Margot Cleveland writes: LGBT Activists Teaching Judges To Yank Kids From Parents Who Won’t Transgender Them. The subtitle of this treatise is:

Documents obtained from Rhode Island Family Court must concern any person who questions whether it’s a good idea to chemically and surgically mutilate children.

It is that time of day when I become exceptionally irritated by foolish attempts to conform science and law to religion. Ms. Cleveland, presumably a defender of the faith, has no clue what she is writing about. Transgender, by the way, is not a verb. It is an adjective and parents do not transition their children.

On Thursday, the Health and Human Services committee of the South Dakota House killed a bill that would have protected the right of parents to refuse to consent to medical or psychological treatment for a child suffering from gender dysphoria if the treatment “would induce, confirm, or promote the child’s belief that the child’s sex or gender identity is different from the child’s sex presented at birth.” Proposed House Bill 1205 also provided that “no public authority or official of this state may take any adverse action against a parent for exercising this right.”

Cleveland uses the correct word: “suffering.” In acute gender dysphoria a child is in absolute misery. He or she is probably trying desperately to find a way to affirm their gender (often secretly) in order to get some relief. Does anyone in their right mind believe that a 13-year-old boy is going to wear a dress to school unless doing so was a life or death decision? He calculates that the derision, taunts, jeers and threats of physical violence are easier to bear than the agony of gender dysphoria.

But Margot Cleveland and I are getting ahead of ourselves. The first step is to get a diagnosis from a psychiatrist who is experienced in this area. The Christian right would like people to believe that these practitioners are drug dealers with a nefarious agenda. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are two issues to resolve: Does the child have gender dysphoria and what is the severity?

A recommendation follows from the diagnosis. If a qualified physician recommends allowing a child to transition then that is what a parent should do. The only other option is a second opinion from a qualified clinician. Shopping around to find a religious crank practicing medicine who will tell the parents what they want to hear literally puts their child’s life at risk.

No parent opts to have an LGBTQ child. I am mindful of the fact that having a gender dysphoric kid puts tremendous stress on parents. That is the very reason for having a qualified medical provider to offer guidance.

That such a simple affirmation of parental rights could not clear a committee in this solidly red state should terrify parents, as it lays bare transgender activists’ plan: use the government to force parents to affirm a false sex for their child, agree to hormone blockers, and accept a transition to their son or daughter’s preferred gender. If parents refuse? Removal of the child from the family, due to alleged medical neglect.

I could bind this woman to a chair and pull out her fingernails and she still would not concede that gender is a separate construct from sex. And once again, this has nothing to do with mythical transgender activist. There is no damned plan and there is no damned conspiracy. The idea that a child affirms his or her preferred gender minimizes the importance of gender.

Gender is not a preference. It is not a choice. Were it a choice there would be no transgender kids because none would choose to have gender dysphoria. Who volunteers to be miserable? They tried this “preference” bullshit with gay people and look where it got them.

We are already seeing the first two waves of this strategy, according to Dr. Michelle Cretella, executive director of the American College of Pediatricians. The first wave began in 2016 in the divorce and child custody setting, Cretella explained.

Cretella is the executive director of a little hate group. She should be irrelevant. She is willing to torture the findings of medical science to conform to the catechism of the Catholic Church. The real peer group, The American Academy of Pediatrics, has gone on record to recommend the gender-affirmative care model. Who to believe? The leader of a hate group and religious apologist who, by the way, is not licensed to practice medicine or the exhaustive study of the largest society of pediatrics in the world?

Let the fecal matter flow:

“I first began hearing from distraught parents in this situation in 2016 and in 2017, I heard from seven families in as many different states in this situation. In all but one case the child was a 15 year-old girl who never had any sexual identity confusion prior to her parent’s divorce,” Cretella said. “The other case involved 4-year-old triplet boys whose mother desperately wanted a girl. The mother was a psychologist herself and had cross-dressed one of the boys for two years, insisting that it was his idea. In each of the seven cases the guardian ad litems and judges removed the right to medical consent and/or custody from the parent who objected to transition with puberty blockers and hormones.”

I hate to call Cretella a liar but the above is just bullshit. Why would anyone contact Cretella? Being unlicensed she is relieved of continuing education requirements and she is not a psychiatrist and she has no experience in this area. Six 15-year-old girls out of seven? (Please.) Seven cases of lost custody?

More BS:

More recently, Cretella explains, she has heard from two sets of parents who were accused of being “abusive parents” for refusing to consent to hormone treatments for their teen children. In one case, the parents sought treatment for their son’s suicidal depression. Their son was adopted out of an abusive family, had a long history of depression and anxiety, had been in therapy in the past, was on medications, and never had any sign of gender dysphoria.

It sounds like Cretella is practicing medicine without a license. If a child has a long history of depression and anxiety that should trigger an alarm because those are the two most severe symptoms of gender dysphoria. If the kid “never had any sign of gender dysphoria” and was in treatment then how did this become an issue?

Moreover, Cretella is trying to assign causes to the condition. Eureka! She should publish an article to JAMA. Gender is formed by the age of two (some say three). That lays the foundation for what later becomes gender dysphoria if gender and sex are discordant. Gender is a continuum which is probably why the severity of the condition has a very wide range.

Nevertheless, the emergency room physician at the children’s hospital, after interviewing him alone, diagnosed him as “definitely transgender because he insists that he is and that [the parents’] lack of acceptance is causing his suicidal depression. He should be started on puberty blockers and estrogen to transition.”

There is no such thing as a diagnosis of transgender. The condition is gender dysphoria. Transgender people affirm their gender to mitigate the symptoms. Why was the child in the ER in the first place? I cannot read minds but often the difference between truth and bullshit is the quality and amount of details.

All these kids being misdiagnosed. Sure. And they all find their way to the hate group leader.

The third wave will be here soon, according to Cretella, when schools trigger investigations into parents of children suffering from gender dysphoria … The end goal is the same, Cretella said: “removal of a child based on accusations of medical neglect.”

Right. That is the goal. The goal, madame, is for children to be treated according to the best available medical science. No one advocates removing children from their homes as a goal. If people like Cretella would stop spreading religion as science then more parents would be educable. Superstition is not medical science.

Documents recently obtained from the Rhode Island Family Court in response to a FOIA request give credence to Cretella’s warning. In late 2015—the year before Cretalla [sic] first began receiving calls from concerned parents—the Rhode Island Family Court’s Annual Judicial Conference focused on transgendered [sic] children. The lead presenter at the judicial conference was Dr. Michelle Forcier.

Forcier “is considered an expert on transgender, queer and questioning youth” and is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Brown University Alpert Medical School. Forcier spoke to attendees at the judicial conference…

Cleveland includes, in the above, a cite to a March, 2017 article in the Washington Post. Dr. Forcier is, in fact, regarded as a leading expert on LGBTQ kids so it makes perfect sense that in her home state she would provide expert guidance at a judicial conference.

Forcier may not advocate for any “particular course of action,” since her clinic applies, as she put it, “very individualized (not one-size-fits-all) care to each youth and family, in the context of achieving their goals and with their safety, health and short- and long-term well-being in mind.” But her perspective on children suffering from gender dysphoria is one-sided and holds that transgender children must receive opposite-sex health care.

It is amazing. A leading expert on the subject of juvenile gender dysphoria is treated like a malignant crackpot while Cretella, who knows comparatively nothing and toes the Vatican line, is lionized. Gender affirmation is dependent upon the severity of the condition. Doctors do not transition children. Children transition children.

In fact, in a Washington Post interview, Forcier suggests that failing to provide opposite-sex health care is unethical. …

Correct. And Ms. Cleveland remains uneducated.

Last fall, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a policy statement similarly recommending this “gender-affirming” approach and providing youth “access to comprehensive gender-affirming and developmentally appropriate health care.” But as Dr. James Cantor explained in his detailed analysis of the AAP policy statement, “almost all clinics and professional associations in the world use what’s called the watchful waiting approach to helping GD children, [but] the AAP statement rejected that consensus, endorsing only gender affirmation.”

I will spare the long history of James Cantor (some good, some not so good). He, by the way, believes that gender dysphoria is a physical brain condition which is contrary to everything that Cretella stands for. Cantor, by the way, is not a physician. He is a psychologist and his area of expertise is pedophilia. He did, in fact, criticize the AAP policy statement. His is the only criticism I have found. Ordinarily I would exchange some email to get views clarified. I am remiss in not having done so with Cantor. I accept that he is critical of the AAP policy.

Later on:

Attendees of the Rhode Island Family Court conference also received copies of two chapters from the book “Transgender Family Law.” These chapters made clear that affirmation and transition are the end goal for therapists, social workers, lawyers, and the courts. Parents affirming a false gender are called “supportive” parents, while those holding to their child’s biological sex are called the “resistant” parent. Even supportive parents are cautioned to move slowly with any transition lest the resistant parent seek and obtain custody.

I do not have the handout. Nor does Cleveland and she is editorializing with “false gender” gibberish. I am not sure what this proves. Once again:

There is no intervention known to medical science to treat gender dysphoria.

The only thing that mitigates the misery is gender affirmation. If Ms. Cleveland or Dr. Cretella can cite peer-reviewed research published in a respected academic journal supporting something else they have failed to do so. Children should not suffer due to parental prejudice or superstitions. That is the bottom line.

There is always a damned conspiracy.

All Part of a Pattern

While the one-sided transgender information provided to the CASA and DCYF employees and judges may seem an isolated occurrence, parents need to recognize that such outreach is intentional. …

It probably is intentional. What does Margot Cleveland think is the motivation? To torment religious conservatives or to prevent suffering? Which explanation makes more sense?

Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy, a California physician who specializes in transgendering youth, concurred. “We work really hard to bring both parents in and bring them both on board,” Olson-Kennedy told the questioner, “so it’s not my first line to go to court to get somebody what they need. But it is my second line and I will do it.”

“Transgendering?” What the hell does that mean? Yes, Olson-Kennedy probably said that. So what? Parents do not have a right to torture their children.

Another session at the end of the USPATH conference exposed the breadth of this approach, when presenters Elizabeth Burke, Matthew Oransky, and Sarah McGrew discussed handling parents who weren’t on board with “gender care.”­­

And the final piece on suicidality is family non-acceptance. This is where you have a family who is saying, no, no, no…and then you realize that actually the family is contributing to some of that negativity at home. So the family is creating a toxic environment. …

Preventing children from murdering themselves seems like a pretty good idea. It is hard enough for a kid to be gender dysphoric. Non-supportive parents only add to the suffering.

With transgender activists indoctrinating CASA and child-protective services workers (and potentially judges) on what LGBT activists maintain is the only standard of care for children with gender dysphoria, it will not be long before these troubled children will be removed as a matter of course from loving parents whose only crime is believing there is a better way than lying about their children’s true sex, shooting them up with drugs, rendering them sterile, and eventually mutilating them.

Who the fuck are these activists that seem to pop up everywhere? Advocates for proper child care are not “transgender activists.” And I am still waiting hear: What is the alternative? Ms. Cleveland should try to absorb the material in that Washington Post piece interviewing Dr. Forcier:

Q: How is it ethical to put children on a journey of lifetime hormone medication, plus endure the health risks of surgery, when — if those children are left to work their own life out — 80 percent will come to accept their biological sex?

Michelle Forcier: The bias inherent in the question is interesting and deserves a response. Not providing care seems to be more unethical and have worse health outcomes than providing care in this population. For example: How ethical is it to negate a person’s identity — to tell them you know them better than they do? How ethical is it to deny a person access to medication that is very safe, effective and proven to help persons with gender nonforming/diverse brain/identity and body experiences? Additionally, transgender persons are never forced into surgical care. They need true understanding and consent to be able to engage in it. The 80 percent data is not representative or accurate for the bulk of children who move towards blockers or gender hormones.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.