The statement attempts to stake out a middle ground between “polarised views” and protecting members from liabilities that could arise in rapidly developing and diverging legal contexts. However, professional views on the appropriate treatment for children and young people with gender dysphoria (GD) are now so polarised that the RANZCP’s ‘middle ground’ position inevitably conflicts with recommendations made elsewhere.
Since publication, an Australian court has ruled that a court order is mandatory when a parent objects.⁷ AusPATH’s advice is now out of date, since the objecting parent will no longer have to initiate legal proceedings.
With the benefit of an extra year of court judgements and law changes relating to conversion therapy, RANZCP advises psychiatrists to avoid cases that could end up in court and take actions to mitigate that possibility:
Conflicting professional opinions speak to the urgent need for regulation. In one Australian state, clinicians must seek court approval before prescribing hormone treatments.⁸ At the same time, a state Supreme court has heard a case brought by parents who lost custody after they refused consent for the child’s hormone treatments.⁹ An unsuspecting parent might receive advice to initiate puberty suppression and hormone treatments or might receive advice to initiate psychotherapy depending on the personal beliefs of the clinician consulted and their professional memberships.
The RANZCP (established 1946, 7000 members in 2020) is an older, larger, and more mature organisation than either AusPATH (predecessor ANZPATH established 2009, 200 members in 2018) or PATHA (established 2019 with 15 members). It is not surprising that they take a more cautious approach.
We can no longer remain silent about what appears to us as a serious drift committed in the name of the emancipation of the « transgender child » (the one who declares not having been born in the « right body »). On the argument of only feelings erected in truth, radical speeches legitimize the requests of sex change. But it is at the price of a lifelong medical or even surgical treatment (removal of breasts or testicles) on children or teenagers’ bodies. It is this phenomenon and its high media profile that we are concerned about, not the choices of transgender adults.
Trivialized discourses claim that we could do without the biological reality, the sexual difference between men and women, in favor of chosen singularities based on « feelings » alone. These misleading speeches are transmitted on social networks where many teenagers in search of identity come to look for solutions to their malaise. In the name of « self-determination » – a slogan that appeals to all progressives – children and teenagers are convinced that they can change their sex with the help of hormonal treatments or even mutilating surgery. This rhetoric, spread by activists in many Western countries, uses fallacies designed to deceive.
We denounce this abduction of childhood. It is urgent today to inform the greatest number of citizens, of all professions, of all sides, of all ages, about what could appear tomorrow as one of the greatest sanitary and ethical scandals, that we would have watched happen without a word: the commodification of children’s bodies. Because by persuading these children that they have been « assigned » a sex at birth, and that they can freely change it, we make them into lifelong patients: lifelong consumers of hormonal chemicals marketed by pharmaceutical companies, recurrent consumers of more and more surgical operations in the pursuit of the chimerical dream of a fantasized body.
No, definitely, in the name of the protection of children we cannot remain silent anymore! We refuse that, in the name of « human rights », we should challenge this common base – the universalism of rights – which constitutes the foundation of humanity.
Roe v Wade is famous worldwide as the Supreme Court decision that protects American women’s right to abortion.
But Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of the case, never got the abortion she wanted. Instead, she had the baby and gave her up for adoption.
Now, five decades later, the “Roe baby”, Shelley Lynn Thornton, has gone public for the first time.
Shelley was 18 when a woman sent by The Enquirer broke the news to her that her mum was Jane Roe.
She followed the news of Norma, who went from fighting for abortion rights to fighting against abortion, when she was befriended by Reverend Flip Benham, who baptised her in a backyard pool.
Four years later, when Norma knew she was dying, she revealed in the documentary AKA Jane Roe that she only joined the anti-abortion side because she’d been paid to do it, saying she was “a good actress”.
When Norma was right near the end, lying in a Texas hospital, attached to tubes, Melissa called Shelley, to see if she wanted to meet her face to face.
Shelley still wasn’t sure. And then it was too late.
We are very concerned about the dangers to lesbians resulting from the advance of Trans Rights Activism (TRA) and the rapid, unquestioning adoption of trans perspectives by governments, institutions and community organisations. Not only are our rights to be lesbian, and to congregate as lesbians, being eroded there are even moves to completely erase lesbianism as a sexuality!
US — Wisconsin. United States federal courts are caught in a quagmire with a case pitting the constitutional guarantee to free exercise of religion against the identity of individuals who perceive themselves to be the opposite sex. A district court determined that one person’s right to identify as and be offered the same duties as members of the opposite sex overrides another’s religious prohibition against being seen naked by a member of the opposite sex. Now a higher court is hearing the appeal.
West’s lawsuit contends that prison staff and officials subjected him “to pressure to violate his beliefs by submitting to a strip-search in front of, or by, an allegedly female officer,” court documents show. Since 1995, West has been a devout Muslim also known as Mansa Lutalo Iyapo. The inmate said he is prohibited under Islamic law from exposing his nakedness to a member of the opposite sex who is not his wife, and committing this sin would condemn him to punishment “in this life and in the Hereafter.”
The Queensland under-18 netball title saw an all-boys team beat a girls’ team
The Queensland Suns men’s team trounced Bond University Bull Sharks 46-12
Members of the crowd directed abuse at the boys for playing in the match
Parents and fans were divided online about whether the match was wise
Queensland Netball said the boys had no where else to play
Netball Queensland defended its decision to include the boys in the tournament, where they easily won their seven games on the way to the title, on the basis they had nowhere else to play due to the lower number of male players.
‘We are hopeful this will be a catalyst for a stand alone men’s competition in 2022.’
In vivid and emotional testimony at a Senate hearing Wednesday, four elite American gymnasts testified about the abuse they had suffered by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar and their feelings of betrayal by investigators, including from the FBI which they say let them down.
Olympic gymnast Simone Biles tearfully said she blames Nassar and also “an entire system that allowed his abuse,” including USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee.
In his opening statement, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Durbin, D-Ill., called the FBI’s handling of the case “a stain on the bureau.”
“In the 15-month period that FBI officials shirked their responsibility, Nassar abused at least 70 young athletes,” Durbin said. “For many of them, this was a continuation, but for others they were abused for the first time while the FBI sat on the case.”
Two women who claim they were forced into sex trafficking have filed a lawsuit against Nevada officials and others over the state’s lax prostitution laws.
The suit alleges that more than one-third of roughly $14 million in revenue generated from illegal prostitution in the United States was collected in Las Vegas, citing a 2021 report. Legal brothels generate an estimated $75 million a year in Nevada, which in turn collects 9 percent in tax revenue.
“Nevada’s legal prostitution system has inherently contributed to the sex trafficking of these plaintiffs for both the benefit of sex buyers who flock to Nevada and for the profit of Nevada and its tourism industry,” Christen Price, senior legal counsel at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, said in a news release about the lawsuit. “The plaintiffs were subjected to violence, threats, and other forms of control by sex trade profiteers, which is precisely what the Thirteenth Amendment forbids. Ultimately, these Nevada defendants must be held accountable for enabling this abuse.”
In a letter dated Sept. 6, a U.K.-based attorney for Andrew disputed whether the claim was viable, saying the lawsuit didn’t appear to have been served following proper procedures under the Hague Convention.