Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Focus affiliate is dishonestly shilling for gender conversion therapy

Kansas City, MO is trying to protect children from the pseudoscience of conversion therapy.
Wednesday, according to Family Policy Alliance: KANSAS CITY: Stop the City from Pushing Kids to Change Gender. On its face the headline is preposterous. Banning juvenile conversion therapy doesn't cause children to “change gender.” Whoever wrote this BS doesn't understand gender.

The stupidity and dishonesty continues:
A Kansas City (MO) city council committee is about to consider an ordinance that would push many minors towards transgenderism. Your quick help is needed to stop it!

Ordinance 190902 is what is known as a “counseling ban.” It would censor professional counseling for children and teens who are struggling with their gender identity. But the ban would ONLY forbid counseling that is designed to help them identify with their birth sex.
What pushes people — including children — to become transgender is acute gender dysphoria. Not public policy. People are transgender to mitigate the effects of gender dysphoria which can include severe depression and anxiety.

Furthermore, recent research out of Harvard Medical School demonstrates that attempts to change gender through some form of conversion therapy are extremely toxic with lifelong adverse mental health consequences.

Family Policy Alliance, an affiliate of Focus on the Family, disapproves of transgender people due to religious beliefs. They don't give a rat's ass about the welfare of children. The existence of transgender people creates a conflict with scripture, specifically Genesis 1:27.
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
The above is what all this noise is about.
What the fuck:
In other words, counseling that encourages them to change their gender – even to go through irreversible sex-change operations – would be protected by the city. But counseling to help them accept their God-given birth sex would be outlawed.
No. No. No! Counseling does not encourage children to change their gender. That is the pseudoscience of religious crackpots. Adults have gender confirmation surgery; not children. Counseling to “accept their God-given birth sex” means conversion therapy to change their gender from incongruent to congruent. Aside from being ineffective it is harmful. Banning the bullshit protects vulnerable children and their parents.
The ordinance would also affect counseling for unwanted same-sex attraction. This type of counseling has helped thousands of young people deal with unwanted same-sex attraction, which often arises out of sexual abuse. But if this ordinance passes, these young people will only be allowed to get counseling that encourages homosexuality.
Bullshit. This type of counseling has no basis in science and is harmful. A handful of people claim to have changed. Their claims are dubious at best. Moreover, this is dishonest. There is no form of counseling that encourages people to be gay. Some gay people, including children, are conflicted because of religious opprobrium. If the holier-than-thou crowd would simply accept the science then such counseling would be unnecessary.
In addition, bans in other cities have recently faced costly legal challenges. In Tampa, such an ordinance was recently overturned.
Those costs are the result of religious conservatives suing for the right to fuck up children. The Tampa ruling is now on appeal.

The appeal of Family Policy Alliance is not just incoherent. It is exceedingly dishonest. Furthermore, they encouraged people to spam the city counsel of Kansas City, MO. The overwhelming majority of those folks will not be residents.

The committee hearing was this morning. Had I known I would have sent members copies of the Harvard Medical School research. I will look into this matter further.

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