Tyler O'Neil - anti-transgender sophist
Tyler O’Neil, anti-trans sophist | via Twitter

“Tyler O’Neil provides evidence, once again, that religious literalism makes people stupid.”

Fox News and Tyler O’Neil have combined last week to provide some profoundly informative news:

I see that someone by the name of Raymond Wolfe has parroted the same nonsense for LifeSiteNews.

Transgender surgery on the genitals of a child constitutes child abuse under Texas law, according to the head of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).

“Genital mutilation of a child through reassignment surgery is child abuse, subject to all rules and procedures pertaining to child abuse,” DFPS Commissioner Jaime Masters wrote in a letter to Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday. Earlier this month, Abbott had requested clarification on the issue from DFPS, which is responsible for investigating charges of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of children, elderly adults, and adults with disabilities.

Perhaps Tyler O’Neil can provide an example of a child who has undergone gender-confirmation surgery. Probably not.

“The intent is to suggest that children are at risk due to the existence of gender-affirming care standards.”

Gender confirmation surgery requires at least four approvals:

  1. The surgeon performing the procedure.
  2. The hospital where the procedure will be performed.
  3. The patient’s regular behavioral health therapist.
  4. A behavioral health therapist who has not previously treated the patient.

Furthermore, surgical candidates must have at least one year of “real life experience.” Real life experience means living as one’s gender.

WPATH standards are explicit:

Genital surgery should not be carried out until (i) patients reach the legal age of majority to give consent for medical procedures in a given country, and (ii) patients have lived continuously for at least 12 months in the gender role that is congruent with their gender identity. The age threshold should be seen as a minimum criterion and not an indication in and of itself for active intervention.

Now if Tyler O’Neil — Defender of the Faith™ — or any Texas official can provide evidence of nonconformity with the above then they should state so. Otherwise this is transphobic nonsense. The intent is to suggest that children are at risk due to the existence of gender affirming care standards. Furthermore, this is an expression of disapproval of transgender persons.

Tyler O’Neil provides evidence, once again, that religious literalism makes people stupid.

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.