Five things to know about ‘gender dysphoria’ in children

first_imgLifeSiteNews 19 August 2016“Gender dysphoria” (GD) is a condition in which a person may feel unhappy with his or her biological sex, express a desire to be the opposite sex, or even insist that he or she is of the opposite sex from what his or her genes and anatomy indicate. People who choose to adopt a “gender identity” different from their biological sex are known as “transgender.”This condition is increasingly being identified not merely in adults, but even in very young, pre-pubescent children. The American College of Pediatricians (an organization formed as an alternative to the larger and more liberal American Academy of Pediatrics), has now released an important paper on “Gender Dysphoria in Children.” It provides a significant medical and scientific counterweight to the growing ideology that demands affirmation of “transgender” identities—even in children.I encourage those interested to read the College’s press release and the full study. For those wanting a brief summary, however, here are five key points I took away from the paper.1) There is no scientific evidence that people with gender dysphoria are “born in the wrong body.”Those who identify as transgender often claim that they are “women born in men’s bodies” or “men born in women’s bodies.” Yet the scientific evidence put forward in support of this theory is weak. In fact, studies of twins have shown that when one twin identifies as transgender, only 20% of the time does the other twin also identify as transgender. This finding alone disproves the idea that gender dysphoria results primarily from prenatal genetic or hormonal influences. (Note: “gender dysphoria” is not the same as biological “disorders of sexual development”—DSD—or “intersex” conditions. The vast majority of people who identify as transgender are entirely normal males or females genetically and biologically.)2) Most children who experience gender dysphoria do not grow up to identify as transgender adults.Research has shown that, left to themselves—that is, if they are not given special hormone treatments and not permitted to “transition” into living socially as a person of the opposite sex—most children who exhibit symptoms of “gender dysphoria” will resolve those issues before adulthood and will live as normal males or females with a “gender identity” that corresponds to (rather than conflicts with) their biological sex at birth. Historically, this has been true of between 80% and 95% of gender dysphoric children.3) Despite #2, many children with gender dysphoria are now being funneled into a treatment protocol that involves both early and ongoing hormone treatments.It is one thing (and radical enough) for someone born a boy to be allowed to start living as a girl, or vice versa (that is, to “socially transition”). However, some children (as young as 11) are actually being given hormones to block the natural effects of puberty before it begins. The physical differences between male and female children (when clothed) are relatively small and fairly easy to conceal with clothing. Those differences become greater after puberty, which in turn makes it more difficult for a teenager who identifies as transgender to “pass” as a member of the opposite biological sex. Puberty blockers are intended to forestall that “problem.”Then when they are older (although sometimes as young as 16), they may begin to receive “cross-sex hormones” (e.g., estrogen for males who identify as female, or testosterone for females who identify as male). These continue the suppression of characteristics of their biological sex, while triggering some of the characteristics of the intended gender (such as breast growth or development of facial hair).4) Such hormone treatments may have serious negative health consequences—both known and unknown.Supporters of puberty-blocking hormones contend that their effects are reversible, giving a child the opportunity to change his or her mind about gender “transition” upon reaching adulthood. Case studies show, however, that in reality such an intervention puts the child on a nearly inevitable path to a transgender identity—in sharp contrast to most gender dysphoric children who are not so treated. Completion of the entire protocol of both puberty-blocking and cross-sex hormones (especially when followed by sex reassignment surgery) results in permanent sterility—the inability to ever have biological children, even using artificial reproductive technology. The American College of Pediatricians argues, “The treatment of GD in childhood with hormones effectively amounts to mass experimentation on, and sterilization of, youth who are cognitively incapable of providing informed consent.”As for cross-sex hormones, a comprehensive review of the scientific literature found, “There are potentially long-term safety risks associated with hormone therapy, but none have been proven or conclusively ruled out.” For example, giving estrogen to biological males may place them at risk for cardiovascular disease, elevated blood pressure, gall bladder disease, and breast cancer; while giving testosterone to biological females may be associated with elevated triglycerides, sleep apnea, and insulin resistance—in addition to the risks associated with obtaining a double mastectomy, which some may do when only 16 years old.5) Research shows that “severe psychopathology and developmental difficulties” often precede the development of gender dysphoria.A more compassionate approach to caring for children with gender dysphoria would involve what was once the “standard approach”—either “watchful waiting” or psychotherapy “to address familial pathology if it was present, treat any psychosocial morbidities in the child, and aid the child in aligning gender identity with biological sex.” Children are in no position to given meaningful “informed consent” for more serious and potentially hazardous procedures such as hormone therapy. read more

Kano Pillars Crush 3SC 6-0 to Record Season’s Biggest Win

first_img8Warri Wolves1254377019 PosTeamPWDLGFGAGDPts 3Ifeanyiubah137151513222 153SC135081321-815 19Enyimba840477012 2Abia Warriors12651158723 MATCH DAY 13Rangers 2-1 NasarawaEl-Kanemi 1-0 Ikorodu UtdKano Pillars 6-0 ShootingWikki  3-0 IfeanyiUbahPlateau Utd 2-1 Rivers UtdHeartland 1-0 SunshineWarri Wolves 2-0 GiwaAbia Warriors 3-1 MFMLobi  1-0 TornadoesSTANDINGS 5Lobi Stars136341511421 16Sunshine123541312114 18Giwa FC124261116-514 Kano Pillars recorded the biggest win of the Nigeria Professional Football League season yesterday when they thumped visiting Shooting Stars 6-0.However, Enugu Rangers who defeated Nasarawa United 2-1 earlier on Friday has overtaken FC IfeanyiUbah at the top of the log on 24 points from 12 matches while Abia United is second on 23 points from same 12 games. IfeanyiUbah who lost 0-3 to Wikki yesterday is third on 22 points from 13 matches while Pillars with 21 points from 12 matches is fourth.Emmanuel Edmund grabbed a hat-trick with Ifeanyi Matthew, Adamu Mohammed and Nafiu Ibrahim also getting on the scoreboard.Ifeanyi Matthew opened scoring for Pillars with a low drive after 11 minutes, before Edmund doubled the lead in the 37th minute.Edmund grabbed his brace in the 58th minute and completed his hat-trick in the 82nd minute, before late strikes by Adamu Mohammed and Nafiu Ibrahim.The heavy defeat has clearly showed up the sharp divisions of Shooting Stars, whose players have not been paid for the past five months. 17Tornadoes134271517-214 11Heartland1252599017 4Kano Pillars126332012821 9MFM FC135441415-119 14Nasarawa Utd125071215-315 20Ikorodu Utd13139621-156 6Wikki Tourists12543156919 13El-Kanemi135171418-416 7Rivers Utd136161514119 Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram 12Plateau Utd135261419-517 1Rangers127321912724 10Akwa Utd135351713418 Elsewhere yesterday, Plateau United struck late to deny Rivers United a share of the spoils in an action-filled NPFL game decided in Jos.Plateau won 2-1 with the winner arriving on the stroke of full time.The hosts took the lead at the Rwang Pam Stadium in the 14th minute through Benjamin Turba following a long throw in from the right.They could have easily added to their tally in the first half but were denied by impressive defending the visitors until the referee brought the first half to a close.Rivers United looked a better side after the restart and duly got their reward through Chukwunonso Okonkwo who equalised with a looping header in the 80th minute.It was his fourth goal in as many matches and gave the visitors renewed belief as they began playing with vigour and poise, while pressing for a late winner.There was to be late drama in the end as the Rivers United goal keeper, Sunday Rotimi inadvertently diverted yet another long throw into his own net in the 90th minute.Plateau United Head Coach, Zachary Baraje, was pleased with the win but insists he needs a ‘turning point’ in the form of an away win in the coming days.“I am praying I get the opportunity to reinforce the team with some mature players. “If that is done, I do not see this team facing relegation.“Right now, I need a turning point by getting some points away from home,” Baraje told reporters after the game.The Rivers United Technical Manager, Stanley Eguma, said his team will now train their sights on their next league game against Enugu Rangers in Port Harcourt on May 1.“We should have gotten a point or even all three today but we lost it (at the death).“We must put that behind us now and look ahead to the next game,” he said.Plateau United move up to 12th on the league standings with 17 points from 13 matches while Rivers United dropped two places on the log to 7th with 19 points from 13 matches.last_img read more

Dikko Hails Enyimba’s Never-Say-Die Attitude

first_imgThe League Management Company (LMC) has lauded Enyimba’s qualification for the CAF Champions’ League group stage after beating Etoile du Sahel to the ticket on Wednesday at the Olympic Stadium in Sousse.Chairman of the LMC, Shehu Dikko in a social media post congratulated Enyimba for their show of bravery throughout the encounter while urging Nigerians to take a cue from the People’s Elephant who showed the Nigerian spirits even when many had written them off after the 90 minutes.“Enyimba have shown the Nigerian spirit today after they qualified at the expense of Etoile du Sahel. Even though they were three goals down but they never collapsed or gave up,” writes Dikko. “They could have scored the away goal at the 86th minute to win the match but they couldn’t convert the chance that came their way. Even though they were two goals down from the first two penalties in the penalty shootout still they never gave up and they clawed their way back.“They were presented with the opportunity to close up the tie with a penalty conversion in their sixth penalty to win and they lost it but they never surrendered and they got the result by the seventh penalty to win the match.“There is no better way to demonstrate the Nigerian spirit and this is how we use to know Nigerian teams. Enyimba have been able to revive our zeal and commitment to our fatherland. I want to congratulate Enyimba and to all lovers of Nigerian football. May this be the beginning of the turnaround to our international football performances.Enyimba have thus become the first Nigerian club after Sunshine Stars in 2012 to qualify for the CAF Champions’ League group stage and they are joined in the last eight by Entete Setif (Algeria), AS Vita Club (D R Congo), Al Ahly (Egypt), Zamalek (Egypt), ASEC Mimosas (Cote d’ Ivoire), Zesco United (Zambia) and Wydad Club (Morocco).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal protesters were among up to 500 activists from all over the country who attended a strategy meeting of the Campaign Against the Household and Water Tax in Dublin today.The meeting was convened to debate the campaign’s reaction to the property tax legislation.Among those at the meeting was Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle. He said the mood of the meeting was very strongly in favour of maintaining the boycott of the tax.The meeting heard that there are still some legal issues to be clarified about a boycott but the meeting was strongly in favour of the boycott continuing.A call was made for everyone one to support the day of protest on February 9th in Dublin to send a very clear message to the government of opposition to the tax.Speaking after the meeting Thomas Pringle TD said the group will stand firm. “It was good to see the resolve of activists all over the country including Donegal restating their commitment to opposing the tax and showing this government that we will not endorse their programme of austerity.”DONEGAL PROTESTERS VOW TO STAND STRONG AGAINST HOUSEHOLD AND WATER CHARGES was last modified: January 12th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:HOUSEHOLD CHARGEprotestersThomas Pringle TDwater chargelast_img read more