Catholic Bishops Urge Parents To Reject Transgender Children.

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From Occupy The Vatican:  https://occupythevatican.com/2020/02/04/catholic-bishops-urge-parents-to-reject-transgender-children/
February 4, 2020

by Hemley Gonzalez
February 4, 2020

An open letter by The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is urging parents to reject transgender children. What did the letter say? “We acknowledge and affirm that all human beings are created by God and thereby have an inherent dignity. We also believe that God created each person male or female; therefore, sexual difference is not an accident or a flaw—it is a gift from God that helps draw us closer to each other and to God. What God has created is good.”

The letter continues, “Children especially are harmed when they are told that they can “change” their sex or, further, given hormones that will affect their development and possibly render them infertile as adults. Parents deserve better guidance on these important decisions, and we urge our medical institutions to honor the basic medical principle of “first, do no harm.” Gender ideology harms individuals and societies by sowing confusion and self-doubt. The state itself has a compelling interest, therefore, in maintaining policies that uphold the scientific fact of human biology and supporting the social institutions and norms that surround it. . . The movement today to enforce the false idea—that a man can be or become a woman or vice versa—is deeply troubling. It compels people to either go against reason—that is, to agree with something that is not true—or face ridicule, marginalization, and other forms of retaliation. . .{[w]e call for policies that uphold the truth of a person’s sexual identity as male or female, and the privacy and safety of all. . . “

The letter was co-signed by various United States-based religious leaders, including members of the Lutheran Church, the Islamic Society, the Southern Baptist Church, the Anglican Church, and the Orthodox Greek Church. The sentiments of the letter echo what Pope Francis said back in 2016, calling the increasing acceptance of transgender people “terrible.” Studies have found that Trans children who are rejected by their families are more likely to abuse substances and attempt suicide. On the other hand, transgender kids who are accepted by their families often have better mental health.

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See Also: Catholic Bishops Tell Parents to Stop Children Transitioning

Houston-based Transgender Minor Sues NY State Over Birth Certificate Corrections

From Houston Style Magazine:  http://stylemagazine.com/news/2020/jan/07/houston-based-transgender-minor-sues-ny-state-over/

Style Magazine Newswire
1/7/2020

Today Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit challenging New York State’s policy categorically prohibiting transgender minors from correcting the sex designation on their birth certificates – a critically important document for transgender people seeking to navigate through life with accurate government documents.

The minor challenging the policy – identified anonymously by his initials M.H.W. – is a 14-year-old transgender boy born in Ithaca, New York, currently residing in Houston, Texas.

“I am a boy. It’s frustrating to see New York State deny me the opportunity to correct my birth certificate, which I need for so many important facets of my life. My birth certificate incorrectly says I’m female, but that’s not who I am and I need the state to correct that error and respect my identity,” said M.H.W., who identifies as a boy and uses he/him pronouns. “I’m a teenager in high school living in Texas. Having an inaccurate birth certificate can cause the disclosure of my transgender status when I enroll in college classes or when I get my driver’s license, and expose me to possible harm.”

“As parents, we only want what is best for our son. Our son is a boy, but New York State refuses to recognize him as such.” said M.H.W’s mother, Jennifer Wingard. “We have been able to update our son’s other identity documents, such as his passport and social security records. So we were shocked when the only remaining roadblock came from New York State.”

In 2014, New York began permitting people 18 years of age or older to correct the sex designation on their birth certificates without the need for surgery, but the State categorically prohibits minors from correcting the sex designation on their birth certificates.

“We are afraid that as a result of New York’s policy our son will be exposed to extra scrutiny, humiliation or harassment whenever he has to present his inaccurate and inconsistent birth certificate, such as when he applies for his driver’s license. No person should be forced to identify in a manner inconsistent with who they are,” said M.H.W’s father, Michael Sicinski.

Continue reading at:  http://stylemagazine.com/news/2020/jan/07/houston-based-transgender-minor-sues-ny-state-over/

Study: Transgender Children Recognize Their Authentic Gender At Early Age, Just Like Other Kids

From Forbes:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/dawnstaceyennis/2020/12/29/study-transgender-children-recognize-their-authentic-gender-at-early-age-just-like-other-kids/

Dawn Ennis
Dec 29, 2019

In the struggle over transgender rights in America and the U.K., no debate has drawn more heat and animosity than the so-called “transing” of children: parents who support their transgender kids are portrayed as monsters, abusers, selfish Svengalis and perpetrators of Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

Now comes actual scientific evidence that these parents of trans children are, in fact, heroes, because they did something essential to every child’s health and wellness: they accepted them and loved them for who they are.

You’ll find that evidence in a scholarly research article, but also in a tweet quoting that paper, that provides a very clear answer to those vocal critics and opponents of gender transition: a child’s authentic gender does not depend on what the birth certificate says, what’s between their legs, or even how their parents raise them.

“Our findings suggest that early sex assignment and parental rearing based on that sex assignment do not always define how a child identifies or expresses gender later.”

This conclusion is from a new study, the largest of its kind in the world, that compared transgender children with boys and girls who identify as “cisgender.” That’s a word derived from the Latin prefix, “cis,” which means “on this side of;” it’s used to identify anyone who sees themself as a gender that matches the sex they were presumed to be at birth, and is listed on their birth certificates and medical records. “Cis” is not a slur.

“Trans,” incidentally, is also a Latin prefix, meaning “across from,” and is used to denote someone who is “not cis.”

Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle found gender identity — the concept of knowing whether one’s self is male, female or non-binary — is as strong in trans kids as it is among those identifying as cis. This was true regardless of how long a child has been treated as being a gender with which they don’t identify, according to the UW social scientists.

The study was published last month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the official journal of the National Academy of Sciences.

Another key finding of this study: transgender children’s gender development mirrors that of cisgender kids, and they can start to identify with toys and clothes in line with their authentic gender identity from a very young age.

Continue reading at:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/dawnstaceyennis/2020/12/29/study-transgender-children-recognize-their-authentic-gender-at-early-age-just-like-other-kids/