What a pile of transphobic propaganda. I'm a transgender person myself
and I know what exactly is being transgender.
On 9/5/21 9:31 AM, Bradley K. Sherman wrote:
> The American College of Pediatricians issued a statement this
> week condemning gender reclassification in children by stating
> that transgenderism in children amounts to child abuse.
> “The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and
> legislators to reject all policies that condition children to
> accept as normal a life ofchemical and surgical impersonation of
> the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality.”
> The policy statement, authored by Johns Hopkins Medical School
> Psychology Professor Paul McHugh, listed eight arguments on why
> gender reclassification is harmful.
> 1. Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: “XY”
> and “XX” are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of
> a disorder.
What about intersex people? Biological sex is a spectrum, not a binary.
> 2. No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a
> biological sex. Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as
> male or female) is a sociologicaland psychological concept; not
> an objective biological one.
Gender identity, not gender itself, is in a large way biological.
> 3. A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not
> is, at best, a sign of confused thinking. When an otherwise
> healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise
> healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective
> psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body,
> and it should be treated as such.
This was attempted many times - it was called conversion therapy. There
is no evidence that conversion therapy is effective - it is itself based
> 4. Puberty is not a disease and puberty-blocking hormones can be
> dangerous. Reversible or not, puberty-blocking hormones induce a
> state of disease – the absence of puberty – and inhibit growth
> and fertility in a previously biologically healthy child.
> What are the benefits of use of pubertal blockers?
> Gender dysphoria is the feeling of discomfort or distress that might
accompany a difference between experienced or expressed gender and sex
assigned at birth.
> For children who have gender dysphoria, suppressing puberty might:
> Improve mental well-being
> Reduce depression and anxiety
> Improve social interactions and integration with other kids
> Eliminate the need for future surgeries
> Reduce thoughts or actions related to self-harm
> However, puberty suppression alone might not ease gender dysphoria.
> What are the criteria for use of pubertal blockers?
> To begin using pubertal blockers, a child must:
> Show a long-lasting and intense pattern of gender nonconformity
or gender dysphoria
> Have gender dysphoria that began or worsened at the start of puberty
> Address any psychological, medical or social problems that could
interfere with treatment
> Provide informed consent
> Particularly when a child hasn't reached the age of medical consent,
parents or other caretakers or guardians must consent to the treatment
and support the adolescent through the treatment process.
As you can see, puberty-blocking hormones are actually treatment for
gender-dysphoric children and in order to get treatment, all of these
criterias must be met.
> 5. According to the DSM-V, as many as 98% of gender confused
> boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their
> biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.
Show me where it is written is DSM-V.
> 6. Children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite
> sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. Cross-
> sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) are associated with
> dangerous health risks including but not limited to high blood
> pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer.
Bullshit. The child can drop out of treatment if they realize they
aren't trans after all. Transgender people aren't impersonating opposite
gender, they are actually being *themselves*.
> 7. Rates of suicide are twenty times greater among adults who
> use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery,
> even in Sweden which is among the most LGBQT – affirming
Still, suicide risk is lowered by transitioning.
> 8. Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical
> and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and
> healthful as child abuse.
Children can start hormones only when they are 16 and get surgery when
they turn 18. All of these steps are completely optional.
Nobody is doing it for kicks, they are doing it because they have gender
dysphoria and transitioning is the only known method of relieving gender
Again, if you know any other way to get rid of gender dysphoria, then
please followup here. Else, it's all BS.
> Theleft, as one might expect, reacted swiftly with claws fully
> Think Progress described the American College of Pediatricians
> as a “hate group masquerading as pediatricians.”
> The Huffington Post said that “Once again, Paul McHugh has used
> the ever more tarnished name of Johns Hopkins to distort science
> and spread transphobic misinformation.”
And they were right, everything transphobic can be refuted, even though
it can be hard.
"The amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude
larger than to produce it." - Alberto Brandolini
> McHugh, who formerly served as Johns Hopkins’ psychiatrist in
> chief, issued an opinion last year stating the transgenderism is
> a “mental disorder” and sex change is a “medical impossibility.”
> The statement was also signed by Drs. Michelle A. Cretella,
> M.D., president of the American College of Pediatricians, and
> Quentin Van Meter, M.D., the organization’s vice president.
There is no verifiable evidence that gender dysphoria can be treated in
other ways than transitioning. None whatsoever.
Gender-affirmative trans care *requires* therapy. That is, unless you go
the informed consent route, which you can always refuse to.
Scaring trans people away from transitioning and repressing their
identities *IS* conversion therapy.