By Jonathon Van Maren
Joe Biden presents opposition to putting children on puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones as “close to sinful” and insists that Republicans are waging a culture war against kids. Justin Trudeau insists that any objection to the LGBT agenda—which very much includes “transitioning” minors—constitutes a “rising tide of hate” against the “LGBT community,” a point he made very clear during a ceremony on Parliament Hill in which he raised the LGBT flag and promised another $1.7 million to LGBT groups.
I wonder, then, how radical transgender activist politicians will respond to this week’s announcement by the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, which announced that going forward, their policy dictates that puberty blockers for minors will be banned outside of clinical trials and that other transgender “treatments” for minors will also be increasingly subject to strict regulation. The NHS’s announcement is a devastating indictment of the “affirmative model” used everywhere in Canada and defended fiercely by activist politicians:
We have previously made clear, including the draft interim service specification we consulted on, the intention that the NHS will only commission puberty supressing hormones as part of clinical research. This approach follows advice from Dr Hilary Cass’ Independent Review highlighting the significant uncertainties surrounding the use of hormone treatments.
We are now going out to targeted stakeholder testing on an interim clinical commissioning policy proposing that, outside of a research setting, puberty suppressing hormones should not be routinely commissioned for children and adolescents who have gender incongruence/dysphoria.
The NHS announcement was accompanied by a 25-document titled “Interim specialist service for children and young people with gender incongruence” to advise U.K. medical professionals going forward, emphasizing a “holistic, multi-disciplinary integrated approach to assessing and responding to an individual’s needs” that will also focus on “fully involving the child or young person and their family.” The report also emphasizes that many minors experiencing gender dysphoria often have underlying conditions that need to be addressed—something that critics of the affirmative model have been saying for years while being shouted down by trans activists:
A significant proportion of children and young people who are concerned about, or distressed by, issues of gender incongruence experience coexisting mental health, neuro-developmental and/or personal, family or social complexities in their lives. The relationship between these presentations and gender incongruence may not be readily apparent and will often require careful exploration.”
Again, critics of the transgender industry have been sounding the alarm on this for a long time while being ignored and smeared by extremists who support the transitioning of children as a standard matter of course. This NHS report is a clear validation of all of those concerns, noting that NHS protocols will now require “expertise for the direct assessment of autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other forms of neurodiversity” be included in the assessment of gender dysphoric minors due to the “increased prevalence of mental health needs” as well as “neuro-developmental disorders.”