New Site From Youth Trans Critical Professionals

We are very happy to announce that a new website has just been published by a group of professionals critical of the ‘transgendering’ of children and young people. This is the first website to be written by clinical professionals who are skeptical of the current diagnostic and treatment practices for “trans kids.”

We will let them speak for themselves:

Transcendence: Youth Trans Critical Professionals

“This website is a community of professionals thinking critically about the youth transgender movement. We are psychologists, social workers, doctors, medical ethicists, and academics.We tend to be left-leaning, open-minded, and pro-gay rights. However, we are concerned about the current trend to quickly diagnose and affirm young people as transgender, often setting them down a path toward medical transition.”

“Our concern is with medical transition for children and youth. We feel that unnecessary surgeries and/or hormonal treatments which have not been proven safe in the long-term represent significant risks for young people. Policies that encourage — either directly or indirectly — such medical treatment for young people who may not be able to evaluate the risks and benefits are highly suspect, in our opinion.”

“Medical transition can involve administering puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to young children. These drugs are being used off-label. The long term side effects are not known, but there is cause for concern. They can certainly result in permanent sterilization of a child who has not even been allowed to go through puberty. In essence, the rush to treat transgender children medically is a massive experiment.”

“In many cases, these young people come to identify as trans after binges on social media sites such as tumblr, reddit, or YouTube. There is evidence that vulnerable young people are being actively recruited and coached on such sites to believe that they are trans. Social contagion is almost certainly playing a role as well. In many schools and communities, there are entire peer groups “coming out” as trans at the same time. In many cases, these young people may be suffering from mental health problems such as anxiety or depression that leave them easy prey to the cult-like tactics on these online trans activists.”

It can seem to parents seeking support that “affirmation of a child’s ‘gender identity'” is a widely recognised and supported ‘best practice.’ In fact, many clinicians are skeptical and feel compromised in their professional judgment due to the prevailing climate where any questioning is framed as ‘transphobic.’ Clinicians who do express doubts have to do so anonymously. We applaud the professionals who have set up this site and encourage everyone to share it widely: it is an invaluable resource and a voice which needs to be heard.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. frustrated parent

    Finally some professionals that see what we, as parents, have been saying all along. When I explain to my teen son that he is too young to make this type of decision and that he needs to mature more so that he understands his choices, the argument he gives me is the suicide rate. I am fighting the media, pro-trans sites on the internet, the schools that tell teachers to call him by a female name because he requested it, the two counselors I had brought him to who confirm that if he says he is trans than he is , no matter what I say to the contrary, and the fact that he is a stubborn teenager.

    We need more professionals to speak up and put a stop to children through young adults being able to self-diagnose themselves. We need the media to publish more of the true facts and not just what they find on the pro-trans websites. I do not affirm my son and when he tells me something that he read on the internet, I always have some facts to tell him that rebuts his claim. I know he shuts me out because he doesn’t want to hear it, but I have to be the tree in the fast moving current that is trying to sweep him down a path that is, I believe, wrong for him. We need more trees, because I don’t think many parents get the right information or even know how to find it. Everyone wants to do what is right for their children and I am standing firm and fighting for what I believe is right for my child. Information needs to get out there so that other parents have all the information so that they are not swept along with their children before it is too late.

  2. Nike F. Lorentsen

    Thank you for this new site. Yes it’s important to stop abuse against children.

  3. mumtears

    Oh my gosh, this is awesome news! I will be following this closely. Praying that transgender activists aren’t able to run this group off the track.
    Transgender Trend, thank you for providing me with a bit of hope today.

  4. Melinda

    Thank you so much for starting this site and for being willing to address these difficult issues. The rhetoric on this issue has reached such a boil that there is almost no commitment to research and science on the part of many professional therapists.

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