Gay people take note: Anti-trans BS affects all of us!
As a gay man I write about transgender issues quite frequently, particularly in regards to trans youth. They deserve our full support and whatever protection we can provide. They need to know that they are part of a larger family and that they are most welcome.
There is a second reason for paying attention to transgender issues. The religious right is spreading lies about a sexual minority. The religious right is deliberately misleading people regarding how they should treat others, including their own children. Gay and transgender people have a common oppressor: Making them accountable for their lies — and they do lie — is important because credibility depends upon truthfulness.
Wednesday, my attention is drawn to: State-coerced child gender ‘transitioning’ is here. Parents are horrified. Its author is a professional Christian by the name of Lianne Laurence. Ms Laurence has the intellectual curiosity of a bagel. Laurence has recruited an assortment of religious nuts and bolts to weigh in on the dangers of … I’m not really sure. The biggest danger is that people come to their senses and reject stupidity when it comes to the care of their kids. Medical science has its limitations but it is the best information that we have available.
As a Canadian father fights to stop court-ordered testosterone treatments for his 14-year-old daughter, U.S. experts warn there’s an increasing danger that more and more American parents will find themselves in a similar heartrending predicament.
Uh, that Canadian father is divorced and he created a controversy. The trans boy’s mother is the prime decision maker and the mother and child both asked the court to rule in accordance with medical science. According to the Court (emphasis added):
The totality of the evidence regarding A.B.’s medical needs… leads me to conclude that his hormone treatment should not be delayed further.
Some misdirection from hate group leader Michelle Cretella:
“Yes, it is really that bad,” Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatrics, told LifeSiteNews.
“Parents are losing their right to protect their children from this dangerous medical experiment, and extended family members fare no better,” she told LifeSiteNews.
I believe that Cretella is executive director. Quentin Van Meter is president of ACPeds. It is hard to tell because they do not publicly disclose their leadership. More importantly, the correct name of the small hate group is the American College of Pediatricians. The real peer organization is the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Cretella has not been licensed to practice medicine for a number of years which relieves her of continuing education requirements. She neither understands nor accepts current research regarding adolescent gender dysphoria because transitioning conflicts with scripture and the teachings of the Church. When faith-based beliefs conflict with evidence-based science, Cretella’s belief system prevails. What parent in their right mind would want a child medically treated according to the whims of pampered prelates at the Vatican?
Getting back to Cretella’s quote, what parents need protection from is Cretella’s bullshit. People with GD have been transitioning for thousands of years to relieve the distress caused by the condition. I have no clue whatsoever what she means regarding “extended family” and Ms. Laurence lacks the critical thinking skills to have asked her.
The general rule that individuals under age 18 cannot consent to medical treatment is being tossed out the window when it comes to sex transitioning, she said.
Children are started on puberty-blockers as young as nine, and “under the ‘guidance’ of gender ‘experts’ … girls have been allowed to consent to double mastectomies as young as age 13,” said Cretella.
Where is the evidence to support any of that? Cretella initially said: “Parents are losing their right to protect their children from this dangerous medical experiment, and extended family members fare no better.” Cretella doesn’t cite cases. I am aware of two. There could be more that I am unaware of which seems unlikely given the ensuing and inevitable shitfit following one of these situations:
- In Minnesota a mother was trying to regain control of her 17-year-old estranged and essentially emancipated trans daughter. The Court dismissed the case.
- In Ohio abusive parents were trying to stop their 17-year-old trans son from continuing to receive testosterone. The boy was already living with supportive grandparents.
As I pointed out yesterday “they” are using very flimsy evidence to suggest that 13-year-olds are receiving mastectomies which research demonstrates is far healthier than breast binding. This could probably be avoided if trans boys were placed on puberty blockers. Surgery requires parental consent. Cretella is trying to convey the idea that a 13-year-old was able to consent on his own. Bullshit. That awful woman will say anything in defense of the faith.
A triple drip:
“There are gender surgeons pushing to eliminate age restrictions on the removal of reproductive organs and genital surgeries.”
That’s echoed by Emilie Kao, director of Heritage Foundation’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society.
“The number of pediatric gender clinics in the U.S. has grown exponentially from one clinic in 2007 to 45 clinics around the country,” she told LifeSiteNews.
I gather that the first paragraph of the above is a quote from Michelle Cretella. In two words: More bullshit. Who are these anonymous surgeons? WPATH recommends that people wait until they are 18 to receive gender conformation surgery. (“Genital surgery should not be carried out until … patients reach the legal age of majority to give
consent for medical procedures. … The age threshold
should be seen as a minimum criterion and not an indication in and of itself for active intervention.”)
Ms. Laurence is (I will be kind) confused. The number of pediatric gender clinics in the United States does not confirm Cretella’s mythical promotion of the idea that younger people are being considered for surgery.
If Emilie Kao’s count is correct, it is misleading because, even in 2007, most teaching hospitals had, and continue to have, gender clinics. The number of clinics does not, in any way, convey something nefarious. I note that even Kao’s count is less than one per state.
More tragic BS:
“Transgender activists and trans-affirming doctors are rushing children into hormonal treatments at as young as 11 years old,” Kao said, “even though the best statistics show that 80–95 percent of gender-dysphoric children become comfortable with their own bodies after passing through puberty without interventions.”
Kao is also full of crap. No one — no one — is rushing children into hormone therapy. WPATH’s Standards of Care requires an exhaustive evaluation before a psychiatrist refers a patient to an endocrinologist. Furthermore, these mythical transgender activists have nothing to do with how people are treated medically. I can find no evidence of hormone therapy being offered to an 11-year-old and Kao provides none. Hormone therapy for a minor requires parental consent.
The objective of the religious right is to denigrate the doctors who care for children with GD in order to persuade parents not to consult with them. They are portrayed as irresponsible mad scientists who are determined to create transgender kids. Nothing could be further from the truth.
And, yes, many kids do grow out of gender incongruity but those who are in severe distress and feel compelled to affirm their gender rarely desist. “They” all know this but they continue to spout this nonsense in an effort to prevent children from being properly treated. I believe that Ms. Kao reports to Ryan T. Anderson, the ultimate warrior for Jesus. Religious beliefs should not affect medical treatment.
Parents losing right to oppose “transition” treatments
Moreover, the transgender lobby is waging a successful three-wave campaign for government-coerced transition of minor children, with “removal of a child based on accusations of medical neglect,” Cretella told the Federalist’s Margot Cleveland in February.
The first wave involved intervention during family court custody disputes; the second involves “emergency room staff, therapists, or doctors” reporting parents “who refuse to affirm their child’s false gender” to Child Protection Services; and the third wave, now beginning, involves schools launching investigations of parents who oppose a child’s transition.
Cretella says many things that are outright lies. Where is any evidence to support any of the above? Who comprises this mythical “transgender lobby?” If there are more than the two court cases I cited Dr. Cretella does not name them. If a child is in severe distress because they are not permitted to express their gender then that is potentially very serious, even life threatening.
The only reasons that a parent would prohibit what the kid feels compelled to do are either ignorance or religious programming. It amounts to child abuse according to medical science and should be reported. Parents do not have a right to abuse their children in any civilized society.
The scientific truth is that gender dysphoria can be a very serious condition. It can be objectively diagnosed. A kid should not suffer due to superstition and ignorance.
At a recent United States Professional Association for Transgender Health (USPATH) conference, a panel cited “training” Department of Human Services workers “in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey” to tell parents who oppose transitioning “you’re creating an unsafe environment for your child,” wrote Cleveland.
Don’t get me started on Ms. Cleveland. She is not the swiftest cart in the aisle. Nevertheless that quote seems remarkably sensible to me. Why would anyone object to educating parents with medically accurate information?
Parents are often told that unless the child’s gender choice is affirmed, the child at an increased risk for suicide, a strategy documented by 4thwavenow.com, a “community of parents & others concerned about the medicalization of gender-atypical youth and rapid-onset gender dysphoria (ROGD).”
Right. An anonymous trans denial site is a good place to get accurate information. If a child is in severe distress then that is somewhat true although Laurence cannot help herself. She indulges in “gender choice.” It is gender reality and it’s not a choice. The premier researcher of trans youth is Kristina Olson at University of Washington. According to her peer-reviewed research:
…trans youth who make the social transition at a young age are doing remarkably well. They have depression rates comparable to their peers and only slightly elevated rates of anxiety. They also show very strong self-esteem.
In the same paper:
Transgender adults and teens who did not go through the early social transition of kids … who were often rejected by peers and even their own families tend to have highly elevated rates of anxiety and depression. Estimates suggest that more than 40 percent of these largely unsupported trans teens and adults will attempt suicide.
Returning to the quoted text, there is no proof that Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria exists. After a six month review, the sole paper on that subject was edited down to a “maybe.” It is possible but the standards for diagnosing late-onset adolescent gender dysphoria remain the same as for early-onset. There is no evidence of gratuitous gender affirmation.
You will forgive me if I skip over anonymous posts at the aforementioned anonymous site. Ms. Kao gets around to one of my references:
In a highly publicized case last February, an Ohio Christian couple lost custody of their 17-year-old daughter to her maternal grandparents after they opposed her testosterone injections.
“Around the country, similar cases are arising in the courts,” Kao said.
I have programmed a hot key to type out the word bullshit. The kid in Ohio was suffering terribly and was already living with his grandparents with the mother’s approval. His father was an abusive religious nutcase. Ms. Kao, conscientious person that she is and defender of the faith, fails to cite those similar cases. “Around the country” suggests a multitude. Name two.
Dr. Paul Hruz is actually getting saner:
Before I get to this quote, Paul Hruz is an endocrinologist and conservative Christian. He does not treat adolescent gender dysphoria or transgender people. He has done no research in this area. A good summary is my post here. At least he is trying for some balance. Not too much but he is a bit more responsible:
Evidence lacking on consequences of gender affirmation
The “general trend is to support affirmation of gender identity in all affected children,” agrees pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Paul Hruz, adding that the process “starts with social affirmation which is increasingly being mandated by law.”
But whether this is “best practice” remains “contentious,” he told LifeSiteNews.
“Several medical societies have adopted guidelines that support transition for all children who have ‘consistence, insistence, and persistence’ of a gender identity that is discordant with biological sex,” said Hruz, an associate professor of pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis.
“This is in contrast to earlier recommendations that cautioned against transition in young children due to the high incidence of spontaneous realignment of gender identity with sex,” he said.
Note that Hruz hasn’t confirmed, in any way, Ms. Laurence’s contention that there is a lack of evidence. There is plenty of evidence via peer-reviewed research. (See my quotes above from Kristina Olson.) I cannot discern what Hruz claims is “mandated by law.”
Hruz returns to form:
And the change “has been made without any strong scientific data against the prior cautious approach,” Hruz told LifeSiteNews.
“In general, the medical recommendations are based upon low quality evidence that does not even come close to the level of evidence that is generally expected when making strong recommendations for a novel treatment approach,” he said.
“There is so much that we do not yet know about the long-term consequences. The existing evidence is concerning that harm is being done to these children without clear long-term benefit in preventing suicide.”
This is the Tobacco Institute muddy-the-waters protocol which has been adopted by Creationists and climate deniers. “Well, we don’t know. The science isn’t settled. You are on your own.”
How adolescents were treated has changed. About ten years ago, psychiatrists did everything possible to prevent a child from becoming transgender. More recently, research has determined that the better approach is to allow a child to affirm their gender if they are intent on doing so. There needs to be more long-term research for sure but those doctors who do treat adolescents are focused on only one thing: The best interests of patients.
Back to Cretella:
Moreover, as well subjecting children to what are essentially experimental medical treatments, this approach often leaves ignored and untreated underlying psychological and emotional trauma that may have triggered the child’s gender dysphoria in the first place.
Cretella told the Federalist’s Cleveland that of seven families “in as many different states” who contacted her during custody battles in 2017, six involved “a 15 year-old girl who never had any sexual identity confusion prior to her parent’s [sic] divorce.”
Cretella is a forceful proponent of gay conversion therapy and gender conversion therapy. This requires the “underlying pathology” assertion. Why would anyone contact Cretella? Seven 15-year-old girls of divorced parents all of whom are transgender? How convenient. Even if true — which I doubt — Cretella has not met any of these people. Her only available contact that I can find is through ACPeds email. Even when practicing, Cretella has not treated adolescent GD.
In all cases “the guardian ad litem and judges removed the right to medical consent and/or custody from the parent who objected to transition with puberty blockers and hormones,” she said
“It is documented that teens who present with GD have high rates of preceding and concurrent psychopathology,” Cretella told LifeSiteNews. She noted that an April 2015 study out of Finland confirmed that “severe psychopathology” and “autism” were all overrepresented among one pediatric gender identity clinic population.
A guardian ad litem is the child’s lawyer. Cretella does not cite any of these cases although I concede that they might be subject to family court privacy rules. It makes sense for a judge to align with the best available medical treatment known to exist. You can be sure that there was ample expert witness testimony. There really are no experts to who actually treat these kids to argue against gender-affirmative care. It is also the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The link to autism has been discredited. I cannot jump through the hoops to get the full text of Cretella’s study. The researcher admits: “The findings do not fit the commonly accepted image of a gender dysphoric minor. Treatment guidelines need to consider gender dysphoria in minors in the context of severe psychopathology and developmental difficulties.” Cretella would want people to believe that the psychopathology can be independently treated and Eureka! No more GD. And that is highly unlikely.
Laurence mindlessly repeat things through the echo chamber. If she bothered to check, the following is no longer provable after considering a major correction. Yet she drones on:
An August 2018 study by American Dr. Lisa Littman found that 62.5 percent of minors “had reportedly been diagnosed with at least one mental health disorder or neurodevelopmental disability prior to the onset of their gender dysphoria.”
Littman also found that 86.7 percent of “parents reported that, along with the sudden or rapid onset of gender dysphoria, their child either had an increase in their social media/internet use, belonged to a friend group in which one or multiple friends became transgender-identified during a similar timeframe, or both.”
There is no proof that ROGD exists and Littman never reviewed the medical records of anonymous parents that she recruited from anonymous trans-denial websites.
For the record, Meg Kilgannon is with another hate group: Family Research Council:
Kids run away to “trans”-friendly states
And since medical coverage for gender transition and consent laws vary from state to state, “social media helps children learn about these kinds of options and children/teens do run away to states who offer this kind of ‘medical care,’ on the advice of ‘friends’ on Tumblr and YouTube,” Kilgannon says.
Oregon allows “minors as young as age 15 years to receive Medicaid to pay for their cross-sex drugs and surgeries without parental consent — or even their knowledge,” Cretella told LifeSiteNews.
What is the point of all that? It is a theory that children are doing this. There is no evidence. Cretella’s claim about Oregon is actually true. The legal age of medical consent in Oregon is 15 and Medicaid pays for transgender treatment with qualified diagnoses. Let’s give some credit to doctors that they will follow appropriate guidelines.
“H.R. 5 would create a nationwide ‘Transgender Medical Mandate’ that would subject doctors and hospitals to lawsuits if they decline to perform hormonal and surgical interventions even if their concern is that patients will be harmed,” warns Heritage Foundation’s Kao.
Again, bullshit Ms. Kao and you can tell Ryan that his BS isn’t even plausible. I do not believe that any of the above is true. HR5, the Equality Act would prevent discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation. This “Mandate” is a Heritage Foundation manufactured anti-LGBT talking point. But suppose it were true? No medical practitioner has ever or will ever be forced to provide a medical intervention against his medical judgment.
During the April 2 committee hearing on the Equality Act, “one of the speakers claimed that 1 in 5 children in foster care in America is LGBTQ. That is a bold claim and it went unchallenged,” pointed out Kilgannon.
That may very well be true. What is the point? What does that have to do with Kilgannon’s religious objection to the medically appropriate care of trans kids?
It’s a fucking crisis:
“The danger to children on the margins is hard to overstate. If this ‘identity crisis’ can attack children in families who seem to be living the American Dream, imagine the risk for children who have no one to advocate for them.”
I cannot tell who to attribute that last paragraph to. I believe it is the FRC spokes-bot. It is meaningless nonsense. What risks? That children will receive proper care despite ignorance and superstition?
I lost count of the number of crackpots and hate group representatives contributed to the piece in question. Just remember: Yesterday it was gays. Today it’s trans. Tomorrow? Who knows?