More than twice as many minors as expected have expressed a desire to change their gender this year.
Since January, the Sexology Clinic in Copenhagen has offered hormone treatment to minors who feel like they were born in the wrong body.
The clinic anticipated that around 50 minors would take advantage of opportunity to change their gender, but that number was surpassed in just six months and the annual estimate was increased to 130, news agency Ritzau reported on Wednesday.
According to a report in Jyllands-Posten, it’s not just in Denmark that more and more minors are choosing to change their gender. In Sweden, just four children sought gender treatment at a Stockholm children’s hospital in 2012. This year, the number is expected to be around 200. In the UK, the number of children referred to the gender clinic The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust grew from 97 in 2009/10 to 1,419 in 2015/16.