A medical organization has released new guidelines easing restrictions on hormone treatment for children 16 and younger to begin the physical process of gender transition sooner. The Endocrine Society, which is said to have the “largest global membership” in the field of Endocrinology, published clinical guidelines this week that are expected to have extensive influence over pediatricians worldwide.

The guidelines reverse their previous positions on “social transitions,” NBC News’ affiliate in the San Francisco Bay Area reported Wednesday. The guidelines, which were co-sponsored by several medical organizations, claim that there might be a psychological benefit for young children to change their hair and clothes to correspond with the gender they think they are instead of their birth sex. READ MORE