Thursday, March 01, 2018

'Anti-LGBTQ group rages against clinic treating transgender children' & other Thur midday news briefs

Group: Cincinnati Children's Hospital transgender clinic should 'stop experimenting on our children' - Don't be fooled by this bad headline. It's a bunch of junk about a recent case I've spotlighted on this blog. A Ohio judge recently gave custody of a 17-year-old transgender boy to his grandparents so that he could continue his hormone therapy. His parents wanted to retain custody even though doing so would put the child in danger. The religious right have tried to distort the story by claiming that gays are taking children away from their parents. However, since they can't obscure the fact that the child's grandparents asked for custody in support of the child's hormone therapy, they are now going after the clinic treating the child. Even though everything the clinic is doing is backed by science and by-the-book, the local anti-LGBTQ group and enterprising political office seekers are exploiting the situation to its hilt.

Judge paves way for transgender teen to get hormone therapy at Cincinnati Children's Hospital - The story fueling the nonsensical attack on those who help our trans kids.

Over 50% Of LGBTQ Youths Struggle With Eating Disorders, Survey Finds - More work to be done . . .

  WA House of Representatives Passes Bill to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Dangerous “Conversion Therapy” - And this is one step in the right direction.

  Report: Media Largely Ignored Unprecedented Anti-LGBTQ Violence of 2017 - Ugh! This is NOT good!

1 comment:

Frank said...

Anti-LGBT folks suddenly declare that transgender children are "our" children. I keep asking, "Who are they and why do they care? (Forgive me if I've already shared this)...

"Because “they” are still trying to define “us,” tell us who they think we are, tell us that we are objectively disordered or immoral or sinful or worse. Who are “they” and who do they think they are?

Unfortunately “they” are not only the ignorant and bigoted, but often otherwise intelligent and sometimes even well-meaning individuals. Why do “they” think they know more about our sexuality, or us, than we do?

More to the point, why do they care?

Certainly “they” outnumber “us” and we’ve always been an easy target. Does their inability to save our souls or change us, or to limit our freedom somehow make them inadequate or fearful? What is in it for “them” that they so persist?

It amazes and frustrates me that our stories—the actual lived experience of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender individuals—are so summarily ignored, discounted, and dismissed. It baffles me that many vocal and influential individuals persist in holding to and disseminating absurd, erroneous, and irrelevant opinions about us. This is unacceptable and can no longer be tolerated.

“They” can only make their own positions tenable by repeating questionable scriptures, fabricated “studies,” pseudo-science, and outright lies—and repeating them over and over as they wholly disregard us and our voices."

---from the Afterword, Did You Ever See A Horse Go By? - A Coming Out Memoir