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Published On: Mon, May 14th, 2018

Canada pediatricians to parents: Support your child changing gender, even daily and if you don’t: seek ‘additional help’

The Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) has released a new set of guidelines for discussing transgenderism with children, encouraging parents to accept and reinforce their kids’ gender confusion.

“More and more, parents are asking us when and how gender identity typically develops in children, what is considered typical behaviour, and what they should expect at certain ages,” CPS president Dr. Mike Dickinson said. “Paediatricians are well-positioned to answer these questions and help parents promote healthy gender development in their children.”

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Dickinson explained that the guidelines were originally conceived as a “primer for our members,” but written as “something that might be helpful to the public at large,” to direct both parents and pediatricians on how to discuss transgenderism with children.

The guidelines tell parents it is “normal and healthy” for children as young as two to “assume other gender identities at different times (sometimes even in the same day).”

“Because some children’s gender identification may change, especially around puberty, families are encouraged to keep options open for their child,” the guidelines state.

The guidelines suggest parents seek out “opportunities to show your child that transgender and gender-diverse people exist.”

They even imply that parents who “have a hard time accepting that their child’s gender identity is different than their assigned sex at birth” should seek out “additional help” to resolve their own “difficulties,” rather than resolving their children’s gender confusion.

The document defines “gender identity” as “who you know yourself to be,” and states as a scientific fact that “gender exists on a spectrum.” It also describes gender dysphoria as discomfort caused by the difference between “assigned” (biological) sex and one’s “true” gender.

The World Health Organization and the American Psychological Association still classify gender dysphoria as a mental disorder

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