The following scenario is becoming commonplace: a teenager, formerly a boy suddenly identifying as a trans girl; a girl newly identifying as a gender-fluid person; a girl leaving home for spring break and returning as a trans boy.
Now, I don’t know about you, but this is all fairly new to me.
What’s going on? Is this for real? Have there always been children who were uncomfortable with their gender, but never said so? Is the general insistence on tolerance leading some adolescents to test gender identity as part of that rebellious phase of life?
Was the world blind and deaf to the silent struggles of thousands of children through the ages or is this just some new poppycock sold as liberal acceptance of all differences – a form of political correctness?
At least one qualified professional is critical of this new development.
Prominent pediatrician Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, is speaking out against the attempts to normalize a “transgender identity” ideology that ultimately can do irreparable harm to America’s children.
Writing a commentary at The Daily Signal, Cretella says transgender ideology is affecting the law and encroaching in the lives of innocent children and that with the apparent growing support of the professional medical community.
Cretella has been a board-certified doctor for more than 17 years and focuses on child behavioral health.
“I have witnessed an upending of the medical consensus on the nature of gender identity. What doctors once treated as a mental illness, the medical community now largely affirms and even promotes as normal,” she writes and then proceeds to discuss the so-called new normal.
The new normal
Pediatric “gender clinics” are considered elite centers for affirming children who are distressed by their biological sex. This distressful condition, once dubbed gender identity disorder, was renamed “gender dysphoria” in 2013. In 2014, there were 24 of these gender clinics, one year later, there were 40 across the nation.
When the federal government stated that it would not require Medicare and Medicaid to cover transition-affirming procedures for children or adults because medical experts at the Department of Health and Human Services found the risks were often too high, and the benefits too unclear, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health nonetheless pressed ahead, claiming — without any evidence — that these procedures are “safe.”
Two leading pediatric associations — the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Endocrine Society have followed suit even though the latter organization concedes within its own guidelines that the transition-affirming protocol is based on limited evidence.
The transition-affirming view holds that children who “consistently and persistently insist” that they are not the gender associated with their biological sex are innately transgender.
Hold on, what usually happens when someone “consistently and persistently insist” on something that is contrary to physical evidence?
As Cretella points out, such a person in normal life and psychiatry is considered either confused or delusional, but apparently not as far as this issue is concerned.
“The transgender movement has gained legs in the medical community and in our culture by offering a deeply flawed narrative. The scientific research and facts tell a different story,” affirms Cretella.
She then points out that:
- Twin studies prove no one is born “trapped in the body of the wrong sex.”
- Gender identity is malleable, especially in young children.
- Puberty blockers for gender dysphoria have not been proven safe.
- There are no cases in the scientific literature of gender-dysphoric children discontinuing blockers.
- Cross-sex hormones are associated with dangerous health risks.
- Neuroscience shows that adolescents lack the adult capacity needed for risk assessment.
- There is no proof that affirmation prevents suicide in children.
- Transition-affirming protocol has not solved the problem of transgender suicide.1. Twin studies prove no one is born “trapped in the body of the wrong sex.”
Major takeaway: transitional affirming protocol is child abuse.
“These professionals are using the myth that people are born transgender to justify engaging in massive, uncontrolled, and unconsented experimentation on children who have a psychological condition that would otherwise resolve after puberty in the vast majority of cases,” affirms Cretella, calling on the nation’s leaders and the silent majority of health professionals to learn exactly what’s going on and unite to take action.