New research compares the costs of transition across 4 countries.
When the Westboro Baptist Church a known hate group protested a transgender child at Brookwood Elementary in Leawood, KS Wednesday, September 11, 2019, the response to this abhorrent act on of all days 9/11, became the real news. The entire town patriotically and empathetically rallied in the children’s defense truly honoring the day. Parents, citizens, and teachers alike spoke up and showed up with unconditional love and acceptance for every child.
Antiscientific sentiment bombards our politics, or so says the Intellectual Dark Web (IDW). Chief among these antiscientific sentiments, the IDW cites the rising visibility of transgender civil rights demands. To the IDW, trans people and their advocates are destroying the pillars of our society with such free-speech–suppressing, postmodern concepts as: “trans women are women,” “gender-neutral pronouns,” or “there are more than two genders.” Asserting “basic biology” will not be ignored, the IDW proclaims. “Facts don’t care about your feelings.”
Exposure to “conversion therapy” — efforts by a secular or religious professional to change a transgender person’s gender identity — is associated with thoughts of and attempts at suicide, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.
hile transgender people’s visibility in American politics and culture may be relatively new, we are far from new to the medical and scientific mainstream. Our identities, including those that are neither male nor female, are validated across the academic world, and transition-related health care is recognized throughout the medical mainstream as safe, effective and necessary.
Recently, however, a cast of reactionaries, fundamentalist zealots and conversion therapy hucksters rejected this consensus in the opposition to Aimee Stephens, a Michigan woman at the center of a landmark Supreme Court case. In 2013, Stephens was fired from her job at a funeral home after she came out as transgender and began presenting as a woman at work. In briefs submitted to the nine justices, activists and organizations on the fringes of American life are attempting to make a case about trans employment into a case about trans existence.
In an unusual amicus brief, a group of people who used to be transgender say that not only should gender identity not be a protected class, but that it’s an imaginary construct of traumatized minds.
The Supreme Court will hear a pivotal case in October on sex, gender identity, and discrimination: R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. As both sides build their cases, numerous influential organizations and individuals have filed amicus (friend of the court) briefs to aid the members of the Supreme Court in their understanding on this topic.
Readers respond to Jay Keck’s column, “My daughter thinks she’s transgender. Her public school undermined my efforts to help her,” about his child’s transition.