A website geared towards minors questioning their gender identity tells kids as young as 13 how to get cross-sex hormones with or without parental consent.
Kelly Schenkoske, a concerned parent, researched the TransgenderMap.com website after she discovered it by clicking on a series of links beginning with a Salinas High School webpage listed under LGBTQ Library Resources on the Salinas Union High School District (SUHSD) website.
The Salinas High School page led her to discover a link entitled”Obtaining Hormones and Anti-Androgens as a Minor: Overviewon the Transgender Map site.
“The material is unbelievably shocking, and the public deserves to know what’s going on,” Schenkoske said in an interview with The Epoch Times.
The Transgender Map website informs teens on “how to get hormones as a transgender minor.”
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“Even if you do not think you can start hormones yet, you should think about taking a hormone blocker to make your puberty stop. This is one of the most important things you can do at your age. Try to find a way if you can,” the website states.
Schenkoske called the site and its content “incredibly reckless,” she said they a place kids “in tremendous risk and potential danger.”
The site suggests that teens unsure about their gender identity may want to consider pausing puberty with hormone blockers. Still, it warns teens they must be sure of their gender because these treatments could cause sterility.
“For young people who are sure they want to make a gender change, getting on hormone blockers and maybe hormones can help a lot. You need to be sure, though,” the website states.
The site warns: “Hormone blockers will stop your puberty. If you stop taking them, your puberty will start again. Hormones may change your body so you can not make children.”
Under the heading, “How to get them,” the site suggests the easiest method for minors to obtain cross-sex hormones is by “coming out” to a parent or guardian.
“You will have to see a therapist and a doctor for a while before they let you take them,” the site states.
“I hope you will get hormones with help from loved ones and healthcare workers. You may have a hard time finding a healthcare worker who will help you without a parent or guardian who says it is OK.”
But then the site goes beyond proper boundaries. It expands the discussion by saying, “If you do not think your parent or guardian will help you, there are other ways.”
One of these ways is for minors to “come out” to a “trusted friend or family member who is over 18” to help them obtain the hormones illegally.
“There is a chance they might tell your family, so think hard before talking to someone,” the site says.
“You can ask them to order what you want from an online pharmacy. Then you can pay them. They need to know this is probably against the law,” it states. This practice is illegal and yet promoted by the creators of the content!
The site also suggests legal options for minors, such as going to court to get legal emancipation from their parents.
“This is not easy to do, but an emancipated minor can make medical decisions without permission from their parents or guardians,” according to the site. “Some minors are able to demonstrate that they are mature enough to give informed consent for medical decisions. This mature minor doctrine can in some cases be used to get medical care without parental consent.”
In a 1.5-minute video called Puberty and Transgender Youth on the site, the animated Amazon.org character, Jane, wonders what to name her pet goldfish because she doesn’t know her gender.
“A person who is transgender is someone whose internal sense of their gender—being a boy, girl or something else—doesn’t match their physical body. People who feel this way sometimes feel anxious when they begin to reach puberty and their bodies start to change in ways that don’t match their internal sense of their gender. These feelings are totally normal,” the narrator says.
“If you feel you want more time to explore how you feel about your gender before your body starts to change, it’s important to talk with a parent, counselor, therapist, or doctor about the feelings you have regarding your gender.”
In the clip, the female character cuts her short hair is referred to an endocrinologist and injected with puberty blockers.
“Puberty blockers are medications that will stop your body from changing. They are usually given as injections or an implant. They block the production of hormones to stop or delay the physical changes of puberty. The effects of the medication are only temporary, so if a person stops using puberty blockers, their physical changes of puberty will begin again,” a narrator says in the video.
“Whether you identify as male, female or genderqueer, or something else, you’re perfectly normal and there are lots of ways to manage puberty so that it can be a fun, exciting time rather than a scary or stressful one,” it concludes .
In the end, Jane looks at her goldfish and says, “OK. Maybe you need more time to get to know yourself first. Uhhh, I’ll just call you Bubbles for now.”
AMAZE has produced over 200 videos, school lesson plans, and even provides a coloring book and a comic focused on gender transition for kids.
According to the American College of Pediatriciansno single long-term study demonstrates the safety or efficacy of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgeries for transgender-believing youth.
Puberty blockers may cause depression and other emotional disturbances related to suicide. The package insert for Lupronthe number one prescribed puberty blocker in America, lists “emotional instability” as a side effect and warns prescribers to “Monitor for development or worsening of psychiatric symptoms during treatment.”
Worse yet, puberty blockers can cause permanent severe side effects, including osteoporosis, mood disorders, seizures, cognitive impairment, and sterility when combined with cross-sex hormones.
All too often, physically healthy transgender-bel girls are given double mastectomies at 13 and hysterectomies at 16. And in the same fashion, their male counterparts are referred for surgical castration and penectomies at 16 and 17.
Many medical organizations worldwide, including the Australian College of Physicians, the Royal College of General Practitioners in the United Kingdom, and the Swedish National Council for Medical Ethics, have characterized these treatments in children as experimental and dangerous.
Swedish psychiatrist Dr. Christopher Gillberg has said that pediatric transition is “possibly one of the greatest scandals in medical history” and called for “an immediate moratorium on the use of puberty blocker drugs because of their unknown long-term effects.”
Dr. Angela Sämfjord started a gender clinic for minors in Sweden in 2016. She resigned after just two years because she was concerned that there wasn’t enough evidence to justify hormonal and surgical treatments in youth with gender dysphoria.