Gender clinic whistleblower calls for 'moratorium' on child sex changes in the US

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A former gender clinic case worker has spoken out about the appalling care children and adolescents who believe themselves to be members of the opposite sex receive at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital, calling for a moratorium on child sex changes in the US.

Jamie Reed, 42, who describes herself as a “St. Louis native, a queer woman, and politically to the left of Bernie Sanders,” began working at The Washington University Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s in 2018. In an essay in The Free Press, Reed describes a reckless environment of affirmation that fast-tracks mentally ill minors onto a medical pathway with life-altering consequences.

Reed described the social contagion of gender dysphoria that began around 2015. All of a sudden the patient cohort flipped from being a tiny number of boys in early childhood to a sudden explosion of distressed adolescent girls. She said that during her time at the clinic the “majority of them received hormone prescriptions that can have life-altering consequences including sterility,” despite the fact that most had multiple comorbidities, such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders and autism.

Some of the girls claimed to have disorders such as multiple personality disorder and Tourette’s, but they didn’t actually suffer from those ailments. Staff recognized these false self-diagnoses as being due to social contagion, but outright refused to acknowledge that the gender dysphoria was also socially influenced, instead insisting that it was innate.

Reed explained the center’s belief that “the earlier you treat kids with gender dysphoria, the more anguish you can prevent later on.” She wrongly assumed their certainty came from having abundant evidence to support performing sex changes on children. They didn’t.

She refutes the Transgender Center’s claim that, if left untreated, gender dysphoria can lead to suicide or self-harm, rightly stating that there are no reliable studies to back this up. As well, the gender clinic whistleblower gave some examples of the devastating side effects experienced by youth put on the medical sex change pathway.

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