Gender expert and psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Stathis has issued a warning about the overdiagnoses of trans youths, claiming many of the children and teens he sees at his Australian-based gender clinic are not actually suffering from gender dysphoria, or transgenderism, but are instead trying to become trans because it's trendy, wishing to gain attention from their peers. One such child told Stathis that transgenderism "is the new black."
According to the psychiatrist, only a small minority of the youths at Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital's gender service will actually be diagnosed with gender dysphoria. By the time most of these struggling youths reach puberty, says Stathis, they will have grown out of their confusion and identify as their biological sex.
Stathis says a lot of those youths are “trying out being transgender” to be different from their peers and gain attention.
“One said to me, ‘Dr Steve ... I want to be transgender, it’s the new black’,” said the doctor.
“You might get a six- or seven-year-old girl wanting to dress as a boy,” explained Stathis during a March interview. “She may even say she wants to be a boy. When she hits puberty, she says, ‘No, I’m just a girl who likes to do boy things.”