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Aug 1 8 tweets 2 min read
"Puberty blocking, hormone, and hormone antagonist therapies for the treatment of gender dysphoria are prohibited for patients under 18 years of age."

Florida Department of Health petition for the state Board of Medicine to adopt a rule on paediatric transition. @HealthyFla 1/ "Sex reassignment surgery or any other procedure that alters primary or secondary sexual characteristics for the treatment of gender dysphoria is prohibited for patients under 18 years of age." #GenderClinics #Health

Petition from P870…
Jul 17 26 tweets 7 min read
“There has been an increase in adjudications regarding reporting on transgender issues [recently],” the Australian Press Council [said]. “… this [likely] reflects growing community awareness of trans issues, & the higher profile of these issues..” /1… This news report in @GuardianAus mentions the 2019 trans reporting guideline adopted by the press council after months of research & consultation.…
Jul 1 16 tweets 5 min read
"All children who have been treated for gender dysphoria in the past decade [by the UK Tavistock clinic] will have their medical records scrutinised in an effort to find out whether NHS services are harming vulnerable adolescents." 1/ THREAD… Data - or rather, lack of adequate data - is a recurring theme with youth gender clinics internationally. There are headline figures showing unexplained exponential growth in case numbers but often there is scant detail on patients, treatment patterns & outcomes including regret.
May 20 16 tweets 7 min read
"There's a great irony in that the same people chanting 'protect trans kids' are advocating for [puberty blocker drugs] that could permanently impair [kids'] ability to enjoy sex as adults before they're even able to comprehend what that means." US journo Katie Herzog #AusPol 1/ Herzog, who wrote one of the earliest articles on detransition, used to believe that puberty blockers, which interrupt natural sex hormones, may be beneficial in strictly limited cases. She has changed her mind after an admission by top US transgender doctor Marci Bowers.
May 11 23 tweets 5 min read
Why would Australia's prime minister express concern about youth gender medicine? #AusPol #AusVotes2022 #Health #GenderClinics Schools, social media & the wider culture increasingly send impressionable kids the message they can "choose" to be a boy or a girl, or something in between. This adult theory -- with its post-modern denial of biological reality -- used to be confined to the fringes of higher ed.
May 10 28 tweets 9 min read
It's the Oz election campaign & there's confusion among politicians & journos about trans-identifying minors & their access to surgery. Short answer: biological girls under 18 *do* get trans mastectomy in Australia. To say it doesn't happen is wrong. #AusPol #AusVotes #Health In Australia, 15 is the youngest known age for "top surgery", as it's often called online. See this news report & screenshot.…
May 3 22 tweets 5 min read
"There are parents of 7-year-olds asking: When should my daughter get hormones? And when should the ovaries come out?" Munich gender dysphoria expert Dr Alexander Korte speaks about social contagion, puberty blockers that "prevent homosexuality" & law confusing sex & gender. 1/ He rejects the trans-gay analogy pushed by activists.

"Gays & lesbians want one thing above all from doctors and therapists: to be left alone. Transsexuals ... want costly & momentous medical treatment - with irreversible, lifelong consequences."…
Apr 20 7 tweets 3 min read
Asked *his* view about trans inclusion in female sport, Australia's would-be PM Anthony Albanese deflected by saying "that is covered by the Sex Discrimination Act ... that girls should be able to play sport against girls ..." #AusPol 1/ For most Aussies, a girl is a biological girl. That's the position of Katherine Deves of @SWS_australasia.

But the anti-discrimination law cited by Albanese protects a boy who "identifies" as a girl.

So, is Albo defending female sport or not?…
Apr 19 6 tweets 2 min read
Dominic Perrottet, the premier of Australia’s most populous state, NSW, has defied attempts to shut down debate about the effect of transgender “inclusion” on female sport, saying it’s a “matter of fairness & physiology”. #AusPol #Sport #Safety Perrottet: “The right thing to do is take the concerns of women & girls seriously, not shut them down, and if that means looking at appropriate protections for women-only sport, let’s have the conversation.”
Apr 19 32 tweets 10 min read
The Sydney seat of Warringah has two female candidates who an observer might expect to have strong opinions about the integrity of female sport. One is Katherine Deves of @SWS_australasia, the other is Zali Steggall, our first female medalist in the Winter Olympics. #AusPol In 2019, with an orchestrated show of unity, a transgender inclusion guideline was issued by two Australian govt agencies, Sport Australia & the human rights commission, along with a peak sporting body. This document enjoyed uncritical media promotion.…
Apr 18 4 tweets 2 min read
“Dr Anderson, who has helped 100s of teens to transition, says research shows adolescents are [especially] vulnerable to peer pressure. ‘For someone at such an impressionable age, 12, 13, 14, even 15, 16, 17, they are in some cases very immature’.” #AusPol… “And so for some providers to say, ‘We’ll just accept what they say and give them the hormones’, I think is tantamount to malpractice.” Dr Anderson is past president of US Professional Association for Transgender Health.
Apr 18 5 tweets 3 min read
"Maybe we are medicating gay kids, maybe we are medicating kids with autism, maybe we are medicating traumatised children." @BBCNewsnight on the UK Tavistock clinic. Australia is caught up in the same global debate over a potential medical scandal. #AusPol
That debate's not going away, just because Australian media outlets keep uncritically showcasing "life-saving" gender medicine with no mention of its weak evidence base or the emerging group of young adult detransitioners who say it was a harmful mistake.
Apr 9 6 tweets 2 min read
ScoMo & Albo have made a show of defying woke gender lingo. In 2018, Morrison disagreed with the idea of "[trans] gender whisperers" in schools. Last month, Albanese said no, men can't give birth. But whatever they say, gender ideology is entrenched in our law & institutions. 1/ In our politics, gender ideology surfaces as a niche issue or a can-you-believe-it quote. In truth it involves big changes but mostly behind the scenes & of little interest to political journalists. Will this change? In the UK, these are serious mainstream policy debates. #AusPol
Apr 8 13 tweets 5 min read
What is the definition of a woman? That's the question put to Dr Brendan Murphy, who runs Australia's Department of Health.

Maybe, follow the science?

"Anyone can be a woman, according to Australia's top science body."…
Apr 6 6 tweets 2 min read
UK PM Boris Johnson: "I don't think it's reasonable for kids to be deemed so-called 'Gillick competent' to take decisions about...irreversible [medical] treatments [for gender change]. I think there should be parental involvement at the very least." 1/
Johnson gives the impression he has been forced to grapple with this complexity after accepting the argument that "conversion therapy" bans apply to sexual orientation, not to the fluid gender identity of minors, where the effect could be to outlaw ethical exploratory therapy.
Apr 1 10 tweets 4 min read
The US administration has issued a series of statements endorsing medicalised gender change for minors, & claims that puberty blocker drugs & cross-sex hormones are "evidence-based".

In other countries, there's a shift to caution about these interventions. Who's got it right? 1/ Sweden: "The National Board of Health & Welfare in Sweden has urged 'restraint' in the use of hormonal drug treatments for medicalised gender change with minors, warning that the risks appear to outweigh the benefits."…
Mar 21 6 tweets 6 min read
Hope beyond victimhood: 4th & final post from the historic detransitioners' webinar hosted by @genspect.…
Parts 1-3 of this series linked below.
#DetransAwareness #GenderClinics 1/ thanks @nervewrvcking @SourPatches2077 @detrans_voices @FtMdetransed @GD_Alliance @GDSNsupport @GETAtherapy @HormoneHangover @KLBfax @lacroicsz @detranny @ALLIANCELGB @americandog98 @somenuancepls @post_trans @niwatori_dt @ImWatson91 @stellaomalley3 | apologies to anyone missed
Mar 3 8 tweets 4 min read
France's National Academy of Medicine goes public with concerns about the "epidemic-like" spread of youth gender dysphoria & calls for "great medical caution" in the use of hormonal & surgical treatments. @acadmed @SEGMtweets #GenderClinics 1/… The academy highlights side-effects of puberty blockers followed by cross-sex hormones -- "such as the impact on growth, bone weakening, risk of sterility, emotional & intellectual consequences & for girls, menopause-like symptoms".
Statement in French -…
Mar 3 25 tweets 7 min read
"Rather than weaponizing child protective services against loving families, child welfare agencies should expand access to gender-affirming care for transgender children." President Biden on Texas classifying medicalised gender change as "child abuse". 1/… .@POTUS stated that "respected medical organizations have said that access to gender-affirming care for transgender children can benefit mental health, lower suicide rates, and improve other health outcomes".
Mar 2 4 tweets 3 min read
Swedish health authorities say the claim of low regret after medicalised gender change “no longer stands unchallenged” & cite Lisa Littman's 2021 detransitioners study, where only 24% went back to the clinic to report treatment regret. #Socialstyrelsen 1/… US trans clinician Erica Anderson says the world should pay careful attention to Sweden's new cautious policy on puberty blockers & cross-sex hormones for minors. @eanderh @genspect @SEGMtweets
Nov 8, 2021 20 tweets 7 min read
.@ABCMediaWatch didn't bother to check & got it wrong. In September, faithful to gender clinic dogma, they dismissed one of my contacts, US endocrinologist Will Malone, as "a conservative Christian doctor from Idaho, who specialises in diabetes". With remarkable consistency, Australia's public broadcaster the ABC implies that only right-wing Christians are worried about the safety & ethics of medicalised gender change for minors, so that "gender affirming" medicine is not only blessed by science but "progressive".