In light of @KLBfax’s Court of Appeal case today, I thought I would post another thread (apologies!) on some of the biggest risks and dangers associated with puberty blockers and why it is crucial that children are safeguarded. (1/7)
1. Up to 90% of children with gender dysphoria settle into their biological sex over the course of puberty. By delaying or stopping puberty in its tracks, we are denying children this opportunity to become comfortable with themselves. (2/7)
2. Studies show chemical, biological and neuropsychological changes that occur in puberty actually help children to become comfortable in identifying with their biological sex. The very things that those seeking puberty blockers fear, ironically may be the thing that helps. (3/7)
3. In one major study, 100% of children on puberty blockers went on to take cross-sex hormones. Rather than being reversible, puberty blockers may indeed be a slippery slope and gateway towards further irreversible medication and even surgery. (4/7)
4. It cannot be said that puberty blockers are merely delaying puberty. Even if a child later comes off the medication, they cannot be said to be experiencing a ‘normal’ puberty, given that their body’s natural processes have been completely and unnaturally interrupted. (5/7)
5. The social pressure is huge. I have spoken with many young people who felt pressured to carry on transitioning after puberty blockers to avoid losing face and being accused of making it up. They also felt isolated from peers who had already progressed through puberty. (6/7)
6. We do not allow children under the age of 18 to have a tattoo (even with parental consent). Why then would we allow children under the age of 16 to take experimental medication that may lead them down a path from which they cannot step off? (7/7)

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13 Jun
I don’t tend to like threads. But, if you will kindly indulge me, this interview between @OwenJones84, @freddymcconnell and @Mermaids_Gender was so concerning and dangerous, I felt compelled to write one. (1/6)
1. Owen suggests we ignore the voices of detransitioners as they only make up 1% of those who have transitioned.

And yet this is the same man who calls for enforced conformity around use of pro-nouns, even though trans people themselves only make up 1% of UK population. (2/6)
2. Freddy states in relation to fertility: “You do not know as a child what you want to do when you do grow up”

And yet he is more than happy for young children to commence on medication - the physical, emotional and social impacts of which may be irreversible. (3/6)
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