As school board trustees we will
advocate for the following:
- We will push to establish educational programs within our public schools to:
- Increase student and staff awareness of the catastrophic physical and mental side effects of gender affirming medical care.
- Increase student and staff awareness of "gender critical" viewpoints.
- We will acknowledge that if school boards and teachers, along with influencers on social media did not introduce and legitimize the idea that one's gender could be distinct from one's biological sex it would only very rarely (if ever) occur to a child. (Indeed, before the current spike in cases, severe gender dysphoria affected about 1 in 10000 people - mostly boys.) There are now staggering increases in children engaging in trans self-identification and personal stories from detransitioners now entering the public discourse. These stories point to the devastating impact of gender ideology and gender affirming medical “care”. We maintain that these teachings are harming rather than helping children.
- This debate is rooted in a fundamental disagreement around the ideological narrative of a “transgender child”. Children may naturally claim all manner of identities while growing up but do not in our view, have the life experience, brain development, or maturity to claim any manner of gender identity at odds with their biological sex which should be taken seriously by adults. They are highly susceptible to social fads, social contagion, and transgender activist influencers on social media who actively promote transitions as a panacea to all their problems.
- We will acknowledge that the new cohort of gender dysphoric youth is predominately post-pubertal onset females with pre-existent psychological co-morbidities like ASD, ADHD, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, etc - as well as discomfort with emerging bi/homosexuality. Children in the foster care system are over-represented. Social contagion is playing a major role in the dramatic increase seen in recent years of young adolescent females suddenly identifying as boys and vice-versa.
- Gender dysphoria can be a distressing condition. Whether we are talking about the gender dysphoria seen historically (mostly affecting very young boys) or the gender dysphoria seen today (mostly young teenage girls), these individuals need compassion. They do not need medicalization, drugs, cross-sex hormones, and irreversible surgeries based on highly flawed data that does not show benefit. Studies have shown that most gender dysphoric kids naturally desist by adulthood if left to develop naturally.
- We will seek to raise awareness that the school to gender affirmative medical care pipeline starts with:
- "Gender ideology" indoctrination in schools that legitimizes the concept of “gender identity” and allows gender identity to supersede and obscure the reality of biological sex.
- Policies forcing immediate affirmation by staff and teachers and hiding student trans self-identification from parents.
- Medical "gender affirming care".
- Sterilization and other side effects listed below.
- All of this is done in the name of "inclusion". School boards are morally and potentially legally responsible with respect to negligence in their duty of fiduciary care to students if their policies lead children down these paths. This becomes an even greater concern if done without obtaining parental consent.
- The legal liability increases for school boards which refuse to err on the side of caution ignoring increasing warnings and policy changes from overseas. Many European countries are now backing away from medical gender affirming care for minors due to increasing evidence of harm. The UK, France, and Sweden are representative examples.
"Scott Newgent is the hero of the film. Such a remarkable contrast between the raw openness and honesty in this interview and the evasiveness and defensiveness from the “experts” I spoke to" - Matt Walshwww.TreVoices.org
One mother speaks out... "Becoming a light for our wayward son."Parents with Inconvenient Truths about TransReddit "Cry for help" forum for detransitioners with 37.8K members as of Sept 2022.
CRITICAL POLICY POSITION FOR PARENTSWe will seek to establish policies which require parents to be informed within 48 hours in writing via email and a telephone call if their child requests to be recognized in terms of a "gender identity" that does not correspond to their birth sex, or wishes to be referred to by "preferred pronouns" which differ from those consistent with their biological sex. Furthermore, no school teacher or staff will be permitted to affirm any such request without written consent from both parents. For children living with one parent a single approval will suffice. No teacher, staff member, or student will be required to affirm any such identities or use preferred pronouns if they do not feel it to be in the individual's best interests.
CONTENT WARNING - Surgical pictures of what "gender affirming care" for minors looks like in practice. Viewer discretion is advised.
The truth about "Gender Affirming" medical care.
What Are the Side Effects of Puberty Blockers?
Delayed growth plate closure, leading to slightly taller adult height.
Less development of genital tissue, which may limit options for gender affirming surgery (bottom surgery) later in life.
Lupron, one of the drugs widely used as a puberty blocker, has been reported to have long-term adverse effects in women who used it to treat precocious puberty. Women have reported issues including depression, bone thinning and chronic pain.
Their impact on brain function during this critical stage of brain development is largely unknown.
Researchers have found that puberty blockers stunted the height and impaired the bone mass density of children wishing to change gender.
Other possible long-term side effects that are not yet known.
What are the side effects of a female taking testosterone?
Stopping your period. This will occur within two to six months of treatment.
Facial and body hair growth.
Voice deepening. This will begin three to 12 months after treatment.
Stopping your period. This will occur within two to six months of treatment.
Clitoral enlargement and vaginal atrophy.
Body fat redistribution.
Increased muscle mass.
- Other possible long-term side effects that are not yet known.
What are the side effects of a male taking estrogen?
Today we welcome Rachel, a 31-year-old detransitioned lesbian woman, brave enough to share with us her deeply personal story. Rachel lived for five years as a "transman," taking injectable testosterone, but stopped medical transition and ceased identifying as transgender. She became popular on Twitter for being outspoken about the long-term health effects of cross-sex hormones and transition-related surgeries and has done several interviews regarding the topic.www.cbc-network.org
THE CENTER FOR BIOETHICS AND CULTURE NETWORK:
Moderated by Jennifer Lahl, President of the Center for Bioethics and Culture. Lahl is a filmmaker whose films document the stories of exploitation of women and children caused by contemporary "Social Justice" and "Gender Ideology".www.cbc-network.org
Abigail Shrier Worries Teenage Gender Transitions Lead to 'Irreversible Damage'www.abigailshrier.com
Recommend Reading: Books and Organizations
"Trans" by Helen Joyce
"An intelligent, thorough rejoinder to an idea that has swept across much of the liberal world seemingly overnight...Open conversation about such fraught issues is the only realistic path forward." - New York Times
"The Abolition of Sex" by Kara Dansy
Kara Dansky is a feminist, attorney, and public speaker. She serves as the Chair of the Committee on Law and Legislation for the global Women’s Human Rights Campaign (WHRC) and is President of the WHRC’s U.S. chapter. She served on the board of the Women’s Liberation Front from 2016–2020 and remains a member of that organization. She has a twenty-year background in criminal law and criminal justice policy, having worked at the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice in New York, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Stanford Criminal Justice Center at Stanford Law School, and the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons in Seattle. She also clerked at the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico and was a staff attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
"The End of Gender" by Deb Soh
International sex researcher, neuroscientist, and columnist Debra Soh debunks popular gender myths in this scientific examination of the many facets of gender identity that “is not only eminently reasonable and beautifully-written, it is brave and vital” (Ben Shapiro, #1 New York Times bestselling author). Is our gender something we’re born with, or are we conditioned by society? In The End of Gender, neuroscientist and sexologist Dr. Debra Soh uses a research-based approach to address this hot-button topic, unmasking popular misconceptions about the nature vs. nurture debate and exploring what it means to be a woman or a man in today’s society. Both scientific and objective, and drawing on original research and carefully conducted interviews, Soh tackles a wide range of issues, such as gender-neutral parenting, gender dysphoric children, and the neuroscience of being transgender. She debates today’s accepted notion that gender is a social construct and a spectrum, and challenges the idea that there is no difference between how male and female brains operate. The End of Gender is conversation-starting “required reading” (Eric R. Weinstein, PhD, host of The Portal) that will arm you with the facts you need to come to your own conclusions about gender identity and its place in the world today.
"Irreversible Damage" by Abigail Shrier
Until just a few years ago, gender dysphoria—severe discomfort in one’s biological sex—was vanishingly rare. It was typically found in less than .01 percent of the population, emerged in early childhood, and afflicted males almost exclusively. But today whole groups of female friends in colleges, high schools, and even middle schools across the country are coming out as “transgender.” These are girls who had never experienced any discomfort in their biological sex until they heard a coming-out story from a speaker at a school assembly or discovered the internet community of trans “influencers.” Unsuspecting parents are awakening to find their daughters in thrall to hip trans YouTube stars and “gender-affirming” educators and therapists who push life-changing interventions on young girls—including medically unnecessary double mastectomies and puberty blockers that can cause permanent infertility. Abigail Shrier, a writer for the Wall Street Journal, has dug deep into the trans epidemic, talking to the girls, their agonized parents, and the counselors and doctors who enable gender transitions, as well as to “detransitioners”—young women who bitterly regret what they have done to themselves. Coming out as transgender immediately boosts these girls’ social status, Shrier finds, but once they take the first steps of transition, it is not easy to walk back. She offers urgently needed advice about how parents can protect their daughters. A generation of girls is at risk. Abigail Shrier’s essential book will help you understand what the trans craze is and how you can inoculate your child against it—or how to retrieve her from this dangerous path.
International Genspect is an international alliance of professional groups, parent groups, and others who advocate for a rational and informed approach to gender issues. Across the world, clinicians and other professionals have serious misgivings about the “affirmative” approach. Parents are concerned that their kids are not receiving appropriate treatment and support. And many trans and detrans people share these fears, believing that a better model of care is possible. Genspect unites these voices. We represent 19 different organizations in 17 different countries. We’re not just speaking for a few: we speak for thousands.
We are parents and professionals concerned about the medicalization of identity and the erosion of sex-based rights.
For a more evidence-based, less ideological conversation about gender dysphoria
Detrans Canada is an independent and non-partisan advocacy organization that supports detransitioning, desisting, and re-identifying Canadians. We seek to fill the gap in research, resources, and platforms available to those detransitioning, desisting, and re-identifying. We believe those who are in the process of questioning, ending or reversing a gender identify or gender transition process should be offered support, access to high-quality research, access to informed medical professionals, and the ability to advocate for themselves.