ACTION NEEDED: BLOGGER OUTING TRANS AND LGBT KIDS ONLINE

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If anybody would like to discuss next steps, please reach out to me. If you haven’t signed the petition please sign it now, as additional signatures could help in future communications with Facebook and Google.

I’m grateful to everyone who’s already signed, and especially to @ThatSabineGirl, who’s been lending her time, credibility and stature to stopping this blogger.

OVERVIEW

A notorious blogger makes a regular practice of posting photos, names and ages of children who are apparently on the verge of coming out as transgender. (Details below.)

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A blogger is outing trans kids online – let’s stop her u

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I’ve seen some disgusting things in the debate over LGBTQ equality – we all have – but there’s one blogger who takes it a step too far.

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This person outs transgender kids on her blog, Facebook page, and Google+ page. She posts their photos, names and ages next to photos of a Nazi concentration camp (to imply transgender children transitioning is like the Holocaust?) as well as hateful rants and what look like personal photos of adults.

A quick look at her writing and you know this person isn’t well. Unfortunately, if I identify or even quote this person I’m worried it will spread these kids’ information further, so I’m keeping that to myself. But a lot of people have complained about her online and their comments show she’s caused some real pain. (I think it goes without saying that outing LGBTQ youth is dangerous – it can lead to kids being kicked out of home, getting attacked or even driven to suicide.)

Technology now makes it possible to start with a photo and find every single place that photo appears online. Anyone could click on a child’s school yearbook photo and wind up on this person’s blog. And unfortunately the current climate is so toxic that people sometimes find this person useful. Pages’ worth of websites link to her blog – some to trash it but others to praise it. And she frequently gets more Google searches than the also-noxious Gender Identity Project, which has also been associated with outing LGBTQ youth.

I complained about this person using Google’s online complaint form on March 23. The children’s personal information is still up and I haven’t received a reply. So I emailed Chrissy Persico, Google’s head of consumer PR. Please join me – emails and suggested language below.

cpersico@google.com
<a href=”mailto:press@google.com”>press@google.com

press@fb.com
support@fb.com

Suggested language:

I’m informed a user is posting photos and personal information about transitioning transgender youth. This is cruel and dangerous – please immediately remove this user from your platforms.

For your reference, emails about this user with identifying information were sent to individuals related to all get known platforms – Google staff (Carla Persico at cpersico@google.com and press@google.com) and Facebook staff (press@fb.com, support@fb.com) – on March 27 with the subtext line “CHILD ENDANGERMENT – OUTING TRANS YOUTH.”

Please also make sure this user cannot post offensive content in the future; and please and report any illegal actions to the proper authorities.

My email to Google (with identifying info removed) is below.

Dear Google staff,

A user has been using multiple Google platforms to distribute photos, names and ages of transgender youth in an apparent effort to “out” them. I made a complaint using Blogger’s online form on March 23, but I have not received a response and the material is still posted.

The user’s name is *****

I’ve found profiles under that name on Blogger, Google+ and YouTube. The user posts information about LGBT youth in what seems to be an ongoing series. A recent example is here:

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As you know, current technology makes it fairly easy to find matches for any given photo online. Therefore, the photos alone provide enough information to determine these children’s identities.

“Outing” LGBTQ youth can lead to serious repercussions that include suicide. These posts seem to be violations of your policies on bullying, child endangerment, and posting personal and identifying content (other pages also have photos of apparently LGBTQ individuals that appear private, accompanied by hateful language. I believe the user’s comments on LGBTQ people constitute hate speech. Finally, please note the attached screen grab from the user’s YouTube account, which shows the user stating, “Death to *****” – an incitement to violence.

Multiple users have spoken out in concern about this user (you can see them in the user’s comments; also by Googling the user’s name). The user has also referenced complaints, so it’s possible action has been taken in the past.

*** PLEASE IMMEDIATELY REMOVE this user from all Google platforms for child endangerment and violation of your content policies.

Please also take any steps possible to block this user from posting under different Google accounts in the future (Google search turns up the user posting under a close variant of the current screen name, “*****”). It looks like this user might have been blocked in the past and simply created new accounts. It’s clear thus user won’t stop unless unable to access Google platforms.

If it is found this user violated any laws, please report this matter to the authorities.

I will keep an eye on the pages in question and ask others to reach out to you in this matter. Please let me know what steps you are able to take.

Sincerely,

****

The Consult: Amy Lane

A transgender woman talks gender politics and becoming a woman

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Image courtesy of Amy Lane

Amy Lane, who has a fantastic blog about her journey as a transgender woman in transition, had some interesting responses to one of posts, and she said I can share them with you (I asked similar questions of the other person who commented, an anti-transgender radical feminist, but she did not respond).

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This is an ongoing dialogue, so I hope anyone who’s interested will respond and help me continue this conversation.

Responses are edited for clarity and flow; the questions are heavily edited and some were made up after the discussion.

Words like “sex” and “gender” have different meanings for different people. Can you talk about some of these terms?

Gender is how the brain is physiologically/
neurologically wired for different levels of estrogen or testosterone (or some combination thereof). If it helps think of it as “brain sex,” which is distinct from “physical sex,” or what genitals someone has.
Gender Identity, on the other hand, is how you mentally perceive yourself to be a man/ woman/ nonbinary/ etc, based on the structure of your brain.
Gender identity is determined by hormone levels during gestation. It has to do with how the brain is wired and expects the body to behave.Gender identity is determined by hormone levels during gestation. It has to do with how the brain is wired and expects the body to behave.

Gender roles are worth discussing too. They’re a set of societal norms dictating what types of behaviors are generally considered acceptable, appropriate, or desirable for a person based on their actual or perceived sex.

Despite what society says, not liking sports doesn’t make you not male. Lots of women (cisgender and transgender alike) are totally into sports. Many of the world’s top fashion designers are men. Gender roles don’t define gender. They’re stereotypes that feminists have to work hard to overcome. For example some of the best software engineers I know are women, but at conferences, most men tend to assume they perform “lesser” jobs, like designers or user support.

Caveat: these are my personal definitions; not everyone in the trans community differentiates between gender and gender identity, but I find it helpful to think of them as two separate aspects of gender. While I strongly believe that gender has its roots in biology, there’s no denying that gender identity has psychological aspects as well, which stem from that biology.

Why do transgender people become transgender?

If a fetus is exposed to a certain amount of testosterone vs. estrogen, the brain develops in a more “male” pattern, otherwise it develops in a more “female pattern.” These hormones need to be provided by the mother’s body, so it stands to reason that there will be cases where the hormone levels provided don’t match up with whether the baby has a Y chromosome or not.

So transgender brains are literally “wired” to expect different hormones than their (chromosomally-determined) sex organs produce. They’re also wired to expecting different physical characteristics, which is why a lot of transgender people realize they’re trans when puberty starts differentiating their bodies in a way that doesn’t match their gender identity.

So, while transgender may be born with the physical characteristics of one gender, they are actually the other gender.

And unlike gender, sexuality is primarily about the actual sex organ, right?

You’re essentially right, but there are definitely blurred lines there. As a trans woman, I was born with “male” genitalia, so they’re something that was part of my personal identity growing up, though a part I didn’t like and will some day be happy to get rid of (not all trans people have genital dysphoria, by the way, but it’s fairly common).

By the way, you mentioned the word “sexuality” there, and I just wanted to point out that sexuality is actually about who a person is attracted to (i.e., male/men/masculine, female/women/feminine), rather than their own genitalia. “Physical sex” refers to what sexual organs you have (penis/testes, vagina/ovaries, or intersex).

Can you talk a bit about your own sexuality?

It gets complicated. For example, I consider myself attracted to men, but for me, it doesn’t matter whether the man I’m involved with has a penis or a vagina (in other words, it doesn’t matter to me whether they’re cisgender male, or post/pre/non-operation trans male). I also probably wouldn’t turn down someone who’s non-binary, but towards the “masculine” end of the spectrum.

So does that make me straight? That’s a weird term for me, too, because before I came out to myself (let alone the rest of the world) as trans, I identified outwardly as a gay male. I personally don’t really tend to label my sexuality, because it’s a confusing (and sometimes distressing) topic, but the term I’ve settled on for now is “androphilic,” from the ancient Greek for “male loving.”

I don’t want to get too personal or take too much of your time. Are these questions OK?

Yep, totally. 🙂 I’m happy to discuss transgender issues in any context that’s respectful. The main reason I blog about my experiences, is to help others understand.

Getting into politics and transmisoginy – I suppose anti-transgender radical feminists, known by many as TERFs, would disagree with you and say gender is the effect of growing up in a sexist world- i.e. you “earn” being part of the female gender by surviving life in a sexist society. They believe gender is a social artifact that can be destroyed. Can you speak to that?

Their argument is basically that since I was born into the privilege of being male, I can’t earn the label of “female,” because I wasn’t always at a disadvantage. I could argue here that while others may have seen me as privileged in that regard, it added to the internal anxiety and strife I experienced all through my teen years and most of my twenties, which severely impacted personal relationships, work (not being motivated), etc. But the main argument I want to make here is this: everyone has both privileges and disadvantages.

Is Kim Kardashian less of a woman because she was born into the privilege being wealthy, and didn’t have the disadvantage of having to worry about her safety walking home from a late shift? Is a white woman less deserving because she didn’t have to put up with all of the disadvantages that come with being a person of color?

If anything, I could argue that trans women are moredisadvantaged than most women. We have to worry about “passing” as the gender identify as, or risk being ridiculed everywhere we go. Whether or not I’m allowed to safely use a public restroom is a hot topic of political “debate.” Next month, I have to fly to North Carolina for work, and I’ll be flying with documents that don’t match my name or gender presentation; I’m going to the airport hours early, so I don’t miss my flight when my genitals show up as an “anomaly.”

But rather than focus on who has what specific disadvantage, I choose the point of view that we should all be working together to reduce all forms of disadvantage.

I love that argument about anti-transgender radical feminists.

I do have a concern – If we’re taking about gender as something that exists on a spectrum and is fluid, where does that leave a transgender woman who’s struggling to get society to accept her as a woman? I’m worried viewing gender as being on a spectrum can be used against transgender people to say that no, they’re not women/men. Do you think that’s a valid concern?

Easy peasy. She is a woman because that’s how she identifies to herself, regardless of whether other people are willing to accept her as such.

Gender is a spectrum, but there are two ends to that spectrum: male and female. You can be at either end (man/ woman), somewhere in the middle (bigender, genderqueer), move back and forth (gender fluid), or not even be on the spectrum (agender). (There are lots of other terms for places on or off the gender spectrum, but those are the “main” ones.)

None of that negates the fact that society should accept people as they are.

If gender is on a spectrum, would it be more correct (or ethical) to say you’re a woman or that you belong to some other category that’s neither male nor female? Because some are “all male” or “all female” in that their sex organs, chromosomes and experiences are all in alignment towards them being a man or a woman; and you’re not in either of those categories.

Gender, gender identity, physical sex, and sexuality are all separate, though related ideas. For me, I’ve got a female brain because of the hormone levels I was exposed to in the womb, thus I idenify as (and am) a woman. I simply happened to be born with a penis and testes, because of a chromosmal difference.

Like I said above, everyone has different experiences. Saying that my experiences don’t make me a woman is like saying Kim Kardashian isn’t a woman because she was born rich.

Maybe it’s that nobody is all male or all female; e.g. my sex organs, chromosomes and most of my experiences are in agreement as being male but I don’t like sports and that puts me a notch away from “all male” on the spectrum.

Nobody is all one binary thing or another. We’re all the product of a multi-dimensional grid, with the spectrum of each of the terms I mentioned above (gender, gender identity, physical sex, sexuality) on each axis. Every single person on the planet occupies a different point in that multi-dimensional space, and that doesn’t even take into account invidividual experiences outside of those four axes.

I think Tom Selleck would probably still be all male, though.; kidding, kidding.

Yeah, I’d probably agree with you there. 😛

Check out Amy’s blog, Amy Lane.

Respond to this blog in the comments and keep the dialogue going! If you say it’s OK I’ll try to include your response in a future post.

6 arguments for bathroom equality

The question of whether transgender people should be allowed to pee here instead of there is becoming increasingly heated, because America.

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It’s actually understandable that some women would have concerns. However, it’s pretty clear that the facts support transgender equality. For example:

1. No assaults have been linked to bathroom equality

At least 15 states and numerous municipalities allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice and, despite concerted efforts to find horror stories, there has not been a single reported case where a transgender person exploited a permissive bathroom law to attack a woman.

Unfortunately, opponents of transgender equality – including lawmakers arguing for restrictive bathroom bills and conservative media outlets – keep digging up cases that have nothing to do with bathroom laws. These include cases where women were groomed and abused for years by men who wear women’s clothing (it isn’t always clear if these people are actually transgender) and cases that we’re aware of because the perpetrator was arrested – in other words, where the perpetrator was clearly willing to break a law, including any law against non-cis women in the women’s room.

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Do you recognize this person? This is a screen grab from a notorious YouTube video that made the rounds warning women about predatory “men in women’s clothing.” The person in this shot? Canadian. And arrested.

Restricting bathroom access hasn’t saved a single women, but it’s literally killing teenagers – and most women don’t even say they want it.

2. Women still have to pee with men

Cis women opposed to bathroom equality focus so much on transgender women (women born men) that they seem to forget all about their counterparts – transgender men (men born women).

This awesome dude sent a tongue in cheek wakeup call to lawmakers that all women should pay attention to:

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How important is this? Well, research shows that transgender men actually, on average, become more violent and criminal as they go from being women to men. (This doesn’t mean transgender people are dangerous, of course; transgender men simply become as violent and criminal as cis men.)

Meanwhile, transgender women (born male) actually become less violent – they become more like women. Who would have guessed?

3. The linguistic argument

Quick: When you get up to relieve yourself at a restaurant, do you head for the males’ and females’ room or the men’s and women’s room?

You go to the men’s and women’s room, and that’s because bathrooms have historically been separated by gender, not sex.

There are varying definitions that can get political, but basically sex has to do with people’s biology and male or female sex organs. It’s what we’re born with. Gender is more abstract – different people define it as “brain sex,” people’s felt sense of who they are or who people are culturally conditioned to be (is a young person given Barbies or GI Joes?).

Transgender people are born with a male or female sex and decide that sex isn’t right. So a transgender person born a girl would be boy would be born into the male sex; he would then transition into being a man. Likewise, a person born a boy would transition from being a male to a woman.

Man and woman = Men’s Room and Women’s Room. Linguistically and culturally, transgender people should be able to choose the bathroom matching their assumed genders.

4. Women don’t want transgender people banned as much as you think

To hear some talk about it, anybody who supports bathroom equality hates women and wants them to get hurt. However, women are more supportive of men when it comes to letting transgender people choose their bathroom. Only 35% of women oppose allowing transgender people to use the bathroom that matches their chosen gender compared with 41% of men (25% of people are unsure about this, so there’s lots of room for education). Older people of all genders are more likely to oppose bathroom equality with younger people being more likely to support it.

In this way the numbers are reminiscent of polling numbers about support for gay marriage; they suggest demographics make it inevitable bathroom equality will happen.

The opponents of bathroom equality are very, very noisy though. They include fake medical groups in an unholy alliance with social conservatives and a particular subgroup of feminist known by their critics as Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists (TERFs). To most feminists TERFs are like that one aunt you’re obligated to invite for Thanksgiving; they’re too loud to ignore but too mean to sit next to at the table.

So the next time you’re talking to someone who opposes bathroom equality, try to get a sense of whether there’s any ideology behind their position.

5. “Separate but equal” has already been done

Some people are suggesting a seemingly reasonable compromise of building separate bathrooms for transgender people. I wouldn’t compare that idea to segregated bathrooms in the Jim Crow South, but I’d say it raises some of the same concerns. (OK, so I am comparing them.)

The “separate but equal” bathrooms created for black people were, of course, anything but equal. Given the current social climate, it’s obvious that there would be states, municipalities, companies and facilities that would create unsanitary, unsafe and inaccessible bathrooms for transgender people.

Of course, separate but equal bathrooms also send a powerful message: your own people are willing to spend millions of dollars specifically to exclude you. I think a narrative from a black woman who survived segregation hints at what some of the psychological impact might be:

As we grew, we noticed the separate drinking fountains, restrooms and waiting areas. The white ones were always cleaner and nicer than the colored… My aunt, who was white, begged the white clerk to allow her to take the little girl to the bathroom, but he refused, and she wet her pants. My face was hardened against racism from that moment, and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., came like a hero to us all, black and white…
-Anonymous, from Austin, TX, as told to American Radio Works

Enough said, maybe.

6. Transgender people need this more than we do

At this point I hope most of us are familiar with the shocking rates of violence, exclusion, unemployment, suicidal ideation and shame endured by transgender people. They need people telling them what bathroom to use like… well, like my favorite restaurant needs a third bathroom.

For transgender people, using the bathroom of their birth sex, which they don’t identify with, can mean getting mocked or beaten. By telling transgender people they’re not allowed to choose the right bathroom we’re not only telling them we think they’re dangerous predators – we’re also, as a society, collectively rejecting the identity that they’ve endured so much pain to establish.

Small wonder that bathroom inequality has been linked to increased suicide rates among transgender teenagers. A majority of tansgender people of all ages report they’ve experienced problems because they weren’t comfortable using a bathroom – consequences ranging from dehydration to job loss.

Restricting bathroom access hasn’t saved a single women, but it’s literally killing teenagers – and most women don’t even say they want it.

If we can’t get this policy decision right we’re screwed on the tough ones.

Second opinion

Warning: Adult language and themes; triggering content.

“I think it’s time you consider a higher level of care.”

The psychiatrist’s words hit me like buckshot.

A beat passed in his office on the Upper East Side. Between us there was a marble table. In the bathroom there were four kinds of soap.

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Illustration by Sven Gabriel for The Noun Project

I play it cool. Inside I’m screaming. “Like a five-day-a-week program? ,” I say. “Would the idea be to get my meds sorted out?”

The psychiatrist leans back in his chair as if I’d asked for the meaning of life. He paws through my intake form, which had been blank 30 minutes ago.

Calculating route. Calculating route.

“It would be an opportunity to get your medications sorted out.” He points to a page of the intake form. “And you’ve told me that you’re experiencing significant pain, to the detriment of your ability to function; and that you’ve had significant thoughts about suicide in the last couple of weeks.”

When you drink all you need to do to fix your life is stop drinking. When you quit you’re left with what’s left – yourself.

I tell him I’m not worried about the thoughts of suicide. I can handle the thoughts of suicide. They’d always been there, like a loyal friend.

The depression and anxiety suck, and I’ve been working on them forever, I tell him. My therapist and doctor know about every thought, every symptom, I say.

I’m seeing him because I can’t seem to wake up in the morning, as if the meds I’m taking have a gross weight that holds my body to the matress. I’m seeing him for a second opinion. I sure got one.

“I need some insight,” I say. “I need your opinion about whether my medications are working for me. Right now that would help me more than a referral to a program.”

“You can come back if you like, but I’m not saying I’ve taken you on as a patient,” he says.

“I understand,” I say. “You’re worried something bad might happen.”

Calculating route. Calculating route.

He points at my intake form, now full of scribbled notes. Somewhere in there is my sister, dead by suicide at 20; my abusive grandparents; my estranged alcoholic aunt; my ex-wife and the pills she swallowed one fall afternoon in a church courtyard.

“I’m only worried this isn’t the proper treatment setting for you,” he says. “I think you need a higher level of care. You’re experiencing significant pain, to the detriment of your ability to function; and you’ve had thoughts about suicide in the last couple of weeks.”

You’re worried you’ll be liable if I swallow a bottle of pills, so fuck you.

Earlier I’d told him where I’m employed as a social worker. Will he ever refer people there again? Will he tell everyone about the messed up counselor he met from [Mental Health Inc]?

Earlier still I’d told him I’m one year and three weeks sober. Congratulations, he’d said. It doesn’t feel like congratulations are in order. When you drink you’re a badass – you’re Don Draper or McNulty from The Wire. When you quit you’re just some depressed anxious dude. When you drink all you need to do to fix your life is stop drinking. When you quit you’re left with what’s left – yourself.

We shake hands and I leave. The receptionist is confused about my insurance. I’m panicking: are they buying time while the psychiatrist calls 911? This is exactly how they’d do it.

We sort out the insurance and I leave. I light a cigarette, then another. I catch my reflection in a window. Fuck you. The psychiatrist will tell all his colleagues about the messed up social worker from [Mental Health Inc]; don’t refer people there, they’ll hire anybody.

What right do I have to be a social worker, being in the condition I’m in? I’ve spoken with rape victims and domestic violence survivors. I’ve spoken with people who were suicidal while being suicidal myself. I’ve spoken with people who had the knife in their hand, the pills in their belly. I haven’t lost a person yet. I haven’t made a person feel as scared and powerless as I felt just now.

I think of the psychiatrist; of that quality of empathy. I think: I’ll never refer anyone to him.

I think, Fuck you.

Oppression and unity: a thought experiment

I’ve been writing a lot about Trans Critical Feminists (called TERFs elsewhere), but they’re only one example of a group that rejects or oppresses another group (transgender people in this case).

It always makes me sad when members of one oppressed group turn around and oppress another group. You see it when some black people don’t support LGBTQ rights, when some low-income people rail against immigrants – it almost feels like a law of society that the oppressed will become oppressors.

This kind of quarreling seems especially unhelpful because the people with power – white straight Christian cis men without disabilities – make up such a tiny fraction of society. Imagine how much could change if the remaining 95% all got on the same page!

It feels like a law of society that the oppressed will become oppressors

I’ve developed a thought experiment to help unpack this issue. First, this is where I say I’m a bi, white cis man with a disability – I’ve had more advantages than most but less than others.

Still with me? Then imagine for a moment that you’re unaware of anything like race, class, sex, gender or disability status. All you know is that you’re about to enter the world and that in this world a tiny percentage of people oppress the vast majority of people. You ask why this majority doesn’t rise up against their oppressors and you’re told it’s because the oppressed are broken up into hundreds of small groups; no single group is strong enough to defeat the oppressors, which are few in number but united by their interest in maintaining power.

Before beginning life as a human you must complete a task: you must develop a set of rules for all groups to follow. The catch: you don’t know which group you’ll be in.

What would you do? You’d probably decide that, just by the numbers, you’re likely to end up in one of the oppressed groups that make up the majority. Your task then is to create rules that, if followed by all groups, would benefit the majority.

What would you decide about how oppressed groups behave? What “rules” would allow the oppressed groups to overcome?

Here are some rules I’d create:

All people should be taken at their word as being who they say they are; if someone says they’re a massxbump then they’re a massixbump.

All groups should support each other unconditionally, as long as the group isn’t harming another group.

All groups should remember that the problem is the small oppressive minority; groups shouldn’t get sidetracked by rivalries with other groups.

All groups should quickly forgive injustices or mistakes made by other groups; this will help groups stay united.

What would it mean if these rules were adopted?

Another way to do this thought experiment is to imagine you’ve been assured you’ll be in the oppressive minority – what rules or strategies would you come up with then?

Your most important rule would probably be that each group should focus on its differences with other groups – cis women should tell transgender women they’re not real women, poor people should tell immigrants they’re stealing their jobs, black people should tell LGBTQ people they’re sinful. You’d want them fighting each other so you could get away with whatever you want. Your own group’s rule – the oppressive minority’s – would be to stoke these disagreements whenever possible.

Pretty much like now, I’d say. Turn on FOX and see what they say about LGBTQ people and minorities – what if that isn’t intended for white cis male viewers but members of oppressed, splintered groups?

What if when these groups fail to support each other they’re showing how they’ve internalized the oppressive minority’s values?

Do you agree with these rules? Do you have additions? Is this thought experiment useful or just silly? Let me know what you think in the comments and if you like I’ll include them in an upcoming post!

An anti-trans group cites a source

A miracle has happened: Youth Trans Critical Professionals, a sham organization opposed to trans rights, has cited a source! Let the clowds part and the angels sing; Hallelujah!

Oh, except that “source” is a tweet:

Children taught in schools to either adhere to strict gender stereotypes or view themselves as the opposite sex’ @cwknews

Still, progress? It’s better than making page after page of untrue statements like the following without anything to back them up:

Even though there is no evidence that gender identity is innate, in the UK wherever we look, politicians, policy makes and practitioners are indoctrinating the public with this view.

No evidence? Indoctrination is happening? Back it up.

If this sounds harsh, consider this: YTCP claims to be a collection of doctors, social workers and other professionals; yet they refuse to share the name or identity of a single member. And they directly address parents of transgender children in their posts – they’re lying to scared, confused parents, with the stated goal of helping parents opposed to “the trans cult” trust that decision instead of their child or medical professionals.

YTCP claims they “are keen to extend [their] contact with other youth trans critical professionals,” yet they don’t provide instructions for professionals who wish to make contact. Keen, indeed – I’m calling bull.

This group is being cited as a medical authority online: please keep an eye out and call bull when you see it.

See my earlier story, ACP Isn’t the Only Anti-Trans Front Group , for more.

If you have feedback – especially if you’re part of YTCP or have interacted with them – let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to include your feedback in a future post.