Gender Dysphoria: Are Young People Being Rushed Too Quickly through Life Altering Changes?
Leslie Stahl from 60 Minutes did a segment wherein she interviewed several young adults who made the life altering decision to change their gender due to what is known as "Gender Dysphoria." The young adults all felt that they were rushed through the process way too quickly and then regretted the changes afterwards. Tucker Carlson did a segment on his show regarding the 60 Minutes segment to highlight two of the individuals who spoke to Ms. Stahl.
Joe Biden even says that children as young as 8 should be allowed to decide whether they are a boy or girl. Of course this is completely ridiculous. An 8-year-old child who doesn't know that broccoli is good for him cannot make a decision like this. These procedures are mostly irreversible later in life, without a great deal of pain, and lets not forget, money.
It is my view that any parent, doctor or politician who is in favor of, or supports the idea that any child, before the age of at least 21, should be able to change their gender, is guilty of child abuse and should be jailed. Additionally, it behooves doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists to do extensive counseling before allowing such transitions.
In fact, according to a study done in Sweden published in 2011 there is a very high rate of suicide after transition surgeries.
"Persons with transsexualism, after sex reassignment, have considerably higher risks for mortality, suicidal behaviour, and psychiatric morbidity than the general population. Our findings suggest that sex reassignment, although alleviating gender dysphoria, may not suffice as treatment for transsexualism, and should inspire improved psychiatric and somatic care after sex reassignment for this patient group."
Dr. Paul McHugh, University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School and the former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, had this to say in an article he penned in June of 2015:
"Most young boys and girls who come seeking sex-reassignment are utterly different from Jenner. They have no erotic interest driving their quest. Rather, they come with psychosocial issues—conflicts over the prospects, expectations, and roles that they sense are attached to their given sex—and presume that sex-reassignment will ease or resolve them.
"The grim fact is that most of these youngsters do not find therapists willing to assess and guide them in ways that permit them to work out their conflicts and correct their assumptions. Rather, they and their families find only "gender counselors" who encourage them in their sexual misassumptions."
The guy in the above video is either a complete moron or an actor. I can't decide which, because this nonsense really can't be true. I find it hard to believe that even an idiot with dementia would want small children as young as 8 to start transitioning to a different gender.
In addition to that nonsense, the Biden administration is also trying to force doctors, nurses and hospitals to perform gender transforming surgeries against their will. They object on religious grounds, but that is completely irrelevant. Why? Because no doctor should ever be forced to perform a procedure that he or she does not believe is in the best interest of the patient, regardless of the reason. Moreover, a doctor who objects to performing such procedures based on his/her religious beliefs, is protected under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.
From the Daily Wire:
"President Joe Biden on Tuesday filed an appeal seeking to force doctors and hospitals to perform potentially harmful transgender-related procedures and surgeries even if they hold objections."
This appeal was filed after the Biden administration failed in its first attempt to force these doctors to submit to their whims.
"The plaintiffs are religious doctors, hospitals, and clinics who joyfully serve ALL patients regardless of sex or gender identity. They routinely provide top-notch care to transgender patients for everything from cancer to the common cold," Goodrich outlined Tuesday. "They also provide millions of dollars in free and low-cost care to the elderly, poor, and underserved–care that is jeopardized by the government's attempt to punish them with multi-million dollar penalties."
According to the DSM-5 as many as 98% of gender-confused boys and 88% of gender-confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty. (American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (Arlington, VA, American Psychiatric Association, 2013), pp. 451-459. See page 455 re: rates of persistence of gender dysphoria.)
Listen to this young woman on the BBC speak about her experience with transitioning and why she feels she should have been given more counseling before being put on puberty blockers and then undergoing sex change surgery. At the age of 16 after a three hour counseling session she was put on puberty blockers. Keira believes that if she had been accepted by society as she was, (she was a "tom-boy"), instead of feeling like she had to fit a mold, she may not have decided to change her sex. Listen to her own words.
Young people who want to transition back to their natural sex are not given nearly the support as those who want to transition to a different sex. And parents who want to prevent their young children from making these decisions too early are being demonized by leftist LGBTQ radicals as are any psychiatrists who try to help these parents and their children.
Finally, doctors who treat young children for so-called Gender Dysphoria openly admit that they don't know what long term effects these drugs, (which are off label use not approved by the FDA), will have on these young people. They do know that puberty suppression drugs can cause lower bone density development, which may or may not be correctable. Doctors also do not know what effect puberty blockers and puberty suppression drugs will have on brain development. There is a lot of brain development that occurs between puberty and adulthood. There is no question that the male and female brains are structurally different.
The bottom line is that children should not be rushed nor allowed to make life altering decisions that they are not old enough or educated enough to make. Parents and doctors have a responsibility to guide children through these difficult times in their lives until they arrive at a place, as an adult where they can finally make the right decisions for themselves.
In Cincinnati Ohio, a family lost custody of their daughter when they opposed treatment of gender dysphoria with cross-sex hormones. How can the state decide to remove a child from custody of the parent who wants what is best for their child? If radical doctors and judges can decide that a 17-year-old should be allowed to make these life altering decisions against their parents' judgments and beliefs, how long will it be before parents are forced to allow children even younger to make these decisions? Or worse yet, have pro-transformation medical personnel or hospitals making these decisions against the parents' will? Radical LGBTQ activists need to get out of the decision making process between parents and children. Doctors need to behave more responsibly, even if they get pushback from the radicals on the left.
"Twitter was hit with a bombshell lawsuit last week alleging that a young boy who was solicited and recruited for sex trafficking had to endure his own sexual abuse material being promoted on Twitter, even after attempts were made to remove the content.
"Sex trafficking survivor and advocate Eliza Bleu, who has worked with the boy (dubbed as "John Doe" for anonymity) has challenged Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in the wake of the suit.
""John Doe serves as a voice for countless victims and survivors in the United States and around the world," Bleu told The Daily Wire in a statement sent via email. "Most of the children being abused cannot report their abuse to Twitter. Big tech has shown consistently that they are unwilling to remove the child sexual abuse material and human trafficking from their platforms at scale. So, much as we have seen in times past, it takes brave survivors stepping forward to create change."
"John Doe is that survivor in this case," the advocate asserted. "His bravery will have a positive impact on the Internet forever. He is a fighter. A young man wise beyond his years willing to take on big tech."
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