Lauren McNamara, more popularly known as Zinnia Jones, is a transgender activist and YouTuber who has recently called for all children to be put on puberty blockers until they can consent to the changes that come with natural puberty.
This, if implemented, would pause every child’s development until they can decide what gender they identify with. Some hospitals, such as St. Louis Children’s Hospital, actually have a department specifically for transgender children. Their website states that, “puberty blockers, also called hormone blockers, help delay unwanted physical changes that don’t match someone’s gender identity. Delaying these changes can be an important step in a young person’s transition. It can also give your child more time to explore their options before deciding whether or how to transition.”
However, according to the same hospital, there are long time side effects to the usage of hormone blockers such as lowered bone density, delayed growth plate closure, and less development of genital tissue.
Jones came about this perspective after a U.K. court case revolving around Keira Bell, a biological female suing the British National Health Service’s gender-identity youth clinic for prescribing her hormone blockers in an instance where she did not fully understand the possible implications. Bell now regrets her decision to become a male and says that the clinic should have challenged her decision more.
She openly mocks those who see the possible damage of hormone blockers in children. Jones also altogether forgets to mention the psychological side of the issue. Along with Jones’ views on transgenderism, she is also heavily critical of religion on her YouTube channel, with her Twitter name including the description, “adult demon female.” She also launched a blog entitled “Gender Analysis” in 2014 where she discusses “transgender science and life experiences.”
According to Jones, her website takes, “a closer look at fields such as sociology, public health, psychiatry, cognitive science, and more, weaving these diverse perspectives into a deeper understanding of gender-related phenomena. Gender Analysis goes beyond the 101s to educate both trans and cis viewers on some of the most fascinating dimensions of our lives – and the pressing issues we face in society.”