Major UK report throws transgender medicine onto the rubbish heap

British paediatrician Hilary Cass, chair of England’s Independent Review of gender identity services for children and young people, submitted her final report and recommendations to NHS England this week.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has described the report’s contents as a “watershed” moment.

Cass’s report casts into the furnace the current model of treating gender-distressed children. It makes 32 serious recommendations which include calls for better research into the characteristics of children seeking treatment for gender dysphoria and to examine outcomes for every young person.

It appears the hem of the global gender-straitjacket is unravelling much faster than originally expected. And not a moment too soon.

Cass’s report dovetails with information gleaned merely a month ago from the leaked files of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health(WPATH) which were published by the US-based think tank Environmental Progress.

"The reality is we have no good evidence on the long-term outcomes of interventions to manage gender-related distress," Cass said.

Her report reveals that vulnerable young people have been let down on an epic scale, and that for too long NHS England has been giving children-at-risk harmful treatments for which there was no evidence base.

The gender affirming model, referred to as “quack medicine” by The Times newspaper, has from the start seen ideologues putting pet theories ahead of protecting vulnerable and distressed youths, thereby creating a false global consensus around a most dangerous approach.

We now know from Cass that guidelines from the Endocrine Society and the now wholly discredited WPATHmade claims of certainty without any justification. They demonstrated a lack of consideration for long-term patient outcomes despite being aware of the debilitating and potentially fatal side effects of cross-sex hormones and other treatments.

These guidelines were based entirely on low-quality sources and tragically incorporated into the NHS approach in 2011.

What is most disconcerting is that these same guidelines are embedded into Australia’s health services today, knowingly leading astray healthcare providers and more notably their patients.

It has also come to light through claims made by the present British Health Secretary Victoria Atkins that Britain’s Labour Party fuelled an atmosphere of intimidation on trans issues, and that Labour had “spent the last ten years trying to shut women up when it comes to this.”

“They have been part of the ideology, the culture wars, creating an atmosphere of intimidation for anyone who dared to question this ideology,” Atkins said.

What relevance might this report have on the laws and lives of everyday Australians? If we dare to move from being woke to being awake, then it should have significant consequences.

Cass’s report suggests that no sensible government can support a legal ban on so-called “conversion practices”. There is already a push for proposed conversion therapy bans in the UK to be torn up because draft legislation is based entirely on the debunked affirmative model. These bans on client-led therapy, which are increasing across Australia, are now recognised as being out of line with the direction of travel best medical treatment is heading.

It would do no harm to reflect carefully on the recent laws passed across Australia - in Queensland, the ACT, Victoria, and only last month in NSW -- which firmly shut the doors to those who transition from accessing therapeutic and even spiritual help should they wish to detransition.

In an interview with the editor in chief of the BMJ medical journal, Cass said that adolescents needed holistic treatment -- not just hormones, drugs, and surgery but also psychological support:

Psychological therapy [she said] is not about changing people’s minds about their gender. It has been made synonymous with conversion therapy. It’s about getting young people into the most robust state of mental health to go through medical transition, if that is what they want. It’s important that you don’t make those decisions in a state of mental distress.

Cass’s report contends that Australia’s state and territory governments have passed fallacious laws having chosen, like NHS England, not to listen to the lived experiences and grave concerns of insightful professionals and those most affected.

What does this mean for Tasmania, South Australia, and Western Australia all of which are being hounded by LGBTQ+ ideologues to swiftly create laws which outlaw even requested therapy when minors have in fact been converted, and forced even, into a lifestyle where any future choices to question past mistakes are prohibited and even deemed to be criminal?

Every whistleblower of the gender affirming model has today been vindicated through the release of Hilary Cass’s report.

Our global family owes it to heroes and heroines such as psychologist Jordan Peterson, swimmer Riley Gaines, author J.K. Rowling, political commentator Matt Walsh, and vocal detransitioners Chloe Cole, Sophia Galvin, and Keira Bell, all of whom who have dared to challenge the ubiquitous propaganda that people can change their sex.



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Closer to home, we need to acknowledge the tenacity and professionalism of people such as Queensland psychiatrist Dr Jillian Spencer who was suspended for asking questions about treatment for a gender dysphoric minor under her care. Dr Spencer should immediately be fully reinstated along with a national public apology.

There is Professor of Paediatrics Dr John Whitehall who has endured diabolical criticism from trans activists for speaking out consistently about the harms of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones on children.

There is also Dr Andrew Amos, Queensland chair of Rural Psychiatry at the RANZ College of Psychiatrists and a senior Australian psychiatrist, who has written challenging the evidence base of gender affirmative medicine. Dr Amos this week told The Australian,

There is no question that in order to have high quality medical services, you need to be doing adequate oversight,”

We call it clinical evidence and the first step is to record what you’re doing, report what you’re doing, and then review what the results have been. None of that’s happening with gender services in Australia.

A lot of patients are going to be harmed.

If the federal government doesn’t implement a review similar to a case review, we’ll continue on this path … it’s absolutely needed.”

Let us also not forget about Victorian parliamentarian Moira Deeming, who was expelled from her own parliamentary party room for attending an anti-trans/pro-women rally in Melbourne organised by Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull.

There are also organisations like the LGB Alliance Australia and Active Watchful Waiting (Australasia) which have not held back in calling governments to form laws based on reality and not ideology.

As Australians, we have wanted to believe in the idiom that “she’ll be right, mate”, but every “she” in our nation has been living under the invisible threat of a biological male with untreated comorbidities invading her private spaces and denying her the fundamental right to uphold her innate dignity.

As for our teenage girls struggling with identity, they have been sterilised, led into surgical theatres to undergo unnecessary extreme body modifying surgery and lied to that they could genuinely be the sex opposite to their biology.

“She” has not been right, and it is time for every leader in politics, education, medicine, the media and in corporate Australia to take the urgent steps necessary to reject the discredited gender affirming model, to protect patients at risk from clinician activists, and to again honour the unique dignity of women in every sphere of our society.

More than ever, Australia needs a wide-ranging inquiry into what many know is going wrong, with a view to holding those responsible to account. No rock should be left unturned until this is achieved.  

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James Parker is a former gay activist and abuse survivor who supports people and their loved ones around sexuality, gender and identity.

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  • Steven Meyer
    commented 2024-04-14 19:38:32 +1000
  • Patricia Miller
    commented 2024-04-13 13:52:21 +1000
    An investigation should be done into the parents of very young children who tell people they’re in the wrong body. Inevitably they have learnt this from their parents who’ve told them that they can be whichever gender they want to be. Young children have to concept of gender identity, it’s a learnt thing. ‘Transgenderism’ is the social construct, not biological gender.
  • mrscracker
    Praise God. The tide is turning away from this delusional ideology.
  • Helen Crosby
    commented 2024-04-12 20:26:12 +1000
    Excellent article James with clearly researched information concerning onetrack harmful medical and psychological practices our young people are given facing a dilemma with their identity. Please let’s prevent more harm been done to our kids and stop this avalanch of deceptive non evidence or science based irreversible and harmful treatment and mutilation that is far from the best outcome for their young lives.
    Where’s the
    “Royal Commission” into this child abuse?
  • Peter Abetz
    commented 2024-04-12 17:53:13 +1000
    Great article. It is just tragic that so many children’s bodies and lives have been ruined because medical people bowed at the altar of ideology, instead of operating on the basis of science. So many were too scared to call out the dodgy ‘evidence’ base. And those that did got vilified. But we owe them a debt of gratitude. Hopefully our gender clinics in Aus will stop using puberty blockers and just let kids grow up !
  • Shirley Baskett
    commented 2024-04-12 16:59:27 +1000
    It is about time Australia did wake up to this! Well said James Parker
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