The gender debate has become increasingly toxic, to the point where medical, mental health and academic professionals are afraid to speak out on the subject. The blind acceptance of gender ideology in mainstream media, coupled with the celebration of transgender people in public life, has created an environment in which health professionals are scared into silence.
Those professionals who object to gender transition for children are facing increasing intimidation, as a commentator in The Federalist writes:
There is no argument over the fact that professionals who would normally speak out for the protection of these children cannot do so, at least not without suffering professionally. There are no calls for wide-ranging, longitudinal studies on the effects of just the psychological and sociological ramifications of parents and professionals using children for private experiments to define the future of gender identification.
The issue has been so politicised that anyone who questions the mainstream dogma – that people can choose their own gender – is vilified and bullied. If parents, friends, and teachers do not fully support children in their “gender exploration,” they are accused of exemplifying bigoted hatred and labelled as ‘unfit’ to care for children.
Consider the following anonymous case summary:
‘Girl X’ is a healthy 8-year-old. While she has some minor health problems, they do not cause significant psychological issues. It has been reported by her mother that ‘Girl X’ has been engaging in a significant number of gender fluid behaviors, which has included expressing a desire to dress and appear like a boy. ‘Girl X’ must be forced to wear specifically feminine clothing (dresses), prefers socializing with boys of her own age and slightly older, and her mother refused requests to remove “girl” toys from her bedroom. When challenged on her ‘masculine’ choices, “Girl X” often states that she wishes she had been born a boy.
If “Girl X” saw a psychologist or therapist who is following the current theories that this kind of behavior should be diagnosed as Gender Dysmorphia (GD), there’s a very good chance she would be put on a road of therapy that could leave her sterile. Her parents would be told to encourage her “gender exploration,” and that their “gender binary” beliefs could harm their child.
If “Girl X” were particularly adamant in her beliefs that she should be a boy, it’s entirely possible she would be started on hormonal treatments that would prevent her from going into puberty, essentially leaving her as a biologically pre-pubertal female. Regardless of whether she would ever decide to get a sex-change operation in the future, she would probably be sterile and never develop properly as either female or male.
Even Australian psychiatrist Dr Steven Stathis, who runs a gender clinic in Brisbane, was criticised by gender activists simply for stating facts about situations he has encountered in his clinical practice. He stated that most children who display gender variant behaviour eventually identify with their birth gender after puberty. He also stated that young children increasingly “try out” transgenderism to be different.
“One said to me, ‘Dr Steve ... I want to be transgender, it's the new black’.”
Dr Stathis counsels children seeking gender transition therapy at his clinic in Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, which recently received a $1 million boost in government funding. Additionally, Dr Stathis has referred many children to other doctors for hormonal treatments and other procedures related to gender transition.
The wellbeing of children can only be protected if experts are given the freedom to engage in rigorous research and reporting on these matters, as well as engage in serious academic debate about the results. Without proper clinical investigation of these issues, ensuring the health and safety of children is becoming increasingly difficult, if not impossible. Stifling reasonable, scientific discourse about gender issues could have disastrous long-term health effects for children displaying normal behaviours.
Today, the transgender movement and its “gender ideology” are being sold as an ethical way to deal with children who simply are exploring their own thoughts and feelings about gender identity. At its roots, it is a subjective theory based on a misguided notion in psychology that there is no such thing as “normal” in mental health.
On paper, it probably does look nice and inclusive, but in practice it leads to irreversible physical damage to children whose parents buy into this theory out of a desire to do what is best for them. Parents do not want to see their children in pain, and “gender ideology” is the current snake oil for GD—something that should be considered a fancy term for “finding oneself.”
It is becoming increasingly evident that transgenderism is complex, and that for many children it could simply be a part of the confusion associated with growing up. Dr Stathis has pointed out that there is a real problem of overdiagnosis when it comes to such cases.
Blind encouragement of hormonal and surgical interventions for children experiencing gender confusion and gender dysphoria is irresponsible and dangerous. Intimidating health professionals who speak out on these issues could lead to grave risks to the health of children around the world. It is fundamentally wrong to sacrifice our children’s wellbeing for the sake of being politically correct.
The simple truth is that LGBTI activists do not like facts that contradict their agenda – even if they come from medical professionals and scientists, and even if they are aimed at the protection of children. If you are a medical professional who is afraid to speak out, we’ve got your back, and we will continue to stand up for your right to speak.
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