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  • Laura
    The Youngest Ever Transsexual at 12 By Bojan Pancevski A boy of 12 is believed to have become the world s youngest sex change patient after convincing doctors
    Message 1 of 4 , Jan 30, 2007
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      The Youngest Ever Transsexual at 12

      By Bojan Pancevski

      A boy of 12 is believed to have become the world's youngest sex
      change patient after convincing doctors that he wanted to live the
      rest of his life as a female.

      The boy - originally called Tim, but now known as Kim - has started
      to receive hormone treatment, in preparation for the operation that
      will eventually complete the sex change.

      Tim was diagnosed as a transsexual two years ago, when doctors and
      psychiatrists concluded that his claims to be "in the wrong body"
      were so deeply felt that he required treatment. The therapy involves
      artificially arresting male puberty, with a series of potent hormone
      injections before the administration of female hormones to initiate
      the development of features such as breasts.

      Now aged 14, and officially registered as a female, Kim looks like a
      typical girl of her age. She dresses in fashionable clothes, has
      long blonde hair and blue eyes and dreams of moving to Paris to
      become a fashion designer. Her parents, who initially assumed their
      son was going through a temporary phase, eventually grew accustomed
      to seeing him as a girl.

      The family's full identity has not been made public. But Kim's
      father, known as Lutz P. – speaking to the German publications Der
      Spiegel and Stern – said that as a child, the boy liked to play with
      Barbie dolls, enjoyed wearing dresses and, from the age of two,
      insisted that he was a girl. "We saw Kim as a girl, but not as a
      problem. Our life was surprisingly normal."

      Kim reacted badly to the first signs of puberty, he said. "At that
      stage we realised that she was terrified of growing facial hair and
      her voice breaking."

      Kim's parents consulted psychiatrists across Germany. Some condemned
      their support of their child's desire to undergo a sex change, or
      suggested that Kim be kept under observation in a closed psychiatric
      ward. But others agreed that the child should receive therapy,
      because growing up to be a man would have damaged her personality.

      Dr Bern Meyenburg, the head of a clinic for children and adolescents
      with identity disturbances at Frankfurt University, concluded that
      the child was serious. He wrote in his diagnosis: "Kim is a mentally
      well-developed child who appears happy and balanced. There is no
      doubt of the determined wish, that was already detectable since
      early childhood. It would have been very wrong to let Kim grow up to
      be a man. It is rare to have such a clear-cut case."

      Kim is reportedly fully accepted by her fellow school pupils and
      teachers. The costs of the procedure are being covered by health
      insurance, as the condition qualifies as an illness.

      Dr Achim Wuesthof, an endocrinologist specialising in children and
      adolescents, who is treating the teenager at a clinic in Hamburg,
      said the procedure had been a success so far. Speaking to The Sunday
      Telegraph, he said that even though under-16s were not permitted to
      undergo a sex change in other countries, he and his colleagues felt
      that in this case it had been best to start earlier. He said: "To
      the best of my knowledge, Kim is the youngest sex change patient in
      the world. According to German law, two independent psychiatrists
      must confirm that the child is indeed transsexual and approve the
      sex change. Once that has been done, it is best to start as early as
      possible.

      "Transsexuals experience the onset of puberty, and the physical
      changes it brings, as a serious trauma. But there is a general lack
      of empathy with cases like Kim's, mostly because people know little
      about the condition. Imagine a man that suddenly starts growing
      breasts or a woman that starts growing a beard against their will –
      that is how Kim and people like her experience puberty.

      "They are not freaks, nor do they suffer mental illness. They are
      simply trapped in the wrong bodies. That is why it is best to help
      them as early as possible and reduce the trauma for them and their
      families."

      The problem that Dr Meyenburg and other psychiatrists faced was
      distinguishing a true transsexual personality from a temporary
      gender identity crisis. Dr Meyenburg quoted an example of a 15-year-
      old girl who wanted to change her sex, but who revealed during
      counselling that she had suffered brutal sexual abuse by her father –
      a case for psychological, rather than hormonal therapy.

      Should Kim change her mind before the surgery, the procedure could
      be reversed. Doctors admit that the treatment involves a risk,
      however, and that its effects on children as young as Kim are not
      fully understood.

      For legal reasons, the final stage – cosmetic surgery to remove the
      male genitalia – cannot take place until Kim is 18. Britain's
      youngest transsexual is Angel Paris-Jordan, who was granted an
      operation on the NHS at the age of 17.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?
      xml=/news/2007/01/28/wkim28.xml
    • JOSE
      Well: The info is not enough to my taste. One would have to consider the possibiliy that Kim might be an intersexed person. If the problem is not at the
      Message 2 of 4 , Jan 31, 2007
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        Well:

        The info is not enough to my taste. One would have to consider the
        possibiliy that "Kim" might be an intersexed person.

        If the problem is not at the level of the acceptance of sexual
        hormones by the tissues of the "boy", this is not a case of
        intersexual definition. There is something else.

        At the present stage of understanding of human sexuality, the
        definition of transsexuality is a paradox itself.

        If the boy is not submitted to SRT he becomes an ill person.
        Therefore his complete biological apparatus is an illness, which is
        biologically absurd. In order to develop a normal male genitalia
        there has to be large amounts (to the proper scale so to speak) of
        testosterone during embrionary developement.

        Such testosterone is believed to have effect on the individual's
        brain as well. This is not a stage of illness.

        Therefore the doctors treating Kim are suggesting that, as other
        transsexuals, his beliefs about himself living in a wrong body are
        correct.

        His body is wrong but his mind is not. This is biologically absurd
        and therefore is just a cultural manifestation of the freedom to
        choose the sexual behavior in European cultures (which include the
        entire region of English speaking countries).

        Transsexuality, thus defined is a cultural construction, not a
        biological fact, and transsexuality is as variegated in its
        potential to solve the individual erotic and social needs as nature
        is. It is like playing chess, no transsexual has the same final
        objectives as other transsexual. Nevertheless, the behavioral
        mechanisms used by transsexuals are not as variegated at last:
        reluctance of one's body, depression, anguish, and a lot of hysteric
        obsessions.

        I found illogical myself, my own effort to deny the richness and
        variety of my own chromosomical sex, having masculine and femenine
        chromosomes. I found terribly narrow, at the end, trying to be a
        woman, with only one sort of genetic information.

        This puzzled me at last. I do not think "Kim" has had the
        opportunity to understand the real potential of his masculinity, due
        to mere cultural traits (his relatives' and his doctor's).

        Such lack of ability to educate a person, speaks of the profound
        ignorance european cultures are immersed in today.

        Well, its enough....

        Jose
      • Elizabeth Reese
        I personally would have waited until the brain had finished developing (age 23ish). JOSE wrote: Well: The info is not
        Message 3 of 4 , Jan 31, 2007
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          I personally would have waited until the brain had finished developing (age 23ish).

          JOSE <laempresadeserhombre@...> wrote: Well:

          The info is not enough to my taste. One would have to consider the
          possibiliy that "Kim" might be an intersexed person.

          If the problem is not at the level of the acceptance of sexual
          hormones by the tissues of the "boy", this is not a case of
          intersexual definition. There is something else.

          At the present stage of understanding of human sexuality, the
          definition of transsexuality is a paradox itself.

          If the boy is not submitted to SRT he becomes an ill person.
          Therefore his complete biological apparatus is an illness, which is
          biologically absurd. In order to develop a normal male genitalia
          there has to be large amounts (to the proper scale so to speak) of
          testosterone during embrionary developement.

          Such testosterone is believed to have effect on the individual's
          brain as well. This is not a stage of illness.

          Therefore the doctors treating Kim are suggesting that, as other
          transsexuals, his beliefs about himself living in a wrong body are
          correct.

          His body is wrong but his mind is not. This is biologically absurd
          and therefore is just a cultural manifestation of the freedom to
          choose the sexual behavior in European cultures (which include the
          entire region of English speaking countries).

          Transsexuality, thus defined is a cultural construction, not a
          biological fact, and transsexuality is as variegated in its
          potential to solve the individual erotic and social needs as nature
          is. It is like playing chess, no transsexual has the same final
          objectives as other transsexual. Nevertheless, the behavioral
          mechanisms used by transsexuals are not as variegated at last:
          reluctance of one's body, depression, anguish, and a lot of hysteric
          obsessions.

          I found illogical myself, my own effort to deny the richness and
          variety of my own chromosomical sex, having masculine and femenine
          chromosomes. I found terribly narrow, at the end, trying to be a
          woman, with only one sort of genetic information.

          This puzzled me at last. I do not think "Kim" has had the
          opportunity to understand the real potential of his masculinity, due
          to mere cultural traits (his relatives' and his doctor's).

          Such lack of ability to educate a person, speaks of the profound
          ignorance european cultures are immersed in today.

          Well, its enough....

          Jose






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        • JOSE
          Poor Kim is absolutely bananas, but his parents are bananas to the nutzee exponent! And the doctors???? God predicted that to Israel, to Sodome, to Tyrus, to
          Message 4 of 4 , Feb 1 10:29 AM
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            Poor "Kim" is absolutely bananas, but his parents are bananas to the
            nutzee exponent!

            And the doctors????

            God predicted that to Israel, to Sodome, to Tyrus, to plenty of
            societies, why should the germans be outside His control: cult to
            sexuality becomes easily the cult to demons....

            Sexuality has become such an obsession in some societies. Genetic
            science has become sort of a dish filled with honey, that is really
            tasty from above, but becomes a deadly trap for the fly.

            Besides, such a scenerario demonstrates that the rights of children
            are not respected in developed countries. What can we expect at our
            contries, where children are sometimes treated like animals by their
            own parents?

            Please somebody rescue Tim at last!!!! This is unbelievable
            outrageous!!!!!

            Jose
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