Queensland Health Minister, Shannon Fentiman has declared a review into the gender affirming regime of the Queensland Children’s Gender Service as ‘timely’. The review follows revelations of inadequate mental health screening, harmful sex hormone treatments, and irreversible gender surgery for children who present with gender dysphoria.
Queensland Director for the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL), Rob Norman said, “The tide is turning internationally on the flawed and dangerous gender affirmation model.
“The landmark Bell v Tavistock judgement in the UK, along with Channel Seven Spotlight’s De-Transitioning segment have uncovered the institutional failure of gender clinics, particularly when dealing with children.”
Mr. Norman said, “Parents must be fully informed and provided with evidence-based advice rather the failed one-size-fits-all affirmation model currently being forced upon them. The UK’s National Health Service has told doctors not to encourage young people to change their names and pronouns and says most children with gender dysphoria are going through a ‘phase’”.
The ACL calls on the Queensland Government to immediately suspend use of the affirmation model pending the results of the review and to conduct a full investigation into claims against Queensland Children’s Gender Service.