When he was seven years old, Keat Rhodes was diagnosed with gender identity disorder. Since then, his adoptive parents have supported Keat as he transformed from a boy into a girl. Now, they are taking it a step further as they plan to start hormone therapy to complete Keat’s transformation into a female.
According to reports, 41-year-old Clint LeVan and his 36-year-old wife Emily of Ohio have had a difficult time dealing with their child’s diagnosis and backlash from critics decrying what they are doing as child abuse.
Rhodes’ case became the center of a Facebook campaign that accused the couple of child abuse while others accused Emily of wanting her own Barbie doll.
Emily says “it just comes down to love. I mean, if you love your child then you should do anything in the world for your child. And it’s as simple and as pure as that.”
While Emily may be well-intentioned, many accuse her of being misguided. Howard Portnoy of Liberty Unyielding cites a report from the National Health Service of Britain which says “if your child is diagnosed with gender dysphoria before they reach puberty, they will now receive endocrine treatment. Endocrine treatment is treatment with hormones. It is the first step to developing the physical signs of your preferred gender.”
The report goes on to note that “guidelines from The Endocrine Society do not recommend endocrine treatment for your children because a diagnosis of transsexualism cannot be made before the child has reached puberty. Transsexualism involves deep and long-lasting feelings of gender dysphoria that causes someone to seek to change their sex.
“The Endocrine Society found that 75-80% of children who were diagnosed with gender dysphoria before they reached puberty did not have the condition after puberty.”