Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins - why is he so invested in denying children the best medical care known to science?
Sanctimonious amorality: Hate group leader Tony Perkins preferences Christian dogma over medical science.

Tony Perkins and Family Research Council continue to spread lies about gender-affirming care for youth.

“A major casualty of the Christian right’s transphobic campaign are the kids themselves. Regardless of whether or not the Arkansas law ever goes
into effect, the damage is done.”

Thursday, according to Tony Perkins:

FRC disappointed after judge temporarily enjoins the Arkansas SAFE Act, but confident the truth will prevail.

  1. The injunction indicates that the plaintiffs are likely to prevail at trial.
  2. The “truth” is depicted by medical science, not scripture.

If Tony Perkins did not lie he would be speechless:

… a federal judge today temporarily enjoined the newly enacted Arkansas law that protects minors from harmful, irreversible gender transition procedures, prevents taxpayer funds or medical insurance mandates from paying for them, and provides legal remedies for minors who have been permanently disfigured and/or sterilized by them.

The ignoramus is full of crap. Some aspects of cross-sex hormone therapy could be irreversible. That decision is up to parents and their adolescent children. Puberty blockers are fully reversible and the law prohibits their use. That, too, is up to parents and their adolescent children.

Medical treatment in conformity with the overwhelming scientific consensus should not be undermined by lawmakers who are wholly unqualified to make medical decisions.

As for litigation, medical malpractice is always an option. Nevertheless I can find no malpractice suits related to pediatric transgender medicine anywhere in the United States. Christian doctrine is the only thing that is being “protected.”

If Tony Perkins ever tells the truth it is by accident:

The law, called the Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act, was overwhelmingly approved by the Arkansas legislature, including (for the first time) overriding Governor Asa Hutchinson’s veto.

None of those legislators have the necessary training and experience to determine how a medical condition should be treated. The title of the measure was conjured up by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) for model legislation boilerplate. ADF and FRC are anti-LGBTQ hate groups.

“… gender-affirming medical interventions improve mental health outcomes for transgender adolescents.”

This situation provides a perfect example why these organizations are deemed hate groups. Both groups have prioritized Christian dogma over the welfare of children.

To quote someone who does know a thing or two about pediatric gender dysphoria (Jack Turban as Stanford):

All existing evidence indicates that gender-affirming medical interventions improve mental health outcomes for transgender adolescents and it would be dangerous and unethical to prohibit these medical services.
[…]
[The] assertion that gender-affirming treatments for transgender adolescents are “experimental” is incorrect.

How many lies are contained in the following statement from Perkins?

We are disappointed but not surprised that a judge has placed a temporary hold on the Arkansas law that protects children from unscientific, experimental, and destructive gender transition procedures. However, we are confident that ultimately state lawmakers will remain free to protect the health and safety of children.

The legal challenge to this law is being mounted by a political movement that advocates for using off-label drugs and experimental procedures on minors. Yet a growing number of individuals are coming forward to share their stories of being permanently disfigured and/or sterilized from procedures such as puberty-blocking drugs, cross-sex hormones, and irreversible surgeries. The truth about the dangers of these life altering procedures cannot be ignored.

“… on the issues of ‘dangers’ and ‘truth,’ gender-affirming care greatly reduces the potential for self-harm.”

    Bullshit:

  1. Gender-affirming care is not “unscientific.”
  2. Gender-affirming care is not “experimental.”
  3. Gender-affirming care is not “destructive.”
  4. The law in question harms children. It sure as hell does not protect kids from any peril.
  5. The “legal challenge to this law is being mounted” not by a “political movement” but by the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Endocrine Society and a number of other professional organizations. Moreover, the challenge exists:
    • In service to medical science.
    • In consideration for the wellbeing of children.
  6. “Growing number of individuals?” The number of people who are unhappy with their transition are a statistically irrelevant minority. Moreover, these are people who transitioned some time ago and did so as adults.
  7. There is no such thing as “off-label drugs.” Off-label refers to the use of the drug and not the drug itself. Puberty blockers, originally approved for the treatment of precocious puberty, for example, have been in use for decades. The potential adverse effects of the drug are well known. About a quarter of all prescriptions in the United States are off-label.
  8. Puberty blockers neither “disfigure” nor “sterilize” youth.
  9. The side effects of cross-sex hormones are well known. Parents and adolescents provide fully informed consent. They do not “disfigure” anyone. They might cause sterility.
  10. Minors are not candidates for “irreversible surgery.”
  11. Furthermore, the lie of omission: Gender identity has a strong innate biological basis.
  12. The medical interventions are “life altering” but not in the way Perkins suggests. Kids receiving gender-affirming care, along with familial support, are healthier and happier than they would otherwise be.
  13. Furthermore, on the issues of “dangers” and “truth,” gender-affirming care greatly reduces the potential for self-harm.

“I particularly take note of their determination. They are determined to lead happy, successful lives on their terms.”

That’s 13 turds. Yet, why is a hate group leader — Tony Perkins — so invested in preventing minors from receiving the best medical care known to science? The biggest lie is that he is doing so to protect children. The truth is that Tony Perkins is protecting his religious beliefs.

The question then becomes one of choice. Should we medically treat children in accordance with ancient texts or medical science?

Two well known transgender youths are Kai Shappley (Netflix) and Hunter Schafer (HBO’s Euphoria).

Kai Shappley’s mom is a conservative Christian. She is extremely proud of her daughter. Hunter Schafer’s dad is a protestant minister. Parents of both of these kids (Hunter is all grown up now) took the medical science option.

I wrote yesterday that I believe that trans kids are very special. Some people say they are brave. They are but I particularly take note of their determination. They are determined to lead happy, successful lives on their terms. Their lives would be better in the absence of these crazy religious zealots.

Just who in the hell are Tony Perkins and those Christian lawmakers in Arkansas to deny children of health and happiness?

A minor casualty of the Christian right’s transphobic campaign is my sarcasm. I find it increasingly difficult to inject humor into stories of people who are intent on damaging kids. It is infuriating!

A major casualty of the Christian right’s transphobic campaign are the kids themselves. Regardless of whether or not the Arkansas law ever goes into effect, the damage is done. Trans youth have been told, yet again, that they deserve less than others. That is more infuriating!

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.