Yesterday's NPR report two transgender boys and the different ways they were being raised was accompanied by another story, this one about a controversial treatment known by some as the "Dutch protocol" that allows preteens with gender-identity issues (like transgender memoirist Jennifer Boylan, at left, once had) to delay the onset of puberty. According to NPR, "...kids who meet the criteria for gender identity disorder are given monthly injections of a medication that blocks their bodies from releasing sex hormones. This means that while the children continue to grow taller, for the three or four years they are on the medication, they are kept from maturing sexually." That's the first stage of the treatment, which occurs between ages 10-13. The second stage starts around age 16; at that point the teen is allowed to choose which gender he or she wants to become.
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