Two transgender experts, both transgender themselves, have warned that young people are being rushed into medicalisation and have issued some grave warnings about what they may face.
Dr Marci Bowers, a world-renowned vaginoplasty specialist who operated on reality-television star Jazz Jennings, and Erica Anderson, a clinical psychologist at the University of California San Francisco's Child and Adolescent Gender Clinic, both spoke out for Bari Weiss's Substack newsletter, Common Sense.
Bowers said she was 'not a fan' of putting children in the early stages of puberty on blockers — a technique that doctors increasingly use when young people say they are questioning their gender, and which can maintain more feminine looks for growing boys.
'I think there was naivete on the part of pediatric endocrinologists who were proponents of early [puberty] blockage thinking that just this magic can happen, that surgeons can do anything.'
The pair warned that dissenting views are not welcome, with the New York Times refusing to publish their op-ed and that the “World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)” may prove intolerant as well.
'There are definitely people who are trying to keep out anyone who doesn't absolutely buy the party line that everything should be affirming, and that there's no room for dissent,' Bowers said.
'I think that's a mistake.'
The surgeon also warned that some transgender surgical procedures leave the patient sexually dysfunctional.
'The idea sounded good in the very beginning,' she said.
'But honestly, I can't sit here and tell you that they have better — or even as good — results. They're not as functional. I worry about their reproductive rights later. I worry about their sexual health later and ability to find intimacy.'
Anderson said she feared many young people would regret their decisions.
Binary spokeswoman, Kirralie Smith, commended the pair for speaking out.
“Extreme activists have silenced or threatened so many experts in the field that few are willing to speak out,” she said.
“It is refreshing to see these two experts speak out and warn of the potential dangers young people are facing by embarking on this radical pathway.
“The health and well-being of these children must be placed over and above the desires of those pushing a political ideology.”