Rep. Dan Frankel (D-PA) recently interviewed a self-described “LGBTQIA+ advocate” and pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, who said children can begin to medically transition genders as early as 10 years old, and minor females can have their breasts removed.
To clear up the so-called misinformation surrounding the medical culture war involving transgender youth, Dr. Gerald Montano, who also works as the assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and adolescent medicine physician at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, explained to Frankel what “gender-affirming care” looks like for children at five and 10 years old.
Montano, who also runs a gender and sexuality program at the hospital, said rather than providing medical intervention for a five year old, doctors refer the child to a therapist who explores their so-called gender identity “to make them feel comfortable with how they feel about themselves.”
“For a 10 year old, that really depends on where they are in puberty because for some people — especially those who are assigned female at birth — they might start having signs of puberty,” Montano said. “And then there is a discussion on whether or not puberty blockers may be warranted for that individual because they can become really distressed if they’re starting to develop secondary sex characteristics that really distresses them.”
Frankel asked about surgical options for children and when that becomes part of the discussion.
Montano said the vast majority of surgeries are not done until the child turns 18 years old, depending on the type of operation.
“The only exception is top surgery in which sometimes that is done earlier,” he said, adding that the choice is an “intensely personal decision” between the child, the family, and the medical professionals.
“Not every transgender person or gender non-binary individuals need to go through surgery, and again, at the end of the day, it’s an intensely personal decision that they have to take to make themselves feel affirmed in their gender identity,” Montano said.
And despite the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issuing a warning last month that puberty blockers could cause brain swelling, loss of vision, and serious risks for children injecting the hormone, Montano claimed the hormones are “safe” and completely reversible with no long term effects after usage stops — a message often promulgated by “gender-affirming care” activists.
The Daily Wire previously reported that FDA officials said a plausible association between using puberty blockers and pseudotumor cerebri, which displays symptoms similar to a brain tumor, was identified in six young girls between the ages of 5 and 12.
“Five were undergoing treatment for central precocious puberty and one for transgender care,” FDA officials report. “The onset of pseudotumor cerebri symptoms ranged from three to 240 days after GnRH agonist initiation.”
Daily Wire host Matt Walsh Walsh has exposed through his recent documentary “What Is A Woman?” that Lupron, a type of puberty blocker, is the same drug used to chemically castrate sex offenders, adding that “it is an objective fact that [Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh] chemically castrates children.”
Here is an interview between Democrat congressman Dan Frankel and Dr @GeraldTMontano1 of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Montano clearly lays out how children at ten begin to medically transition. He admits that minor girls have their breasts amputated. pic.twitter.com/puQon02y81
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) August 17, 2022
The National Cancer Institute reports, “Treatment with an LHRH agonist is called medical castration or chemical castration. But, unlike surgical castration (orchiectomy), the effects of these drugs on androgen production are reversible. Once treatment is stopped, androgen production usually resumes.”
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