(LifeSiteNews) — The German government has established a website instructing children and adolescents in “same-sex lifestyles and gender diversity,” including information on taking puberty blockers and hormone “therapies” if their body “does not fit in with their feelings.”
The public info-website, called “rainbow portal,” is a service provided by the Federal German Ministry of Family Affairs. Part of the website, written in simple language, is directed at children and adolescents. “Diversity of gender” and sexual orientation are explained from the perspective of the LGBT ideology.
The website claims that there are “much more” than two genders and provides information on medication touted as aiding girls and boys to “transition” between sexes.
Addressing children, the website reads:
Do you feel more comfortable as a girl? Or do you feel more comfortable as a boy? The important thing is: you should feel good now. It doesn’t matter how you will live in 10 years.
A section on the website titled “young and transgender” produced an outcry on social media, leading the government to slightly alter the text. The page had garnered attention for promoting puberty blockers and hormones for children, but the website went offline temporarily, during which time changes were made. The older version can still be accessed with an archive link which shows a section on puberty blockers which originally said: “Are you still very young? And have you not yet reached puberty? Then you can take puberty blockers.”
In the updated version, the last sentence was changed to include consulting a doctor to find out if puberty blockers “might help you.”
The government-run website also lays out what constitutes a “good doctor.” Namely, physicians should use “your new name” and preferred pronouns, insinuating that children should only talk to doctors that affirm gender ideology.
Children are pitted against their parents, with the website claiming that “only you know who you really are.”
“Maybe these adults need more time. Or more counseling. At some point, though, the adults realize: This is about your life. Only you know what you feel. And who you really are,” the government-run website states, adding that “[s]ometimes adults think, ‘We just don’t talk about it. Then it will surely pass.’ That’s how adults want to protect you. That’s nonsense, of course.”
Despite the insistence of the German government, a number of studies have shown that around 80 percent of children who experience gender dysphoria will eventually identify with their biological sex if left alone.
The website claims that if your body “matches your feeling after all,” you could simply stop taking hormone blockers and your body would continue to develop “about the same as before the puberty blockers.”
The section about taking gender hormones on the government website states the following:
This body really does not fit my feeling. Then you can get certain hormones. These hormones make you more masculine. Or they make you more feminine. They change your voice, for example. Or you get bigger breasts. Or a beard. Depending on which hormones you take.
Moreover, the website also promotes information regarding gender surgery, instructing young readers that “hormones can’t do everything” and “some things can only be done with surgery. For example, change of the genitals.” The website added that you have to be 18 years old in Germany to undergo any surgery related to the mutilation of genitalia.
However, the claim that puberty blockers are reversible is not based on evidence. A recent study with 44 children, aged 12–15, showed that puberty blockers stunted the bone growth of children. Additionally, the British National Health Service (NHS) states on its “gender dysphoria treatment” information page that “Little is known about the long-term side effects of hormone or puberty blockers in children with gender dysphoria.”
The NHS wrote that “long-term cross-sex hormone treatment may cause temporary or even permanent infertility,” and that these hormones cause irreversible changes such as altering breast development (caused by taking estrogen) or deepening of the voice (caused by taking testosterone).
Alongside the increase in so-called gender reassignment surgeries and uptake in use of hormone blocking drugs there has been a growing number of “de-transitioners” who have come out publicly with their stories of regret over the attempt to live as the opposite sex by utilizing drugs and surgeries. Jalisa Vine, for instance, shared her testimony in a video series on YouTube and called her decision to medically transition the “biggest mistake” of her life.
The Detransition subreddit “r/detrans” has grown tremendously over the past couple of years and now has over 40,000 members. This site exists for so-called de-transitioners to share their experiences with others and look for help after realizing that their decision to medically “transition” was a mistake.
German politician and Member of the European Parliament Christine Anderson commented on the issue on Twitter, saying the following:
The criminal nature of the #government in #Germany can be seen at the #rainbow portal: There they advise children to take puberty blockers – they could be trans. It doesn’t get any crazier than this, or is there anything comparable in the #EU??? #ID
🇬🇧|The criminal nature of the #government in #Germany can be seen at the #Regenbogenportal: There they advise children to take puberty blockers – they could be trans. It doesn’t get any crazier than this, or is there anything comparable in the #EU??? #ID https://t.co/xmX1fO9kBT
— Christine Anderson (@AndersonAfDMdEP) October 14, 2022
German Journalist Philip Plickert also criticized the government website on Twitter, saying:
Actually unbelievable: The “rainbow portal” of the German administration (Green Family Ministry) advises “very young” children to puberty blockers, if they have doubts about their gender identity. These are heavy drugs with irreversible health consequences. What do doctors say?
Eigentlich unfassbar: Das “Regenbogenportal” der BuReg. (Grünen-Ministerium BMFSFJ) rät “sehr jungen” Kindern zu Pubertätsblockern, falls sie Zweifel an ihrer Geschlechtsidentität haben. Dies sind schwere Medikamente mit irreversiblen gesundheitl. Folgen. Was sagen Ärzte dazu? pic.twitter.com/TB4qcjIKy1
— Philip Plickert (@PhilipPlickert) October 12, 2022