Thus far three states have passed laws forbidding psychiatrists from trying to help children get rid of the feeling that they are different than their gender. These laws are based on superstition. The entire civil rights industry that has sprung up to “support” the alleged “transgender” has the intellectual depth and methods of a cult.
Dr. Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, writes about his own institution’s history with so-called “sexual reassignment” surgery:
You won’t hear it from those championing transgender equality, but controlled and follow-up studies reveal fundamental problems with this movement. When children who reported transgender feelings were tracked without medical or surgical treatment at both Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic, 70%-80% of them spontaneously lost those feelings. Some 25% did have persisting feelings; what differentiates those individuals remains to be discerned.
We at Johns Hopkins University—which in the 1960s was the first American medical center to venture into “sex-reassignment surgery”—launched a study in the 1970s comparing the outcomes of transgendered people who had the surgery with the outcomes of those who did not. Most of the surgically treated patients described themselves as “satisfied” by the results, but their subsequent psycho-social adjustments were no better than those who didn’t have the surgery. And so at Hopkins we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a “satisfied” but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs.
It now appears that our long-ago decision was a wise one. A 2011 study at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden produced the most illuminating results yet regarding the transgendered, evidence that should give advocates pause. The long-term study—up to 30 years—followed 324 people who had sex-reassignment surgery. The study revealed that beginning about 10 years after having the surgery, the transgendered began to experience increasing mental difficulties. Most shockingly, their suicide mortality rose almost 20-fold above the comparable nontransgender population. This disturbing result has as yet no explanation but probably reflects the growing sense of isolation reported by the aging transgendered after surgery. The high suicide rate certainly challenges the surgery prescription.
Dr. McHugh explains that transgender ideology is demanding that society accept and support a psychological delusion—similar to that of an anorexic who believes she is “really” overweight. Furthermore, McHugh believes many young people are led into this confusion about themselves by “diversity counselors in their schools, rather like cult leaders” who brainwash them and turn them against their families and anyone else who won’t support their fantasy that surgery will solve the problems they are feeling. Nice to know education funds are being used to set this perverse trap for youth.
McHugh also points out that the surgery doesn’t change anyone’s sex. It simply results in “feminized men or masculinized women.”
There is a lot more in this editorial and it deserves to be read, saved for later use, and shared with others. A day is coming all too soon when this kind of basic, truthful writing may be prosecuted as a transphobic hate-crime.