LIFEalerts – LGBTQ+ Issues

LGBTQ+ Issues

Sweden – Swedish Hospital bans experimental drugs used on transgender minors

The most politically and socially liberal countries in the world has nonetheless issued new guidelines on how to care for gender dysphoric minors and their mental, emotional, and physical well-being under age 16. The guidelines contradict many assertions of the transgender lobby, which encourage parents and children to accept, without hesitation, treating their children with cross-sex hormones and puberty blockers as normal and healthy treatment. Astrid Lindgren’s Children’s Hospital—an arm of the one of the most renowned hospitals in Sweden, the Karolinska University Hospital has reported that the current treatment option for transgender children are “potentially fraught with extensive and irreversible adverse consequences, such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, infertility, increased cancer risk, and thrombosis.”

On 1st December 2020, the UK High Court in the Keira Bell case ruled that it was “highly unlikely, if at all possible, for an individual under the age of 16 to give informed consent to this treatment.” There were also “overarching problems associated with puberty-blocking treatment,” This move make Sweden the first country to deviate from World Professional Association for Transgender Health guidance, which continues to promote puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones on children under age 16. In April 2021, Arkansas became the first state to ban cross-sex hormones and puberty blockers for minors. Other states should follow suit. More

USA – New Research may upend efforts to ban change therapy

Currently Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) provided by licensed therapists have been legally prohibited for minors in 20 states and numerous municipalities in the United States. Efforts to expand the scope of these bans to include adult consumers and non-licensed religious providers are currently underway.

The Universally flawed studies by the psychology profession, conducted over the last couple of decades which have led to overwhelming negative attitudes toward SOCE share a universal commonality: They draw their data exclusively from LGBT-identifying populations. In fact, LGBT-identity is among the “inclusion criteria” for the studies. So anyone with same-sex attraction who does not identify as LGBT would likely be excluded, and yet there is a significant minority of individuals with SSA who do not identify as LGBT, but instead prioritize their religious identity.

A new study published in the Spring 2021 Issues in Law & Medicine, by a socio-politically diverse team of psychologists, found that participants who rejected an LGB identity did not have worse levels of depression, anxiety, and psychosocial flourishing than those who were LGB identified. André Van Mol, M.D., in a summary of the study published by Christian Medical & Dental Association cautioned against using studies derived from, or dominated by LGB identified individuals who reject or alienate traditional faith communities for crafting laws or advocacy that affect sexual minorities in traditional religious communities. Issues in Law & Medicine, CMDA article.

Switzerland – Redefines discrimination of LGBT group

63.1% of Swiss voters recently agreed to penalize public discrimination of individuals belonging to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) group. This amendment adds sexual orientation as an extension to Switzerland’s racism statutes that penalized discrimination based on race, ethnicity and religion. This law would essentially put an end to things said such as ‘Burn the gay’ or ‘Lesbians must be raped’. Opponents argued that this was counter to freedom of expression, and that they should be able to express their views on homosexuality publicly. Experts on the other hand explained that the law does not penalize arguments and that there is a big difference between discussing a different view respectfully, and insulting someone and promoting hatred. More

USA – The Supreme Court ruled in favour of religious freedom

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a Catholic social services agency in Philadelphia could defy city rules and refuse to work with same-sex couples who apply to take in foster children. The decision, in the latest clash between antidiscrimination principles and claims of conscience, was a setback for gay rights and further evidence that religious groups almost always prevail in the current court. The Catholic agency, Chief Justice Roberts wrote, “seeks only an accommodation that will allow it to continue serving the children of Philadelphia in a manner consistent with its religious beliefs; it does not seek to impose those beliefs on anyone else.” More

Hungary – Lawmakers ban portrayals of homosexuality to minors

Recently Hungary’s parliament passed a bill that bans homosexuality in any content portraying or “promoting” homosexuality or sex reassignment to anyone under 18. The bill passed on a 157-1 vote. Under the law, any educational programs, advertisements, books, movies or television programs depicting homosexuality or other gender minorities in a positive light will no longer be allowed. The bill is experiencing backlash calling it propaganda against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. On the other hand, based on reports from medical experts in the UK who fear that children are being rushed into life altering surgeries, plus the Keira Bell case of the transgender regret she and many teens like her face, Hungary is acting in the best interest of minors who are emotionally and physiologically underdeveloped. More

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UK – Research Review is sceptical of medical treatment for gender dysphoria

The biggest controversy in medicine at the moment is the appropriate treatment of children with gender dysphoria. Transgender advocates claim that puberty blockers are important for their mental health and that the treatment effects are reversible. However, a preliminary study by the UK’s National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has found that the science supporting this view is of low quality. The reason the low quality was because All of the studies in the review of the literature were flawed. They were all uncontrolled observational studies, which are subject to bias and confounding; they had relatively short follow-up; most of them did not report comorbidities (physical or mental health); most of the studies were poorly reported and used a confusing variety of scoring tools and methods.

In relation to body image and psychosocial impact, says NICE, the results “are of very low certainty”. “Studies that found differences in outcomes could represent changes that are either of questionable clinical value, or the studies themselves are not reliable and changes could be due to confounding, bias or chance.” The NICE study also found that certainty of the impact to improve mental health and quality of life by using gender-affirming hormones on depression, on anxiety, on quality of life, on suicidality and self-injury was all “very low”. BBC, Bioedge, NHS Evidence 1, NHS Evidence 2

UK – Fundamentally flawed report by LGBT used to ban talk therapy dismissed

The 2020 Conversion Therapy & Gender Identity Survey was produced by Stonewall, Mermaids, GIRES, LGBT Foundation and the Ozanne Foundation. These LGBT lobby groups are trying to put pressure on the Government to ban so-called conversion therapy but the report has been dismissed as “fundamentally flawed”. Michael Biggs, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Oxford, said the report lacks credibility. Prof Biggs pointed out that the 20-page report was produced without the involvement of any credible social scientist, and that the study’s cohort was “not sampled from a defined population, as in a proper scientific survey”.

He continued: “Out of a total 1504 responses to the survey, only 51 respondents had undergone ‘gender identity conversion therapy’. Of these, 8 ‘felt it worked completely’. Therefore, the survey identified only 43 people who reported negative experiences. This number is surely a slender basis on which to propose new legislation.” Respondents were recruited online by the same organizations that are campaigning for legislation and the pamphlet does not provide the questionnaire completed by the respondents, as is standard in scientific research. Prof Biggs said: “No objective criteria are provided to define transphobia; the epithet apparently serves to exclude responses that contradicted the legislative agenda of the organizations funding the research.” The report’s definition of conversion therapy is extremely broad and covers everything from “‘severe physical and sexual violence’ including rape”, to “voluntary counselling by an NHS psychotherapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist”. Prof Biggs pointed out that acts of sexual violence are “abhorrent”, but are “already serious crimes, and so legislation is not required to outlaw them”. Prof Biggs concluded: “In sum, then, the research reported in the pamphlet has little, if any, scientific value. It reinforces the impression that the proposed legislation is motivated by the desire to further institutionalize gender ideology rather than the need to address a real social problem.” More

UK – Doctors risk patient safety by confusing sex and gender

In a new study published in the British Medical Journal, indicates that Doctors who deliberately confuse sex and gender could be putting patients at risk of being given “ineffective” or “inappropriate” treatments. Senior medical researchers from the University of St Andrews say the significance of biological sex is being ignored by some medical practitioners, which can result in male or female-specific treatments being offered to the wrong people.

Dr Margaret McCartney, of the University’s medical school, said: “There are many instances of sex and gender being confused by the research community and society more broadly. “Unless we identify and count categories correctly, we will end up with errors which serve all populations poorly, including minority populations.” The warnings come as the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said the evidence of clinical effectiveness and safety of giving cross-sex hormones to people who wish to ‘change sex’ is of “very low” quality. More

South Africa – Home Affairs adds third gender to Identity Documents

Gender activists have welcomed a move by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) to take into account the wishes of transgender, non-binary (neither male or female) and intersex people in allocating identity numbers. According to the draft, the DHA aims to introduce a National Identity System (NIS), in order to guard against identity theft and to digitise identity management. All information about the identity of citizens and non-citizens in South Africa will be stored on the NIS. Included in the draft policy are options for ID numbers to take into account transgender, non-binary and intersex people. The DHA, which is responsible for these changes, plans to consult with LGBTQ+ communities on its proposal. It will take a few years for any changes to take place, as recommendations move through the consultation towards legislation and implementation. But, “the identity number will change to accommodate the LGBTIQ community,” confirms Sihle Mthiyane, the Department of Home Affairs head of policy and strategy who is responsible for planning the new system. QZcom, Businesstech

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USA – LGBs suffer more with COVID illness than heterosexuals

In a study designed to gather more data about how “sexual minorities” — lesbians, gays, and bisexuals — are affected by COVID, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that LGB persons in the United States have higher self-reported prevalence’s of several underlying health conditions associated with severe outcomes from COVID-19 than heterosexual persons, both in the overall population and among racial/ethnic minority groups,”. Conditions include asthma, stroke, heart & kidney disease and cancer.

The study was done over 3 years, with respondents from 31 states in 2019. In total, there were 643,956 persons in the study, 24,582 of which identified as a sexual minority. Doctors For Life believes that these underlying conditions which make Covid-outcomes more severe for LGB persons could possibly be linked to the lifestyle in relation to alcohol and drug use — which is higher among LGB persons compared to heterosexual persons according to the Gay Lesbian Medical Association findings.

CDC Study | CDC: LGBs Have Higher Rates of Health Conditions Associated With Serious COVID Than Heterosexuals | Top Ten Issues LGBT to Discuss with Your Healthcare Provider

USA – Transgender Daycare worker & Child Court judge Arrested

Kadence Kristine Pinder, 24, born Nelson Christopher Pinder, a popular YouTube star and daycare worker who cares for children from their home, has been arrested and charged with possessing child pornography and child abuse images. Police also arrested Pinder’s boyfriend, 29-year-old Marcus Strebel, for the same charges. He was discovered when Google filed a CyberTip claiming the transgendered individual used their services to host child pornography. Police say the investigation into Pinder began in 2019 with Google’s complaint.

Despite scandal after scandal, Drag Queen Hour has remained a progressive favourite. The U.K.’s Drag Queen Story time tweeted out the pedophile slogan “Love Has No Age”; no outcry. In Ireland, a drag troupe called -sexually provocative name- were invited to read to children. In Scotland, a primary school brought in a drag queen named after a sex act but changing on letter in attempt to sound otherwise, to meet the kids. In Texas, it was discovered that one of the drag queens invited to a library had previously sexually assaulted an eight-year-old. The founders of Drag Queen Hour have stated explicitly that their project is designed to promote gender fluidity to children. Many say, and disturbingly so, that Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is not only harmless but helpful. Judge Brett Blomme, a 38-year-old Milwaukee Children’s Court judge who served as president of the local LGBT group Cream City Foundation and sponsored Drag Queen Story Hour events, has been arrested for seven counts of child pornography possession. It is alleged to have uploaded 27 videos and pictures of the sexual abuse of children to Kik, a freeware instant messaging app.

Transgender Daycare worker Arrested for child porn | Child Court Judge who supports Drag Queen Story Hours Arrested for Child abuse video uploads

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USA – Round up on LGBT issues

In February the following developments on LGBT issues took place. In Oregon a federal judge rejected a lawsuit by a transgender woman (biological male) who accused the private pageant corporation of discrimination for denying him the participation rights. Mississippi Senate joined eleven other states who are considers banning transgender athletes from competing in Girls’ Sports. In the UK a bill aimed at referring to pregnant women as person instead of mother was rejected by the House of Lords. Article 1, Article 2, Article 3.

USA – Sen. Rand Paul cites medical research and recent UK High Court decision on medical interventions for gender confused minors.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) questioned nominee for assistant health secretary Rachel Levine about her position on gender-affirming care for minors. This 4-minute clip shows the exchange as Sen. Paul asks questions citing medical research and the regretful experiences of former transgender persons who were failed by surgical intervention as well as the recent UK High Court decision to ban puberty blockers for minors.

USA – Doctor Exposes Transgender Propaganda

Dr. Michael Laidlaw an Endocrinologist from California explains the devastating effects that puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgical modifications can have on children’s developing bodies. (3-minutes watch)

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UK – New Model for Clinicians when treating Gender Dysphoric minors

Susan and Marcus Evans are the two psychotherapists who are former employees of Tavistock Gender clinic in the UK. They presented a paper at a multi-disciplinary conference in January this year which reflects serious concerns about the transition of children before maturity. They encourage a psychotherapeutic model that provides a process of psychological exploration, in which an individual’s personality structure, beliefs, defence mechanisms, and motivations are assessed and examined in a supportive environment. This follows concerns from multiple professionals at the gender clinic, parents of gender dysphoric children, and ex-patients who regard the current “affirmative treatment” model as doing more harm. This eventually led to the High Court of England ruling that children under 16-years cannot consent to life-altering medical treatments due to immaturity.

“A rigid one-size-fits-all affirmative approach is unhelpful. Where children are concerned, we need a new model to ensure more clinically rigorous, balanced, and ethical assessment and treatment protocols. At the very least, the ordinary ethical standards of good practice must be restored to this area, as our duty, first and foremost, must always be “do no harm.”” Their proposed model concentrates on helping the child assess pain and differentiate the type, degree, and cause of pain because it can represent a helpful indication of something that needs attention. A wish to transition is often described by those who experience it as a belief that they were “born in the wrong body,” and consequently deprived of an idealized relationship with their physical self. The ideal we all have, at some level, is a self that would be loved and accepted by others, and by ourselves.

“The denial of the psychological factors influencing the desire to transition can unwittingly lead the patient and health professionals to embrace concrete, affirmative solutions, while ignoring relevant aspects of the individual’s mental-health situation and personal history.” As can be seen in “depressed patients that feel worthless and suicidal; anorexics feel too fat, and starve themselves; and obsessional patients perform rituals repetitively before other interactions.”

“A trans-identifying child can become more fixated and invested in the daydream idea, and it becomes a belief that if only they’d transition, all their problems would resolve.” Because of this, “the desire to reduce pain and anxiety by rushing into either social or medical transition needs to be resisted, as there are long-term costs that a child in a fixed state of mind is unable to imagine or understand.” More

USA – Alabama considers banning transgender drug treatment for minors

For a second time, Alabama state considers banning transgender experimental drug treatment on minors. The bill took a step forward in a hearing of the Senate Health Committee voting 11-2 approving to make it a felony for doctors to administer hormonal drug treatment that transitions people 18-years or younger who identify as transgender. Alabama is one of at least eight states where conservative lawmakers are pushing similar measures, arguing such decisions should wait until adulthood. More

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UK – Parents force BBC to remove video teaching kids there are 100 gender identities

Parental backlash has forced the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) to remove educational content which taught children aged 9 and 12 that more than a 100 gender identities exist. Groups like Transgender Trend and Safe Schools Alliance called the content biologically inaccurate, described it as undermining safeguarding, and ultimately confusing children about the reality that only two sexes exist. Safe Schools Alliance, who was leading the campaign against the BBC has welcomed the withdrawal of the content. This marks another victory for England since a recent court case banned the use of experimental drugs like puberty blocking treatment for minors. Article, London newspaper reveals ‘shocking evidence’ about transgender treatments.

USA – Ex-transgender: Affirming children in gender confusion is psychological abuse

A new HBO Max documentary called “Transhood” follows the lives of four children for five years who believe they are the opposite sex. Walt Heyer who lived as a transgender woman for 8 years, says that Transhood is grooming children into the transgender lifestyle. Walt traces the onset of his gender confusion and wanting to be female to the psychological, emotional, and sexual damage that occurred before he was ten. His grandmother who was a seamstress, unaware of the damage that she was inflicting, indoctrinated him into enjoying being a girl by telling him that he looked cute in a purple dress, and like any child he wanted to bask in his grandmothers’ affection and wanted to please her.

The underlying message to Walt however, was that he would be loved more as a girl instead of the boy he was. This secret dress up continued for two years and this caused him to grow increasingly uncomfortable with himself as a boy. “the damage mounted: out-of-control drinking, copious amounts of female hormones to look like a woman, divorce and loss of family, loss of career, and drug abuse, culminating with “gender affirming” surgery at age 42.” He was happy at first after surgery, but when the giddy effect wore off, he realized he needed help. Walt says that his medical transition was a form of self-abuse. Dr Michelle Cretella, executive director of the American College of Pediatricians calls this psychological abuse to tell developing children, that they can be born in the wrong body. It is science fiction and this makes it far more difficult for children to embrace reality, she said. Parents who allow their children to experiment in social transitioning are allowing psychological abuse. More

USA – Prestigious medical journal explores womb transplants for men

The Journal of the American Medical Association published findings which surveyed 182 transgender women (biological males) and found that 90% believed having a womb transplant would satisfy and improve their perception and feelings of femininity, and alleviate dysphoric symptoms if they could menstruate, be pregnant and have a functioning transplanted vagina. Paul McHugh, Professor of Psychiatry from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the first to experiment in transgender surgery and later found that surgical interventions failed to benefit transgender patients, and other professors of law from Harvard university and professors of Psychology, have all praised and approved a publication called When Harry became Sally. The book documents the personal stories of multiple individuals who regret transgender surgery, who also at first thought this would satisfy them and alleviate their dysphoria.

Individuals who regret their transition have placed their emphasis on counselling and making transitioning a last resort. A recent court case in the UK which concluded a ban on transgender drugs and surgery for minors, revealed concerns from former staff members at the gender clinic about children being rushed into transgender surgery. A group of ex-transgender individuals also testified about their regret and their goal was to protect unsuspecting youth from experiencing the same disappointment they have. Similar to individuals with anorexia nervosa who believe their perception and feelings over body weight will improve if they starve themselves to keep at a below normal body weight, transgender individuals who believe their perception will improve if they change their sex, are on an unhealthy path in search for alleviation. The goal of any therapy should be to differentiate between realistic and unrealistic expectations and the focus should be on achieving acceptance of oneself in conjunction with reality. More, When Harry became Sally.