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Worrying trend for primary school 'transgenderism'

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As many as 80 primary school age children a year have reportedly expressed a desire to ‘change’ their gender, according to a national ‘gender identity’ group. 
Children as young as four are beginning the process of ‘transitioning’, according to Susie Green, the chair of the group Mermaids.
“In terms of families joining our parents’ group, this year alone we’ve had over 200 families,” said Mrs Green. She indicated that 40 per cent of those who come to the group looking for help are in fact families of young children.
But Christian Concern’s Andrea Williams has said that, far from helping children, Mermaids is a campaign group with a “harmful agenda”.

‘Transitioning kicking other kids off’

Mrs Green told the Telegraph that Mermaids has observed that, across the country, children followed other classmates who had come forward with gender confusion. 
“We are finding that where schools have young people who are coming out and transitioning in school, that is actually kicking off other kids,” she said.
“We think that…about one per cent of the population is trans in some way.”
But studies strongly suggest that feelings of gender confusion in young children are often temporary. According to the former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, 70 to 80 per cent of children tracked at both Vanderbilt University and the London’s Portman Clinic, who had expressed transgender feelings, “spontaneously lost those feelings”.

Schools under pressure to conform

In the north west of England, one primary school has faced a backlash for refusing to accept an eight year-old girl’s request to be treated as a boy.
Mrs Green remarked that such stand-offs with schools are “very common” and even said that a legal challenge could not be ruled out.
Speaking in support of offering ‘treatment’, she said it was a “no-brainer”, even for some very young children. 
“We have got families of five-year-olds, six-year-olds, seven-year-olds – eight isn’t particularly early.”

Encouraging confusion will cause greater harm

But Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern, said that it is clear that Mermaids has an agenda that is damaging to children. 
“We need to look at these comments for what they are: propaganda from a group that is trying to push a harmful agenda.  
“When children express confusion like this, we need to be affirming their God-given identity and helping them to understand their birth gender. It is clear from this group’s comments that many children are simply following the lead of others, without truly understanding the implications. 
“If we allow this trend to grow unchecked, we could see many children making decisions they could regret later on.”

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