Trans children: Gender dysphoria, diagnostic overshadowing, boy Lego versus girl Lego, and the non-replicated Dutch Protocol


Perhaps the most contentious political, medical and social issue of the day is how to treat and care for young people who are questioning or experiencing distress around their sex and gender. In this episode we speak with Christian community paediatrician Julie Maxwell about the rise in children reporting gender dysphoria, the evidence base behind controversial treatments such as puberty-blockers, and how we as followers of Jesus can speak compassionately and faithfully into the maelstrom of invective and opinion on this important topic.

Some helpful resources from Julie:

- An article she wrote for the website Living Out on how to parent a child who is questioning their gender identity
- A quick guide to the issue written for the Christian Medical Fellowship
- The Bayswater Support group helps parents whose children have some form of transgender of nonbinary identity
- The Society for Evidence-based Gender Medicine
- Transgender Trend campaign against medical interventions for gender-questioning children
- Genspect is an international coalition of professionals and others critical of transgender treatment for gender dysphoria
- The Clinical Advisory Network on Sex and Gender 
- Gender: A wider lens is a podcast which explores issues around gender, sex, identity and medicine 
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Released on 14 Jun 2023

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