How Britain just blew up the transgender medicine debate

Today, some 300,000 Americans between ages 13 and 17 identify as transgender, according to a report by the UCLA College of Law's Williams Institute.
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Today, some 300,000 Americans between ages 13 and 17 identify as transgender, according to a report by the UCLA College of Law's Williams Institute.

A veritable nuclear bomb has gone off in the world of transgender medicine.

The British National Health Service on Thursday announced it is shutting down and radically remaking its gender identity clinic for young people because it has been “rushing children into life-altering treatment,” The Times of London reports.

The decision to decentralize and wholly remake the clinic is sure to create shock waves in the United States, where significant numbers of this generation’s young people have been transitioning to other genders, entering a pathway of lifelong treatment on puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and surgery.

Gender dysphoria – the distress felt when a person’s gender expression doesn’t match their indentity, and often a medical diagnosis required to undergo gender confirmation procedures – was just a few decades ago a rare diagnosis in the United States, mostly seen in very young boys .

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