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Mosby

(16,659 posts)
Fri May 3, 2024, 02:24 PM May 3

Psychiatrists learned the wrong lesson from the gay rights movement

Benjamin Ryan is an independent journalist and has been covering LGBTQ health for over two decades.

Five decades ago, the world’s most powerful psychiatric association changed the course of LGBTQ civil rights history when it removed homosexuality from its influential bible of mental health disorders.

At annual meetings of the American Psychiatric Association during the early 1970s, activists and internal reformers compelled the association to host panels and discussions on the merits of the relevant research, fostering a rigorous debate about whether homosexuality should still be considered a pathology. The science won in 1974 and set in motion a parade of legal victories for the gay rights movement, including the right for same-sex couples to wed.

APA members gather in New York on Saturday for this same crucial meeting. The summit should again serve as a watershed moment in the care of LGBTQ people. This time, the pressing question facing American psychiatrists is how best to treat children who are distressed about their gender. In response to emerging analyses of the available research, health officials in several European nations have sharply restricted the use of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones in this population — in some countries to research settings only. But the APA still endorses the use of these drugs as a front-line intervention for minors.

In 1974, the science lined up neatly with the demands of gay rights activists. But today, the science of pediatric gender medicine is uncertain, so it doesn’t back the cause the of groups leading the contemporary LGBTQ civil rights movement in the United States.

GLAAD has gone so far as to insist that “the science is settled” regarding pediatric gender transition. It is not. In fact, the field of pediatric gender medicine is woefully compromised by a critical lack of quality research. Evidence-based-medicine experts insist that we simply do not know whether gender-transition treatment is safe and effective for minors.

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Psychiatrists learned the wrong lesson from the gay rights movement (Original Post) Mosby May 3 OP
Huh? I think there are some unknowns regarding long-term effects, but short-term, unblock May 3 #1
Journalist draws wrong conclusion Bobstandard May 3 #2
Yes these are two entirely separate issues. Irish_Dem May 3 #3

unblock

(53,079 posts)
1. Huh? I think there are some unknowns regarding long-term effects, but short-term,
Fri May 3, 2024, 02:34 PM
May 3

I thought the evidence was pretty strong that gender-affirming care dramatically reduces suicide and depression, improves school performance, elevates mood, reduces anxiety, etc. for minors.

Obviously it's not appropriate for everyone and it's also not a single thing, the risks of bottom surgery aren't the same as the risks of hormones therapy, e.g.

In any event I can certainly say that minis is much happier now and doing much better in school and has finally taken up a musical instrument (electric guitar) and is being remarkably diligent about practicing.

Bobstandard

(1,407 posts)
2. Journalist draws wrong conclusion
Fri May 3, 2024, 02:38 PM
May 3
Evidence-based-medicine experts insist that we simply do not know whether gender-transition treatment is safe and effective for minors.


Implying that unresolved questions about pediatric gender medicine calls into question the conclusion that homosexuality is not a pathology is both unsupported by information in the article and intellectually dishonest. Everything from the head headline on down screams clickbait.

Irish_Dem

(52,083 posts)
3. Yes these are two entirely separate issues.
Fri May 3, 2024, 03:29 PM
May 3

Homosexually is not a pathology.
Sexuality is fluid.

The issue of child pediatric medicine is a different topic altogether.

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