Actor Rupert Everett Warns Parents Not To Rush Into Allowing Children To Have Gender Reassignment Surgery

Actor Rupert Everett Warns Parents Not To Rush And Allow Children To Have Gender Reassignment Surgery


57-year-old gay actor Rupert Everett who currently appears in BBC1’s The Musketeers told the Sunday Times Magazine this week that children showing signs of gender dysphoria should be encouraged to embrace the “ambivalence” of their gender and that parents should take their time and not rush into gender reassignment surgery.

Everett also suggested that Caitlyn Jenner, had made a mistake in undergoing gender transition and had “no clue” what being transsexual involved.

Of his own experience, he said: “I really wanted to be a girl. Thank God the world of now wasn’t then, because I’d be on hormones and I’d be a woman. After I was 15 I never wanted to be a woman again.”

Adding that he thinks it is wrong of parents to “get medical”, Everett added: “It’s nice to be allowed to express yourself, but the hormone thing, very young, is a big step. I think a lot of children have an ambivalence when they’re very young to what sex they are or what they feel about everyone. And there should be a way of embracing it.”

Everett, he thought Caitlyn Jenner had made a mistake in going through transition and that she had “no clue” what it meant to be transgender.

As for the possible controversy that his statements might stir up in the transgender community, Everett replied: “It’s just my opinion.”

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3 thoughts on “Actor Rupert Everett Warns Parents Not To Rush Into Allowing Children To Have Gender Reassignment Surgery

  1. Please do some fact checking before printing such nonsense. Just because he is a gay man who may have “felt” this way early in life does not make him an expert by any stretch of the imagination.

    Children are not allowed gender CONFIRMATION surgery nor are the allowed to begin hormones until STRONG consistent evidence is shown for gender dysphoria. Even then they usually on receive hormone SUPPRESSANTS.

    Furthermore, there are strict guidelines on seeking transition at ANY age. Try checking out if you want to understand better. These standards are prepared my medical and behavioral health PROFESSIONALS who can speak to such matters with authority.

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