Sam holds Dutch gender clinic liable for misdiagnosis: “Going into transition was not the solution to my problems”

Sam* is holding the Amsterdam UMC, which includes the gender clinic of the VU Medical Centre, liable because he feels a proper diagnosis was not made. And he is not the only one: his lawyer is now handling 10 cases surrounding transgender care, two of which involve misdiagnosis.

Sam was struggling with himself when, at 16, he thought he was transgender. “There was a broadcast on television with a trans boy sharing his story,” he looks back. “And that was when I was already feeling very unhappy, I was very confused with myself.”

During that time, Sam also discovered that he fancied men. The teenage boy found it difficult, which he “certainly didn’t want. Also, I had a lot of trouble with myself as a person: I found myself disgusting, I hated myself and thought I was a terrible person.”

Sam acknowledges that he wanted the transition himself and was clear about it to his practitioners. According to the Medical Treatment Agreement Act (WGBO), a person aged 16 and over can decide whether to undergo treatment.

But he now thinks that does not negate the fact that the psychologists in the gender team could have countered. “They should have helped me look at the whole picture and not just that transition,” he says. He also feels that his parents were not involved enough and that his mother was not listened to when she expressed doubts about the process.

When Sam was about to undergo more cosmetic surgery at 22, he came to the conclusion that transitioning to become a woman was not the answer. He decided to stop using female hormones and said “no” when he was later called by the hospital for gender-affirming surgery.

Sam has since been living as a man for 3 years and is gradually improving. “I was this close to having the sex operation. If I think about that, it can be very upsetting. I think I was very lucky to have narrowly escaped.”

*Sam is a pseudonym. His real name is known to the editor.

Source: Sam holds Dutch gender clinic liable for misdiagnosis: “Going into transition was not the solution to my problems”

Fascinating charts show explosion in number of children who think they are trans amid claims Covid lockdowns fuelled rates – especially in young girls | Daily Mail Online

Fascinating charts track the explosion of gender-questioning youth in the UK over the past few years.

More than 5,000 referrals were made to the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) in 2021/22, compared to just a few hundred a decade earlier.

Girls have accounted for an increasing proportion of the total.

Almost two-thirds of referrals in recent years were in teenage girls.

For comparison, boys made up the vast majority when NHS medics were offering gender care to children and young people a decade ago.

The statistics formed part of the bombshell Cass review, which ruled that staples of NHS treatment of trans youth – like doling out puberty blockers and sex hormones – were built on ‘shaky foundations’.

A damning 400-page dossier by respected paediatrician Dr Hilary Cass found such treatments have little evidence of positive outcomes or safety in the long term.

Source: Fascinating charts show explosion in number of children who think they are trans amid claims Covid lockdowns fuelled rates – especially in young girls | Daily Mail Online

The Sydney suburbs that are home to thousands of guns | SMH

A rise in the number of guns in NSW has sparked concern over how they are controlled, with firearms licences this year handed to people with histories of mental illness and violent behaviour, despite police objections.

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal overturned a decision not to grant someone a firearm once every two weeks in May and June this year, prompting concern from public health experts. Police tried to block those people from accessing a gun because they alleged they had histories of mental illness, schizophrenia, or violent or threatening behaviour.

The number of registered firearms in NSW jumped from just over 1 million in 2020 to 1,112,734 at the end of last year, and some suburbs of Sydney are now home to thousands of firearms. An extra 10,000 people have also been granted a gun licence in that time, with 251,563 now legally able to own and shoot a gun.

Under NSW law, firearms use is considered a privilege and the applicant must be deemed a fit and proper person to own a gun without being a danger to public safety, as judged by the NSW Police. Refusals can be challenged via an internal review, and any final decision can be challenged at the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Last year an extra 7000 people listed sport target shooting as the reason for needing the firearms licence compared to 2020.

NSW Greens MP Sue Higginson said the reasons for accessing firearms should be reviewed and novel solutions were needed to make sure suburban homes were not becoming boltholes for guns.

“The data suggests the uptick is because people are using a gun for fun, and this is no laughing matter. It’s very concerning that this is resulting in a concentration of lethal weapons in the community in particular suburbs and localities, such as western and south-western Sydney,” she said.

“Guns for recreation do not necessarily need to be owned personally and stored away from the purpose-built place they are used … When access to guns becomes more commonplace, it is inevitable that people will become more exposed to gun violence.”

Source: 12ft

Labour has dismissed women like me. I’ll struggle to vote for it | JK Rowling

On Thursday evening, I went to the best book launch I’ve ever attended, and I’m including all of the Harry Potter launches, crazily memorable though those were. This one took place in a large, old wood-panelled room in the middle of Edinburgh, and the evening was so warm the windows were open, so we could hear the distant strains of bagpipes from the Royal Mile.

This was a belated, post-publication party for The Women Who Wouldn’t Wheesht, the book of essays to which I contributed, and which came out last month. “Wheesht” is a Scots injunction to be quiet: “haud your wheesht” means “hush!”

The book has contributions from 30 or so problematic Scottish females who didn’t agree with the former first minister Nicola Sturgeon’s vision of a country where a man could become a woman simply by declaring himself one.
Among the writers were politicians, journalists, activists and policy analysts. However, many contributors have no public profile. Some had written their essays anonymously.
I can’t use the word “ordinary” for the latter women, because they’re about as far from “ordinary” as you can get. These are the women who risked (and in some cases, lost) their livelihoods by standing up against an ideology embraced by Scottish politicians, state institutions and by the police.
These supposedly ordinary women fought because they could see no alternative but to fight: for other vulnerable women and girls, for single-sex spaces, for the right to speak about our own bodies as we please, and to retain the ability to call a man as a man, without which no analysis or activism around sex-based issues and inequalities is possible.
The women there were so funny, so brave, so determined; I don’t think I’ve ever felt as much solidarity in a room, a solidarity that stretched across party divides. I still felt elated and inspired when I got home.
[T]here I was, on the edge of my sofa seat on Thursday night, waiting to hear Starmer clarify his views on an issue that places many left-leaning women on the spectrum between anger and disgust at his party’s embrace of gender identity ideology. Did he still maintain that women and cervixes ought not to be mentioned together?
“On the biology,” Starmer began, “I agree with what Tony Blair said the other day, in relationship to men having penises and women having vaginas.”
“So you’ve changed your position?” asked the moderator. “On the biology,” emphasised Starmer, leaving the impression that until Tony Blair sat him down for a chat, he’d never understood how he and his wife had come to produce children.
In the interests of full transparency, I should say that Rosie Duffield’s a friend of mine. We’d probably have been friends no matter where or how we’d met, but we found each other as part of a group of women fighting to retain women’s rights.
She and I share more than the occasional meal and a fairly sweary WhatsApp thread. Last month, a man received a suspended prison sentence for sending both of us death threats. Rosie was to be taken out with a gun; I was to be beaten to death with a hammer. The level of threats Rosie has received is such that she’s had to hire personal security and was recently advised not to conduct in-person hustings.
The impression given by Starmer at Thursday’s debate was that there had been something unkind, something toxic, something hard line in Rosie’s words, even though almost identical words had sounded perfectly reasonable when spoken by Blair.
It seems Rosie has received literally no support from Starmer over the threats and abuse, some of which has originated from within the Labour party itself, and has had a severe, measurable impact on her life.
As long as Labour remains dismissive and often offensive towards women fighting to retain the rights their foremothers thought were won for all time, I’ll struggle to support them. The women who wouldn’t wheesht didn’t leave Labour. Labour abandoned them.

Source: Labour has dismissed women like me. I’ll struggle to vote for it

“Devastated” Victorian parents left in the dark as schools allow their kids to socially transition | Sun Herald

Victorian kids with gender dysphoria are being socially transitioned at school without their parents’ knowledge.
Frustrated parents say they feel betrayed by the state’s education department after they were left in the dark about their child’s new gender identity at school.
In Victoria, most high school students can request that teachers call them a different name and different pronouns at school, without permission from their parents.
One concerned dad on the Bellarine Peninsula told the Herald Sun his daughter, who has been diagnosed with autism, was called a different name and male pronouns at school for months without his knowledge, despite requesting that he be kept in the loop.
The dad, who wished to remain anonymous to protect his daughter, said it was “absolutely devastating” and a “complete betrayal of trust”.
“This is a kid who only discovered last year that Santa wasn’t real,” he said.
The Herald Sun asked the education department whether they kept a record of how many students were identifying as trans at school but they refused to provide information.
But prominent Victorian detransitioner Mel Jefferies told the Herald Sun if the government did not reconsider it’s model of care, it would be hit with “a tidal wave of legal cases”.
As a teenager, Ms Jefferies struggled with body image issues and became confused about her gender, choosing to identify as a boy following several visits to clinicians.
At age 26 she had her breasts removed under medical advice.
“It was within two weeks of having my breasts removed, I was like, I want a flat stomach, I hate my thighs or I hate my hips,” she said.
“It literally just migrated.”

Inquiry into family violence orders – Parliament of Australia

The Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs adopted an inquiry into family violence orders on 4 June 2024, following a referral from the Attorney-General, the Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP.

The Committee is seeking written submissions, addressing one or more of the terms of reference by Friday, 19 July 2024.

Parliamentary committees cannot investigate or assist with individual cases, particularly those that are, or may be, before the courts. The Committee will not be publishing contributions that provide personal details or include information relating to individual cases or court orders. However, it may receive personal submissions as confidential evidence if they inform how the system and supports for victim-survivors may be improved.

Further information about making a submission to a parliamentary committee is available here.

If you are experiencing any issues uploading your submission through the online portal please email your submission to [email protected].

Source: Inquiry into family violence orders – Parliament of Australia

Gender grind – by Bernard Lane – Gender Clinic News

An Australian family law judge, Peter Tree, has raised the prospect that lengthy disputes over access to gender medicine for minors could “grind the court to death.”

Justice Tree, of the Federal Circuit and Family Court, made the remark yesterday in a protracted case1 where the parents are divided over a girl’s wish for cross-sex hormone treatment and where there are conflicting views about the relevance of England’s Cass report issued in April.

The court heard there were two other lengthy gender medicine cases now running, and the judge suggested it might reach the point where “the case for statutory intervention becomes overwhelming”—meaning law reform by federal parliament.

The court had the job of ensuring minors were competent to consent to puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and surgery, such as double mastectomy, given the attendant risks. However, human rights lawyers and the gender clinic of the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne argued this requirement was unnecessary and discriminated against trans-identifying patients.

In the 2017 re Kelvin case, the full Family Court agreed to wind back judicial supervision of treatment decisions involving irreversible cross-sex hormones, endorsing a claim by RCH Melbourne that advances in the medical science of gender dysphoria justified the change. Since that ruling, the court has only taken gender medicine cases where parents or doctors disagree.

In yesterday’s hearing, barrister Belle Lane, appearing for the parent opposed to hormone treatment, argued for the relevance of the Cass report to Australian clinical practice. She described it as the “most significant and comprehensive review” of gender medicine.

Ms Lane said her questions should be allowed, insofar as treatment policy related to the best interests of the child.

Justice Tree said the proposal was only to administer testosterone— “that’s all that’s proposed.”

“… with lifelong implications,” Ms Lane added.

Justice Tree said that whatever view he took of the Cass report, it would set no precedent and judges in future gender medicine cases could disagree with him.

And he said “the real problem” with re Kelvin was that it had “pretended” to be a case stated—a procedure where a court is asked to decide certain questions based on agreed facts—when the point had been determined.

Ms Lane said the full court in re Kelvin had failed to analyse the scientific evidence, and the agreed facts had included the assertion that there was a clinical consensus on gender dysphoria treatment internationally.

Justice Tree said re Kelvin would not “stand in the way” of a legal challenge arguing that cross-sex hormone treatment was “not therapeutic”.

Ms Lane suggested it might be cosmetic or experimental. Justice Tree said it either fixed a condition or it might be just some “swanning around in corporeal fancy dress”.

As for the Cass report, the judge said he would allow Ms Lane’s line of questioning “but on a tight leash”.

Source: Gender grind – by Bernard Lane – Gender Clinic News

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL – Signing ePetition – Vote against the Equality Legislation Amendment (LGBTIQA+) Bill 2023

Source: LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL – Signing ePetition – Vote against the Equality Legislation Amendment (LGBTIQA+) Bill 2023