April 21, 2022

USA: Biden Admin: Early Permanent Surgeries, Puberty Blockers 'Crucial' For Children Who Identity As Trans. Biden Plans to Boost Transgender 'Equity' With 'X' Gender Marker On All US Passports

The Daily Wire
written by Mary Margaret Olohan
Thursday March 31, 2022

“Early” transgender surgeries, hormone treatment, and affirmations are “crucial” for the health of kids and teens who identify as transgender and nonbinary, President Joe Biden’s administration said in messaging released Thursday.

The White House flagged a resource from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health on “Transgender Day of Visibility” intended to “inform parents and guardians, educators, and other persons supporting children and adolescents with information on what is gender-affirming care and why it is important to transgender, nonbinary, and other gender expansive young people’s well-being.”

Gender-affirming care is a phrase used by transgender activists and media to mask the more grisly sounding transgender top and bottom surgeries, including removing a biological women’s breasts, removing a biological man’s genitals, sculpting a fake penis on a biological woman, facial feminization or facial masculinization, and more.

Social affirmation, puberty blockers, and hormones also fall under the “gender-affirming care” umbrella.

Commentators, lawmakers, people who identify as transgender, and people who formerly attempted transitions have expressed grave concerns about encouraging children or young people to explore transitions of any kind.
“Gender-affirming care is a supportive form of healthcare,” the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health sheet says. “It consists of an array of services that may include medical, surgical, mental health, and non-medical services for transgender and nonbinary people.”

“For transgender and nonbinary children and adolescents, early gender- affirming care is crucial to overall health and well-being as it allows the child or adolescent to focus on social transitions and can increase their confidence while navigating the healthcare system,” the White House messaging says.

Transgender surgeries, hormones, and affirmations are important, the White House claimed, because these procedures have been “shown to increase positive outcomes for transgender and nonbinary children and adolescents”

“Gender-affirming care is patient-centered and treats individuals holistically, aligning their outward, physical traits with their gender identity,” the White House messaging sheet continued.

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Daily Wire.

The messaging comes amidst national controversy over whether children should be able to obtain such procedures. Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has drawn heavy fire for calling transgender treatments for children “child abuse.”

On “DeTrans Awareness Day” in early March, people who formerly began gender transition procedures flooded social media with their de-transition stories, sharing stories of depression, anxiety, and fear.

Twitter users who spoke out said that they began taking testosterone as soon as they turned 18. These users, many of whom are biological women, described how they did not feel that they “fit in” in high school or middle school and sought to find answers on the internet.

“I started taking testosterone at 18 because i was tired of not fitting in with other girls so thought i’d make a better man instead,” user Allie tweeted. “An autism diagnosis later and it all makes sense now.”

Allie, who does not use her last name to preserve her privacy, told The Daily Wire at the time that “there’s a big problem right now with how hormonal therapy is being given as a rushed treatment for gender dysphoria in young people.”

That hormonal therapy “takes precedence over explorative therapy that might help dysphoric people understand why they want to be the opposite sex,” she added.

Detransitioner Michelle, a biological woman who told The Daily Wire that she sought to transition to a man, shared that she began transitioning in 2010 at age 22 and detransitioned in 2020.

“I grew up as a tomboy who didn’t fit in,” Michelle tweeted. “I was keenly aware of this by the time I was 7. I was too loud, too bossy, too impulsive, too emotional. The girls I made friends with felt conditional, like they would leave me the moment I did something wrong (and they did).”
Michelle said she began to discover activist gender conversations on the internet, how her mental health was suffering, and how she became suicidal.

“I was vulnerable, desperate, and young,” Michelle tweeted. “On top of that, I had people online telling me ‘if you think you’re trans, you are’ and ‘cis people don’t think about gender this much.’ I heard the ‘only 1% regret it’ statistic, and I thought I’d be fine. That could never be me.”

She continued: “What reasons did I have to not trust them? Why would so many people tell me things that weren’t true? Why would my doctors go along with it if I weren’t really a man? Why would therapists risk my mental health if they weren’t sure whether I would benefit from transition?”

“That is the state of activist-controlled health care,” Michelle said. “There is one narrative that is acceptable, and every person who does not fit that narrative — who regrets transitioning, who returns to living as their sex, who talks about the potential for issues — is told to shut up.”

CNS News
written by Susan Jones
Thursday March 31, 2022

"Today, the Biden-Harris Administration recognizes Transgender Day of Visibility, an annual celebration of the resilience, achievements, and joy of transgender people in the United States and around the world."

So begins a very, very lengthy White House "Fact Sheet" of what the Biden administration is doing to "support the mental health of transgender children, remove barriers that transgender people face accessing critical government services, and improve the visibility of transgender people in our nation’s data."

For starters, the Department of State is announcing that beginning on April 11, 2022, all U.S. citizens will be able to select an “X” (instead of 'F' or 'M') as their gender marker on their U.S. passport application.

Moreover, TSA is working closely with air carriers across the nation to promote the use and acceptance of the “X” gender marker to ensure more efficient and accurate passenger processing. The TSA PreCheck and CBP Trusted Traveler Programs will also include “X” gender markers.

While we're at the airport -- the Department of Homeland Security is implementing enhanced screening technology at passenger checkpoints. The updated body scanners, coming later this year, "will increase security and efficiency by reducing false alarm rates and pat-downs for the traveling public," the White House said. "By replacing the current, gender-based system with this more accurate technology, TSA will improve the customer experience of transgender travelers who have previously been required to undergo additional screening due to alarms in sensitive areas."

Although the first sentence of the news release talks about the "joy of transgender people," the news release later notes that transgender children "are put at higher risk of attempted suicide or mental health challenges when they face bullying, rejection, or denial of health care."

The administration says it plans to provide more mental health resources for transgender youth. This includes a new Health and Human Services website that "that offers resources for transgender and LGBTQI+ youth, their parents, and providers. These resources include best practices for affirming an LGBTQI+ child, and information about suicide prevention services."

The administration also plans to expand training to support transgender and nonbinary students in schools. And it will release "new information" showing that "gender-affirming" medical care "is neither child maltreatment nor malpractice."

In fact, the administration says gender-affirming care -- supporting children who believe themselves to be a different sex or no sex at all -- is "important" to these children's "well-being."

The list of supportive Biden administration actions continues:

-- Improving access to federal services and benefits for transgender Americans.

-- Accessing retirement savings. ("The Social Security Administration is announcing that it is removing the requirement that transgender people show proof of identity such as doctor’s notes in order to update their gender information in their Social Security record by the fall of 2022.")

-- Filing an employment discrimination complaint. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) "will promote greater equity and inclusion for members of the transgender community by giving individuals the option to select an 'X' gender marker during the voluntary self-identification questions that are part of the intake process for filing a charge of discrimination."

-- Applying for federal student aid. The Department of Education plans to propose next month that the 2023-24 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will include an opportunity for applicants to indicate their gender identity as well as their race/ethnicity when applying for federal financial aid.

-- Visiting the White House. The White House Office of Management and Administration is announcing that it will improve the White House campus entry process for transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary visitors by adding an 'X' gender marker option to the White House Worker and Visitor Entry System (WAVES) system. This change will ensure that transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming people can visit the People’s House in a manner that respects and affirms their gender identity."

-- Advancing inclusion and visibility in federal data. Agencies will expand the collection and use of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data.

-- The President’s proposed Fiscal Year '23 budget includes $10 million in funding for additional critical research on how to best add questions about sexual orientation and gender identity to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

The exhaustive and exhausting news release goes on and on, explaining the many ways the Biden-Harris administration already has worked to "advance equality for transgender Americans since taking office," including:

-- Condemning legislative attacks on transgender kids at the state level. (Florida recently prompted liberal outrage by barring public schools from teaching K-3 students about sexual orientation and gender identity.)

-- Fighting for passage of the Equality Act.

-- Reversing the "discriminatory ban" on transgender servicemembers.

-- Establishing a White House-led interagency working group to address "the crisis of anti-transgender stigma and violence."

-- Celebrating the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

-- Strengthening protections for transgender prisoners.

-- Honoring those lost to violence with a White House vigil.

-- Advancing gender-affirming care as an essential health benefit.

-- Establishing a National Pulse Memorial dedicated to the victims of a mass shooting at a Florida nightclub. ("As the President has said, Pulse Nightclub is hallowed ground.")

You can read the entire list of actions here.

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