A four-year-old child in Australia is receiving help to undergo a sex change.
The child, who identifies as transgender, is yet to start school but has already started the life-changing process of gender transition with the help of New South Wales education officials.
The Mirror reports that the child, who is the youngest ever person in the country to get a sex change, hopes to complete the full transformation by next year.
However, this has sparked concern among psychologists and even transgender advocates, who believe that four is far too young to start such a procedure.
Clinical psychologist, Rose Cantali, told the Evening Standard: “I would be very hesitant and other psychologists would say the same. Everything is developmental at that age.”
Transgender advocate, Catherine McGregor, also agreed with this opinion saying that four was ‘pretty young’.
I would have thought four is pretty young for any official policy support. In my experience, kids with strong cross-gender identification tend to get it right. However, I can understand there would be caution on the part of the department and medical practitioners on making any irreversible decisions at that stage. In my experience, kids with strong cross-gender identification tend to get it right.
It remains unclear whether the youngster was born a boy or girl, but they’re reportedly taking part in the state’s Safe Schools program which is being supported by the education department.
They are among an increasing number of small children in the country who identify as transgender and want to undergo sex changes.
Gregory Prior, Deputy Secretary of School Operations in New South Wales, said numerous students were going through gender transition’ in the state’s schools, with the youngest aged four.
Last year, it was revealed that Britain’s NHS is treating kids as young as three who believe they’ve been born the wrong sex.