A former transgender activist and a mother whose daughter identifies as transgender spoke out against the danger of pushing or encouraging transgenderism in children.
What are the details?
The two spoke at a Tuesday panel discussion at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. The panel, "The Medical Harms of Hormonal and Surgical Interventions for Gender Dysphoric Children," addressed the issues that come along with assisting children with a transition.
Walt Heyer, the trans activist who recently announced that the media and doctors misled him to believe that the answer to gender dysphoria was a transition, warned of the dangers to children of encouraging early transitions.
Heyer, who formerly lived as a woman, explained that many people who wish to change genders have been sexually abused as children.
"Over 50 percent of the people that I've worked with — hundreds of people that I've worked with over the last 10 years — were sexually abused boys who were abused at a young age," Heyer revealed, and noted that many of them believe that the only way to "cure" themselves is to "cut off their genitalia and become female."
"In their mind, that is their defense mechanism for sexual abuse," he said.
"We are manufacturing transgender kids," Heyer later added. "We are manufacturing their depression, their anxiety, and turned [it] into a huge industry that people are profiting from after kids' lives are completely torn apart."
What did "Elaine' say?
"Elaine," who requested to be anonymous, said that she is speaking out about transgenderism to help children, parents, and family members.
"Parents are doing everything they can to help their kids lead healthy, happy, and fulfilling lives, yet when parents seek out experts for help, they receive a one-size-fits-all narrative that has no basis in science, common sense, or compassion," Elaine added.
She added that medical professionals no longer dissuade children from believing that they are transgender and instead offer empty support.
"Their children will be at higher risk of suicide," Elaine explained. "These parents are being lied to as their children are harmed, and their families are torn apart."
"Why not help children learn to love the bodies in which they were born?" she asked.
Elaine added that the dangers of administering hormone therapy to young, underdeveloped adolescents could be high and are not concrete at this point in time.
"Girls as young as 12 are prescribed testosterone for lifetime usage, while boys are given estrogen," Elaine said. "These are serious hormonal treatments that impact brain development [and] cardiovascular health, and may increase the risk of cancer.
"There are no long-term studies to prove this is necessary, safe, or prudent," she insisted. "I am speaking out because I love my daughter, and it is because of her that I know what I told you today is true. She has been a victim of 'gender-affirming' medical procedures, and I was powerless to stop doctors from harming her. Someday, I hope she will realize that I am advocating for her health and for her future."
Marian Rutigliano, an emergency medical specialist, added that the risk of suicide among transgender children is astronomical.
"Starting in about five ... to 10 years [in transition], the rates of suicide start to go up dramatically," she said. "And this is supposedly after being well-integrated into society."
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