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THREAD: Recently, a pediatrician claimed he was bullied off Twitter by trans activists. He blamed me, in part, for raising concerns about his negative stance on affirming care for trans youth.

I do not, in any way, consider myself a bully. Here’s why.
Trans kids face extremely high rates of self-harm and suicide. These rates drop dramatically when kids are affirmed socially and, when needed, medically.

Doctors play a key role, often seeing youth at their most vulnerable. Just like us parents, they need to be on their game.
So yes, when I see a doctor writing public tweets & blog posts misgendering trans youth and making claims about how dangerous the standard of care is - the care that saved my daughter’s life & the lives of countless others - I will say something.

Always.
That doesn’t make me a bully, it makes me an advocate for my child and for kids and families who might not be in a position to stand up against a physician who doesn’t believe the peer-reviewed research and countless trans voices out there.
The last thing I want anyone to do is to feel threatened by me. I’m not a scary person. I don't name-call, I don't threaten. I try to be polite.

But I also won’t stay quiet when misinformation is being spread and these kids’ experiences are being reduced to an 'ideology'.
Citing disproven studies on ‘desistance’ rates or old studies on suicidality and regret – the latter done before trans people gained more societal acceptance & could live happier lives post-transition – inaccurately represents the experiences & outcomes of trans youth today.
I encourage physicians struggling with the concept of affirming care to dig deep and ask themselves where that’s coming from.

It’s not the science. It’s not the trans community.

Therefore, it might be time for some reflection, personal growth and change.
Finally,. thank you to every health professional who understands research & trans experiences are what matter – not life through a physician's own, limited lens.

As cisgender people, we might never fully understand, but we don’t have to. We just have to listen. And care.
Update: I should mention this doc is back on twitter temporarily, just to share the blog post about how trans people & allies “bullied” him. He’s getting thanked profusely for his bravery.

I personally wish he’d stick around and learn from us. I hope he learns regardless.
There are so many ways to learn, even if twitter isn’t your thing. Scientific journals. Books. Local events. Blogs and videos from trans people sharing their experiences. But please LEARN. The most dangerous person is the ignorant one who thinks they’re anything but ignorant.
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