For those just joining us, please read the following links to catch yourself up:
Children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence.
Seriously, why am I even having to explain this?
- Trans people are NOT impersonating the opposite sex. A trans person is someone who’s gender does not match their physical sex.
- Any person with two brain cells to fire knows that due to the fact that a trans person normally doesn’t produce the hormones required by their gender due to their sex, HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) is recommended and often times used.
- NOT EVERY TRANS PERSON DOES HRT OR EVEN HAS SEX REASSIGNMENT SURGERY!
- CHILDREN are not using puberty blockers. Adolescents (which is an entirely different category in the DSM V and in medical guidelines) take puberty blockers. We already discussed this….
Repeat after me, “Sex is not gender and gender is not sex.” It’s absurd that we’re still having to say this at point six!
Cross-sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) are associated with dangerous health risks including but not limited to high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer.
Once again, the ACP is attempting to conflate sex and gender in an attempt to confuse people and to push the narrative that one cannot change their genetics so therefore they cannot successfully transition so that their gender and their physical body match as much as possible.
Like with puberty blockers (which I covered in point number four of this breakdown) no doctor with any sort of ethics would prescribe medications of any sort without letting the patient know of the risks beforehand. I would also like to remind everyone that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or cross-sex hormone therapy is not done on children. The general age for HRT to begin is around 16 years of age, and even then it is done on a case by case basis based on the mental, emotional, and psychological preparedness of the individual.
Like with medications such as birth control, psych medication, and many others, the doctor is required to inform the patient of both the benefits AND the risks when discussing medications.
And now….on to their citations….
Olson-Kennedy, J and Forcier, M. “Overview of the management of gender nonconformity in children and adolescents.” UpToDate November 4, 2015. Accessed 3.20.16 from http://www.uptodate.com.
Outside of the overview and introduction, everything else is behind a subscriber wall. HOWEVER, if we are looking at the information available to those of us who do not have access to all of the data, it appears that the citation the ACP used is well…going against their narrative.
Moore, E., Wisniewski, & Dobs, A. “Endocrine treatment of transsexual people: A review of treatment regimens, outcomes, and adverse effects.” The Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2003; 88(9), pp3467-3473.
Well good news is that this one at least isn’t behind a pay wall. The bad news (for the ACP) is that it doesn’t fit their narrative except for pointing out that trans people will need HRT if they are to transition. Swing and a miss once again!
FDA Drug Safety Communication issued for Testosterone products accessed 3.20.16: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm161874.htm.
….I have no clue why they cited this. It doesn’t say anything to match their narrative nor does it even have anything to do with the point they are trying to make. Wait, wait, I spoke too soon! The information to supposedly support their narrative is all down in the “related information” section!
Never mind, spoke too soon again. The information is nothing more than what any ethical doctor would already discuss to a patient who would be taking testosterone (cismen and transmen). Not only that, but none of the information is relating to transmen!
On to the last citation before my brain implodes.
World Health Organization Classification of Estrogen as a Class I Carcinogen: http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/ageing/cocs_hrt_statement.pdf.
Wow! I can’t believe they would classify estrogen as a class 1 carcinogen! Holy crap!
Now that I’m actually reading the statement, it doesn’t way any of that!
In fact, they didn’t even cite this correctly!
The actual title for their citation is “Carcinogenicity of combined hormonal contraceptives and combined menopausal treatment” and the link doesn’t even discuss what they are claiming. I can’t believe (yes I can) that the ACP would flat out lie to its readers just to try to push a narrative!
As loathe as I am to use Sheldon Cooper for something, this picture pretty much sums up how I felt after going through their citations and finding out they were either flat out lying, or just trying to sound official.