Growing number of kids in Denmark change their gender

More than twice as many minors as expected have expressed a desire to change their gender this year.


Since January, the Sexology Clinic in Copenhagen has offered hormone treatment to minors who feel like they were born in the wrong body.

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The clinic anticipated that around 50 minors would take advantage of opportunity to change their gender, but that number was surpassed in just six months and the annual estimate was increased to 130, news agency Ritzau reported on Wednesday.

In Denmark, children as young as 12 can receive hormone suppressors, also known as puberty blockers, to stunt the growth of sexual organs and suppress developments like facial hair for boys and menstruation for girls. The effects of the blockers are reversible.

Once minors reach the age of 16, they can receive full hormone treatment that is largely irreversible.

LGBT Danmark says they are not surprised by these findings.

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