A few days before Christmas the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced which will develop new guidelines on the 'health of trans and gender diverse people', with a focus on access to hormones and surgery (what it calls 'gender-inclusive care'). ') and the legal recognition of thegender self-identification (self id).
The WHO also announced have formed a group to develop the guidelines. This expert group includes many of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) apparatchiks, tincluding two former presidents; trans activists employed by the Global Action for Trans Equality network, or GATE; the parent of a child who identifies as trans; and at least one member with strong links with the pharmaceutical industry. Out of 21 members, more than three quarters are transactivists.
Some of the panelists have particularly picturesque public profiles, none more so than Florence Ashley (pictured top) 'transfeminist jurist and bioethicist' whose favourite pronouns are "Them/Them/That bitch ". Ashley considers which 'puberty blockers should be treated as the default option' for ALL young people, instead of 'letting puberty take its course'. The activist argues that letting this stage of human development progress uninterrupted "strongly favours cis-incarnation, increasing the psychological and medical cost of the transition'.
"Puberty blockers structurally place the transgender and cisgender hormonal future in an approximate symmetry. Young people taking puberty blockers have their options wide open, their bodies are not altered by either testosterone or oestrogen. Although much remains unknown about the long-term effects of puberty blockers, the limited empirical evidence and clinical experience make us more than justified in believing that, whatever risks puberty blockers pose, they do not preclude future life paths as much as puberty does.
In short: Natural puberty is much more dangerous than 'artificial development' produced by the use of blockers followed by cross-sex hormones and surgery, because only the latter path guarantees freedom. E Today, freedom is first and foremost freedom to decide what sex you are: For years now, adolescents have been bombarded with this transpropaganda (ed.)
Besides being absurd, the proposal does not take into account the possible effects of puberty blockers on adolescent brain development. We still do not know how the suppression of sex hormones that stimulate cognitive development during puberty affects factors such as impulse control, emotional regulation, critical thinking and decision-making. Furthermore, evidence suggest which blocking puberty could 'lock' children into a trans identity instead of gaining time and space to think.
According to some pioneering studies puberty blockers, in addition to the various side effects already established, from bone demineralisation to impaired fertility, would also interrupt brain maturation, halting the development of neural connections and compromising myelinisation: in the table below the effects of the puberty blocker Lupron on a 3-year-old Brazilian boy, ed.
Ashley first denies then admits the possible role of social influence on/on minors: 'If the increase in transgender identities points to a social contagion - a claim that I have shown to be unfounded - it could nevertheless be a healthy contagion'.
Another speaker, Teddy Cook, described the "actual side effects of gender-affirming medical treatments" as "significantly better quality of life, significantly better health and well-being outcomes, a dramatic decrease in distress, depression and anxiety and a substantial increase in gender differences' concluding that 'we do not run the risk of harm by asserting our gender'.
The panel members supervised the controversial inclusion of eunuchs, as well as theexclusion of a draft chapter on medical ethics from latest standards of care of WPATH . In short, many of them have significant personal, intellectual and professional conflicts of interest that may interfere with their ability to evaluate evidence when it leads to uncomfortable situations.
Conflicts of interest are inevitable, but balance matters. There are no critical voices on the WHO panel, concerned doctors, child and adolescent development experts, neurodevelopment specialists, desisters and detransitioners
The organisation also opened a short window for public comments during the Christmas holidays, a window that will close just two days after Epiphany. If Friday afternoon is the best time of the week for spreading bad newsthe Christmas and New Year period is the ideal time to solicit public comment if you want as few people as possible to intervene, of course.
The World Health Organisation has a responsibility to facilitate - not anticipate - an open, transparent and scientific dialogue on the risks, benefits and unknowns surrounding the most effective and ethical treatments for patients with gender dysphoria.
At this point, the process would require starting from scratch.
Here instead a international petition against the WHO initiative.
translation and adaptation by Marina Terragni