Gender Identity, Medicine, Transgender

Eugenics and the practice of transgendering children

8th November 2011, Author: Lesbian Alliance

The practice of eugenics is returning to contemporary Australia in the treatment of transgendered children. With the cooperation of the Family Court, children as young as ten are being put on puberty delaying drugs after being diagnosed with “gender identity disorder” or “gender dysphoria”. There is the expectation that they will be moved onto cross-sex hormones at 16 and receive surgery to amputate their genitals at 18. Taking from the past There are similarities between the eugenic sexual surgeries and drug treatments of the past and the transgendering of children now. The ideas for both treatments come from scientists of sex such as biologists, endocrinologists and psychiatrists. Both practices are based on the idea that certain problematic behaviours have a biological basis and can be “cured” by treatments which alter sexual characteristics. Read Full Article in The Conversation by Sheila Jeffreys