It’s important that those who are considering adopting a transgender identity, or are moving in the direction of transitioning, listen to informed professionals that give information that is not in agreement with the current media positions. Here are a few good resources that you can share with someone.
Additional perspectives (such as medical/psychological) that inform
“Surgical Sex: Why We Stopped Doing Sex Change Operations,” by Paul McHugh in First Things
Paul McHugh was the chief psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins Hospital when SRS (sexual reassignment surgeries) were performed. Under his leadership, McHugh reviewed the outcomes of those who went through the surgeries, and concluded that it did more harm than good. His last paragraph is both provocative and compelling:
“I have witnessed a great deal of damage from sex-reassignment. The children transformed from their male constitution into female roles suffered prolonged distress and misery as they sensed their natural attitudes. . . As for the adults who came to us claiming to have discovered their “true” sexual identity and to have heard about sex-change operations, we psychiatrists have been distracted from studying the causes and natures of their mental misdirection by preparing them for surgery and for a life in the other sex. We have wasted scientific and technical resources and damaged our professional credibility by collaborating with madness rather than trying to study, cure, and ultimately prevent it.”
CMDA Transgender Identification Ethics Statement,” from Christian Medical & Dental Associations website
This one-page web statement from medical professionals from the Christian Medical & Dental Associations gives a good summary of a biblical view of gender and reasons for the transgender phenomena, medical evidence against sex reassignment surgery, and some ethical positions. Key quote: “The purpose of medicine is to heal the sick, not to collaborate with psychosocial disorders. Whereas treatment of anatomically anomalous sexual phenotypes is restorative, interventions to alter normal sexual anatomy to conform to transgender desires are disruptive to health.”
“Transgenderism: A Pathogenic Meme,” by Dr. Paul McHugh
Dr. McHugh was the chief psychiatrist of Johns Hopkins Hospital, an institution that early on provided transition surgery and then stopped it because the patient outcomes remained problematic. He provides his informed perspective on the cultural trend that is harming and not helping strugglers. Good quote: “The grim fact is that most of these youngsters do not find therapists willing to assess and guide them in ways that permit them to work out their conflicts and correct their assumptions. Rather, they and their families find only ‘gender counselors’ who encourage them in their sexual misassumptions.”
Gender Ideology Harms Children
The American College of Pediatricians has issued the following position regarding children and gender identity.