Trendy to be Transgender: Child Psychologist Says Many Kids Confused on Gender Identity

To some children, being transgender "is the new black."

Jazz Jennings, a young teen who was born a boy and identifies as a girl, participates in the New York City Pride parade in 2016. Jennings is one of the youngest U.S. transgender icons, regularly seen on television and YouTube. An Australian child psychologist recently said many children are identifying as transgender despite not having actual gender dysphoria. A recent academic study supports this, partly attributing a rise in transgender youth to "social contagion." 

By Liberty McArtor Published on April 11, 2017

An Australian child psychologist said that to some children, being transgender “is the new black.”

Many of the children Stephen Stathis sees in his gender clinic are actually confused about their sexuality. They could also be desiring to stand out, Heatstreet reported Monday.

Stathis runs his gender clinic at the Lady of Cilento Children’s Hospital in the state of Queensland, Australia. It began after Stathis received so many referrals for gender issues that his appointment waiting list jumped to two years.

Gender “Variant,” Not Dysphoric

Stathis has diagnosed children as genuinely transgender — including a 3-year-old boy (now 9) who identifies as a girl. But he says not all his patients are actually gender dysphoric.

In a recent interview with Brisbane Times, Stathis said many children are “getting their sexual identity mixed up with their gender identity.” Others are “gender variant.” This means they enjoy activities associated with the other gender, but don’t identify with it.

This is especially common among boys, he said. Girls who enjoy masculine toys or activities are usually considered tomboys. Boys “put on a pink tutu and you’re off to see the doctor.”

Some girls who had been sexually abused told Stathis they wanted to transition. They thought they wouldn’t have been abused as a boy.

“It became really, really complex,” he admitted.

Social Contagion

In 2016 the American College of Pediatricians released a study of gender dysphoria in children. It confirmed Stathis’ experiences.

According to the study, many children “self-diagnose” as transgender after social media “binges.” “This suggests that social contagion may be at play,” the study says. “In many schools and communities, there are entire peer groups ‘coming out’ as trans at the same time.”

The study further suggests that factors like parental abuse and social reinforcement influence a child mentally. These factors can “contribute to the development and/or persistence” of gender dysphoria.

After Puberty, Nevermind

Stathis supports giving puberty blockers to children entering puberty. (Blockers stall the development of sex-specific characteristics.) He says they help children who identify as transgender avoid depression.

He’s seen many children attempt to cut off body parts or avoid regular hygiene because they are ashamed of their genitalia, he told the Times. But he’s also seen children who aren’t really “gender dysphoric” obtain hormones illegally.

“There may be other issues going on and that needs to be worked through,” he said.

Stathis requires prepubescent children to live transgender for six months before taking puberty blockers. At 16 they can choose to start cross-sex hormone treatment. But most of them don’t.

“About 75 per cent of boys and girls who present with gender variant interests and behaviours” don’t follow through, Stathis told the Times. (The American College of Pediatricians says 80-95 percent of gender-disphoric children without “social affirmation” come out of puberty fine.) He continued:

You might get a six or seven-year-old girl wanting to dress as a boy. She may even say she wants to be a boy. When she hits puberty, she says ‘no, I’m just a girl who likes to do boy things’.

A 2008 study concluded the same thing. It noted that “most children with gender dysphoria will not remain gender dysphoric after puberty.”

Dangers of Blockers and Cross-Sex Hormones

The full effects of puberty blockers are unknown, but they are generally considered safe. Even so, the American College of Pediatricians warns against their use. The study claims that over 40 gender clinics in the U.S. support the use of blockers and even cross-sex hormones. Cross-sex hormones present a myriad of known health risks. They can also irreversibly damage one’s fertility.

PBS reported in 2015 that some children in the U.S. started cross-sex hormone treatment as young as 13-years-old. Official guidelines suggest 16 as the minimum age. This is despite the fact that there is no “single large, randomized, controlled study that documents the alleged benefits and potential harms,” the American College of Pediatricians finds.

“This should give everyone pause,” the study says.

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  • Gary

    If you want to know what sex, or gender you are, look between your legs. If you don’t want to accept that reality, you are either insane, or possessed by demons. One of the worst things you can do for someone who wants to be the opposite sex is endorse their insanity.

  • Billy Chickens

    For all eternity XX will be XX, and XY will be XY. Nothing will ever make a boy a girl or a girl a boy. Dr Stephen Stathis is doing more harm to these children than good. He is helping them become something they never will be.

  • Patmos

    But they all, with open face beholding as in a glass the perversion of the Enemy, are changed into the same image from perversion to perversion, even as by the Deceit of the Enemy.

  • #EpluribusAwesome

    Our side is going to have to get into the legal field fast and try to do something to secure the rights of children. Perpetual impotent outrage is no way to make the world better.

    • dmarie

      that is right, (not!) Lets not be angry about this…come on! This is crazy stuff!! I blame social media- youtuber’s real culprit!. My daughter went from Mormonism to now not believing in God at all. She is only 13! She is straight but totally supports transgenders and lesbians, homosexuals. Sad days ahead!

      • Timothy Horton

        Good for your daughter! She decided on her own that treating everyone fairly and equally was the best way forward despite attempts by your Church to brainwash her into practicing their intolerance.

        • Gary

          You are intolerant of those who disagree with you.

  • Kevin Quillen

    To all Christians; withdraw form society, get your kids out of public school, whatever it takes. Let it crash and burn. We will not convince them to face reality, it will take the crash.

    • ImaginaryDomain

      We need to engage more. Shine light on the dark. Retreating isn’t following the example of Christ. We’ll be fine. Our kids will be fine. Please remember that we have a horizontal obligation to our fellow man placed on us by Christ and by Commandments 5-10.

      • Timothy Horton

        Please remember that we have a horizontal obligation to our fellow man placed on us by Christ and by Commandments 5-10.

        You sure butchered the 9th Commandment against bearing false witness with that big fat porkie about the “gay agenda” wanting unfettered access to kids.

        • dmarie

          whether that agenda is true or not( wanting unfettered access to kids), the gay agenda is not a good agenda, period! Any group wanting special treatment and special protections, usually ends up squashing or taking the rights of another group for that special interest.

          • Timothy Horton

            In your own words what is the “gay agenda”? I’ve seen no requests for special treatment and special protections. All I’ve seen are requests for equal treatment and the same rights that every hetero couple in the country has.

            Why are you so afraid of allowing equal civil rights for all?

          • Gary

            Homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual behavior is immoral. That makes it unequal.

          • Timothy Horton

            LOL! Only to an ever shrinking minority. That and what you personally find “immoral” has nothing to do with secular laws.

          • Gary

            God defines what is moral and immoral. You don’t have the authority to overrule what God has said. I won’t honor or obey secular laws that are immoral.

          • glenbo

            >>”That and what you personally find “immoral” has nothing to do with secular laws.”<<
            You just exposed the church's agenda:
            Ensure the church's job security by abusing the legislative system in order to force procreation upon the unwilling and to punish non-procreators.

    • Doug

      We have an obligation to try to help those who hate us and think we’re nuts. Even when you are more inclined to smack them in the face or just turn and walk away.

  • Jones Howell

    If we let children do this, what will keep them from saying they are attracted to adults? Nothing. Then you have pedophilia, legally.
    Also, if gender identity is an idea, why can’t species identity be next. In other words, if I identify as a dog, can’t I marry a dog?

    • ImaginaryDomain

      As I’ve said before, the “gay” agenda” has always wanted unfettered access to kids.

      • Timothy Horton

        You say a lot of thing that are not true just to justify your bigotry.

      • Mr. M

        Mormons in Utah that marry off 12 year old girls to old men who rape them for kids are the ones who have “unfettered access to kids”.

        • dmarie

          what you are describing is not “Mormons”…you are thinking of the polygamists in Utah who broke off from the mormons, aka…the Warren Jeff’s cult, amoung others.

          • Mr. M

            And what ImaginaryDomain describes are not “gays”…he’s thinking of pedophiles..

      • Johndoe

        The gay agenda as you call it is one of equality. It has absolutely nothing to do with children.

        • dmarie

          if it has nothing to do with children then why are they trying to implement curriculum for kindergartners to teach them about same sex marriage, masturbation,etc.? This is a slippery slope to the acceptance of pedophilia!!!

      • Timothy Horton

        You say a lot of untrue things to try and justify your bigotry.

    • Mike Painter

      Kids can say they’re attracted to adults all they want. They still have to wait until they’re 18. If a 16-year-old girl is attracted to a 40-year-old man, the 40-year-old still doesn’t get access to her because she’s not mature enough to consent. Easy.

      Species identity can’t be next because you can’t live as a dog and function in society. You can’t marry a dog because a dog does not have legal standing as a person. A dog cannot agree to a marriage contract, let alone sign one.

      • Ted Wright

        for now….

      • Jones Howell

        If the definition of marriage can be changed on a whim, and the definition of male and female can be up for grabs, then why would you think the number 18 doesn’t have to bow down to personal rights, perceptions, and wishes?

        • Mike Painter

          Because gender and age are different. No matter your gender or sexual orientation, you need to be of a mature enough age to be able to marry, to consent to sex, to fulfill marriage obligations. We decide as a culture that you are an adult at 18. This age of adulthood should not be lowered, and for good reason. By contrast, there is no good reason to deny someone marriage for being gay nor is there good reason to deny a trans person the chance to get gender reassignment surgery. Marriage has been redefined a number of times, by the way. King Solomon had 700 wives at once, and 300 concubines. We don’t do that anymore. And the definition of male and female are the same as they ever were. Recognizing that some are transgender never changed the definition.

    • Charles Burge

      I often joke that I’m going to start identifying as a cat. Then I’ll ask to bring a litter box to my office and use that to relieve myself.

      Sounds crazy? In light of all the other stuff we’ve been hearing about these past few years, not really.

  • Johndoe

    The american college of pediatricians is a splinter group from the real American Academy of Pediatrics. They are nothing more than a religious group disguised as a group dedicated to children. They are biased and are anti everything. Automatic fail when referring to them.

    • Doug

      You and your ideals are an auto fail and anyone with a brain knows it.

      • Johndoe

        What are my ideals, Doug?

        • glenbo

          Your “ideals” are obvious…they are NOT those of a slavery, murder and rape condoning non-existent imaginary god that murders children.

    • glenbo

      >>”They are biased and are anti everything”<<
      Well said. You are absolutely correct.
      The religious anti-LGBT right needs its own "science" to attempt to counter/contradict the many true scientific studies that prove over and over again that children raised in LGBT households do just fine and in many cases better than in binary households, and that being transgender is somehow a "danger." The only danger trans people face is pointless irrational religious persecution.
      The ACP is the one and only go-to "resource" for the church to "prove" LGBT people do not deserve rights…as if that makes any sense and/or actually accomplishes anything.
      The nonsensical notion that if "children do better with a Mom and a Dad," gay couples should therefore not be allowed the 1138 federal + hundreds of state rights and benefits, many tailored to the welfare of children within a marriage is akin to the following foolish "logic:"
      Children who ride in Toyotas are safer than children who ride in Hyundais, so my religious beliefs are going to force you to remove the seatbelts and airbags from your religiously-non-approved Hyundai because children will be safer riding in a religiously-approved Toyota.
      There is no logic in denying LGBT people rights…that IMPROVE their lives and their children's lives only because God hates LGBT people.
      Anyone who refers to the "children do better" argument and the so-called ACP demonstrates nothing but desperation in a loosing battle.
      And when you get morons like Michelle Bachman and Pat Robertson regurgitating their venomous hate-filled nonsense it only shows the disingenuousness and selfishness of religion.
      But as you can see, there is so shortage of ignorant and weak minded people who cling to this only to bolster their needless hate and bigotry…and all for what purpose?

  • Autrey Windle

    This whole crazy junk is a modern assault by entrenched servants of the enemy to steal our children. Ignore this war at our own peril and the peril of our defenseless babies. ID and Kevin Quillen and my pal Gary are sounding the real alarms and telling it like it will be if we fail to do something about these attacks. The enemy is attacking on all fronts and we must retaliate in kind or just lay down and surrender our children and our society to satan. I guess a lot of folks are like me, in that they don’t know where to start to really help, but I promise you every time I am given an opportunity to vote, write a letter, email or donate time or money to help, I do and I will. I believe we must fight everywhere in every way and this ‘Stathis’ maniac should be put on jail for child abuse.

  • Ted Wright

    Romans 1:24 (ESV) Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves…. // The scariest part of all this stuff is God is doing it. Western culture has worshipped the creation for decades. What else should we have expected?

    • ImaginaryDomain

      So, this is God’s fault now? Sheesh. You do understand the concept of free will? You can turn away from, or towards, sin.

      • Ted Wright

        Cool. Show me the text that verifies we have free will. I’m ready to learn.

  • Laura Ann Register

    It all boils down to one thing, it is a form of genocide. It might sound ridiculous when you think about it, but that is just one form of attack that the devil is using against us. Between abortion and same sex marriage and homo or bi sexual and now this transgender garbage,the more he can lie to our children and other innocent people who do not know the Lord and are raised in a good loving Christian home, the less babies there will be. We cannot just sit around and complain about it or say” Gee, I wish there was something that I could do to help?” We need to get mad enough and fed up enough with what the devil and hid cohorts are doing and we need to be praying more now than we have ever prayed. And we also need to be praying for the parents of those innocent children, by allowing this to happen instead of saying ” Not my child,” the parents need to say no and not worry about whether or not their kids are going to get mad at them or think that it is some kind of child abuse if they don’t let them do it. It’s child abuse when the parents are allowing this to happen. I have been and I still am praying about this, and I will continue until the devil gets it thought that thick STUPID head of his that he cannot destroy what God has created and think that he has gotten away with it and has won, because he has NOT WON, he has LOST!!!!
    God Bless you all, and thank you for letting me talk. I know that there are some people who will not agree with me and that’s fine, and might have a few choice words, but just remember this one thing. I do not allow myself to get offended.

    • glenbo

      >>”Between abortion and same sex marriage and homo or bi sexual and now this transgender garbage”<<
      What makes any of these issues any of your business?

      • Laura Ann Register

        It’s my business because i am a Christian and it is my responsibility to pray for all of those who are lost and brokenhearted.. You may not or you may understand but just don’t care but that is between you and God. So yeah, it is my business.

        • glenbo

          >””It’s my business because i am a Christian”<<
          Wrong.
          Your chosen religion doesn't not give you power over others.
          Your chosen religion does not make it your business.
          It only makes YOUR pregnancy your business.

          • Laura Ann Register

            First off Christianity is not a relgion and second of all It Is My Business. Like it or not! Deal with it!

          • glenbo

            >>”First off Christianity is not a relgion”<>”and second of all It Is My Business.”<<

            Wrong. The sexual identity or sexual orientation of other
            people’s children is NONE of your business, just as how you raise your kids is none of anyone else’s business.

            Did you learn this irrational selfish arrogance from your
            non-religion?

  • Doug

    It’s a sick world and the USA is leading the way thanks to progressives that support the idea that having a mental illness is ‘normal’ and to be celebrated.

    • glenbo

      >>”having a mental illness is ‘normal’ and to be celebrated.”<<
      What is your solution to deal with people who have "mental illnesses?"

  • glenbo

    >>”PBS reported in 2015 that some children in the U.S. started cross-sex hormone treatment as young as 13-years-old. Official guidelines suggest 16 as the minimum age.”<>” This is despite the fact that there is no “single large, randomized, controlled study that documents the alleged benefits and potential harms,” the American College of Pediatricians finds.”<<
    The ACP is NOT a legitimate "scientific" organization. It is a bunch of anti-LGBT bigots.

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