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The troubling questions about Ireland’s “homicidal girl”

The so-called “homicidal girl” who is at risk of being released into the public in the next few days had the authenticity of her change of gender questioned by two separate experts, court documents reveal.

The media has been precluded, by a court order, from reporting on the fact that the “girl” in question is an eighteen-year-old biological male who only declared herself to be female three years ago. However, all of the information in this article comes from documents published online by the court service itself and is readily available for the public to view. Therefore, we feel comfortable sharing them with you.

In March 2017, the individual, referred to as “G” in court documents, was taken to the Tavistock clinic in London for an assessment relating to gender dysphoria. The doctor who examined G was not convinced:

A view was taken that whilst on paper G. presented as ticking all the correct boxes for gender dysphoria, there was a lack of affect in the way G. described her gender difficulties, as though she was reciting from something she had learned. “All the facts were correct but there was no emotional impact”, the report suggested. In other words, there was no sense of any emotional disturbance attached to her alleged gender dysphoria. The potential function that a gender reassignment may have for G. was framed in the psychological report “… in terms of avoiding parts of [herself] that [she] cannot yet bear to accept or understand.” In the course of a thirty-minute meeting with the child and adolescent psychotherapist Ms. Allan from the Tavistock and Portman Trust which took place in February 2017when G. was then fifteen years of age the assessment was that G. was “a young person with a siege mentality”

Separately, an Irish Professor who examined “G” at a later stage told the court:

that gender reassignment has no place to play in the management of suicide in G.’s case.“[G.] is unable or unwilling to engage in any therapeutic relationship in which the goals and outcomes are not under [G.’s] complete control. Nor is [G.] currently able to enter into the pre-contemplation conversations that could initiate a cycle of change. It is possible that this will change substantially as adolescence progresses

Despite the views of both experts, Gript understands that “G” nonetheless obtained a gender recognition certificate, and is now, officially and legally, a woman.

However she has undergone no hormonal or transition treatment, and has the body and physiology of a young adult male.

The court therefore refers to “G” as female throughout its writing, and, Gript understands, issued a court order banning journalists from referring to G’s change of gender in any and all coverage of the case.

Last year, one of Ireland’s top experts in gender dysphoria, Dr. Donal O’Shea, warned that children were being “coached” in the right language to use to secure a gender transition, telling the Independent:

Ireland’s leading endocrinologist, Professor Donal O’Shea, has warned that he believes some advocacy groups are prepping patients to fast-track their way to gender transition – without undergoing an appropriate mental health assessment.

“I have had a number of patients who have told me that they have been coached in the answers to give so that they give the ‘right’ answers to psychologists and psychiatrists who will be asking them questions before receiving hormone treatment and gaining access to surgery,” Prof O’Shea said.

The public have been warned in media reports that “G” is a risk to the public, and, in particular, women:

Gardaí across Ireland have been issued with a photograph and details of the teenager, as it is unclear where in the country the girl would go once she was released, and officers have been warned that she is a danger to the public.

While a High Court order prohibits the identification of the girl or specific details of her case, it is understood that she is thought to be a danger to women, and her mother has fled her home and moved to a different part of the country following safety advice from Gardaí.

However, media reports persistently refer to her as a girl, even though she has the body, physicality, and appearance of a young man.

The Gender recognition act of 2015 provides that any person may apply for a change of gender provided that they are over the age of 18. There are no medical requirements necessary to change your gender.

Further, a person under the age of 18 may only apply for a change of gender if they are over the age of 16, and consent is provided by a parent, or in the case of those in care, by a court.

G turned 18 this week. Although experts in the UK and Ireland both expressed doubts about the sincerity of G’s change of gender, she appears to have secured a gender recognition certificate.

And she appears to have secured a court order making sure that the public is not supposed to know that she is, in fact, a young man.

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