German psychiatrist critical of trans law proposal


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According to the child and adolescent psychiatrist Alexander Korte, the liberalisation of transsexual law in Germany is a big mistake. “It is trendy to be trans.”

Korte was interviewed by the left-wing German daily Die Tageszeitung about the law reforms demanded by the Greens. Korte, who says to be voting for the Greens, thinks there should not be a law that gives minors the ability to choose their gender regardless of the opinion of their parents. “It will lead to rifts in families because some teenagers then push through against the will of their parents.”

The German government wants to make people able to assess their transgender wishes themselves and be able to change their gender at the registry office.


The psychiatrist, who has been working on gender dysphoria related topics for almost 20 years, says that transgenderism is a zeitgeist phenomenon. “Trans is obviously a novel identification template for which there is a social understanding. And that primarily appeals to a vulnerable group of young women. Eighty-five per cent of those identified as trans are biological girls. This is an international phenomenon.”

As an argument, Korte says that the frequency of diagnosis among 13- to 17-year-old girls in Sweden, increased by 1,500 per cent from 2008 to 2018.

Korte is also critical of media reporting. “In the media, role models report euphorically about their allegedly uncomplicated medical transition. It is treated as if paradise on earth has been reached by performing a gender reassignment procedure. They are dependent on hormone replacement therapy for the rest of their lives.”


Korte is not the first German who is critical of liberalisation. As CNE reported in April, the famous feminist Alice Schwarzer does not think it is a good idea either. According to her, there is some kind of “trans fashion”, in which “healthy bodies are mutilated and made ill for life” because of hormone therapies.

In Sweden and the United Kingdom, planned self-determination laws were put aside after therapists, doctors, and feminists protested against them.



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