Uncle Fester wrote:I'm uncomfortable with gender dysphoria being put down as a mental health issue btw.
It's not all that long ago that homosexuality was considered a mental illness.
Fester - trans people believe
they have been born in the wrong body.
No one is saying gender dysphoria is a mental illness ..... but it patently is a psychological issue .... which requires the involvement of mental health professionals (as opposed to just a GP) when supporting trans people.
To the best of my knowledge I don’t think a GP can prescribe anti depressants to a 16 yr old, without the involvement of a psychiatrist ..... but people are happy for a GP to sanction a sex change? I think that would be a major reach, don’t you?
The programme for government commitment will ultimately be clarified in the form of draft gender recognition legislation ...... the sooner the better.
I don’t think anyone has an issue with people under 18 deciding that they are (socially) transgender ..... and personally I’ve no issue with People under 18 getting their hands on a (legal) gender recognition certificate.
But that social and legal change of status, should not open the door for 16 yr olds to access life changing surgery, with a simple nod by a GP.
This isn’t about “make them wait” ...... it’s about “make them be certain” ...... and that certainty can only truly exist in a person who is deemed to be an adult in my opinion.
Unless you are 18 in Ireland you cannot:
Enter into a legal contract
Book a flight
Buy alcohol or cigarettes
Go into a bookies
Use a sunbed
Get your teeth whitened
Sit on a jury
Leave home without parental consent
I have no idea why some people simultaneously think that A) the list above is fine but B) lopping your bollox off at the age of 16 should be a human right