An Australian four year old who is even yet to start kindergarten is receiving help to undergo a sex change and it’s not just psychologists who find it worrying, transgender advocates have expressed concern too. The child who identifies as transgender is getting help with the transition process from education officials in New South Wales.
The youngster, who is the youngest ever person in the country to transition, apparently hopes to complete the full transformation by next year. However, some experts disagree with the situation, saying four is far ‘too young’ for a child to start undergoing a sex change. Clinical psychologist, Rose Cantali, said it was ‘absolutely too early’ for the youngster – who cannot be named – to transition.
“I would be very hesitant and other psychologists would say the same. Everything is developmental at that age,” she said. Transgender advocate, Catherine McGregor, agreed that four is ‘pretty young for any official policy support’.
But she added: “In my experience, kids with strong cross-gender identification tend to get it right.”
The child whose gender has not been revealed is among an increasing number of small children in the country who identify as transgender and want to undergo sex changes. Gregory Prior, Deputy Secretary of School Operations in New South Wales, said numerous students were ‘going through gender transition’ in the state’s schools.
At Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, some 250 children as young as three are reportedly being supported by the gender dsyphoria unit. Child psychologist, Michael Carr-Gregg, stressed that some youngsters believe ‘with every fibre’ of their body that they are transgender.
He is of the opinion that there is a ‘huge difference between dress-ups and a child believing with every fibre of their being they are in the wrong body’.
How can a four year old who thinks Santa Claus really exists be absolutely convinced they were born with the wrong gender?
Source: UK Mirror