|L. Brent Bozell III
via YouTube/Fox News
L. Brent Bozell III is the founder of the far-right Media Research Center (out of which he extracts more than $500 thousand/year). Bozell is a fundamentalist Catholic who is on the board of Blowhard Bill Donohue’s Catholic League. Two of Bozell’s staff writers, Ken Oliver-Méndez and Alexander Reyes have written a post about a drag kid named Keegan who is gender nonconforming.
Some of the paragraphs are right out of the Bozell LGBTQ defamation machine:
… child LGBTQ life is highly correlated with mental illness. Even Reuters noted last week that a new national survey of 34,000 LGBTQ youth aged 13 to 24 found 39 percent seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months, as did more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth.
The above reference to a survey is factually correct. However, it overlooks the fact that anti-LGBTQ hate is what makes some of these kids unhappy. Some of them have non-accepting parents and some of them are routinely subjected to bullying in school. Some of those kids live in terrible places like Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi where they are branded as “perverts” and are less likely to have supportive teachers. Overall, fundamentalist Christianity is responsible for promoting the prejudice that these kids experience. It is prejudice that is at the root of their suicide ideation.
It’s not just Baptists. The Catholic Church teaches that gay kids are “objectively disordered.” Trans and gender nonconforming children are “confused” and need therapy to unconfuse them. Misters Oliver-Méndez and Reyes omitted an important part of the Reuters article (emphasis added):
The degree of acceptance for such [gender diverse] students can literally be a matter of life and death, experts say.
Another study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health in 2018 and based on a cohort study of 129 trans and gender nonconforming youth aged 15 to 21, found that suicide attempts plummet 65 percent and depression symptoms fall 71 percent if they are allowed to use their chosen name at school, home, and work, and with friends.
The same relationship is likely to exist for gay students. The more support that they enjoy at home, in school and among friends, the less likely they will be to contemplate self-harm. Bozell’s Bozos are promoting the kind of ignorance and intolerance that makes children feel desperate.
Unimaginable level of stupidity:
Unfortunately, as Sarabia reports, public schools across the country are now effectively promoting gender dysphoria and deviance, instead of helping students overcome the disorder. As former transgender Walt Heyer points out, by the time they reach adolescence or adulthood three out of four children who suffer from gender dysphoria will abandon the idea of being the opposite gender. Moreover, many who ultimately decide to attempt to change their gender continue to suffer from mental illness and regrets.
Public schools do not “promote” a psychological condition. That notion is idiotic. For a child to be diagnosed with gender dysphoria at least six of the following are required along with experiencing significant distress or impairment in function, lasting at least six months:
- A strong desire to be of the other gender or an insistence that one is the other gender
- A strong preference for wearing clothes typical of the opposite gender
- A strong preference for cross-gender roles in make-believe play or fantasy play
- A strong preference for the toys, games or activities stereotypically used or engaged in by the other gender
- A strong preference for playmates of the other gender
- A strong rejection of toys, games and activities typical of one’s assigned gender
- A strong dislike of one’s sexual anatomy
- A strong desire for the physical sex characteristics that match one’s experienced gender
Public schools should promote understanding and acceptance.
Gender dysphoria is not a “disorder” and there is no intervention known to medical science that can change a child’s gender identity. “Deviance” is a religious judgment based on dogma — not medical science. There is no means of “helping students overcome” gender incongruence. These two idiots do not know what the fuck they are talking about. They don’t know what they don’t know.
Mr. Heyer is a religious conservative who makes a living as an “ex-transgender.” He is also wrong on his numbers. According to peer-reviewed research desisters are not transgender in the first place.
Dr. Kristina Olson at University of Washington knows a thing or two about trans kids. She is the founder of the TransYouth project (in addition to the Waterman Prize last year, she won a MacArthur “genius grant).” Olson has found that once the condition is so severe that the child insists on transitioning, the desistance rates are negligible. Furthermore, the four studies on which overall desistance rates are based are old and inapplicable.
Here are some relevant quotes from Dr. Olson:
Results so far show that trans children have just as firm a sense of their own gender as nontrans kids at very early ages, both when asked directly and when tested. Furthermore, trans kids follow different trajectories than children who simply prefer toys and clothes associated with the opposite gender.
In addition to helping uncover the roots of gender, early results of these studies suggest that trans kids who are supported through early social transitions have strong mental health and self-esteem.
…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.
Bozell’s Bozos have more nitwitery to promote:
As Dr. Michelle Cretella of the American College of Pediatricians also points out, “over 90 percent of people who commit suicide have a diagnosed mental disorder, and there is no evidence that gender-dysphoric children who commit suicide are any different. Many gender dysphoric children simply need therapy to get to the root of their depression, which very well may be the same problem triggering the gender dysphoria.” Both Heyer and Cretella vigorously oppose the recent onslaught of ‘progressive’ laws that legislate affirmation as the only therapy allowed for gender dysphoria and related mental health challenges.
The American College of Pediatricians is a tiny hate group with annual revenues limited to $100 thousand. They are trying to pass it off as a legitimate professional organization.The real peer organization is the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Cretella is first and foremost a Defender of the Faith™. She has not been a licensed pediatrician for years which relieves her of continuing education obligations and she has never been a psychiatrist. The “therapy” that she advocates does not exist. Cretella is also a promoter of conversion therapy for gays. She presumably believes that it can be retooled to convert a child’s gender identity.
Suffice it to say that Michelle Cretella has never published research on LGBT children to a respectable, peer-reviewed academic journal. Her former professional organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, has determined that the gender-affirming care model represents best practice standards.
Instead of promoting hate and ignorance, if people are going to write about trans and gender nonconforming children, then they are obligated to have sufficient curiosity to explore the medical science. They are obligated to have sufficient critical thinking skills to evaluate the research and form informed conclusions.
These two were so interested in divisive politics that they failed to understand what is best for children. If one of them has a child experiencing gender dysphoria they would hopefully find an expert psychiatrist who actually treats the condition. Get a second opinion. Advancing the agenda of a minuscule Christian anti-LGBT hate group serves no purpose.
Promoting the agenda of the Catholic Church makes even less sense. Religious dogma is not what children need if they are experiencing a medical condition. Hell, let’s consult the bishops on orthopedic surgery. My hip replacement needs a revision. Perhaps they have some guidance to offer.
Belief systems are based on faith. Medical science is based on evidence. Which is more likely to provide what is best for a child?