“Consider the story of ‘Lisa’ (her name was changed by the Daily Mail to protect her privacy), a 45-year-old mother in the United Kingdom. Late last year, Lisa discovered that her 14-year-old daughter was being treated as transgender by the school she attended. After being bullied, her daughter apparently began identifying as a boy, her teachers began to treat her like a boy, and at her first hour-long appointment with the National Health Service, a psychotherapist told the teen that she could begin hormone treatments as soon as she turned sixteen.
The teenage girl’s parents were not informed that their daughter was being referred to by a male name at school or that she was being referred to by male pronouns. When Lisa discovered this, she was understandably horrified, especially as she was convinced that it was the bullying that her daughter experienced at school that triggered the change, rather than genuine gender dysphoria. She went looking for another therapist, and stopped her daughter’s visits to the NHS clinic (where the therapist had advised cross-sex hormones within an hour on her first visit.)
In response, the school told her that finding another therapist was equivalent to ‘conversion therapy,’ a bizarre claim considering the fact that Lisa wanted a therapist to help her daughter become comfortable in her own body instead of converting. Several days after that, Lisa received what she described as a ‘terrifying’ email from Child and Adult Services informing her that her teenage daughter was deemed to be at risk—from her own mother.
‘I was reduced to tears because we were being treated like criminals when we were trying to protect our own daughter,’ Lisa told the Daily Mail. It was social media sites, she said, that were selling her daughter ‘the lie that there are young people born in the wrong body.’ And indeed, Lisa is correct: Some experts have noted that transgenderism in young people is taking the form of a social phenomenon, as being ‘trans’ is becoming the ‘cool’ thing to do, and schools and medical professionals fall all over themselves to immediately affirm any thoughts of gender transition.”