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LGBT Therapy Ban

April 18, 2015
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Suppose parents were informed that their child has a serious condition, one for which the recommended treatment included: a lifetime regime of powerful drugs which could cause serious, even life threatening, side effects; mutilating surgeries, which leave scars and compromise urinary track function; total loss of the ability to procreate; and partial or complete loss of genital function and feeling. Even with this radical treatment, their child would be at high risk for depression, other psychological disorders, suicide, HIV infection, and a shortened life span. In addition, their child would probably have to deceive others, including intimate partners, about the nature of the condition. Should these parents be allowed to seek a second opinion? President Obama and his advisor Valerie Jarret say, “No.” They support a ban on any therapy designed to alleviate Gender Identity Disorder (GID) in children. Only therapy designed to support the child’s desire to be the other sex would be allowed. No one can change their sex, but by redefining ‘sex’ to describe only the biological, and ‘gender’ to how a person self-identifies—either as male, female, or something else, — the trans activists can claim that males can become women and females men. ‘Gender reassignment surgery’ (GRS), can create the outward appearance of the other sex, doesn’t change the DNA.’ Obama would support allowing children with GID to dress as the other sex, use the restrooms of the other sex, play on teams of the other sex and be treated with drugs to alter their bodies and fast-track them to GRS. Currently only 2.2 to 30% of boys and 12 to 50% of girls with GID persist in their desire to change. A therapy ban would leave those who don’t want to follow through on their desire to the other sex with nowhere to go for support. Obama said he was moved by the death of a 17 year old male-to-female transgender, whose suicide note blamed his parents for forcing him into therapy. Suicide, particularly among the young is always tragic. Those threatening suicide need of effective therapy, but there are no guarantees. Suicide among clients in therapy is not uncommon. A study of 26 clients who committed suicide while in therapy found that 18 experienced intense rage “sometimes explicitly expressed in the patients’ suicide note.” Surely no one is suggesting that therapists whose clients commit suicide should be banned from practice. Suicide among the transgendered is common. While only 1.6% of the general public attempt suicide, according to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey of 6,450 persons who self-identify as transgender, 41% report attempting suicide. According to the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-5, those with GID “are at increased risk for suicide ideation, suicide attempts, and suicides.” While transgender activists argue that failure of society support cross sex wishes are the problem, according to the DSM% even after GR surgery the “suicide risk may persist.” Children with GID are anxious and cross-dressing is a way to relieve anxiety– to self-comfort. These children are so disassociated from their own bodies that they think mutilating parts of their bodies will make them happy, safe, loved, or comfortable. Is it in the best interests of children with GID to limit the types of therapy available to them? What about the therapist whose client gives up transsexual desires in therapy, although that was not the intention of the client or therapist? Could the therapist be accused of violating the ban? This is not unheard. Elaine Siegel, a committed feminist, was asked by a group lesbians to treat some of their members. Although it was not the goal of the therapist or clients, as a result of treatment half the women ceased to be lesbians. Members of the group felt they had been betrayed. Could a law banning therapy be used to punish such a therapist? Although inherited traits influence who we are, there is no evidence that GID is biologically preterminded and unchangeable. Even if it were, given the risks associated with gender reassignment, parents should be able to seek alternative treatment. The ‘transgendered’ not only want to pretend to be the sex, they want to force others to participate in their fantasy. Compassion does not require us to give others everything they demand. We do owe them the truth that they are and will always be the man or a woman you were created and envy and desire won’t change reality. Twenty years from now the children mutilated by false compassion will sue those who should have known better, but it will be too late.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Noel Edsall permalink
    April 18, 2015 3:23 pm

    Outstanding as always! You have provided a reasoned argument that I can use to properly informa nd instruct others. Thank you.

  2. Liz permalink
    May 4, 2015 11:56 am

    I was somewhat worried after the internet brought me here, because it seemed like a rational human being was hating on transgender people. Then I read in the next post that you are a Christian, that you reject “political correctness” for a “higher power” and whatnot — Now I don’t have to worry anymore. Thanks for that.

    • July 5, 2015 11:53 pm

      How can we love persons who want to be the other sex? By letting them be mutilated or trying to heal their wounded nature. Is it better to pretend with them that they have changed sex or tell them the truth? I do know that those men who think they are women don’t really understand what it means to be a woman.

  3. Mark Sutherland permalink
    July 4, 2015 10:01 pm

    I’d like to see some sources posted so I could follow up on all of the statistics and the anecdotal group of lesbians, myself. Could you humour me, Mr. O’Leary?

    • July 5, 2015 11:48 pm

      Dear Mr Sutherland, I am happy to humour you, but I am not sure which reference you want. I can assure you all my material is carefully sourced. Elaine Siegle’s book is Choice without volition. You might also find Diamond’s Sexual Fluidity interesting.
      Thank you for your interest

  4. July 11, 2015 4:33 pm

    Great idea. I am just learning how. In the past I wrote articles for newspapers, which didn’t have links or long articles for journals with extensive footnotes. For example, my article “The Syndemic of AIDS and STDS among MSM”, (The Linacre Quarterly 81 (1) 2014, 12–37) has over 150 footnotes, not all of which are available on the web.

  5. Maria permalink
    February 25, 2016 3:51 am

    I find your articles most informative and helpful when I want to engage those who spread false information and pass it off as the truth.
    Would love to see a page dedicated to resources.

    Thanks for speaking factually and compassionately to a difficult topic.

  6. sophia permalink
    November 21, 2016 12:10 pm

    G.I.D was replaced by Gender Dysphoria in the DSM V a few years back, please try to keep up.

    • November 22, 2016 1:41 am

      The APA has been politicized and I do not feel one has to follow their lead. There are no large well-designed studies supporting the change.

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