A psychologist at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Gender Multispecialty Service (GeMS) states in a video titled “Caring for Young Transgender Kids” that many children know they are transgender “as early as seemingly from the womb.”
“A good portion of children do know as early as seemingly from the womb,” says Kerry McGregor, PsyD. in a Boston Children’s Hospital video from May 2021. “And they will usually express their gender identity as very young children, some as soon as they can talk. They may say phrases such as ‘I’m a girl,’ or ‘I’m a boy,’ or ‘I’m going to be a woman,’ ‘I’m going to be a mom.’”
“Kids know very, very early,” McGregor states, adding she sees children in the Boston Children’s Hospital GeMS clinic as young as 2 or 3 years old, and up to age 9.
She advises parents to be supportive of their very young children, who claim to have a gender that is incompatible with their biological sex, so they have “the space” to “explore their gender.”
In another Boston Children’s Hospital GeMS video from May 2021, Jeremi Carswell, M.D., director of GeMS, states some parents say “they knew from the minute they were born, practically” that their children were transgender.
Carswell says among the telltale signs a child is transgender is “refusing to get a haircut,” “refusing to stand to urinate,” or “playing with opposite gender toys.”
Parents, “sometimes you might not understand” but “just be supportive,”says psychologist Kerry McGregor.
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In yet another video, Boston Children’s Hospital and GeMS touted its “gender affirming hysterectomies” for young girls. Apparently, after being outed for providing the surgery to young girls “of at least 17 years old,” GeMS changed its eligibility age to 18.
The Star News Network reached out to Boston Children’s Hospital for comment on the change in the age eligibility for a “gender affirming hysterectomy,” and is awaiting a response.
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Psychologist McGregor states in her video that “the biggest piece of advice I give parents who are coming through the gender clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital is to just be supportive.”
“Sometimes you might not understand, you feel like you don’t know the terms, so you don’t get exactly what the child means when they say they might be this gender,” she explains.
McGregor then pushes the common narrative of the transgender industry that asserts parents’ failure to affirm a child’s gender transition can lead to “negative mental health effects,” such as “depression, suicidality, anxiety, that we worry about for our gender diverse kids and young adults.”
“So that support from a parent is one of the best protective factors,” she reiterates.
Boston Children’s Hospital President and CEO Kevin B. Churchwell, M.D., has a political message for parents at the GeMS website:
You may be aware that in states across the country there is a recent increase in proposed legislation aiming to restrict the rights of transgender and gender diverse youth. Many of these bills aim to restrict access to medical care and limit children and adolescents who identify as gender diverse from participation in sports.
At Boston Children’s, we are proud to be home to the first pediatric and adolescent transgender health program in the United States, the Gender Multispecialty Service (GeMS), which has cared for more than 1,000 families to date. We believe in a gender-affirmative model of care, which supports transgender and gender diverse youth in the gender in which they identify. This is a standard of care grounded in scientific evidence, demonstrating its benefits to the health and well-being of transgender and gender diverse youth. In addition to supporting our patients and families, we stand with our colleagues who may identify as transgender or gender diverse, those who provide care to transgender youth and who are allies to the transgender community.
Interestingly, Boston Children’s Hospital provides a list of “external resources” for parents of children with gender dysphoria, most of which are LGBTQ activist groups. A disclaimer states that neither Boston Children’s Hospital nor the GeMS program “unreservedly endorses all of the information found at the external websites,” but that they are provided “as a resource.”
Among the activist group “resources” listed is Gay, Lesbian Advocate and Defenders (GLAD), Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), Gender Spectrum, Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), the Human Rights’ Campaign’s “Welcoming Schools” project that promotes gender diversity in elementary schools, and the Trevor Project, which claims to provide crisis and suicide intervention.
The Trevor Project was recently cited as well by transgender U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Rachel (born Richard) Levine in an interview with at National Public Radio (NPR).
The Biden top health official claimed there is “no argument among medical professionals – pediatricians, pediatric endocrinologists, adolescent medicine physicians, adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, et cetera – about the value and the importance of gender-affirming care,” which includes puberty-blocking drugs, cross-sex hormones, and surgeries, such as elective double mastectomies, for young people.
“Trans youth in particular are being hounded in public and driven to deaths of despair at an alarming rate,” Levine told NPR “in prepared remarks” at the end of April.
Condemning state legislation intended to curb child gender transition, Levine named The Trevor Project’s “research” for statistics:
Fifty-two percent of all transgender and nonbinary young people in the U.S. seriously contemplated killing themselves in 2020. Think about how many of them thought it was better to die than to put up with any more harassment, scapegoating and intentional abuse.
A recent study, however, led by Dr. Stephen B. Levine of the Department of Psychiatry at Case Western University, found the informed consent process engaged in by transgender industry clinicians appears to be heavily influenced by LGBTQ activists who push the narrative that parents’ failure to immediately affirm their child’s claim of a new gender identity could likely result in his or her suicide.
In the study published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, Levine and his colleagues state that what is known as “gender-affirmative care,” i.e., social, medical, and surgical interventions in response to gender dysphoria, is “still based on very low-quality evidence.”
“The many risks of these interventions, including medicalizing a temporary adolescent identity, have come into a clearer focus through an awareness of detransitioners,” they assert, adding that while the lack of high-quality evidence for the success of these interventions should demand a comprehensive informed consent about their “risks and long-term outcomes,” the process is restricted by “erroneous professional assumptions; poor quality of the initial evaluations; and inaccurate and incomplete information shared with patients and their parents.”
The Trevor Project’s “research,” and that conducted by others often cited by activists, “frequently conflates suicidal thoughts and non-suicidal self-harm with serious suicide attempts and completed suicides,” Levine and his colleagues also observe, adding:
Until recently, little was known about the actual rate of suicide of trans-identified youth. However, a recent analysis of data from the biggest pediatric gender clinic in the world, the UK’s Tavistock, found the rate of completed youth suicides to be 0.03% over a 10-year period, which translates into the annual rate of 13 per 100,000 (Biggs, 2022).
“While this rate is significantly elevated compared to the general population of teens, it is far from the epidemic of trans suicides portrayed by the media,” Levine and colleagues wrote.
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Susan Berry, PhD, is national education editor at The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Kerry McGregor” by Boston Children’s Hospital. Background Photo “Boston Children’s Hospital” by Boston Children’s Hospital.