Denmark also backs down on puberty blockers for girls confused about their gender: the Danish health system will henceforth offer psychological therapies and no more drugs to adolescents who have not reported discomfort in their birth sex since childhood. This was announced by the Minister of Health Sophie Løhde during a parliamentary debate that rejected the proposal to completely ban gender transition for minors tabled by the populist Nye Borgerlige (New Right) party.
Denmark thus joins Sweden, Finland, Norway and the Netherlands, countries that are pioneers in gender transition and have been banning the use of puberty blockers and hormones of the opposite sex on minors, recognising them as experimental and unsubstantiated treatments.
But the relevant fact is that in Denmark the call for an end to the medical transition of minors is led by one of the largest LGBT groups mainstream of the country, the Danish Rainbow Council, launched in 2022 and chaired by transsexual FtoM Marcus Dib Jensen, known for his English-language YouTube channel The Offensive Tranny. This is the first time that a firm criticism of so-called affirmative therapy has come from trans people themselves. The organisation is committed to the protection of children and the recognition of gender dysphoria as a mental disorder and opposes the drifts of gender ideology.
"It is important to realise how significant it is that well the children's 80% who previously underwent gender reassignment surgery now, in the words of the minister, will no longer be able to undergo this controversial and irreversible treatment'. stated the Vice-President of the Danish Rainbow Council Jesper W. Rasmussen.
Minister Løhde stated that the Sexology Clinic -the gender clinic main Copenhagen hospital, at the specialised Rigshospitalet- will only offer drug treatment 'if the child or adolescent has had gender dysphoria since childhood', whereas "if gender dysphoria has started at the same time as puberty, the young person may be referred to, among others, a process of reflection or clarification", said Løhde. "This process is often carried out without medical treatment, as it is not considered indicated."
These measures will therefore concern the largest group of patients in gender clinics: girls and young girls who, on the threshold of puberty, suddenly manifest discomfort with their female body (see here for the difference between MtoF and FtoM transition).
"After the minister's statements," say the Danish Rainbow "we have received several e-mails from relieved parents of children with ROGD (rapid onset gender dysphoria) and in the coming months we will monitor whether these children continue to be free from hormonal sex reassignment, regularly requesting access to the treatment statistics of the Sexology Clinic'.
Read the news here (translation and adaptation by Maria Celeste)