An article in The Daily Telegraph raises the lid over the reality that the international media continuously avoids discussing. Many kids have been convinced to make drastic and irreversible decisions in their bodies. Simply put, the media convinced them they were not in the right body and that it would be good to change their gender. As they grow older, they start having second thoughts but cannot speak out because, they will be politely silenced.
In Malta, if these kids do so, this would be tantamount to conversion therapy, and conversion therapy is illegal. Unfortunately, in Malta, we have foundations pushing these ideologies, assisting kids in changing gender and helping them to experiment with their bodies. Now, victims of these policies abroad are starting to speak out. They feel like an experiment gone wrong.
It is more than clear that our government passed the gay therapy conversion laws to protect criminals who are ruining the lives of our kids with their gender ideologies from being persecuted, and their victims will have to remain with their mouths shut. If they start to speak out and say that this was an experiment gone wrong, they risk being dragged to court for divulging their own experiences, as has happened to Matthew Grech. What follows is one tragic story reported by the Daily Telegraph.
A patient who was referred to the controversial Tavistock transgender clinic at age 15 has spoken out saying she feels like a “mutilated experiment gone wrong” after undergoing a mastectomy.
Jasmine, who was born a girl, decided to identify as a boy but has since detransitioned – meaning she has returned to identifying as female. She now considers her original decision was a “mistake” made as a child but adds “part of the onus is on the professionals that treated me”.
Her comments follow a damning report published as part of an independent review by Dr Hilary Cass, a consultant paediatrician and former president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, that concluded the NHS’s clinic for transgender children was “not safe” and that there needed to be a “fundamentally different” service.
The Tavistock’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) is due to close in 2024 – a year later than first planned – and will be replaced by two regional hubs.
Jasmine was referred to the GIDS clinic for children and young people at London’s Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust by a trans charity when she was 15. She was seen by professionals there three times.
At her second 45-minute appointment, she said she was referred to be prescribed cross-sex hormones and put on the waiting list for “top surgery”, or a mastectomy, which she said did not “help” or “fix” her but “made things a lot worse”.
From the age of 17, GIDS patients were transferred to adult services where they could then undergo gender reassignment surgery.
Jasmine has spoken as part of a new TV documentary, The Clinic, that analyses the closure of England’s only dedicated NHS service for trans children after more than three decades.
Demand for its services and children seeking help increased exponentially in the decade to 2020 but, after the Cass review was highly critical of referrals for the prescribing of puberty blockers and the clinic’s waiting times, the service was ordered to close forcing thousands of children to be stuck in medical limbo.
As of February, there were more than 7,500 children and young people suffering with gender incongruence or gender-related distress waiting for help from the NHS, while the Tavistock GIDS continues to care for around 1,000 patients.
The documentary hears from patients including those who detransitioned like Jasmine and those for whom GIDS was a lifeline, as well as parents, clinicians and campaigners, including former health secretary, Sajid Javid.
Jasmine said that she took testosterone for just over a year which made some “irreversible” changes to her body meaning she now has to shave her face every day and her voice is “significantly lower than it was before”.
“I don’t really know what it’s like to have the body of an adult,” she said. “I don’t really know how it’s affected my fertility or my internal health. When I de-transitioned, no one checked up on me.
“When I decided I was going to detransition, they discharged me,” she claimed. “They just instantly said, okay, you’re no longer a patient here, and if you want to see us again, you have to go to the beginning of the waiting list. You’re on your own. And, of course, I had a mastectomy, which is really irreversible, so ….
“I kind of feel a little bit mutilated and like an experiment gone wrong walking through society sometimes. I feel, like, sometimes jealous of other people, women, who are biologically female. That they still have their natural voice, their natural characteristics. And I don’t anymore.”
Jasmine added: “When people do know I’m de-transitioned they reframe it as a journey, and I would not consider it a journey… I think it was a mistake I made but because I was a child, I also think that part of the onus is on the various professionals that treated me.”
She said that as a child, she would gravitate “towards typical boys activities and clothes and toys”, and that she was introduced to the idea of transitioning on social media, adding: “ I watched videos of people transitioning online documenting the voice changing as they go on hormones or vlogging their surgeries, for example. And they look so happy. And I wanted it so badly.”
She said that she was honest with clinicians about her mental health and history of self-harm “because I just wanted a treatment for what I was feeling”.
The documentary also heard from Libby, a trans teenager who started taking puberty blockers a year ago to put her male puberty on hold. She said: “I’d like to see us just thrive. I want to see us thrive and to be accepted, and I think a lot of people nowadays are trans, which is amazing and so nice to see. And to understand that we are people. We are people who want to have children, live lives, have careers, have jobs, grow old. And all it is, is that we don’t like or want to be who we were assigned as at birth.”
An NHS spokesperson said: “NHS England is improving and expanding children and young people’s gender services in line with advice from the Cass review.
“As part of the proposed new service, a Southern Hub will begin operating in the autumn, with the Northern Hub mobilising by April 2024. New providers are continuing to step forward.
“We commissioned the Cass review to ensure children and young people who are questioning their gender identity, and who need support from the NHS, receive a high standard of care that meets their needs and is safe, holistic and effective.”
The full Cass report is set to be published at the end of this year.
In June, NHS England published a new interim specification for gender services for young people. It said that, from now on: “Puberty blockers will not be made routinely available outside of research” and “the primary intervention for children and young people who are assessed as suitable for the [new] service is … psychological support and intervention”.
A spokesperson for Tavistock GIDS said that the clinic is actively working with NHS England to provide the new model of care that was called for by the Cass review.
“The provision of health and care services for young people with gender dysphoria has become a highly charged, highly polarised public debate, both in the UK and internationally,” the spokesperson said.
“We believe this does not assist the development of clinical practice in this difficult and complex field. The Cass review aims to find a way through this complexity.
“GIDS works on a case-by-case basis with every young person, their family and local services, working thoughtfully and holistically with them to explore their individual situation, with no expectation of what the right outcome for them might be. Only a minority of young people seen at our service go on to access any form of physical intervention at GIDS.”
‘The Clinic’ will be aired on ITV1 and ITVX at 10.20pm on Sunday