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Growing number of children in Denmark change their gender

Staff Writer |
More than twice as many minors as expected have expressed a desire to change their gender this year.

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Since January, the Sexology Clinic in Copenhagen has offered hormone treatment to minors who feel like they were born in the wrong body.

The clinic anticipated that around 50 minors would take advantage of opportunity to change their gender, but that number was surpassed in just six months and the annual estimate was increased to 130, news agency Ritzau reported.

In Denmark, children as young as 12 can receive hormone suppressors, also known as puberty blockers, to stunt the growth of sexual organs and suppress developments like facial hair for boys and menstruation for girls. The effects of the blockers are reversible.

Once minors reach the age of 16, they can receive full hormone treatment that is largely irreversible.

The demand for gender changes amongst children does not come as a surprise to LGBT Danmark, the national organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

“The large number of requests in the Nordic countries is because we have been very late in starting treatment,” spokesperson Linda Thor Pedersen told Ritzau.

“Many more children can now get help to clarify whether they want treatment and receive the treatment at a time when puberty hasn’t yet harmed them,” she added.

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