Most children who think they’re transgender are just going through a ‘phase’, says NHS
Be a bit of a blow to the modern world if this sort of thing catches on…..
Note that the word “most” is carrying a lot of weight there. There are indeed people for whom
chopping off their gonads gender transition is beneficial. But this new advice is stating that this is rare – thus that weight upon the most.
The proposals say that the new clinical approach will for younger children “reflect evidence that in most cases gender incongruence does not persist into adolescence” and doctors should be mindful this might be a “transient phase”.
Instead of encouraging transition, medics should take “a watchful approach” to see how a young person’s conditions develop, the plans state.
When a prepubescent child has already socially transitioned, “the clinical approach has to be mindful of the risks of an inappropriate gender transition and the difficulties that the child may experience in returning to the original gender role upon entering puberty if the gender incongruence does not persist”.
For adolescents, social transition will only be considered when it is necessary for preventing “clinically significant distress” and when a young person “is able to fully comprehend the implications of affirming a social transition”, says NHS England.
Seems all very sensible.