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A Californian couple has decided to give their 11-year-old son hormone blockers to prevent the onset of puberty, giving the boy time to decide whether or not he wants to switch his gender. Pauline Moreno and Debra Lobel say their son Tommy wants to be a girl, so they’ve started giving him Hormone Blocking Therapy. The boy began taking GnRH hormone inhibitors this summer and will continue to do so until he is 14 or 15 years old, when he can determine which gender he wants to be, FoxNews.com reports.

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Those who support the couple’s decision say the therapy itself has only minor side effects, but Jeanne Brooks, a psychologist and professor at Liberty University who specializes in child development, told CP via email that she questions the validity of their claim.

Brooks said testosterone plays a key role in the development of bones and muscles, and blocking the hormone could hinder normal physical development. There is also evidence suggesting testosterone impacts neural development as well, and plays a part in guarding against Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment and depression.

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CNN reported on Tommy’s gender crisis in late September. Moreno and Lobel told reporters Tommy learned sign language as a toddler because of a speech impediment that prevented him from speaking. earlier  this year there was a couple who refused to reveal their child’s sex.  What do you think? let us know on twitter and on facebook.

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