A couple in Scotland, of which one member is trans-identified, has announced their intention to transition their 5-year-old son to be a girl.
According to The Daily Mail, Greg, Jody and Jayden Rogers are believed to be Britain’s first two-generation trans-identified family.
“We haven’t encouraged Jayden to do this, despite what people think and we are hurt at the suggestion,” Greg Rogers, who was born a female but began transitioning at the age of 16, told the news outlet.
“She has no idea that I’m transgender,” he added. “Having been through this myself, I have conflicting emotions about [him] deciding [that he] doesn’t want to be a boy anymore. It’s not an easy life. People will always judge you and I don’t think there is a single transgender person on the planet who would push that on a child.”
Jayden is too young for hormone treatment but will receive counseling over the next couple of years.
“Because of [his] young age, Jayden will have counseling for a long time to explore who [he] is,” Rogers said. “The most important thing is ensuring [he] is happy if [he] wants to fully become a girl. We don’t want a child suffering from mental health problems because [he’s] been told [he] can’t be who [he] wants to be. I know what that rejection is like and we don’t want it for [him].”
The family’s announcement comes as health experts have warned about the health implications of medically transitioning children through the use of hormone suppressants and cross-sex hormones.
As the treatments could lead to infertility and various other health problems, critics of the therapy say that gender-confused children are being experimented on.
The U.K. National Health Service began investigating last year why there has been a 4,000 percent increase in children seeking gender transitions in the last 10 years.
As for the Rogers, they say that Jayden insisted on living as a girl about a year ago.
“We’ve had people saying we’re using Jayden for attention and that [he] just wants to be a girl because I changed sex,” Rogers told The Daily Record. “It’s ridiculous. Jayden knows nothing about my past. [he] just knows me as dad.”
The couple met online three years ago. At the time, Jody Rogers was a single mother. She knew going into the relationship that Greg was a biological female who transitioned as a teen.
Although the couple shares the same last name, they are not married.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith