UK — High Court Deals Blow to Trans Teens

  • Since the High Court is the first instance, it is highly likely the judicial battle will continue.
  • The Conservative moment in the UK is trying to resist the idea of giving hormones to children under the age of 16.
  • There has been an increase of patients around the globe with gender dysphoria.

On Wednesday, the High Court of Justice ruled that children under the age 16 cannot be prescribed hormone blockers. The blockers are used on patients who wish to transition to another gender. The hormone blockers aid in delaying the unwanted physical changes that don’t match someone’s gender identity.

The High Court of Justice in London (formally “Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice in England”), together with the Court of Appeal and the Crown Court, are the Senior Courts of England and Wales. Its name is abbreviated as EWHC for legal citation purposes.

Since the High Court is the first instance, it is highly likely the judicial battle will continue. There is a large pro-trans organization in the United Kingdom called Mermaids, a charity and advocacy organization that supports gender variant and transgender youth. The organization gets large funding from the British government, including from the National Lottery.

“Embrace. Empower. Educate” is their motto. Representatives from the trans community go to children’s venues to provide education pertaining to the trans needs. Many argue the organization does not ask for parental consent to contact children.

Furthermore, the Western human rights movement, the international LGBT movement, and its integral part, the trans movement, insist that children have a “fundamental right to change their gender.” Scientific theories pertaining to gender identity were created for such a purpose. In the UK, children in preschool receive gender identity and diversity training.

According to the UK guidelines, children as young as 2 can begin the social transition, change of clothes, toys, and pronouns. Some doctors in the UK were prescribing hormone blockers to children as young as 8. However, hormones could have a negative impact on health.

Trans individuals have to take hormones for the rest of their lives, even after having gender re-assignment surgery. The clinics involved in aiding the patients to transition are not liable for the aftermath. Additionally, there have been individuals who regretted the transition.

Mermaids is a British charity and advocacy organization that supports gender variant and transgender youth.

There is also high rate of suicides amongst the trans community. Many are attributed to non-acceptance. Nevertheless, there are certain studies that claim it is due to being unhappy after the gender change as well.

The Conservative moment in the UK is trying to resist the idea of giving hormones to children under the age of 16. The reason given is the health sides effects, and also to allow children to be responsible for their decision. The Ministry of Health believes that in the next 10 years, up to 3% of the British populous will transition to a new gender.

Additionally, the UK took in a large number of immigrants with strong religious backgrounds, including Islam, who do not support UK schools and health services providing such options to young children.

There has been an increase of patients around the globe with gender dysphoria. There are still no answers as to why it happens and what causes it. Studies all lead to a psychological angle, but it is unclear.

The trans community believes the earlier the transition happens, the easier it is to transition. At the same time, there is a concern about side effects and whether these hormones shorten lifespan. The court battles will continue, and the UK is not the only nation with these issues.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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