by James C. Sherlock
On the odd chance you missed it, the Biden administration announced a flurry of new measures today, designated the Transgender Day of Visibility. (I need to keep up.)
The Washington Post reported on the festivities. What that story did not report is the celebration’s most important “feature.”
HHS today announced Biden administration support for gender transition for children.
For transgender and nonbinary children and adolescents, early gender-affirming care is crucial to overall health and well-being as it allows the child or adolescent to focus on social transitions and can increase their confidence while navigating the healthcare system.
Happy to know that HHS defines this as “gender-affirming” care — “affirming” and “care” are cute terms — “at any age or stage” of development.
“Early” adolescence is generally considered to be ten years old.
Earlier onset of puberty in girls is related to increased body mass index and race. Black girls have earlier puberty onset by about 9 months. So this policy discriminates by race, gender and body mass index. The “care” team at HHS apparently did not notice.
As for what the “case-by-case” situations for surgeries in adolescence include, no information is provided.
It is interesting to note that the policy document that is the source of the figure above comes from the HHS Office of Population Affairs.
The parallel one came from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network – another subset of HHS.
Be mindful that young people are aware of the national conversations about access to gender-affirming care and the rights of LGBTQ+ youth, and acknowledge that any feelings or fears that arise from witnessing prejudice towards LGBTQ+ youth are valid. Be prepared to offer a space for them to process, ask questions, and plan for their safety.
That is an interesting paragraph.
LGBTQ activists insist on using social media to advertise the available gender “choices” — like a wine list. Check out Tik Tok. Your kids may.
They also insist on teaching gender identity in kindergarten (talking to you, Virginia Board of Education) to groom very young children without the ability to process that information to question their own identities.
Then they offer concern for their safety. Certainly full service.
Some Virginia parents and grandparents who absorbed the implications of the Board of Education’s Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students showed up at the polls and voted for a change.
We face at least three more years of this corrosive policy from the federal government. For the Biden administration, this is considered energizing the base.
It is past time for Virginia to consider a bill like Florida’s new law that restricts teaching about sexual orientation in kindergarten through third grade.
Perhaps Virginia law can provide free medical assistance for anyone who feels the need to teach 5-year-olds in a school setting about their gender identity options.
That would be the “caring” thing to do.