The BBC, trans kids, and false debate

Tonight the BBC will show a documentary that puts the discredited Dr Zucker centre stage to tell people why it is best to force trans kids to conform to their assigned gender and block their transition. This is psychological abuse that destroys lives and causes suicides and Dr Zucker’s clinic was shut down for it. 

Last night BBC Newsnight decided to “debate” the uproar this documentary is causing, and featured Ray Blanchard, another discredited psychologist who came up with autogynephilia, the idea that trans women transition as a sexual fetish, trying to become the object of our own fantasy. This is the latest in a string of news programmes that have featured such discredited views as legitimate mainstream medical thought.

On Twitter Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis asked the question “should primary school age children be allowed to decide if they’re ready for gender reassignment surgery?” despite the fact that children NEVER GET SURGERY, it isn’t available until post 16, usually far after 18 with waiting list delays. When this was explained she changed it to “should primary school age children be allowed to decide if ready for gender reassignment hormone therapy” but kids don’t get this either! The most a child might get is fully reversible puberty blockers (obviously not before old enough for puberty!) which delay onset of puberty until the child is older, though this itself is often another delaying tactic by cis doctors. By asking these questions she has further spread lies to provoke “debate” that is none of cis people’s business.

This is not a debate. This is not balance. This is a full attack on trans people and trans kids, and I am fucking furious. Thinking about how many people will base their opinions on this and how many parents will inflict psychological abuse on their trans children because of this has my anxiety rocketing back up to levels it was before my transition. Please, speak up against this. Complain to the BBC. Shout at anyone who will listen. Especially if you are cis, because trans people are being crushed by the relentlessness of this shit.

Author: Latentexistence

The world is broken and I can't fix it because I am broken. I can, however, rant about it all and this is where I do that when I can get my thoughts together. Most of the time you'll find my words on Twitter rather than here though. I sometimes write for Where's The Benefit too.