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We have gender dysphoria.

We want our healthcare back. 

An open letter to:

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Nursing, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Physician Assistants, American College Health Association, American College of Nurse-Midwives, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, American Counseling Association, American Heart Association, American Medical Association, American Medical Student Association, American Nurses Association, American Osteopathic Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Public Health Association, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Endocrine Society, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality, National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health, National Association of Social Workers, National Commission on Correctional Health Care, Pediatric Endocrine Society, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, World Health Association (WHO), World Medical Association, World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)

The debate over transgender healthcare has recently escalated to a fever pitch. Trans activists are engaging in censorious and even coercive tactics to shut down any critical inquiry into the safety or efficacy of immediately medicalizing anyone who presents with Gender Dysphoria or self-identifies as transgender. We, as members of the transgender community, and others with Gender Dysphoria, wish to disavow these tactics and to request our healthcare be as safe, rigorously researched, and apolitical as every other healthcare field. 

 

Queer Theory

 

We feel gender related healthcare has been polluted by an academic theory that seeks to blur the categories of male and female; gay and straight; cisgender and transgender. Queer Theory’s aim is a noble one: to shield oppressed people from the forces of their oppression by erasing the lines between oppressor and oppressed. However, when theory, rather than evidence, informs healthcare practices, safety is compromised. 

 

Queer Theory is a post-modern philosophy that started in academia in the early 1990s and has trickled out into the broader LGBT community over the last decade or so. Queer Theory posits that gender is just a performance; that male and female are merely learned behaviors that can be performed equally as well by either sex. Naturally, trans activists embraced this idea of gender being untethered from biological sex. And despite this view being difficult to translate into law or medicine, activists have been successful in working that understanding of gender into both. 

 

Today, most people who have adopted and perpetuate Queer Theory have no idea what Queer Theory is. They simply understand it as progressivism, or pejoratively, as ‘wokism’. But it is an academic philosophy - a lingual tactic - intended to protect the vulnerable, that has spread throughout the western world and ultimately become a state sanctioned religion. Indeed, in recent years it has become almost blasphemous to question the often contradictory tenets of Queer Theory. For example, that sex is both arbitrary and irrelevant, yet sometimes can be incorrectly ‘assigned’ and requires medical intervention. These are mutually exclusive views on sex and gender, yet anyone who points this out will be accused of hatred and wishing harm on vulnerable people. 

 

 

Gender Dysphoria

 

Gender Dysphoria is not a philosophy or a political agenda. It is a psychological condition whereby a person perceives the sex characteristics of their body to be incorrect. There are multiple pathways to developing Gender Dysphoria – all of which need to be better researched and better understood by the healthcare providers working with this patient population. But any clinicians interested in doing this research have been pushed out of their practices by activists who will not allow for any understanding of the trans experience outside of the Queer Theory view. This is only serving to harm the population the activists purport to be helping. 

 

As people living with Gender Dysphoria, we want competent, evidence-based care. This includes mental health care and thorough psychosocial assessment prior to any medicalization, at any age. What we are advocating for is not conversion therapy, despite what many trans activists often claim. According to the evolving standard for treating Gender Dysphoria, anything other than immediate access to hormone therapy and surgeries is misconstrued as conversion therapy. This is not only an absurd view of psychosocial evaluations, its causing unnecessary harm to young, vulnerable people.  

 

 

In Sum

 

Activists have created confusion about what “trans” is by couching it in an academic theory that deliberately obscures any definitive categories. In addition, they employ intimidation campaigns against any individual or organization that seeks clarity. As people with gender dysphoria, many of us transgender or detransitioners, we want to clear away the confusion and obfuscation surrounding our condition. For the safety and well-being of all trans and gender dysphoric people, we need our healthcare, especially our mental healthcare, disentangled from a well-meaning yet misappropriated academic philosophy. 

Signed,

24/02/2024
Connor
USA
25/11/2023
Evren
USA
21/11/2023
Jepharee Stevenson
USA
13/11/2023
Jael O’Hare
USA
29/10/2023
David Ryans
United Kingdom
14/08/2023
D.W.
USA
12/08/2023
Stephanie
United States
11/08/2023
Beckett
United States
11/08/2023
CM
Canada
10/08/2023
Kenneth P.
Poland
10/08/2023
Renae Rogers
USA
02/08/2023
J.G.
USA
22/07/2023
Revna
USA
18/07/2023
KD
USA
30/06/2023
CH
USA
29/06/2023
J. S.
Canada
23/06/2023
S.B.
Germany
21/06/2023
Daniel
Canada
07/06/2023
Yuri
Belarus
18/05/2023
Solace Willow
Canada
14/05/2023
Sarah Clayton
USA
05/05/2023
Taylor Davis
Canada
01/05/2023
Olive Tree
United States
27/04/2023
Marc
United States
24/04/2023
esten blackwell
USA
14/04/2023
Ciaran Reid
Ireland
14/04/2023
Axel Frankhauser
United States
13/04/2023
Christina Beerbower
United States
13/04/2023
Piper Foster
United States
11/04/2023
Terry Smith
United Stares
10/04/2023
theo mackenzie
australia
09/04/2023
Rainbow Star
USA
08/04/2023
Chandler
USA
03/04/2023
Morgan Gardner
United States
30/03/2023
Michael Harris
United States
27/03/2023
Sharna
Australia
25/03/2023
ravyn
United States
25/03/2023
Helen
United States
23/03/2023
Tobias
Australia
22/03/2023
Sian
Uk
22/03/2023
Lucca
Brazil
19/03/2023
Jesse
Canada
17/03/2023
Diogo Jorge
Portugal
15/03/2023
Bridget Case
Pinellas
14/03/2023
Jason
United States
14/03/2023
Ellie Hathaway
GB
14/03/2023
Daniel
United States
14/03/2023
Daniel Brown
America
13/03/2023
Caroline kemball
United Kingdom
12/03/2023
MiMi
United States
09/03/2023
Michael
USA
06/03/2023
Courtney
USA
05/03/2023
Jesse
USA
05/03/2023
Charlie
United States
04/03/2023
Silanael
Finland
04/03/2023
Tina Heino
Finland
04/03/2023
Noel
Finland
03/03/2023
Julia
United States
03/03/2023
Eddie Shieh
USA
02/03/2023
Maria Belmonte
Spain
28/02/2023
Ruby
Germany
28/02/2023
T. A. Murray
USA
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Nico
United States
27/02/2023
Lyra G.
Canada
26/02/2023
JOSE VTE. LOPEZ
ALEMANIA
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Margaret L.
United States
25/02/2023
GP
USA
25/02/2023
Andrés D.
Sweden
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Stanley Dobrowski
25/02/2023
Susan Maddison
USA
25/02/2023
SV
United States
25/02/2023
Yan Rodil
Spain
25/02/2023
Millie D’Arc
United Kingdom
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Hannah C
Germany
25/02/2023
Benjamin C
United States
25/02/2023
Lucy Hecate
United States
25/02/2023
Jen
United States
25/02/2023
Alec Maggio
United States
24/02/2023
Travis S
USA
24/02/2023
Juliana Smith
USA
24/02/2023
Jolene Stone
USA
24/02/2023
Robin Daniels
USA
24/02/2023
Betti Stong
Malaysia
24/02/2023
Terry R.
Malaysia
23/02/2023
K Wosina
Usa
23/02/2023
Kitty Carver
Australia
23/02/2023
Caroline Paige
United Kingdom
22/02/2023
Sabrina Lojik-Szwiec
USA
22/02/2023
Jordan
Ireland
22/02/2023
Carah
USA
21/02/2023
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USA
21/02/2023
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Vietnam
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USA
20/02/2023
Audrey P
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Shane Seivewright
Canada
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Samuel Ahearn
United States
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Erik T
Sweden
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Freddie Johnson
England
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L C
USA
20/02/2023
Bruna Percinotti
Brazil
20/02/2023
JD
USA
20/02/2023
Cris Soares
USA
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Norlynx Bonkson
Fiji Islands
20/02/2023
TR Linsley
USA
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Márcia Goulart
Portugal
20/02/2023
IR
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C
Canada
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Torren Danowski
USA
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Lisa Haywood
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Mars Fernandez
United States
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S H
USA
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Eren Mundy
USA
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Jean Kreitzer
America
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Itzel Cabrera
USA
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Luke Körner
Germany
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Kori
USA
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Kyle Ford
US
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J B
United States
19/02/2023
Diogo Jorge
Portugal
19/02/2023
Audrie Meraki
United States
19/02/2023
Rachel Corbin
USA
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Ashlynn Blue
USA
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Emalee Dailey
United States
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Laura McBratney
Canada
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US
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Matt Rey
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PG
USA
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Amara Alexia
USA
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Yu-Ching Tu
Taiwan
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Helen Calle-Lin
Switzerland
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United Kingdom
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Christine Karman
Netherlands
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Alan Walsh
UK
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NZ
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Zelda Morningstar
US
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Luke Williams
USA
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Tabatha Garcia
Mexico
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Dakota Ledbetter
USA
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C.C.
USA
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Tyler Burns
United Kingdom
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Christine Rebstock
USA
19/02/2023
Toni Roche-Simmons
United Kingdom
19/02/2023
Joseph Nunn
United States
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Michelle Sciuk
Canada
19/02/2023
Corinna Cohn
USA
19/02/2023
Kayla Collins
Canada
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Sarah Mathisen
United States
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Emily Coal
United States
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Jean
United States
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Nina
Perú
19/02/2023
Amanda Carroll
United States
18/02/2023
Ryan MacAulay
United Kingdom
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Georgina Smith
United Kingdom
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Katy Cruz
Venezuela
18/02/2023
Kenneth Anderson
Canada
18/02/2023
Nael Condell
Chile
18/02/2023
Katier Gill
United States
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Nanno Chua
USA
18/02/2023
Felix Rodriguez
United States
18/02/2023
Ashley Plunkett
Canada
18/02/2023
Alex Laughlin
Canada
18/02/2023
Santiago Hormazábal
Chile
18/02/2023
Jess Emmett
USA
18/02/2023
Till Randolf Amelung
Germany
18/02/2023
Allana Strain
Scotland
18/02/2023
Mina Caputo
USA
18/02/2023
Anaïs Fursac
France
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Luke Kane
Ireland
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Madeline Le Pollès
France
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Alexander Itzkowitz
United States
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Beth Orens
USA
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Luka Wolfgram
New Zealand
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Harley Stofiel
USA
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Kristina Harrison
Britain
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Vinícius Sequeira
Brazil
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Inti Davyt
Uruguay
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Raina Ghobadi
Iran
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USA
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Allie Coleman
US
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Janice Gainsborough
USA
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Deidre Carman
Australia
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Debbie Hayton
United Kingdom
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Michelle Zacchigna
Canada
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Aaron Terrell
United States
18/02/2023
Buck Angel
USA
17/02/2023
Aaron Kimberly
Canada

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