The road to transgender has been much in the news recently as the UK legal system made a key ruling last week. Gender reassignment surgery has been booming both in the UK and worldwide as the LGBT community push for the right to change one's sexual identity to be seen as a basic human right.
We consider gender-confirming surgery to be an important topic for discussion since it touches at the very basis of human identity. It is a miracle that we now possess the surgical skills to perform such major transformations in the human body. it is also vital that this incredible power is used wisely since there are often many psychological elements to consider. Puberty is a very difficult and confusing time for many young people and I feel that as a society we should help them gently find the best path for their adult lives. If this means fixing the age of transgender consent at 16 it is probably a wise move.
Keira Bell, 23, brought the action against the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust after regretting taking puberty blockers at the age of 16 that she feared may have damaged her ability to have children. From now on children aged under 16 will need court approval in England and Wales to access puberty blockers
Keira Bell, who “detransitioned” in her early 20s and now lives as a woman, had argued for puberty blockers to only be prescribed for under-18s with a court order.
The judges said 16 and 17-year-olds were presumed to be able to consent to medical treatment, but doctors may want to seek court orders before prescribing them puberty blockers due to the “experimental” nature of the treatment. It is important that prospective candidates for transition are given all the latest transgender surgery facts to help them decide.
But, for those who are looking at the topic of transgender surgery our design team have produced this helpful infographic showing transgender surgery facts to make the process easy to follow. You can. also, check our listings of gender confirmation surgeries here.