just promote what is going on please get in touch.