“My son wanted to be a dinosaur when he was four. Didn’t mean I’d let him be one.”
“It’s child abuse.”
“How can you condone the mutilation of a four-year-old?”
“ The parents are nuts.”
“The parents are brain damaged.”
“What is wrong with the parents to allow this to happen?”
“The world’s gone mad.”
There is no need to read the thousands of comments on social media today about the news that a four-year-old has begun “transitioning” their gender before attending their first day of kindergarten – they are all basically summarised above.
The reaction has been swift and contemptuous – outrage at these unnamed parents who have made a “dangerous”, “mad” or even “abusive” decision.
The report in The Daily Telegraph has revealed that a wave of children – some as young as three or four – are transitioning their gender in primary schools, with The Children’s Hospital at Westmead saying referrals to its gender services have tripled.
The one case making heads spin, as revealed at yesterday’s NSW state government budget estimates, is that of a four-year-old.
The Education Department’s Deputy Secretary of School Operations, Gregory Prior, said: “Without breaching privacy, we have a four-year-old who is transitioning to kindergarten next year who has identified as transgender.”
Some of the thousands of comments online. Via Facebook.
The school is assisting the family, the family is assisting the child but society is damning them without even knowing their story.
But not all of society.
“I don’t think there is anything wrong with a child expressing him or herself with feeling different.”
That’s Dr Dion Klein, some might say the voice of reason, others might just say a guy with a hell of a lot more experience in this than you or me.
“We all go through our own experience of trying to fit into this planet," he says and no one has any idea “unless they’ve walked in their shoes."
Dr Dion Klein. Image Supplied.
Dr Klein was born female.
He transitioned later in life than this young child might, but he says by the age of six he knew he wasn't a girl but was male.