"To think that drugs and a surgeon and a knife can change the gender of a child or young person is mythical. And to allow a child to make that type of decision is downright dangerous and ultimately harmful to the child," says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
"What the child really needs is affirmation of their unique personality and appropriate treatment for their unhappiness and other presenting emotional issues – but definitely not gender confusion, drugs and a scalpel."
"Gender change is portrayed as being the best treatment but it fails to account for deep unresolved psychological issues. Studies show that over 50% of transgenders have had at least one suicide attempt by age 20. Even more harm themselves daily either by cutting or self-mutilation. Gender change does nothing to resolve these issues."