A new publication titled AUSTRALIAN PERSPECTIVES ON TRANSGENDERING CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS: POLICY & PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS has been released.
The publication is a compilation of articles and submissions made by a number of Australian professionals concerning the transgendering of children and adolescents.
They come from a variety of professional backgrounds, including paediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, the law, history, parenting, women’s sports and sociology.
They raise questions about the lack of a scientific evidence base, the lack of data on the long-term consequences of medical gender affirmation protocols, and the surreptitious avoidance of the key medical ethic, ‘First, do no harm’.
They also consider legal issues and the consequences of embodying ‘trans rights’ in law and policy – for example, the impact on girls’ and women’s sports of allowing trans identified males to compete with, and against, female people.
Organiser and editor of the publication Geoff Holloway said, “A wide-ranging government sponsored inquiry is needed urgently.”
There is great concern that litigation could become a major issue as people come to “deeply regret” their transition due to a lack of evaluatory and regulatory policies.
The inquiry would be asked to address issues relating to minors especially. For instance: how strong is the evidence for medical transitioning, what is required for parents to give fully informed consent, medical regulations, best therapeutic approaches, a revision of the anti-discrimination laws and the impact of the ideology on young girls in particular?
Kirralie Smith, spokeswoman for Binary, attended the launch via a zoom link.
“The enormous amount of professional wisdom, along with heartbreaking accounts by parents, makes this publication a must read for anyone concerned about the rise of transgenderism in our nation,” she said.
“This unique document pulls together the thoughts, recommendations and professional advice of a wide range of experts in this space.”