Children’s author Jacqueline Wilson has revealed that the idea of youngsters undergoing gender reassignment treatment makes her feel ‘very worried’.
The author of the hugely popular Tracy Beaker books told the Daily Telegraph: “Some people, right from the time that they are toddlers, are aware that something is wrong and they wish that they could be the other sex. But I’m also aware that some children feel strongly for a while and then they change their minds.”
She continued: “If you’re a young child it’s not a question of just having bits of you lopped off. It’s really serious, difficult surgery which can have pretty devastating consequences, I would imagine.”
“I think it’s a decision that has to be left a while until you are utterly mature and utterly certain you know all the actual consequences.”
Photograph of Jacqueline Wilson by James Jordan
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