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Via The Daily Mail:

The number of children referred to gender identity clinics has doubled in the last year.

Children as young as three were among the 1,419 under-16s who received support during 2015/16.

That’s an increase from the 697 children the previous year who believe they were born in the wrong body.

Parents are now having to wait up to nine months to take their child to a clinic after being referred by their GP.

Figures from the Gender Identity Development Service show they treated three children aged three last year.

Dr Polly Carmichael, from the clinic which is part of the Tavistock Centre, told The Sun the rise was unprecedented.

‘Young people are making the full social transition — living full-time in their preferred gender inside and outside the home — at earlier ages,’ she said.

Children and their parents talk to psychologists, psychiatrists and experts at the North London clinic as part of consultations.

Poppy, now nine, has made the transition from a boy to a girl.

She said: ‘I didn’t feel right as a boy. When I was little I’d go to a wishing well in my garden and wish I was a girl. I’m so happy now that wish has come true.’

Children who attend the clinic can be given medication but would not be eligible for any gender reassignment surgery until 18.

Hormone blockers can be prescribed to children under 16 which helps to prevent the development of typically male or female features.

Cross-sex hormones can then be given to children at 16 if they wish to continue treatment.

Doctors at the north London clinic say they treat many more patients who are born female than male.

Statistics how that 65 per cent of patients last year were born female, up from 42 percent in 2009/10.

Dr Carmichael said society was now more tolerant and there was a better general awareness about gender identity issues.

Simon Calvert, of the Christian Institute think-tank, has said that there was ‘no way’ that three-year-olds were capable of making ‘such a life-changing choice’.

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