Wait until your transgender brain is fully formed

Jack Molay
2 min readApr 15, 2024

One of the most bizarre proposals in the UK Cass-report on transgender health services is that everyone under 25 is to be treated as kids.

The minimum age for enlisting in the UK armed forces is 16. The voting age is 18 on polling day. You can come out with your sexual orientation at any age.

So what is the point with this proposal? To “protect” trans people against themselves? That is only half the story. The real point is to make cis people think that trans people are emotionally and intellectually immature, and that you can therefore dismiss their gender dysphoria as some kind of ideological infestation.

In this way you can uphold the idea that transgender identities are fake, while cis identities (which are never questioned) are natural and real.

I am sure Cass will admit that there are “real” transgender people out there, i.e. transgender people who are really suffering from gender dysphoria. But by infantilizing trans youth, she and her allies are able to keep the power to accept or dismiss such an incongruence in the hands of cisgender “experts”.

Imagine the uproar if cis people could not get their gender identity formally accepted without a psychiatric examination.

Make no mistake about it. The Cass report is just one of many ways an oppressive culture tries to protect their idea of “normalcy” keep gender variant people in check.

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Originally published over at Transgender World.

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Jack Molay

Writer and news curator looking at everything transgender, nonbinary and queer.