He was a ‘transgender toddler’ at 3, ‘rebaptized’ as girl at 7
LIVERPOOL, England, September 24, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Amid the rapidly spreading contagion of child transgenderism, a U.K. mom now proudly claims that her child “became the youngest trans toddler … at just three years of age.”
The boy’s mother, Jeneen Schofield, said her young son “sensed” he should be living as a girl while still a toddler.
Beginning at just three years of age, her son reportedly kept making the same Christmas and birthday wish: “I want to be a girl,” according to The Mirror.
The boy’s mom now refers to him as a girl, using the pronouns “she” and “her,” as does the U.K. Mirror. The report continues:
And last year, at the age of seven, her wish came true when her name was officially changed by deed poll — to Luna.
She started wearing a skirt to school and got a new passport too as one of Britain’s youngest transgender children.
Today her proud mum opens her heart on the life-changing events and defies critics who believe her decision to let Luna choose her gender was premature.
NHS worker Jeneen, 37, tells of the moment Luna, now eight, was “set free” and talks of her “grieving process” as she let her little boy go.
The mum says: “Luna was asking when she could be a girl soon after her third birthday. I brushed it off as a phase and told her to stop being silly.
“But she kept asking. My family felt she was too young to make the decision to be a girl, but I didn’t want to tell her how she felt and knew this wasn’t going away.”
Now age eight, the boy is “socially transitioning” — a precursor to more radical treatments, often involving “puberty-blockers,” hormone treatments, and genital-mutilating surgeries.
This “trans toddler’s” story is part of an alarming trend in England.
In the last year, the number of children exhibiting gender dysphoria has doubled, and over 2,500 kids were referred to the nation’s sole — now overwhelemed — gender identity “clinic” serving “transgender” and “non-binary” youth.
In 2010, there were only 94 such referrals.
Although Schofield insists that she never encouraged her little boy to be a girl, in 2016, she took her five-year-old son to a local “Pride” event where they came in contact with “Mermaids,” an organization that supports transgender children, teens, and families.
U.K. National Health Service (NHS) psychologists have said children are now being allowed to live as the opposite sex too soon, according to The Mirror:
Letting kids as young as six “socially transition” could do long-term harm by forcing them to choose too early.
Two top doctors also advised caution.
Social psychologist Dr David Canter said: “No one should be assigned the label transgender before puberty. If the child is unhappy then the reasons should be explored without assigning labels.”
Consultant psychiatrist and TV doc Raj Persaud added: “A careful medical assessment is needed to understand what is going on. Only then can decisions be reached.”
Son “rebaptized” as girl
As part of his “social transitioning,” Schofield said her son was “re-baptized” last year.
“The vicar couldn’t have been more supportive, even wearing a rainbow silk scarf,” said Schofield.
While the Church of England doesn’t officially offer “second baptisms,” priests have been directed to offer baptism-style ceremonies for those announcing their new sexual identity.
In a pastoral guidance issued last year, clergy were told to call men by their new female names and women by their new male names. The guidance declares, “For a trans person to be addressed liturgically by the minister for the first time by their chosen name may be a powerful moment in the service.”
Christian Concern’s chief executive, Andrea Minichiello Williams, a lay member of the Church’s General Synod, criticized the new guidance at the time, saying it is a continuation of the denomination’s “devastating trajectory towards an outright denial of God and his word.”
“The point of baptism is to identify a person with Jesus as they begin a life of following him,” continued Williams. “Using an affirmation of baptism to celebrate a gender transition turns this upside down by encouraging people to follow their own feelings and live in identities contrary to how God created them.”
It is not loving to mislead people — and wider society — into the falsehoods and myths of transgender ideology,” said Williams.
Trans treatments for children amount to experimentation on kids
Schofield’s son has already had five gender clinic appointments with Leeds-based Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS), part of the Tavistock Clinic, which also operates in London.
Earlier this year, five former Tavistock clinicians alleged that the clinic had been approving “life-changing medical intervention” for children and teens “without sufficient evidence of its long-term effects.”
The former employees also said they believe that transgender charities like Mermaids do damage by “allegedly promoting transition as a cure-all solution for confused adolescents.”
“Given [the] paucity of evidence, the off-label use of drugs (i.e. what they are approved for) in gender dysphoria treatment largely means an unregulated live experiment on children,” said Carl Heneghan of the Centre of Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University in an interview with The Times of London.
Teenage girls in particular are at risk of being referred to the GIDS. The NHS reported that in the 2017/2018 year, more than half (1,806) were for females (or, in NHS-speak, “young people assigned female at birth [AFAB]”). Males numbered 713.
Parental openness to kids ‘transitioning’ akin to child abuse
“The next change won’t be for a few years when Luna starts puberty and she can choose for herself if she wants hormone blockers and medication, and whatever else she chooses,” Schofield told the Mirror. “But it will be her decision, and hers only.”
Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, has said it is child abuse to foster gender confusion in children by helping them “transition” to appear as the opposite sex.
“Chemical castration is what you’re doing when you put any biologically normal child on puberty blockers,” Cretella said on a forum on transgenderism sponsored by the Heritage Foundation last fall. “It’s treating puberty like a disease, arresting a normal process which is critical to normal development.”
“People have a biological sex. Period,” Cretella said. “We don’t have something additional to that called a ‘gender’ or a ‘gender identity’ that is hardwired into our brain or into our DNA.”
“Human sexuality is binary; it’s implicit, it’s in every cell of our bodies,” she said. “Sex is not assigned to people. It declares itself. We recognize it. Our bodies tell us who we are.”