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I despair when I read stories of kids as young as two being labelled as ‘trans’ – such children need protecting from their parents

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“Maddie knew she was different from a very young age. By the time she was 2, she was already enamored by her Sunday school teacher’s high-heeled shoes, which she regularly asked to try on. She strutted around the house wearing her sister’s princess costumes, and all her friends were girls.”

And with that, Maddie’s mother decided that she had a transgender child. This story, featured in The Washington Post earlier this week, takes a quite predictable walk through the usual scenarios. Refusal to leave the house dressed as a boy, at age four, led inexorably to traditional girly outfits. There was hardship at school and worries over the rights of “trans kids” to play sport, not that the child was “much of an athlete.” Now aged 14, the child is on medication to prevent normal development during puberty. According to reports, a hormone blocker was implanted in 2019.

I read these stories with a mixture of sadness and outrage. Sadness for children who have been propelled onto a conveyor belt of social and medical transition; children who will never experience the puberty that their bodies were designed for; children whose chance of becoming parents themselves one day is possibly extinguished before they know what it means to be an adult. I am outraged by doctors who facilitate such treatment, and legislators who allow them to do it.

But the central character in this report isn’t the child but the mother. Katie Jenifer describes herself as, “a mama bear and will advocate fiercely for my kid, and for all the trans and LGBTQ kiddos out there as if I was their mama bear, too.” She means it. Not only has she joined two boards of directors for LGBTQ associations, she went........

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