LIFEalerts – LGBTQ+ Issues

LGBTQ+ Issues

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

LIFEalerts – LGBTQ+ Issues

LGBTQ+ Issues

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.