Tenn. Rep. Sabi Kumar and Sen. Ferrell Haile want doctors to practice pseudoscience with trans youth
(L-R) Tennessee legislators Rep. Sabi Kumar and Sen. Ferrell Haile presume to substitute their unqualified judgment for settled science regarding the treatment of trans youth.
They are aiming to achieve full-blown willful stupidity.

Tennessee H.B.1027/S.B.0126 was originally about the training requirements for people who assist youth in group homes self-medicate.

The bill has morphed into this (full text unavailable):

AMENDMENT #1 rewrites this bill and specifies that standard medical practice does not involve prescribing hormone treatment for gender dysphoric or gender incongruent prepubertal minors. This amendment prohibits a healthcare prescriber from prescribing a course of treatment that involves hormone treatment for gender dysphoric or gender incongruent prepubertal minors, except that a healthcare prescriber may prescribe a course of treatment that involves hormone treatments for prepubertal minors for diagnoses of growth deficiencies or other diagnoses unrelated to gender dysphoria or gender incongruency.

In other words, the state presumes to mandate that doctors cannot follow the clinical practice standards of the American Academy of Pediatrics in the treatment of transgender youth.

Moreover, the state would put children at risk for self-harm, contrary to research. For what? Baby Jesus?

If I had to guess, I would say that Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-LGBTQ hate group, supplied the boilerplate and the impetus. Lawyers are making medical decisions.

Furthermore, the prime sponsors of this stupidity are out of their depth. Rep. Sabi Kumar is a surgeon (although he is not board certified). Kumar is no more qualified to regulate transgender medicine than a dentist. The fact that he is a doctor is immaterial. Would you see a proctologist for treatment of a dislocated femur?

Moreover, State Sen. Ferrell Haile is a farmer and pharmacist with a B.S.Ph. Haile is no more qualified to regulate transgender medicine than his farm’s fertilizer supplier.

Transgender medicine is a complex field. Furthermore it is made more complicated by the fact that each individual kid has to have a unique treatment plan. Legislation like this is a one-size-fits-all solution to a problem that does not exist.

What I want to know is this: What is the alternative?

Counseling would involve gender identity conversion “therapy.” An effort to change a youth’s gender identity to align with his or her chromosomes. According to the research, such efforts are futile. Moreover, the efforts lead to a lifetime of misery.

So legislation presumes to outlaw the therapy advocated by every mainstream professional organization. Furthermore, it then substitutes futile and toxic talk therapy for scientifically sound practices.

On what planet does this make any sense at all?

The measure has passed in the Tennessee Senate. House approval is expected in the near future, possibly this week. The vote in the Senate, by the way, was 67-24 — 74% approval.

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.