The number of children in the United Kingdom (UK) seeking to change gender has skyrocketed since 2009/10, and the UK government wants to find out why.
The UK’s Minister for Women and Equalities has called for a study of the root causes of the surge in transgender children, The Telegraph reports:
“Penny Mordaunt, the Minister for Women and Equalities, wants to understand the reasons behind a 4,400 per cent increase in girls being referred for transitioning treatment in the past decade.”
From 2009/10 to 2017/18:
- The number of girls referred to doctors for gender treatment rose 4,415%, from 40 in 2009/10 to 1,806 in 2017/18;
- The number of boys referred increased 1,151%, from 57 in 2009/10 to 713 in 2017/18;
- In 2017, 800 children were given drugs to stall the onset of puberty, “including some aged 10, with some also given hormones to start the process of changing sex;”
- In 2017, 45 children age six or under were referred to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) for treatment, with at least one being only four years old.
The UK’s Government Equalities Office suspects the influence of social media and teaching of transgender philosophy by the educational system have fueled the striking increase in transgender children.