During an appearance on “Fox and Friends” on Feb. 6, Canadian psychology professor Jordan Peterson claimed that “children as young as 3 or 4” are choosing their gender and deciding to have gender reassignment surgery.
“Fox and Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade got the anti-trans discussion started by stating: “People are even talking about deciding what gender they want to be as youngsters.”
Yeah. Well that’s happening all over. It’s an absolute epidemic. And we’ve decided that children as young as 3 or 4 can now decide what gender they are and then undergo the appropriate surgical and biological alterations to bring their morphology in keeping with that. And it’s a mistake of epic proportions and we are going to pay for it in a big way.
Co-host Ainsley Eardhart asked how often this epidemic was happening, and Peterson replied:
It happens increasingly, like in Britain in 2015 there were 57 kids in the gender dysphoria clinics, and last year there 2000.
Channel 4 in the UK noted in 2017 there were 2,016 children were referred to the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) at the Tavistock Centre in London in 2016-17.
Two of the children were three years old, and nine of the kids were four years old, but Channel 4 notes not all the kids referred to the clinic were diagnosed with gender dysphoria.
Channel 4 notes that some kids as young as 10 had received puberty blocking hormones that “are considered to be fully reversible.”
According to Channel 4: “The minimum age for gender reassignment surgery is 18 years old.”
Buzzfeed News reported that puberty blocking drugs are only effective at the onset of puberty, so it’s not clear why three or four-year-old kids would use the drugs.
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) says that genital surgery “should not be carried out until (i) patients reach the legal age of majority in a given country, and (ii) patients have lived continuously for at least 12 months in the gender role that is congruent with their gender identity.”
WPATH also says that breast surgery for female-to-male patients “could be carried out earlier, preferably after ample time of living in the desired gender role and after one year of testosterone treatment.”