US actively working to find ‘transgender specialists’ for military kids abroad

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Samuel Case, FISM News

The United States is “actively working” to find doctors who can give so-called “gender-affirming” treatments to the children of American military families stationed in Europe. 

The Department of Defense only has one pediatrician in Europe who specializes in transgender treatments, leading the DOD to limit services to existing patients, Stars and Stripes reported.

The DOD’s military health plan, Tricare, is “actively working to identify additional clinics who can provide care,” a spokesman for the Landstuhl hospital serving the Rheinland-Pfalz Army base in Germany said.

Landstuhl is the only European hospital offering childhood transgender treatments, according to a spokesman for the Defense Health Agency.

Other clinics “are smaller sites that do not have available space, facilities, or expertise to provide gender-affirming care to pediatric patients,” the spokesman said.

Due to limited staffing, the hospital was forced to stop accepting new patients in October. 

According to Stars and Stripes, German guidelines mandate that anyone experiencing gender dysphoria must obtain a minimum of 12 therapy sessions before receiving any type of hormone treatments.

“It is not enough that the patient says, ‘I’d like to be a girl,’ and receives puberty blockers,” Stephanie Lehmann-Kannt, a pediatric endocrinologist at Saarland University Hospital told the publication.  She also noted that hormone therapy treatments — which are often pushed by doctors in America with minimal consultation — can lead to infertility and have other adverse side effects.

A recent report from the British Medical Journal highlighted how the science being pushed by the mainstream media about transgender care is not backed by data.

Germany is one of many European countries that has begun to reel back medical care for minors in light of the devastating harm it can have on children. America, on the other hand, is becoming more and more divided on the issue. A large number of red states either already have or are seeking to implement laws to protect minors, while blue states continue to have little to no guidelines on the life-altering medical practice.

The number of children who identify as transgender has exploded in the military health system, Reuters reports, increasing from 135 in 2010 to 528 in 2017. 

Those numbers reflect a broader trend in the United States. A February poll from Gallup found the number of U.S. adults who identify as LGBTQ has doubled over the last decade, with the rates skyrocketing among the younger generations.

Nearly 20% of Generation Z adults now identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or something other than heterosexual.