Article Title:Nature Abhors an Evidential Vacuum?
Author or Credit:Craig Young
Published on:18th May 2016 - 09:57 am
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Text:With the news that an Auckland new entrants school has developed gender-neutral facilities for a transgender girl and that her classmates have no problem with that development, Bob McCoskrie has predictably denounced this breach of quaint, polarised conservative Christian gender "rules." And equally predictably, he's still cravenly dependent on US Christian Right anti-transgender propaganda. The news broke in the Sunday Star Times(15.05.2016), with notice that the identity of the trans toddler and her school had been kept private from potential harrassment intrusion and harassment by the school's Board of Trustees and the Ministry of Education and that it had installed gender-neutral toilet facilities for the use of the little girl and her classmates, who had accepted her social transitioning. This led to a wholly predictable and extremely derivative outburst from Family First's Bob McCoskrie. Straight away, we were right into the hackneyed set of lies and discredited propaganda that we've come to expect from the US Christian Right and its satellites. He presumed that unexperienced audiences would take the "American College of Pediatricians" as the mainstream voice of pediatric professional opinion and research that it most certainly is not. It is a tiny breakaway group of religious social conservatives that only number 60-200 members, compared to the nearly 60,000 members of the mainstream American Academy of Pediatrics, which supports transgender rights based on peer-reviewed evidence based research, not newly invented conservative Catholic anti-transgender 'dogma' that was only invented a decade ago in connivance between John Paul II's Vatican and conservative Catholic Professor Paul McHugh, also predictably cited later. What I'd really like to know is why Television New Zealand news felt it had to provide an outlet for McCoskrie's unsubstantiated propaganda. And why McCoskrie keeps quoting individual cases in tabloids as 'proof'. One case in point is a Toronto Sunarticle (February 2014) on Chris Hambrook, a sexual predator who masqueraded as a transwoman called Jessica. Uh huh.Masqueraded.There is a difference between masquerading and gender dysphoria, which is a bona fide, legitimate medical condition, as is noted below. Hambrook was not a transwoman. And do most real rapists go to all the trouble of dressing up as women and entering women's toilets and changing rooms to pursue their misogynist activities? No, they do not. It is also significant that Family First went back two years to obtain this piece of misinformation. Predictably, McCoskrie also railed against President Obama's commendable move to ensure that transgender youth had the right to access to non-discriminatory services and continuity of education, on an equally spurious basis. Interestingly enough, he doesn't seem to be acknowledging some of the frankly deranged outbursts emanating from the US Christian Right on this issue, such as "Reverend" Anne Graham Lotz, a daughter of US evangelist Billy Graham. Ms. Lotz believes that the Twin Towers tragedy on September 11, 2001 (...) was 'caused' by "God's" anger at transgender rights (fifteen years later?!). Other conservative Christian zealots have threatened to loose their bowels in Target stores, or donned tacky blond wigs to "infiltrate" women's toilets before they were stopped. Seriously? Within the United States alone, the American Academy of Pediatrics is not alone in supporting the right of transgender youth and adults to proper diagnosis, hormonal treatment, medical confidentiality and privacy rights, as well as opposition to anti-transgender educational, employment, accomodation and service provider discrimination. Similar public policy positions are held by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Obsteitricians and Gynecologists, the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association. A word of advice here? When something is verifiable by robust evidence-based medical research and practice, it is not 'ideology', it is fact. And why is there no reference to the fact that Dr Ken Zucker at Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health was prevented from undertaking further treatment of transgender children on the basis of his questionable conservative views about gender identity, transitioning and transgender youth? His conservative gender identity clinic there has been closed since December 2015. Does McCoskrie not know this? Ah, what a derivative and highly selective fragile and tattered fabric of lies, propaganda and religious fanaticism Family First "New Zealand" produces in pursuit of its religious social conservative political agenda. Shame none of it is substantiated or credible, isn't it? Recommended: Cherie Hughie: "School installs toilet for transgender pupil, aged 6"New Zealand Herald:15.05.2016:http:// article.cfm?c_id=1  
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