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Transgender kids need help – but not what’s on offer
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

FamilyVoice Queensland state officer Geoffrey Bullock has expressed concern about a draft policy apparently backed by Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek that would require Queensland schools, including primary schools, to implement unproven gender and sexuality theories that may harm rather than help their young students.

“A small number of people suffer from ‘Body Integrity Identity Disorder’ – a psychological condition where the sufferer feels they would be happier living as an amputee.  Surgeons have been asked to cut off the “offending” limb, and a few have done so, even though the arm or leg is perfectly healthy and the problem is in the sufferer’s unbalanced mind,” Geoffrey Bullock said. 

“Most Queenslanders would consider such amputations to be absurd and unhelpful – but the new proposal regarding students with gender dysphoria is similar.  It should not be imposed on schools.”

When biological boys with male (XY) chromosomes and hormones feel they are really girls, the problem is in their mind.  Identical twin studies show the condition, like same-sex attraction, is not genetic.  Many transgendered children have experienced a variety of family and other situations that may have contributed to their condition.  NZ researcher Dr Neil Whitehead comments that a study of the literature reveals “… a late birth order is common… A child may receive less attention from parents and other siblings may well be dominant… a survey of 70 clients found no obvious physical symptoms, but 80% of the mothers and 45% of the fathers had psychiatric problems of various types, which are very high incidences.  For the most gender dysphoric, in all cases the father was absent.”

The prestigious US Johns Hopkins Hospital no longer performs gender reassignment surgery after a study showed patients’ mental condition did not improve in the years that followed, even though they may have been glad they had the operation.  Former chief psychiatrist Dr Paul McHugh has said: “It is not obvious how (a) patient’s feeling that he is a woman trapped in a man’s body differs from the feeling of a patient with anorexia nervosa that she is obese, despite her emaciated, cachetic state.  We don’t do liposuction on anorexics.  Why amputate the genitals of these poor men?  Surely, the fault is in the mind, not the member.”

“Treatment with counselling, family therapy, anti-depressants and similar medication has helped some people with this disorder,” Geoffrey Bullock said.  “As with anorexia, progress may be slow.  Schools need to treat the very small percentage of transgendered students with care and sensitivity. 

“But requiring schools to reinforce a psychological delusion is not helpful.  It may further confuse other students who are temporarily experiencing doubts about their identity,” Geoffrey Bullock said.


See our VoxBrief on The Transgender Problem where we discuss transgenderism.



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