A recent Ivy League study was suppressed because it found that many kids who succumb to transgenderism came to their feelings because they have been exposed to peer pressure, not because they really are transgender.
The study found that transgenderism was all too often more like a “social contagion” than a real, medical condition. But because the study didn’t conform to the social justice warrior agenda, it was suppressed by the education establishment.
The story comes from The Federalist:
“Rapid-onset gender dysphoria” among teens and young adults may be a social contagion linked with having friends who identify as LGBT, an identity politics peer culture, and an increase in internet use, finds a study out this month from a Brown University professor. The study was quickly yanked from Brown’s news releases after a transgender activist feeding frenzy, and the journal it was published in is reconsidering the publication. There is a parent and researcher-driven petition to stand behind the publication of the first study to look in detail at rapid-onset gender dysphoria.
The petition includes the following graph about gender referrals in the United Kingdom. Anecdotal and news reports, as well as the rapid recent growth in transgender treatment centers, indicates a similar phenomenon inside the United States.
“[T]he parental reports in this study offer important and much-needed preliminary information about a cohort of adolescents, mostly girls, who with no prior history of dysphoria, are requesting irreversible medical interventions, including the potential to impair fertility and future sexual function,” says the petition. “In any other group of children, these grave consequences would be seen as human rights violations unless there was significant and overwhelming evidence these procedures would be beneficial long-term.”
Despite these facts on the ground, Brown issued a statement Tuesday effectively apologizing for publicizing their own professor’s research because, “Brown community members express[ed] concerns that the conclusions of the study could be used to discredit efforts to support transgender youth and invalidate the perspectives of members of the transgender community.”
Once again we see that facts and reality do not matter to liberals. They would rather push their left-wing, transgender political agenda than serve the truth.
But, what we have here is the left-wing educational establishment putting our children in danger. How? Because many of these kids are dealing with mental problems, not physical problems. And these transgender procedures deal only with the physical — and often leave kids with dangerous, un-alterable changes to their bodies. These are usually medical procedures forced on these kids during times when they are not mentally prepared to fully understand what they are doing to their bodies.
Transgenderism is dangerous to these kids and should be deemed child abuse, not medicine.
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