Last Updated on February 26, 2020
The number of biological girls suffering from gender dysphoria in Sweden has jumped by 1500% between 2008-2018, splitting the country on the issue, it has been revealed by The Guardian.
The article came after one of the country’s leading trans activist, Lukas Romson, was set to appear on Malou von Sivers’s nightly talk show.
Romson had gone in with little optimism, thinking that they might not be taken as seriously.
However, 13-to-17-year-old girls were reported to have seen a tremendous spike in gender dysphoria diagnoses in a ten-year period.
Following mounting pressure from LGBT group RFSL, Sweden’s Social Democrats proposed a law in the fall of 2018 to remove all need for parental consent for teenagers to transition, as well as lowering the legal age of medical assistance for transitioning from 18 to 15.
Children as young as 12 can legally change their gender.
The country’s liberal approach to child gender dysphoria has drawn ample criticism, with medical professionals pointing out that the long-term consequences are not well documented.
Stockholm’s Karolinska University hospital caused controversy for their work treating young patients suffering from gender dysphoria.
The hospital has been known to carry out double mastectomies on teenagers as young as 14–and a question mark looms over whether proper psychological evaluations have been carried out on the patient before undergoing irreversible life-altering surgery.
One of the clinic’s patients later committed suicide after a gender transition procedure. It had appeared that the patient, Jennifer Ring, a 32-year-old trans woman, had been suffering from symptoms of Schizophrenia.
The hospital’s failure to conduct proper psychological evaluations before hurriedly performing surgeries has been called into question.
Across other European countries, the rates of underage gender dysphoria diagnoses has also skyrocketed.
In the UK, a public health service facility which specializes in child trans patients has been so overwhelmed by the demand from new patients in the past two years that they are resorting to medical consultations over Skype to scythe down patient queues.