Chinese short video app, Tik Tok, is again under fire this time in the UK for trying to convince children and teenagers that ‘changing sex’ is ‘cool’ by bombarding them with videos of ‘influencers’ who went through the ‘transition’ as if it was a fad.
According to Daily Mail, both parents and members of the LGBT community complained about a recent partnership between Tik Tok and Stonewall, a controversial lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights charity, to promote the material in question.
The association coincides with an increase in cases of gender dysphoria in teenagers at an age when they are easily influenced, and appears to be generating a sort of ‘contagious fad’ for those who feel ‘confused’ to turn to hormone treatments and ‘sex reassignment’ operations.
Videos posted by transgender influencers on Tik Tok—in which they give advice on transitioning and accessing hormone therapies—have been viewed by millions of young viewers.
According to Tik Tok’s own statistics in the UK, more than a quarter of its users are 15-25 year olds and Stonewall footage with the hashtag #Trans has been reproduced more than 26 billion times. This group of kids and teens spend more than an hour per day looking at the app.
Last year, Tik Tok became the most downloaded app in Britain.
Among some examples analyzed by the British media, a popular transgender TikTok influencer, Bella Fitzpatrick, raised £20,000 from her followers in less than three months to fund a private gender reassignment operation.
The 19-year-old has 700,000 followers and explains the transition process, without mentioning the irreversible consequences of hormone treatments.
Alex Consani, who has more than 680,000 followers who went viral when she was 12 years old because Cosmopolitan magazine published her life as a trans model, posted a video, viewed 2.3 million times, where she tells her followers that they are “one estrogen pill away from glowing.” “Glowing” is a mental, physical and emotional transformation for the better, according to modern slang.
Another of the videos promoted by Stonewall, begins with the phrase: ‘I used to be a good Christian boy’ before showing the transformation to a ‘trans, gay atheist who loves tattoos and chaos.
Surprisingly, even LGBT activists criticized the organization and Tik Tok for this recent ‘fad’.
Kate Harris of the LGB Alliance said, “Our major concern is that millions of impressionable children are watching these online influencers. It’s no coincidence that the growth of TikTok coincides exactly with the exponential growth of children presenting with gender dysphoria.”
According to Harris the most disturbing message repeated in the Stonewall videos is ‘don’t involve your parents’.
“What these videos would lead a generation of children to believe is that it is easy to change sex and that it is the answer to all of your problems,” said Harris, who earlier came out against the way Stonewall tries to push transgenderism on young people.
Several studies indicate that hormone treatments to ‘change sex’ have irreversible effects on the health of children and adolescents such as loss of bone density, infertility and depression.
Experts also indicate that gender dysphoria, which usually manifests itself in children 12 years of age or older, usually resolves when the person enters adulthood.
Keira Bell, a woman who as a teenager decided to ‘change her sex’ sued the gender clinic of the NHS, the UK’s public health service for allowing kids to take the treatment and for not giving her better advice when she underwent hormone treatments which today as an adult she regrets.
“The whole process is really traumatic looking back on it, there’s no going back from it really because you are changed forever visibly,” said Bell, who unfortunately lost the lawsuit and today children under the age of 16 in the UK can undergo hormone treatments without parental consent.