Report Exposes Danger in Transgender ‘Treatment’

There is “remarkably weak evidence” to support sex change treatment for children, according to a report published today by Dr. Hilary Cass. She said, “I have been disappointed by the lack of evidence on the long-term impact of taking hormones from an early age.”

Increased referrals: The research was prompted partly by the spike in children and teens seeking to switch to the opposite sex. From 2011 to 2012, Britain’s National Health Service received just under 250 referrals; from 2021 to 2022, this number rose to over 5,000.

Cass suggested the increase is a result of mental disorders fueled by social media.

No questions asked: Many children and teens who express interest in switching sexes are not asked about their problems and reasons. Parents and therapists often take the “affirmative care” approach, meaning they go along with treatments with no regard for potential family problems, bullying and other traumatic experiences.

Dr. Cass said young people are given radical treatment without knowing the risks and consequences, and without addressing the underlying problems.

Pressure: Many clinicians hastily give treatments because it is pushed by the radical left.

There are few other areas of health care where professionals are so afraid to openly discuss their views, where people are vilified on social media, and where name-calling echoes the worst bullying behavior. This must stop.
—Dr. Hilary Cass

Even Cass had to tread carefully, insisting that her report is “not about defining what it means to be trans, nor is it about undermining the validity of trans identities.”

Root cause: Many young people are led to believe that these treatments will make them happy, but they couldn’t be more wrong.

The Cass Review exposes many problems with this approach to helping confused children. But it doesn’t provide lasting solutions. Only the Bible reveals both the problem and the solution.

Learn more: Read “Transgenderism and the Pursuit of Happiness.”