Growing Pains: Problems with Puberty Suppression in Treating Gender Dysphoria (USA)

In a recently published paper in The New Atlantis titled “Growing Pains: Problems with Puberty Suppression in Treating Gender Dysphoria,” authors Paul W. Hruz, Lawrence S. Mayer, and Paul R. McHugh argue that “the evidence for the safety and efficacy of puberty suppression is thin, based more on the subjective judgments of clinicians than on rigorous empirical evidence. It is, in this sense, still experimental — yet it is an experiment being conducted in an uncontrolled and unsystematic manner.”

According to the authors, “The claim that puberty-blocking treatments are fully reversible makes them appear less drastic, but this claim is not supported by scientific evidence. It remains unknown whether or not ordinary sex-typical puberty will resume following the suppression of puberty in patients with gender dysphoria. It is also unclear whether children would be able to develop normal reproductive functions if they were to withdraw from puberty suppression. It likewise remains unclear whether bone and muscle development will proceed normally for these children if they resume puberty as their biological sex. Furthermore, we do not fully understand the psychological consequences of using puberty suppression to treat young people with gender dysphoria.”

“Physicians should be cautious about embracing experimental therapies in general, but especially those intended for children, and should particularly avoid any experimental therapy that has virtually no scientific evidence of effectiveness or safety. Regardless of the good intentions of the physicians and parents, to expose young people to such treatments is to endanger them.”

Read the full paper here:  Growing Pains: Problems with Puberty Suppression in Treating Gender Dysphoria — The New Atlantis

Hormone therapy is a horrible risk for kids — New York Post

Yvette Cormier v. @PlanetFitness (USA)

Yvette Cormier is a woman who objected to the presence of a man in the women’s locker room at a Planet Fitness gym in Michigan and who filed a lawsuit against the gym following the cancelation of her membership.  On Wednesday, July 12 Cormier’s attorney, David Kallman, filed for leave to appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Cormier’s complaint states, “The lower courts erroneously held that Defendants did not invited Mrs. Cormier’s right to privacy by allowing a man to be present in and use the women’s locker room and showers.  Mrs. Cormier respectfully requests that this Honorable Court reverse the holdings of the lower courts and remand this case for trial.”

We support Ms. Cormier’s lawsuit, and the right of all women to object to the presence of men in women’s spaces.

Read the full complaint here: Cormier v. Planet Fitness

Yvette Cormier v. @PlanetFitness (USA) — Gender Identity Watch

Planet Fitness transgender locker room case heads to Michigan Supreme Court — MLive

 

Doe v. Boyertown Area School District (USA)

 

In March of 2017 Joel Doe, a high school student in the Boyertown Area School District, and his parents filed a lawsuit against the school district alleging the Defendants “intentionally violated the bodily privacy rights of students by exposing them involuntarily to members of the opposite sex within private facilities like locker rooms and restrooms.”  In April three additional students joined the lawsuit, which is set to be heard by a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Monday.

The complaint alleges “intentional violation of students’ fundamental
right to bodily privacy contrary to constitutional and statutory principles, including
the Fourteenth Amendment, Title IX, invasion of seclusion, and the Pennsylvania’s
Public School Code of 1949, which requires separate facilities on the basis of sex.”

According to the complaint, “The Defendants, without parent or student notification, authorized multiple students to have unrestricted access to enter and use the private facilities of the opposite sex.”

“By adopting gender identity theory as the basis for regulating access to private facilities, Defendants are violating sex discrimination law by not protecting students based on sex but instead imposing an individual’s subjective perception of their gender on other students who value their privacy based on anatomical differences between the sexes.”

Doe v. Boyertown Area School District — amended complaint

Federal Judge Set to Hear Suit on Transgender School Policy — usnews.com

Student sues Pennsylvania school district for sexual harassment, violation of personal privacy — ADF

Three students join bodily privacy suit against Pennsylvania school district — ADF

H.B. 2796 (USA)

On June 12, H.B. 2796, the Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2017, was referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

“This bill prohibits the word “sex” or “gender” from being interpreted to mean “gender identity,” and requires “man” or “woman” to be interpreted to refer exclusively to a person’s genetic sex, for purposes determining the meaning of federal civil rights laws or related federal administrative agency regulations or guidance. No federal civil rights law shall be interpreted to treat gender identity or transgender status as a protected class, unless it expressly designates “gender identity” or “transgender status” as a protected class.”

H.B. 2796 — Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2017

H.B. 2796 — LegiScan

H.B. 2796 — Gender Identity Watch

Kori Doty (Canada)

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Kori Doty, “a non-binary transgender person who identifies as neither male nor female,” gave birth in November at a friend’s home in B.C., Canada.  Doty alleges “a visual inspection at birth is unable to determine what gender that person will have or identify with later in life,” and wishes to keep the baby’s sex off all official records.

According to Doty, “I’m raising Searyl in such a way that until they have the sense of self and command of vocabulary to tell me who they are, I’m recognizing them as a baby and trying to give them all the love and support to be the most whole person that they can be outside of the restrictions that come with the boy box and the girl box.”

“Doty says the province is refusing to issue Searyl a birth certificate with no gender on it, although last month the province did acquiesce and send out the child’s health card with a “U” for gender, presumably for “undetermined” or “unassigned,” so they could access medical services.”  Doty is seeking a judicial review of the case.

Parent fights to omit gender on B.C. child’s birth certificate — cbc.ca

Canadian baby ‘first without gender designation’ on health card — BBC

 

Donna Perry (USA)

Donna Perry, a man who identifies as a transgender woman, was convicted on June 29 in the murders of three prostituted women, Yolanda A. Sapp, Nickie I. Lowe and Kathleen A. Brisbois, more than 27 years after their deaths.

“Their murders remained a mystery until Perry was convicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2012. When [his] DNA was entered into the system, it linked her to the trio of bodies, according to the news station.”

Perry alleged “Douglas” (the name Perry was known by before he started identifying as “Donna”) committed the murders, saying “Douglas didn’t stop, Donna stopped it.”  Perry also claims he had sex reassignment surgery in Thailand in 2000 “as a permanent way to control violence” and that “there’s a great downturn in violence” when men have sex reassignment surgery and identify as women.

A former cellmate of Perry’s, Chero Fread, testified against Perry claiming he had told her he killed “two more individuals after the sex change” and that he was jealous of women “[b]ecause they could breed, they could have families.”  According to Fread, “[h]e told me … becoming a woman was a disguise to take the heat off of him, that an elderly lady with mental illness would never get caught.”

“Sentencing is set for 9:30 a.m. July 24. Since the jury also found Perry guilty of the aggravating circumstance that the three murders were part of a common scheme or plan, she faces up to life in prison on each charge.”

Transgender woman, 65, found guilty of murdering three prostitutes because she was jealous of their ability to reproduce — NY Daily News

Jury convicts Donna Perry of serial killings — The Spokesman-Review

Cellmate of transgender murder suspect says Donna Perry claimed to have killed dozens — The Spokesman-Review

Transgender Defense: ‘Donna’ Says ‘Doug’ Is the Spokane Serial Killer — ABC News

 

 

Adams v. The School Board of St. Johns County, Florida @LambdaLegal (USA)

Drew Adams is a 16-year-old student at Nease High School in St Johns County, FL who identifies as a transgender boy.  Lambda Legal recently filed a lawsuit on Adams’ behalf seeking access to the boys’ restrooms at the high school Adams attends.

According to Adams, “I started using the boys’ room during my freshman year, when I began living as the boy that I am, and everything was fine. No one bothered me and I didn’t bother anyone else. But then one day, I was pulled out of class and told that I could no longer use the boys’ room, and would have to use one of the few gender-neutral bathrooms on campus instead. Apparently, someone had anonymously reported me, as if I was doing something wrong. I wasn’t.”

Adams’ attorneys assert “that St. John County School Board’s discriminatory restroom policy sends a purposeful message that transgender students in the school district are undeserving of the privacy, respect and protections afforded to other students. Lambda Legal also argues that the school district’s policy to exclude transgender students from the restrooms that match their gender is unconstitutional because it discriminates based on sex in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments Act.”

Adams v. The School Board of St. Johns County, Florida — Lambda Legal

My High School Won’t Let Me Use the Bathroom, so I’m Suing It — Lambda Legal

Complaint — filed June 28, 2017