The One About Conservatives Advocating for the Suicides of Trans Youth
It’s a numbers game, and they clearly don’t care about the numbers.
Recently the conservative media decided that in their attempt to prevent “gender confused” children (their words) from pursuing Transgender healthcare they would employ a scare tactic regarding a popular puberty blocking medication; the medication in question is Lupron.
Lupron is a medication that is used to treat prostate cancer in men, Endometriosis, and Fibroids in Women, as well as Central Precocious Puberty (CPP) in children. In all cases, the drug is utilized to suppress natural sex hormones. The former three conditions can worsen without hormone suppression, and the latter condition is merely a puberty that begins too early in the development of a child and should be suppressed until an average age of development.
That last bit is key; it serves as the reason for the use of Lupron to suppress natal sex hormone to either pause a child’s natal puberty or to initiate the hormone replacement process by which a child would hormonally transition to the gender they identify as.
Even though there actually is at least one non-transgender-related reason for this medication to be used on children, the conservative media set out to demonize this drug in a manner such that it appears that (only) Trans children are risking death for the purpose of affirming their gender. How did they go about this? They extracted the FDA data on deaths that could be linked to the use of Lupron and weaponized that number in a manner that would rile up those who already think that affirming a child’s gender is tantamount to child abuse.
What they found was that over the course of nearly four decades there had been approximately 6,370 deaths that could be related to the use of Lupron. Now, for the lay person that works out to 1 death in approximately 2.29 days. What was hugely downplayed by these reports was the fact that the vast majority of these deaths were those of adults. Moreover, they were adults who were suffering with terminal cancer and were taking the medication to alleviate issues relating to pain, rather than a means of curing their terminal condition.
So instead of addressing the fact that there isn’t a jaw dropping statistic to prove that Trans kids are being killed off like bugs in a zapper, they simply opted to allow the readers imagination to run wild and believe that these children are being fed into some kind of diabolical medieval (yet liberally prescribed) killing machine…
Those damn Liberals!
Don’t believe me? Follow the links to see a sample of this hyperbole. A bit of warning though; it might be triggering to discover that anyone is actually this dumb.
Report: A Drug Being Used to Stop Puberty in Transgender Children Has Killed Over 6000
Stopping nature is all the rage these days, but reportedly, young people are at mortal risk from the halt. According to…
Transgender Puberty Blocking Drug Linked To Thousands Of Deaths, FDA Data Reveals
More than 6,300 adults have died from reactions to a drug that is used as a puberty blocker in gender-confused…
Puberty blocking drugs used on "trans kids" have killed more than 6,000 people
Here's a horror show of a story that you're probably not going to see on CNN anytime soon. A report emerged on Thursday…
BTW, a reputable news source actually checked the facts on these hyperbolic pieces of tripe; here’s what they found.
I get it, “Save The Children” is a popular drum to beat in the conservative community. But do we really want to take the advice from people who fight to prevent contraception in a world that has grown by 6 billion souls in the past 120 years, and yet they can’t be burdened to care for the general welfare the children who were forced to be birthed because of their contraceptive roadblocks? Common sense clearly takes a back seat with this crowd, but by all means let’s keep trudging ignorantly toward a population tipping point. It’s not like the people making these short sighted decisions really give a damn about their children’s future; if they did they wouldn’t keep over-populating a planet that has such finite resources.
It’s really about trying to do what they believe is morally “just.” In this case anyone who is Transgender are deemed immoral (in their eyes) and must be made to suffer for that immorality; ESPECIALLY THE CHILDREN!
But Kira, they’re trying to Save The Children from dying by using a puberty blocker. They’re clearly taking the high road and want what’s best for all children.
Children are often prescribed medications with associated risk factors. “ The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 11 percent of all children in the U.S. aged 4–17 have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD)” Compare that with the estimated number of Americans who identify as Transgender which is 0.6% of the population.
Now you're scratching your head and asking what that has to do with anything. Well, it’s because the three major medications (Methylphenidate a.k.a Ritalin, Lisdexamfetamine a.k.a. Vyvanse, and Amphetamine/dextroamphetamine a.k.a Adderall) that are commonly prescribed to children for the treatment of ADHD have some pretty significant side effects too. Side effects such as…
- Heart Attack
- New or worsening signs of Psychosis (nervousness, anxiety, paranoia)
- Circulation Problems
- Also, all of those listed medications are potentially habit forming.
Now let’s acknowledge that those 0.6% of individuals that identify as transgender aren’t all children; that’s actually the estimation of all Americans who identify as Trans. So statistically speaking, the percentage of individuals who are (legally) considered children would be less than half of that. But I’m going to just call it half for the sake of argument. That would pit 0.3% of kids taking puberty blockers up against 11% of kids who are on dangerous ADHD medication, yet where’s the outrage over that?
There’s no outrage over dangerous meds being given to children because it’s not Transphobic to give a damn about anyone except those poor kids who are being “forced to transition” by their ignorant Liberal parents. (Yes I’m being facetious). And yes, it’s Transphobic AF!
Here’s the truth…
If these people ACTUALLY cared about the health and welfare of Transgender children they wouldn’t even dream of creating this bogus narrative that will be regurgitated by the willfully ignorant masses.
Not only does the community at large struggle with a 41% suicide rate, Transgender youth are often the ones most predisposed to ideation and suicide attempts. While some of that is a direct result of society’s churn of Transphobic hate, much of that predisposition lies in the child’s need to transition before their body begins to betray them by developing in a manner that will invalidate their sense of self.
Transgender children having their gender identity affirmed by an accepting family, and society is important. But key to significantly reducing suicidal behaviour in Trans youth is allowing them to transition hormonally before dysphoric body structures emerge and potentially become immutable.
This is the caveat that the “Think of the Children” crowd conveniently chooses to ignore. Despite their attempts to paint Lupron as a killer of kids, the greatest killer is the act of forcing the child to identify as someone they actively proclaim they are not.
So it stands to reason that those who profess to act in the child’s interest take no stake in what the child is proclaiming they need, or even care to acknowledge that child’s innate sense of self. Instead they impose their own will upon the child thereby actually pushing them closer toward ending their own lives. Ultimately reinforcing the already staggering suicide statistic.
It should not be ignored that those who think they know what’s best for a child based upon pathetically skewed and spun statistics would have no tolerance for anyone denying them access to healthcare based upon such an ignorant and arbitrary interpretation of medical data.
And so it stands that these fake attempts at concern do nothing more than highlight conservatives overwhelming but internalized fear of the Trans community. As if accepting us and treating us as equals might arouse or enflame a part of their own identity that they seek to keep in-check. In which case I refer those scared individuals back to one of my previous pieces…
Kira Wertz (she/her) is a married Transgender woman who openly identifies as pansexual. She is a top writer in LGBTQ for Medium, Editor of The Transition Transmission, and Professional Truck Driver. Kira is a strong advocate for Transgender rights, especially the rights of Transgender youth; she is a public speaker and panelist, and can often be found helping her local Transgender community. You can connect with Kira on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.