Transgender children: Delaying puberty

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Image caption ‘Jessica’ is preparing to move to secondary school.

More than 300 transgender children a year are now starting on a direction of puberty-blocking medicines, figures realized by the Victoria Derbyshire programme show.

One of the transgender children we have been following for four years has now begun her medicine, which gives youngsters time to decide if they want to live as a person or a woman.

“I’m glad I’ve been given[ the doses] because now I know that I won’t grow facial mane. I merely don’t want a beard – I’m a girl, ” says 11 -year-old Jessica.

We have been following Jessica and her friend, Lily, as the government had transitioned to live as girls at home and at primary and secondary schools.

Jessica , now preparing for the move up to secondary in September, has now been started taking puberty-blocking injections formerly a month.

“If someone asks if I’m transgender, then I’ll tell them. I won’t holler it out but I will just say, ” she says.

“It’s quite rude, honestly, when people say this is just a stage since they are don’t understand it really.”

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Media captionCass, a 13 -year-old transgender boy, has shared some of the abuse he has received.

The UK’s main core specialising in gender issues in under-1 8s is the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, based in London and Leeds.

The number of under-1 8s who saw health clinics in the past year has risen by 25% to 2,519 – around 50 a week.

Doctors there say there is no single interpretation for price increases but there is growing recognition of transgender beings in society and more awareness of care options.

Around 300 children a year are now to be allocated to a separate clinic to start on hormone-blocking therapy who are unable to be prescribed on the NHS after the patient has started puberty.


Find out more

Watch the Victoria Derbyshire programme on weekdays between 09:00 and 11:00 on BBC Two and the BBC News Channel.

The story of two transgender children

‘I don’t want to grow a beard’

Preparing for puberty


The injections stop sexuality hormones from being produced and retard the process of developing tits, increasing of the expres, or form whisker. The physical outcomes are reversible, although physicians say the longer-term mental influence is unknown.

The treatment, available to under-1 6s since 2011, is meant to delay the onset of puberty to give children more time to decide if they want to live as a follower or woman.

Jessica’s mother and stepfather both suggest that they felt “relieved” for their daughter who was particularly to be concerned about developing facial hair.

“I don’t know whether to be happy or lamentable, ” said mum Ella.

“I know it’s not the end and the effects are reversible. But for me it reaffirmed that this is the end of[ my son] James.”

“The most important thing to us is the happy of our child, forcing them to try and be something they’re not is no solution. We exactly want her to be happy, that’s all.”

Lily: ‘Proper’ woman

Image caption Lily is starting to think about secondary school.

Lily is now 10 and about to start her final time in primary school. Her decision to start living as a girl at institution has become about as smoothly as her mothers could have hoped.

So far, her mum, Jen, says, it’s been about helping her fit in and dealing with the odd nasty statement from one classmate, who said she would never be a “proper” woman.

“I have to do everything I can as a father to protect their own children – to talk to her so she knows how to address these mentions – but also to talk to the other child’s parents so they can help their child understand, ” she clarifies.

“I didn’t want that child penalizing, I think it’s more about them being talked to and facilitated understand the situation because what he was saying was incorrect. She can be a woman and develop as a woman and grow up as a maid if that’s what she wants to do.”

Lily herself said her friends stood up for her, but she feels “not good, unnerve, ” when commentaries like that are made.

Both girlfriends recently expended the weekend at a clique for trans children and their families, run by the Mermaids charity.

It was attended by around 30 children between the ages of six and 19, who spend time socialising or in workshops on bully, self-esteem or how to report hate crimes.

The charity keeps the location secret – 17 eras in six months its founder, Suzie Green, has reported abusive online contents to the police. Eight cases in the past time have been investigated as supposed hate crimes.

“We were being called paedophiles, we were being accused of being child abusers, ” she says. “In fact they even did a mock-up of a van with puppies and sugaries on the side saying that Mermaids are trawling infant school are seeking to pick up children to stimulate them trans. It is ridiculous.”

More than half young trans people say they have been the victim of hate crime in the past year, according to study from the Stonewall charity.

Cass: ‘We’re humans’

Cass, 13, was mailed an anonymous content on his telephone threatening to tell everyone he was “not even a boy” if he turned up “alive at school” the next day.

“I get it that some people precisely do not understand, and that’s OK – people have their own belief on situations, ” he says.

“I’m not going to try and change everyone’s belief but I guess people should just know we are humans and precisely because we don’t feel comfy in our bodies, that’s not a reason for people to send us hate.”

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For more information and reinforce 😛 TAGEND

NHS page with general information.

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust – provides the only NHS gender identity service for under-1 8s.

The Gender Identity Development Service – the government officials website for the services offered, offering information and resources

Mermaids gives support for children, young people and their families

Gendered Intelligence gives support to young people

Gender Identity Research& Education Centre

Watch the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire program on weekdays between 09:00 and 11:00 on BBC Two and the BBC News Channel.

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