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Earlier this week we told you about the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh promoting puberty blockers for kids. Now a video is circulating online from Boston Children’s Hospital.

In this video, psychologist Kerry McGregor discusses gender identity. She works at the Gender Multispeciality Service (GeMS).

McGregor says most of the patients at the clinic know their gender “usually around the age of puberty.”

“But a good portion of children do know as early as seemingly from the womb and they will usually express their gender identity as very young children — some as soon as they can talk,” she said.

“Kids know very, very early.”

But in the clinic, McGregor said they see kids all the way down to age two and usually up to age nine.

Kids talk with a psychologist about their gender when they go into the clinic. They also talk to the family about how to best support their family and how to support the child.

“And how to make sure that that child has the space and support to explore their gender and do well throughout their development,” she said.

McGregor said parents may not understand or know the terms, but the biggest piece of advice she can give is to be supportive and allow them to “express themselves.”

 

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