Again politics and hate over accepted medical science. Gender-affirming care for both adolescents and adults has been endorsed by the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychiatric Association, and many other professional groups as necessary and frequently lifesaving for transgender individuals. One doctor wrote ““By proposing an alternative standard of care, Florida is ignoring the broad consensus among the medical community and the weight of peer-reviewed medical literature,” AAP president Dr. Moira Szilaygi said in written testimony. ” Plus to try to get unacceptable hateful ban on real medical care these people had to lie, repeatedly. Vice News reported in August that 10 researchers whose work was cited in Florida’s guidance say that their research was misrepresented or distorted to justify denying gender-affirming care. Proponents of the ban were reportedly allowed to speak first, some making misleading and false claims. One doctor who testified in favor of the ban falsely claimed that 90% of trans youth de-transition. These are the same people who claim that the covid vaccine causes death and that ivermectin is a treatment for Covid instead of real medications designed for Covid. They don’t believe in science or even medical care, they want profit and power. Hugs
A joint committee of the Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine has voted in favor of new proposed guidelines that would ban gender-affirming care for minors, which would effectively force transgender minors in the state to de-transition.
The new rules proposed by Florida’s Health Department in April and backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) would prohibit gender-affirming surgical procedures which experts say are almost never performed on young people, medications like puberty blockers and hormone therapy, and “any other procedure that alters primary or secondary sexual characteristics for the treatment of gender dysphoria” for patients under 18. They would also institute a mandatory 24-hour waiting period for adults seeking gender-affirming care.
Gender-affirming care for both adolescents and adults has been endorsed by the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychiatric Association, and many other professional groups as necessary and frequently lifesaving for transgender individuals. Vice News reported in August that 10 researchers whose work was cited in Florida’s guidance say that their research was misrepresented or distorted to justify denying gender-affirming care.
Last week’s vote occurred after five hours of heated testimony, which Harvard Law Cyberlaw Clinic’s Alejandra Caraballo characterized as “stacked against trans youth.” Proponents of the ban were reportedly allowed to speak first, some making misleading and false claims. One doctor who testified in favor of the ban falsely claimed that 90% of trans youth de-transition.
According to Common Dreams, public commentary was overwhelmingly against the ban.
“By proposing an alternative standard of care, Florida is ignoring the broad consensus among the medical community and the weight of peer-reviewed medical literature,” AAP president Dr. Moira Szilaygi said in written testimony. “We call on the Florida Board of Medicine to reject the call for the development of new standards of care and ensure that the existing evidence-based standards of care are allowed to be used to care for children and adolescents with gender dysphoria. Only by doing so will the health and well-being of children and adolescents with gender dysphoria in Florida be preserved.”
“Going on testosterone is the single best decision I have ever made in my life and that is not an exaggeration,” 15-year-old Yuri Tversky said in written testimony. “I am no longer suicidal. I can finally acknowledge and embrace the fact that I have a future, and a family that loves and accepts me for who I am. I don’t have to pretend to be someone else anymore. Until now. Until you.”
“Gender-affirming care saved my life at 16,” said Aaron Demlow. “Please do not take this vital care away from other young people like me.”
Retired social worker Susan Nasrani who counseled a transgender youth testified that “Having access to gender-affirming medical care kept this young person from deep depression and suicide.”
Despite this, the committee ended public comment early, telling opponents of the ban to email them. Queer activist Erin Reed called the proceedings “a sham hearing with fake experts.”
Following the committee’s vote, the proposed guidance advances for a final vote by the state’s full medical boards on November 4.
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Of course it was a sham, what would one expect from the government of the no longer great state of Floriduh.
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Hello Muttpupdad. You are correct. The state has become a fiefdom of DeathSanits, he runs the state like his own little kingdom, and he is the lord in charge. He makes every decision based on what the Christian maga thug right wing base likes, wants, and if it will benefit him personally. He so badly wants to be the first king of the USA that he lives his entire life trying to make it happen. The thing is he is as stupid as trump, as egotistical, as vicious, but has less baggage then trump. Hugs
It strikes me that Republicans are legislatively using trenchers and compactors to erase the people they don’t want. (It’s a heavy machinery reference; I was out this AM and there are a few construction sites around.)
The thing about that is, though, who are they going for once they run out of queer people, POC, poor women, any woman left after that, etc.? They can’t survive without people to persecute. What will they do when it’s only them left? I used to wonder that about the Nazis, too. Who would they have tortured and killed once all their “problem” people are gone? Sooner or later, it’ll be only them.
(Now I hear Vincent Price’s theatrical voice: “And they’ll be hungry.” It was Halloween last night, after all, and I had to lighten up a tiny bit, in a dark sort of way. My brain does that for me.)
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Hello Ali. Great points. Also he desperately wants to be president / king of the US. He thinks the best way to get there is to appeal to the Christian maga thug base by attacking the LGBTQ+, racial minorities, and the rights of women to control their bodies. Also the right of anyone to be safe from a public health emergency. But he has not figured out that there are a lot more people pro-LGBTQ+, pro-women’s rights, and pro-equality. They will stop him from getting elected king. He still has to win Florida again, he barely won the last time. Hugs
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As I think you know, I’ve only known two people who transitioned. So, very little experience. So, when articles like this come I find myself curious about different aspect. For instance:
Did you know that roughly 1% of all births, it is necessary to have medical specialists come in to treat for ambiguous genitalia and other similar issues?
Did you know that roughly 0.7% of kids of the age range of 13-17 identify as transgender. And, while not all of those receive care, these are all human beings who feel wrong in their own skin.
So, my questions are as follows:
* Does Florida wish to no longer provide care for babies with ambiguous genitalia, etc?
* If no, does that mean they only wish to challenge the care for those who actually can voice their identity concerns?
Seems a bit presumptuous.
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Hello Randy. Thank you for the information. You are correct. Plus if they wanted to protect children from sexual mutilation surgery, they would stop babies from being circumcised until they were adults and could decide for themselves. The thing with the ambiguous genitalia is that far too many babies with genital differences are given sexual reassignment surgery after birth rather than waiting until they grow up and can voice their gender identification. It is forced on them, and now we are hearing the stories of their struggles when they don’t identify with the gender chosen for them. Yes they have either gender dysphoria or identify as a different gender than assigned. Yup they are trans. I am talking about intersex babies and babies with micropenis, infants born with micropenis are sometimes raised as females.
But yes they only want to stop only those who actually can voice their identity concerns? They want to stop trans kids. They don’t care about the kids in the first paragraph above. And it is funny because one of the things they say is god doesn’t make mistakes so there can be no trans kids. Yet in the first paragraph I talked about god’s mistakes, or shall we call it human development as there is no god. This is all about bigotry, and the Christian right maga cult wanting to force the country and society back to a time they were more comfortable and felt their god was more honored. These people also fear what they don’t understand, and as they are not willing to learn, and they are not gay or trans, they don’t believe it exists or like it. It is about control of others, in this case all the kids in public school and eventually as we have seen in Russia, they will extend that control to demand all the people in Florida act according to the way they demand. The end goal is to make the gays, lesbians, and trans people go away, be hated, be made unacceptable and intolerable. To make the gays, lesbians, and trans to hide and be scared of being outed. Again to take the state back to the society they think was more godly / family orientated like the 1950s, where white Christian men had automatic privilege and control, where women were in the home obeying and serving their husbands, and minorities knew their place and stayed there, and the gays / trans were well hidden in the closet and scared anyone would find out about them. That is the state they want; it is the country they want. Hugs