Transgender Kids: Who knows best?


This documentary is no longer available on the BBC which is a shame because it is one of the best. You can, however, watch it here:

Kids with Gender Dysphoria

The main focus is on Canada but there is reference to the U.K and an English detransitioner makes an appearance at the end.

The documentary opens with Ella, a very sweet, passing, trans-identifed male. Ellla had puberty blocked and cross sex hormones and, by age 17 they had the surgery formerly known as ”sexual reassignment surgery” but now often labelled ”gender affirming”. This is the preferred term for Norman Spack, another Gender Clinician, who makes an appearance in the documentary, though even he points out it is not possible to change sex. For the young ”transgender” participant their belief system is pure trans-activist speak:

The sacking of Ken Zucker

Ken Zucker was regarded as a world authority in addressing children who present with Gender Dysphoria but trans-activists were not happy that he practiced watchful waiting and talking /play therapy. They successfully campaigned to get him fired. Over 500 clinicians signed a letter in support of Zucker. One of the signatories, Ray Blanchard, talked about the politicisation of this area of practice and the chilling effect arising from his treatment.

Zucker, eventually, received substantial damages from his employer but did not return to his clinic.

Case Studies.

One parent, of a boy called Kareem, talks about her son’s belief he was a girl and how her son had attachment issues after a disrupted childhood. Karim’s mum was a single parent and her family, who had traditional values, were not happy with her early pregnancy. At one point Karim’s mum was overwhelmed herself and left Karim with his grandma. She believes this abandonment led him to over-identify with the female members of his family. She also believes he may simply turn out gay and thinks it is wrong to foreclose his options at such a young age.

Zucker also talks about one female child who had witnessed her mother’s murder and subsequently claimed a male identity. Eventually it became clear that she believed if she had been a boy she may have been able to protect her mother and, as a male, she would be less vulnerable to male violence. Affirmation only approaches don’t explore the subconscious motives for rejecting your birth sex. Zucker believes the affirmative approach is inappropriate and unsophisticated; both intellectually and clinically.

We then meet a little boy called Warner. His mum is confident her child is ”transgender” We get some insight into her thinking when she explains how she knows: Another proto-gay kid who’s parents prefer a girl over a gay son? Warner goes on to explain that he is not comfortable in the boy body and prefers girl toys and clothes. His parents have already ”socially transitioned” their son and are getting ready to put Warner on Puberty Blockers.

There is a revealing moment from Ella’s father who describes his ”daughter” running and explains how Ella has always been a girl. But this is not about sexist stereotypes!

Trans-activists in Canada.

Next we meet the woman responsible for legislation to ban therapeutic approaches to Gender Identity confusion. We first meet Dr Cheri De Novo, also a reverend, preaching about purported ”trans” people from the bible. She carried her messianic zeal outside the church to berate parents for putting their ”prejudice” above the welfare of their child.

Zucker has conducted his own research into suicidality in this demographic. Like the UK Tavistock he concluded that rates were no higher than in any other group with mental health issues. The attack on parental rights runs right through this ideology and Blanchard is right to highlight this within the adult, ”trans” identifying community.

The documentary quotes an activist openly stating that parents can be the problem.

Desistance versus Persistence.

The trans-activists, in this documentary, adopt a much more simplistic analysis. Here is one statement by a female who claims a male identity.

Hershell Russell is a psychotherapist and trans-activist who is delighted with messing with theories that recognise biological sex and those that argue our ”gender” is shaped by the society which we inhabit. Personally, I don’t dismiss either of the theories, in their entirety, I am fine with acknowledging a complex interaction between nature and nurture. Hershell seems to have a mystical belief in the existence of ”transgender” children. This is what she says about one of the parents she spoke to:

Meanwhile Devita Singh, Zucker’s colleague, actually followed 100 children with ”gender dysphoria” and found an 88% desistance rate. What is more she found no distinguishing features that predicted this outcome with any degree of reliability. Some of the more extreme cases did in fact reconcile to their biological sex. Furthermore the most likely outcome was these boys would be gay or bisexual.

Trans-activists don’t like the research that shows the majority of dysphoric males will desist and be ordinary gay males. Zucker goes on to speculate how many of these parents are homophobic. A gay male who ”transitions” can then be described as “heterosexual” which may be more acceptable in some, religious, communities. Ray Blanchard had this to say:


The documentary examines how sexist, gender stereotypes are embedded in gender identity ideology. They also cover the over-representation of autistic kids who are estimated to be seven times higher in referrals to Gender Clinics. As I have shown in my earlier work there is also a higher than expected rate of kids in care. This makes this movement look like a modern eugenics movement.

Alex and Lou’s story.

Alex’s father resisted any medical intervention for six years. His daughter was referred to Zucker’s clinic. Alex finally found girls who liked playing baseball and this allowed her to reconcile to being a girl with atypical interests. Lou, in the U.K, had competing mental health issues but nobody questioned her conviction she was male. At twenty Lou had a double mastectomy. She now regrets this and laments she will always have the legacy of her testosterone usage, in her voice and facial hair, and no breasts.

Lou’s advice to other girls struggling with their bodies is to get out in the world and find ways to inhabit your sexed body. When she looks back at pictures of her younger self she now realises she was perfect as she was.

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Marketing the Transgender Child 3


This episode will focus on a documentary about a french, male, child called Sasha. Sasha identifies as a girl and the film covers Sasha’s story and that of her mother, Karine, who is portrayed as ”fiercely protective”. The documentary was called Petit Filles and was aired on the BBC.

The film begins with Karine explaining to Sasha’s father that he is not just a boy who thinks he is a girl. He is a girl.

She proceeds to explain that Sasha hates his ”peeped” and has known since he was two or three that he is not a boy. She is not, yet, using female pronouns for Sasha.

This is a familiar script so of course she also believes a girl can be born in a boys body.

There follows an interesting exchange while the father asks if Karine had unconsciously wished for a girl when she was pregnant. She gives a rather candid response. She explains she consciously wished for a girl. This will crop up later when Sasha is taken to a child psychiatrist, at the Gender Clinic. I anticipated this might warrant some exploring but it was not.

Karine talks about how Sasha was heartbroken they were not a girl and ”cried tears of real pain”. She then casts doubt on the birth registration process and how the recording of Sasha’s male sex has robbed Sasha of a future. {Trans activists such as Martine Rothblatt argue that we should not record sex, anywhere. In the U.K. a tax payer funded research project actually explores the “Future of Legal Sex” to explore abolishing it, in law. Alex Sharpe, trans-identifying male, was part of the project team}.

Soon we are in the psychiatrists office and Karine is being reassured that this is not her fault. A parent can’t will a child to be of one sex or the other, though, of course, she doesn’t say sex but ”gender”.

Karine does most of the talking while it is explained that nobody knows why some children feel like this it is ”just the way it is”. Sasha is asked if anything upsets them and shakes his head until his mum brings up that ”time in the bathroom”. They don’t manage to coax much more out of Sasha and his mum speculates about the reason for Sasha’s silence.

The thought did occur to me! Could it be that Sasha knows his role he is, consciously or otherwise, fulfilling his mother’s needs? This deserved some sensitive exploration, not just for Sasha but with Karine. We all project our desires onto our children not all of them healthy.

I won’t enumerate every time someone in the film repeated the propaganda about kids being born in the wrong body but it was frequent. It seemed like a deliberate incantation designed to hypnotise the audience.

I was also struck by his sister’s appearance 👆above. This was a perfectly acceptable presentation, for a girl, but it did make me wonder if Karine had hoped for a more overtly ”girly” daughter and was projecting that desire onto Sasha? Or perhaps they were going through a tumultous period in their relationship, as is often the way with teenage girls and their mums. I saw no curiosity about the dynamics, potentially, at play in this documentary.

Next we see an exchange about medical steps for Sasha. One would hope there had been some off screen exploration not included but looking at Sasha’s appearance this discussion seems to have happened quite quickly. The therapist discusses putting Sasha on puberty blockers. At least she does admit there are some gaps in the knowledge base around puberty blockers but it is quite shocking to see someone as young as this making decisions that could render them sterile.

There were two interesting asides about Sasha’s relationship with other girls. Here the therapist asks Sasha how the other girls relate to him.

The more interesting question is how does Sasha relate to other girls. We see him playing with a bespectabled friend at his house. They are playing princesses. For some reason Sasha decides its a beauty competition and there follows this exchange with his little friend. He seems to be unpleasantly competitive with his friend.

Obviously he is just a child but I wonder if this reflects an insecurity about the role he is being asked to play?

Now we are back to his mum recounting an episode where Sasha was ejected from his ballet class. Apparently the teacher was not happy to have him in the class with other little girls.

Karine recounts this tale to the psychiatrist as an ugly, humiliating episode and explains the teacher is Russian.

The response from the therapist sounds like vengeful activist speak rather than a measured response from a clinician. Bearing in mind Sasha is in the room, at this point.

Before I leave this I read an interview with the documentary maker. Its clear he admires Karine battling on behalf of their child and facing opposition from all quarters. He admires how the family have rallied round to provide a protective bubble for Sasha. He even notes a tender moment where the other son tells his mum he understands why Sasha has to be the focus of her attention. A good therapist would explore whether Sasha’s situation is filling an unmet need for his mum. A need to be admired as a champion for her son and a good mum. This quote might provide some insight into one aspect of her motivation:

I will leave the final word to the documentary maker who opens up about what compelled him to cover this issue. It turned out he had covered a famous, French, transsexual called Bambi. Bambi had told him he knew he was a girl aged three. He decided he wanted to cover trans children. It also had some personal significance based on his own childhood, as we learn.

Becoming school marble champion seems like a healthy way to affirm your worth; as a boy who has a variant way of expressing your masculinity. Going on medication that sterilises you and becoming a life long medical patient seems like a mal-adaptive coping mechanism and not one that should be rushed into. How many ”feminine” boys are simply gay?

The jury is still out on what happens to these children who are socially /medically transitioned by a Tiger Mummy.

This is the third in a series on transgender kids. I will add to this but will also look at the promotion of transgender teens. Especially interesting are the older trans-identified males, who promote child transition, and seem to be driven by a type of retrospective wish fulfilment.


Content covers women’s rights and the threat of Gender Identity Ideology. Also the new Gay Conversion Therapy and the rise of detransitioners.


Marketing the Transgender Child.2


This is from a video promoted by the ACLU, an organisation that has morphed from a respected civil rights organisation into a trans lobby group. This is promoted on YouTube. You can watch it here:

Kai Shappley

Kai is born to a Texas mum who is of a Christian Evangelic persuasion who, by her own admission spent years saying homosexuals should go to hell. Well, to be accurate, she now says she spent years condemning ”LGBTQ” people but judge for yourself what seemed to be her major preoccupation.

Kai was not interested in the pursuits favoured by his older brothers. He showed a preference for pursuits which led his mum to fear he would be gay. Here she is saying this in an interview:

In the video she is explicit about these fears and the lengths the family went to discourage Kai from his atypical male behaviours; which are not unheard of for a boy who will grow up to be a gay male. Kai was scolded, given time-outs and slapped, slapped hard for not conforming: “I thought this kid might be gay and I thought that could not happen. It would not happen”.,

It gets worse. She then started praying and googling Gay Conversion therapy and working out how she could deploy these strategies at home.

Could it be that Kai saying he was a girl is the answer to her prayers?

The mum gets a lot of media attention when she accepts Kai as a girl. Predictably this is accompanied by her son begging Jesus to take him if he can’t be a girl and a reference to the dodgy suicide statistics which are a feature of cult tactics.

We are then treated to some plaintive entreaties from sweet Kai about a school policy which insists on sex based toilet facilities. Alternative arrangements are made for Kai, but, of course, now he is being told he is really a girl this must feel stigmatising. The problem is social transition not girl’s need for privacy but you would have to have a heart of stone to resist young Kai, or do you? Feels like emotional manipulation of Kai’s likely real distress by his mum and, likely the transgender lobby groups that are prepared to use a gender non-conforming potential gay boy, to push their agenda.

If I had any lingering doubts about the agenda here let us return to his mum. Here she is attending a, filmed, speaking engagement apologising for hurting the LGBTQ community. In order to atone for her sin she makes the ridiculous claim that her child would be forced into the ”mens”. In reality mums take their little boys in to the female toilets at Kai’s age.

In conclusion. How certain are we that we are not witnessing an Evangelical Christian who is using ”Better a live daughter, than a dead son“ in public while really, consciously, or otherwise, the phrase ”Better a daughter than a gay son” is more appropriate for what she is doing.

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Marketing the Transgender Child 1


In the past decade we have seen a viral marketing campaign to convince our children it is possible to be born in the wrong body. Given how many politicians, media pundits, academics and medical doctors have fallen for this, relentless, propaganda is it any wonder our young believe it?

The first example, on mainstream television, was I Am Leo. I still am shocked that BBC Children’s television pumped this out to our kids when we thought they were in safe hands.

I cannot do better than this guest post, via Transgender Trend so I will link this critique y Helen Saxby: Full article linked below and and excellent quote that summarises the problems with I am Leo:

I am Leo

The programme got a glowing write up by an organisation called the Children’s Media Foundation who boast influence with the All Parliamentary Group on Children’s media. Indeed the public inquiry contact for the APPG is a member of staff from the Children’s Media Foundation. At the time both John Nicholson and Connor Burns sat on this APPG, both have been particularly vocal on transgender issues. Phillip Pulman, another person in thrall to Transgender Ideology, was also a patron of the foundation.

They produced a year book in 2015 which, as well as an article by the head of children’s BBC, included an interview with the Cat Lewis, Executive Producer of ”I Am Leo”.

Cat Lewis was very proud of the fact this was the first programme about a transgender child to be broadcast in the U.K.

Cat Lewis talks candidly of the nervousness of the BBC when first pitched the idea. They were persuaded, in part, because Leo was already out in public and therefore the programme would not be revealing Leo as a female, in the media, for the first time.

The programme featured Leo holding the passport they had defaced for correctly recording her as a female. In a pattern I have come to expect, Leo had a history of being bullied. Leo was also supported by the Trans lobby group ”Press for Change”. So, not just a random kid of off the street.

Because Leo, we are told, had already been ”living as a boy” for some years (which appears to mean short hair, liking football and rejecting female sex stereotypes) the producer needed a different narrative arc. This turned out to be working with the Tavistock Gender Clinic to showcase the new treatment of blocking Puberty. This is the part with glaring inaccuracies. The series includes some cute graphics to illustrate the ”pause” and Polly Carmichael explicitly stating the following:

A statement somewhat at odds with a near contemporaneous statement made to the, putative, grown up media: “We don’t have the evidence”.

The show was a media success, garnering awards for the team, which is surely their raison d’etre and not the provision of accurate media portrayals for kids.

Alice Webb, of the BBC waxes lyrical about the role of CBBC in these clips from her interview, in the same document. How many parents knew that CBBC were pushing boundaries with our kids by feeding them the nonsense they can be born in the wrong body? She is proud of the role of the BBC in ”shaping” our kids’ lives. A grave responsibility which the BBC betrayed with this trans propaganda.

This is the first part of a series on the marketing of the Transgender child, Its just product placement at this point.

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