BLOGDoctors: Gender Affirmation Harms “the Vast Majority” of Kids Who Identify as Transgender

By Jeana Hallock Posted on: | May 02, 2018

In recent days, two esteemed medical doctors asked the court for permission to file a friend-of-the-court brief in Nova Maday v. Township High School District 211, a case currently before the Illinois appellate court. ADF represents Students and Parents for Privacy in that case, which, as our client’s name suggests, centers on student privacy.

But the doctors’ brief did not address the privacy issue at all. Importantly, it focused on a more grave concern: that a court ruling in favor of Maday would require the school to affirm the self-assessed gender of an individual suffering from the psychological disorder of gender dysphoria when there is “no compelling scientific evidence that [doing so] is beneficial to . . . children” and when “there is abundant scientific evidence” that doing so “harms the vast majority of [gender-dysphoric youth]” and “leads to catastrophic outcomes for many.”

Earlier this month, a book review of the children’s book I am Jazz published by a California medical doctor raised similar scientific concerns. He came to the conclusion that the book would “likely” harm “[c]hildren who are experiencing gender dysphoria” as well as “children who do not have the condition.” He determined that from a medical perspective the book contains factual inaccuracies and troubling omissions about Jazz’s condition and treatment.

These are great resources for any educator or any parent whose child’s school is considering gender-affirming policies or curriculum. But they are equally important reading for anyone who believes that we should genuinely treat young people suffering from gender dysphoria with compassion and care. Get the truth here about the dangers of gender-affirming treatment for adolescents.

Jeana Hallock

Legal Counsel

Jeana Hallock serves as legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where she is a member of the Center for Scholarly and Cultural Engagement.

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