Articles related to gender variant youngsters

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Inside England’s only gender identity clinic for children (BBC News 12th May 2016)

Transgender children: I don’t want to grow a beard (BBC News 3rd May 2016)

Child gender identity referrals show huge rise in six years (BBC News 11th February 2016)

Parents of transgender six-year-old will do anything to make her happy in spite of their own sense of loss (The Mirror 25th September 2015)

Children as young as three should be taught about transgender issues using story books about PENGUINS, MPs told (Daily Mail article featuring the GIRES Penguin Story lession plans, September 21st 2015)

GIRES is pleased to see that the articles feature one of its resources for schools, However, we are somewhat concerned that the Daily Mail article states:

“A Department of Education spokesperson said: ‘Our statutory guidance is clear that young people, whatever their developing sexuality, need to feel that sex and relationships education is relevant to them and sensitive to their needs.’ “

This does not draw the necessary and lawful distinction between gender identity and sexual orientation, and we have advised the DfE accordingly.

Children could be taught about transgender issues using penguin story books (An adapted story from the Metro Newspaper from the original article poisted in the Daily Mail, September 21st 2015)

The story of of two transgender children (BBC Magazine article by Victoria Derbyshire – 7th April 2015)

Louis Theroux: Transgender Kids, review: excellent storytelling (Review of Louis Theroux’s BBC 2 Documentary by The Telegraph, 5th April 2015)

Raising Zay: A family’s journey with a transgender child

Four in 10 transgender teens in the United States attempt suicide. Leelah Alcorn’s death was a clarion call for the transgender community. This is Zay Crawford’s story in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Norman Spack: How I help transgender teens become who they want to be

Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he became one of the few doctors in the US to treat minors with hormone replacement therapy at the TED Talks April 2014 (Youtube Video)

Boy starts hormone treatment at TWELVE after realising he was trapped in girl’s body aged 18 MONTHS (The Mirror, June 23th, 2013)

Medical intervention in transgender adolescents appears to be safe and effective (The Endocrine Society, June 15th, 2013)

At 16, this girl became the youngest in the world to have a life-changing operation… can you guess what it was? (The Mail, November 9th, 2011)

Transgender Children: more than a theoretical challenge (Graduate Journal of Social Science, December, 2010) (PDF, 270KB)

Natacha Kennedy and Mark Helen’s well thought-out paper demonstrates the very young age at which children become aware of their gender and explores the implications of these findings.

UK Doctors ‘failing’ children trapped in gender limbo (Article by Dr Simona Giordano , University of Manchester, 22 Jan 2008)

Clinical Management of Gender Identity Disorder in Adolescents: a Protocol on Psychological and Paediatric Endocrinology Aspects (the European Journal of Endocrinology, 2006)

The Histrelin Implant: A Novel Treatment for Central Precocious Puberty (American Journal of Pediatrics, December 2005)