The United Nation's expert on sexual orientation and gender identity has suggested that children from the ages of 2 to 6 years old should be "affirmed" in their chosen gender identity, and to do otherwise would be "discriminatory."
In the short clip posted to his official Twitter, UN expert Victor Madrigal-Borloz states "the convention of the rights of the child establishes the best interests of the child as a priority, as well as the child's right to express views in accordance with their age and maturity."
Vaguely citing "evidence" he does not reference directly, Madrigal-Borloz notes various ages where children would have a developed sense of gender identity – including age 2 when he says most children can "recognize and label stereotypical gender groups," and at age 3 when children would "categorize their own gender."
Madrigal-Borloz says children would have a stable sense of gender identity "before age 6."
Madrigal-Borloz goes on to claim that children who had access to puberty blockers were at less risk of suicide, and that "pubertal suppression therapy" was a "reversible process."
The claims come just months after the UK's National Institute of Health Care Excellence found that the evidence for puberty blocker use was of very low quality, and the Karolinska Hospital in Sweden outright ended any puberty supression treatments for minors under the age of 16.
Madrigal-Borloz's video raised some eyebrows amongst netizens, who struck back beneath his upload with comments and concerns.
One user stated that it was prudent to look for a child's reasoning for seeking a new identity, including abuse, trauma, or parental bullying.
Others asked for Madrigal-Borloz's evidence that puberty blockers were reversible, as he referenced none beyond the initial claim he had some.
While Madrigal-Borloz suggested his stance came from a focus on child safeguarding, the United Nations has a poor track record of protecting children. In fact, the international body has recently come under fire for the mass-scale child sexual abuse committed by its employees in developing countries.
In 2018, a whistleblower reported that UN staff had been responsible for "60,000 rapes" over the course of a decade, mostly of young children and women.
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