Progressives Don't Care How Destructive 'Gender-Affirming Care' Is for Children

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Even in the face of national backlash, progressives are still pushing forward with their effort to encourage the transing of children. Despite a serious dearth of data supporting the notion that “gender-affirming care” is healthy for kids, these folks are still trying to persuade the public to believe that these types of irreversible treatments should be acceptable in American society.

Not only are school districts and medical facilities attempting to perpetuate these abhorrent procedures, but activist media outlets are also running interference for this movement, packaging it in a way that makes it more appealing to parents with kids who might be experiencing gender dysphoria or other issues. Unfortunately, many children and parents are falling prey to the deceptions perpetuated by those who have something other than their best interests in mind.

The New York Times published a piece explaining that “[s]mall studies suggest that breast removal surgery improves transgender teenagers’ well-being,” but that “data is sparse.”

The author discusses a teenage female who “transitioned” into a male named “Michael” and explained that she “is part of a very small but growing group of transgender adolescents who have had top surgery, or breast removal, to better align their bodies with their experience of gender.”

While genital surgeries appear to be rare, and that’s hard to determine definitively due to a lack of data, top surgeries have become disturbingly common. The author claims that adult women who go through top surgery supposedly benefit from the procedure and that “[a] few small studies of transgender adolescents suggest similar benefits in the short term.”

The numbers related to the number of girls undergoing top surgery, which is just a nicer way of saying “double mastectomy,” are also rather murky. But the author noted:

There are no official statistics on how many minors receive top surgeries each year in the United States. The New York Times surveyed leading pediatric gender clinics across the country: Eleven clinics said they carried out a total of 203 procedures on minors in 2021, and many reported long waiting lists. Another nine clinics declined to respond, and six said that they referred patients to surgeons in private practice.

Kaiser Permanente Oakland performed 70 top surgeries in 2019, which is a massive increase from only five in 2013.

“I can’t honestly think of another field where the volume has exploded like that,” said Dr. Karen Yokoo, a retired plastic surgeon who worked at the hospital.

Even further, the author notes that over the past ten years, there has been a rapid increase in the number of individuals identifying as transgender, especially among younger folks. “Around 700,000 people under 25 identified as transgender in 2020, according to the Williams Institute, a research center at the University of California, Los Angeles, nearly double the estimate in 2017,” she wrote.

These types of surgeries rake in big bucks for those performing them. The procedure can cost between $9,000 to $17,000.

When you do the research, it is not hard to see that the surge in minor children – especially girls – identifying as transgender is not organic. This is not simply a situation in which more people are becoming willing to come out as transgender. It is clearly a social contagion and also a result of efforts in schools and elsewhere to influence them into embracing this identity.

The Daily Caller reported on a series of endeavors across the country to persuade young children to embrace transgenderism:

“Gender and Sexuality Alliance” (GSA) clubs at public and private schools nationwide encourage teen girls with gender dysphoria to “bind” their breasts, according to GSA resources reviewed by the Daily Caller.

Schools in Minnesota, Maryland, California, Illinois and Massachusetts are among the hundreds of schools that offer GSA clubs that promote “chest binding” — the practice of crushing healthy breast tissue — to teenage girls. Some schools, including Waltham High School in Massachusetts, raise money to purchase chest binders for teen girls who cannot afford them.

One of GSA’s fliers read: “Need a chest binder, but can’t buy one? The GSA will raise money and order one for you.”

The aggressiveness with which progressives are promoting transgenderism among kids demonstrates that this movement is not about mental health, but about ideology and profit. It is abundantly clear that their aim is not to find solutions for children suffering from gender dysphoria but to convince them that if they are experiencing certain issues, they must be transgender.

This leads these children – and their parents – to be open to “gender-affirming care” that goes beyond merely choosing pronouns and different names. It makes them more amenable to spending big bucks on puberty blockers and, in some cases, surgical treatments, which are also expensive. One of the keys to defeating this movement will be exposing the many lies its adherents tell along with revealing how these companies are profiting off the mutilation of American children.


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