Today, Dawn Ennis of The Advocate posted a long piece attempting to take down critics of pediatric medical transition. My blog is linked on page 2, with an excerpt from an email thread that took place between Ennis and me:
“Yes, I DO support Mark’s efforts to shine a light on the current trend to transition kids. Please read my blog, because I’ve written extensively about it. I don’t particularly agree with his approach sometimes, which too often ends up in vicious Facebook wars. But his heart is in the right place — and you can quote me on that.
You really have no idea how much people who question the dominant trans paradigm are vilified and harassed. … We have to protect our CHILDREN’s anonymity. We can’t afford to have their identities exposed — unlike the parents who are making tons of money parading the children they are sterilizing before the fawning media. Jazz Jennings comes to mind.”
For any Advocate reader who might be reading this right now because of that referring link, I have this question for you:
Are you aware that The Advocate, initially a strong voice for gay and lesbian people, has in recent years been mostly trumpeting a one-sided meme about the positive effects of transition? More importantly: Do you know that there is a body of research going back decades indicating that 80-96% of “gender nonconforming” children grow up to be gay or lesbian if left alone and not interfered with by “gender specialists?”
Please read these posts for an introduction.
Update: And before you write to me screaming about suicide, see my August 3 post on the often-cited 41% suicide attempt rate.
“Transition or die” is promoted to young people on Reddit and Tumblr. For more, see the excellent blog Transgender Reality for this: When Suicide is Presented as the Logical Alternative
I wrote earlier this year on suicide as well. “Transition or Die” should never be promoted by any responsible medical provider or media figure. Yet it is used constantly as a way to end reasoned discussion and force frightened parents into submission:
And finally: Do you think it is rational to conflate anti-gay conversion therapy with psychotherapy that might allow a “gender nonconforming” child to become comfortable in their own body? Do you really think it is “transphobic” to attempt to help a possibly gay or lesbian young person avoid lifelong hormone treatments, plastic surgeries, and (in the case of puberty blockers followed immediately by cross-sex hormones) permanent sterility?
Anyone who truly supports gay and lesbian people owes it to themselves to read widely and understand the arguments of gender critics like me. Simply dismissing us as “transphobes” and TERFs is not worthy of any thoughtful progressive who cares about human rights and dignity.
For the record: Contrary to Dawn Ennis’ attempt to paint all gender critics as mindless followers, I began blogging well before Mark and Lynna Cummings posted their video criticizing puberty blockers and childhood transition. The blog GenderTrender, also mentioned by Ennis, has been extant for years.
Far from “parroting,” parents like me are finding their own voices by exploring the research base going back decades–and even by scrutinizing the words of “gender specialists” themselves: