Friday, May 12, 2017

A Very Timely Article

On Wednesday the Senate passed and the governor signed into law a bill banning conversion therapy on those under 18.
How Conversion Therapy Bans Will Trap Transgender Children
A bill to ban ‘conversion therapy’ nationwide would bar American children unhappy with their bodies from access to therapy other than drastic bodily alteration.
The Federalist
By Marcus Gregory
May 11, 2017
On April 25, Democratic lawmaker Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wyoming) reintroduced a bill to ban therapy in the United States that seeks to change “sexual orientation or gender identity.”

While attempts to make gays straight may have little value, that little “or gender identity” nonchalantly added to the end is a live grenade. In disguised language, it ensures no American child unhappy with his or her natural sexed body will have access to therapy other than drastically changing the body.
Wrong! This was brought up at the Senate debate on the a bill banning conversion therapy, the bill does not ban therapist from allowing a questioning child to explore their feeling but it only prohibits a therapist from trying to make the child straight.
Transitioning may involve changing clothing and pronouns for young children; putting children on the drug Lupron to suspend puberty; lifelong doses of hormones to change their appearance; and surgery to remove breasts and genitals. This is not just for girls who say they’re boys, but for kids who say they’re “non-binary,” too. Common sense asks why we’re so anxious to label children at all, let alone give them treatment that will change their adult sexual identity. What does a boy know about being a man, or a woman, or whatever non-binary might be?
Wong again! The child will have to go through extensive therapy first before they transition, it is not just on a whim.

As for “whatever non-binary might be?” well open your eye and ears to what the children have to say, instead sticking with your 1950s notion of sex and gender.

The article goes on to talk about the increase in the number of children coming as being trans or gender non-conforming… Did you ever think that because of the children now knowing what their feeling are, that it is not hide from them anymore and now more parents know what to look for in their child that they are coming out more and seeking professional help because of that?

They also mention that there is no research to back up the harmfulness of forcing them straight and they are wrong again. There is 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, and a quick search of Google Scholar found,
"Transgender youth and life‐threatening behaviors."
"Development, risk, and resilience of transgender youth."
"A longitudinal study of predictors of suicide attempts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth."
“Does it get better? A longitudinal analysis of psychological distress and victimization in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth”
You know if you don’t research the topic you will not know what is out there and you can bury your head in the sand and say “I see nothing!.”

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