A roundup of news and commentary from around the interwebs.
Chris Elston, the Canadian activist campaigning against giving puberty blockers to children, reported again that public schools are advising children to transition—and intentionally getting in between children and their parents:
If your children are in a public school, pull them out.
As transgenderism becomes social dogma, speaking out against it is becoming increasingly risky. A nurse in Vancouver, B.C., for example, is facing an investigation for her gender-critical views.
Meanwhile, in Anchorage, Alaska, a Christian women’s centre is suing to prevent biological males from being permitted entry to their facility, which serves as a haven for vulnerable women and victims of sexual abuse. If the trans movement gets their way, sex-segregated spaces will be eliminated entirely—and the safety and security of women will merely be collateral damage.
“Chest binders” are tight wraps used by girls to flatten their breasts and “present” as male. They are also physically dangerous, which does not stop trans activists from promoting them. The latest celebrity to trumpet chest binders is Emma Corrin, the actress who plays Princess Diana on The Crown, who posted a photograph of her wearing one and noting that she was embarking on a “journey of change.”
Over at LSN, I have a column looking at a trans activist fighting to make the abortion industry more trans-friendly. A woman who identifies as a man and who had an abortion, this activist says the abortion was great—but the misgendering during the process was traumatic. Insanity meets cruelty.
Over at Steyn Online, Tal Bachman does a magnificent job of debunking the idea that transgender treatments are necessary to prevent suicides. An excerpt:
Well, we can start with the most comprehensive, long-term study of post-surgery transgender health ever conducted. In that 2011 study, researchers from Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute summarized data gleaned from post-surgery Swedish transgenders over three decades. The findings should have triggered a serious “pause and reflect” moment throughout the medical community. By “reflect”, I mean a conscientious review of exactly what health care professionals know, and do not know, about “gender affirmation surgery”, and reconsideration of whether it is really the best solution—or any solution at all—for those struggling with sexual identity. Alas, it didn’t.
That is tragic, because the study revealed a number of serious problems resulting from, or at least persisting despite, the surgery. These included ongoing psychiatric problems, increased incidence of violent crime, and increased risk of cardiac arrest. But the most alarming revelation was the astronomical rate of suicide among post-surgery transgenders, particularly after a decade. The post-surgery suicide rate wasn’t 25% higher than normal, which would have been disturbing enough. Nor was it 50% higher. Nor was it 100% higher. It wasn’t even 250% higher, which would have been, or should have been, a screaming alarm for the medical community and public alike.
Nor was it 400% higher, or 600% higher. It was nearly two thousand percent higher.
Now, to be sure, the Karolinska study doesn’t show that the surgery caused the suicides. It only shows the suicides followed the surgeries. Maybe the suicides would have happened anyway.
And as it happens, one data point suggests they might have. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs keeps track of (non-surgeried) veterans with gender dysphoria, as well as their suicide rates. Guess what the suicide rate for veteran gender dysphorics in America is? It’s 2000% above average—the same as for Swedish transgenders.
I assume that’s not a coincidence. And if it’s not, it means that the radically invasive, fertility-destroying, potentially life-threatening surgery in question is an ineffective, or at least, profoundly insufficient, treatment for gender dysphoria. In a word, it means the surgery’s a fraud: it doesn’t remotely accomplish what all those thousands of pro-surgery counselors, GPs, surgeons, activists, and researchers claim.
Do read the whole thing. It’s a phenomenal debunking of the trans movement’s most potent and powerful lie.