The other major change in the Bill is reducing the age that someone can apply for a gender recognition certificate from 18 to 16. One of the most troubling aspects of recent years has been the steep rise in young people, especially girls, referred to the Gender Identity Development Service. The fact that adolescents, particularly girls, sometimes hate their bodies is, sadly, nothing new. Anorexia, eating disorders and self-harm also occur around the same time as puberty and profound changes in the body are experienced.
We support young people with these conditions to see past their misperceptions – not validating a young person’s view that their body is as awful as they fear.
Sweden has recently made clear that it firstly recommends psychosocial support for young people with gender dysphoria, and only offers medical intervention rarely.
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