This is amazing. The public relations firm Mediasource, representing the American Society of Plastic Surgeons issued a glowing and newsworthy press release this week titled “Gender Confirmation Surgeries Rise 20% in First Ever Report”.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – For the first time, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is reporting on the number of gender confirmation surgeries in the United States. ASPS—the world’s largest plastic surgery organization—found that more than 3,200 transfeminine and transmasculine surgeries were performed in 2016. The procedures can include anything from facial and body contouring to gender reassignment surgeries.”

The press release went on to cite Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. Loren Schechter(*):

“There is no one-size-fits-all approach to gender confirmation,” said Loren Schechter, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Chicago. “There’s a wide spectrum of surgeries that someone may choose to treat gender dysphoria, which is a disconnect between how an individual feels and what that person’s anatomic characteristics are.

Access to gender confirmation procedures has improved in recent years. In just the first two years of collecting data, ASPS found the number of transgender-related surgeries rose nearly 20 percent from 2015 to 2016. “In the past several years, the number of transgender patients I’ve seen has grown exponentially,” said Dr. Schechter. “Access to care has allowed more people to explore their options, and more doctors understand the needs of transgender patients.”

(*Regular readers will remember Dr. Schechter as the business associate of psychologist Randi Ettner and her husband, who provide dubious and highly paid “diagnosis” and supporting testimony for convicted male murderers who wish to obtain prison funded “sex changes” and subsequent transfer to women’s facilities.)

Anyway, Reuters ran with the story and it took off internationally.

Gender Confirmation Surgeries on the Rise in US” read the headlines. “US Gender Confirmation Surgeries Up 19% in 2016, Doctors Say”.

Media outlets stuck with the same narrative that ASPS/Reuters provided: Surgeries to alter sex characteristics showed a 20% annual increase, likely due to increased media exposure of transgender issues, the removal of Medicare’s blanket ban on coverage, and increased insurance coverage of such procedures under the Affordable Care Act. Some news outlets added testimonials from satisfied customers who felt reborn after surgical procedures.

CBS News used commentary from Gearah Goldstein, a late-transitioning self-employed activist dedicated to medicalizing gender in children and eliminating private sex-segregated facilities for girls in public schools. Goldstein described his psychological relief after undergoing facial feminization surgery performed by Dr. Schechter. New York Magazine’s science writer Jesse Singal tweeted Goldstein’s testimonial as evidence of the efficacy of cosmetic facial feminization surgery for men who identify as transgender.

https://twitter.com/jessesingal/status/867117853320806401

Washington Post science writer Amy Ellis Nutt, who believes that identification with a sex role, or “Gender Identity”, is a biological process that occurs in utero, used a rebirth testimonial from 74 year old Denee Mallon: “When I woke up from surgery, I felt a certain sense of peace and tranquility.”

Business Insider quoted HRC press officer Sarah McBride (formerly Tim McBride):

 “Sarah McBride, a press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign agreed the data is novel and important, adding that “there’s been a real dearth” of statistics about the transgender community until recently.”

Articles quoted various supporting statistics directly from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons survey. Business Insider placed some of the data into a helpful graph. Have a look at the findings:

[this graph has now been removed from the Business Insider article. The article itself has not been redacted]

Even a cursory glance at this “supporting data” reveals that these numbers are meaningless. Equal numbers of male facial feminization and female facial masculinization procedures?! Nonsense. Only a hundred or so mastectomies or breast augmentations?! Only fifteen genital surgeries recorded nationally by the ASPS?! What exactly is being measured here? Not much.

Elizabeth Nolan Brown at Reason.com writes a detailed breakdown of the problem with the ASPS survey and conclusions:

http://reason.com/blog/2017/05/23/gender-confirmation-surgery-2016-stats

Retraction Watch also covered this story:

http://retractionwatch.com/2017/05/23/reuters-removes-story-gender-confirmation-surgery-firm-mistakenly-released-data/

You can read the original (now retracted) Reuters story at NBCNews, which is still running the story with the following notice:

“Editor’s Note: Reuters has withdrawn this story because of questions surrounding the data supplied by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.”

http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/u-s-gender-confirmation-surgery-19-2016-doctors-say-n762916

Have transgender related surgeries increased by 20% in the past year? We have no idea. They could have spiked by over 300% (insert any figure). Or they could have dropped as more genderists adopt a “non-binary” belief system (or for whatever reason). We just don’t know.

But that won’t stop the international media from pushing the narrative, uncritically, with fake data supplied by the medical gender industry.

Indeed, as of today they are still reporting it.

Story continues to spread. Published today by Mirror Daily

 

Canada’s Bill C-16 would establish a government recognized class of people based on their personal feeling that sex stereotypes form an integral and desired component of their legal identity.

“Gender Identity” is defined under Bill C-16 as:

Gender identity is each person’s internal and individual experience of gender. It is their sense of being a woman, a man, both, neither, or anywhere along the gender spectrum. A person’s gender identity may be the same as or different from the gender typically associated with their sex assigned at birth. For some persons, their gender identity is different from the gender typically associated with their sex assigned at birth; this is often described as transgender or simply trans. Gender identity is fundamentally different from a person’s sexual orientation.

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=index&crtr.page=1&nid=1066589

“Gender” itself is not defined by Bill C-16. Therefore “Gender Identity” is each person’s internal and individual experience of a legally undefined quality.

“Gender Identity” is legally recognized on the basis that an individual proclaims that they have the feelings of having such an identity.

“Gender Identity” would override legal recognition of, and protections based on, “Sex”.

For one example, an incarcerated male’s declaration of his internal and individual experience of “Gender Identity” overrides the Sex-based protections of Canadian female prisoners not to be confined with males. This allows Canada’s government to contravene the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners:

8.a. (a) Men and women shall so far as possible be detained in separate institutions; in an institution which receives both men and women the whole of the premises allocated to women shall be entirely separate;

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/TreatmentOfPrisoners.aspx

Convicted male contract killer Jean-Paul “Fallon” Aubee has already applied for transfer to a women’s facility based on his internal and individual experience of an undefined quality (“Gender Identity”):

Transgender inmate hopes to make history with transfer to women’s prison
CBC News Apr 23, 2017

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/transgender-prison-policy-trudeau-1.4075500

Here is some more of the Parliamentary testimony against Bill C-16 heard at yesterday’s hearings. Follow in comments for more coverage and updates.

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Dr. Olson Kennedy: She just wants to help. You sterilize your kid.

Dr. Olson Kennedy: She just wants to help. You sterilize your kid.

 

“Even in these major metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, San Fransciso, Boston, Chicago, and to a certain extent New York, where there are trans services available for young people, we are not seeing trans youth of color in the blocker age group. So the younger kids (I’m talking about in the 8 to 14-year-old age range) we are seeing a disproportionate number of caucasian patients coming in, and the huge lack of- certainly not representative at all of the diversity of those cities.  And I think it’s not just limited to Black and Latino families that we’re not seeing but it’s also Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American. All kinds of- we’re just not seeing the diversity represented. So for example, in my cohort of young people who are on blockers, which is probably 70 or 75 kids, we have about three African American patients and every single one of them is adopted by white parents.

We have about 14% of our kids that are of Latino origin, they are not adopted so they are coming from their primary families of origin, but that’s still massively un-proportional compared to- disproportionate compared to there being 50% of Los Angeles being Latino in heritage and ethnicity. So something’s happening where we’re not able to reach into communities of color and provide information and accesses to resources for those families.

And let me tell you why I think it’s so critical. It’s not news that people that are at the highest risk for violence and death are trans women of color. And what makes them at risk? What makes them at risk is being identifiably trans. The opportunity to be blocked and not be identifiably trans- it’s a conundrum, right? Because I don’t have a desire to eradicate trans identities? But I do have a desire to keep people safe and protected and if having the gift of selective disclosure does that, then I want to be able to give that gift to people. But we’re not able to do that right now. There are many, many, barriers to access, some of which we understand and some which we have no idea about.”

 

From here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUIfEc5yBQY

Sex matters.

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has launched a campaign to collect information about trans identified people. The intent of the U.S. Trans Survey may be noble, but the methods leave much to be desired. Here is some background on the project (emphasis added):

[The U.S. Trans Survey] is the follow up to the groundbreaking National Transgender Discrimination Survey, which was conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National LGBTQ Task Force in 2009, and examined the lives of over 6,400 trans people in the U.S. The results were released in a 2011 report called Injustice At Every Turn. As the single-most cited study about trans people, it has changed how the public understands the challenges facing our community.

That last sentence is the crux of what bothers me. An internet based questionnaire is the single-most cited “study” about trans people? Are you serious? In what…

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With a name sounding more like something out of a sci-fi film, the US National Institutes of Health in partnership with former medical leaders of transgender industry group WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) have formed “TransNet”, a research consortium merging commercial, academic, and government interests in data collection, funding, and regulation of the medicalization of gender. The project aims to set the groundwork for the mainstreaming of transgender medical care by conducting research that supports the practice.

Recent Obama administration changes to Medicare/VA/IRS regulations allow for taxpayer subsidized cosmetic breast implants, facelifts, genital re-shaping and off-label drugs as treatment for transgender individuals. These patients seek to alleviate distress caused by possessing what they believe are innate psychological or mental traits related to the reproductive biology of the opposite sex. The goal of the treatments is an attempt to create the appearance that their bodies are the opposite sex: the sex the patient believes is congruent with their experienced personality traits. But such interventions (and beliefs) have no established scientific rationale. While there is indeed a political will behind performing these treatments, a very profitable medical/psychiatric/therapeutic industry to accommodate them, and an increasing number of patients demanding the treatments, there is an absence of science to support them.

Self-diagnosed consumer-driven “pathology” that mainly afflicts objectively healthy patients seeking off-label care has been a boon for providers and suppliers such as cosmetic surgeons, pharmaceutical companies, rogue physicians and gate-keeping therapists but there comes a point- say, when government bureaucrats become involved, that certain boxes need to be checked and forms filled out.

None of the only fifty or so “sex-change” surgeons worldwide that provide genital reconfiguring for this population accept Medicare reimbursed clients. And why would they? Their specialty has thrived as an underground economy. Their procedures are incredibly risky with high rates of complication. Long-term outcomes are, objectively, poor. Yet their clients will pay through the ear, and sign waivers to boot, and are lined up on waiting lists.

You would think surgeons would be clamoring to get aboard this gravy train but they aren’t. New York State and Massachusetts provider networks have been aggressively recruiting surgical providers for over a year since their states’ Medicaid began covering these procedures, to no avail. The only surgical group that stepped up in California when the Department of Corrections mandated the high-profile state-funded surgery for incarcerated murderer Jeffrey “Michelle” Norsworthy was Brownstein and Crane, whose practice specializes in bilateral mastectomies for healthy genetic females who believe their personalities are in conflict with their secondary sex characteristics.

The mainstreaming of medical body modification for those who clamor to look like members of the other sex has outpaced the usual steps that precede any generic medical care: basic scientific research. While authorities in medicine, government, and the highest courts have jumped on an opportunity to “correct” those who struggle at conforming to social sex-roles (not coincidentally rolling-back decades of gains made by the women’s liberation movement), they did so using the aegis of WPATH, the World Professional Association of Transgender Health, a transgender industry lobbying group comprised of two groups: those who seek such body modification and those who make a good income providing it.

WPATH had never based their suggested practices on any scientific study, which was unnecessary to represent the interests of their two codependent groups of constituents. The American Psychiatric Association however, who invented the pathology of Gender Identity in the first place, lurched awake in 2008 after thirty years of slumber and decided that maybe now was the time for some follow up to their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual GID (Gender Identity Disorder)/ GD (Gender Dysphoria) diagnosis. Some sort of data or guidelines related to the care of this population would be appropriate, in light of the explosion of numbers of patients now presenting with this diagnosis. WPATH, whose last transgender “Standards of Care” had been issued in 2001, realized that they needed to start presenting themselves as an evidence-based authority. They publicly resolved to create new, updated, plausibly authoritative Standards, this time including research citations.

But there was no science. The WPATH board was infested by grifters such as Randi Ettner,PhD who specializes in pseudoscientific “energy” and “body meridian” psychology and her husband Frederic who runs a family practice for anti-vaxxers and sponsors testosterone mills (“Low T?”) for men desiring rejuvenation.

In 2009 two mainstream doctors, both providers to transgender clients, saw the pseudoscientific writing on the wall and attempted to stay the inevitable WPATH disaster. They collaborated to produce a document pointedly suggesting evidence-based revisions to the WPATH standards of care. These physicians were Dr. Jamie Feldman, a family practitioner specializing in transgender care and doctorate of anthropology and associate professor at University of Minnesota and Dr. Joshua Safer, an endocrinologist and associate professor at Boston University.

Their paper: “Feldman, J., & Safer, J. (2009). Hormone therapy in adults: Suggested revisions to the sixth version of the standards of care.” was cited 22 times in the eventual 7th edition WPATH standards of care [PDF].

Despite the efforts of Feldman and Safer, the APA announced they rejected WPATH Standards due to the overall lack of scientific research supporting them, and would begin the long process of formulating their own evidence-based recommended treatment guidelines. The APA issued press releases to calm the resulting panic in the transgender patient population. They affirmed APA support of the Gender Identity diagnosis and their intent to continue authorizing medical body modification services to those so afflicted. “The quality of evidence pertaining to most aspects of treatment in all subgroups was determined to be low; however, areas of broad clinical consensus were identified and were deemed sufficient to support recommendations for treatment in all subgroups.” 

Doctors Jamie Feldman and Joshua Safer are at the helm of the new NIH TransNet project.

Project Goals at the initial TransNet meeting, “TransNet: Developing a Research Agenda in Transgender Health and Medicine”, which was held this May in Washington DC, included:

“1) further develop a productive transgender health and medicine research consortium that would become a national forum for an evolving comprehensive research agenda in transgender health, as well as a mechanism for interdisciplinary collaboration in research on cross-sex hormone therapies, surgical interventions, STI/HIV prevention, and trans-appropriate primary and mental health care; 2) develop new research methodologies effective in conducting clinical research with transgender people, a stigmatized, vulnerable, and underserved population; 3) develop and use of standardized approaches to data collection, management, and analysis across a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings; and 4) incorporate community engagement in the research process within the structure and function of the consortium, including transgender community advisory representatives, LGBT community health centers, and community engagement procedures throughout the research process.”

Project Number: 1R13HD084267-01 Contact PI / Project Leader: FELDMAN, JAMIE
Title: TRANSNET: DEVELOPING A RESEARCH AGENDA IN TRANSGENDER HEALTH AND MEDICINE

http://projectreporter.nih.gov/project_info_details.cfm?aid=8922636&icde=25266267

One of the interesting implications of the TransNet project is the development of a National Institutes of Health “national database of transgender persons”. From the Daily Free Press:

“Members of the NIH are hoping to develop a national database of transgender people to see what trends appear from different types of intervention. “They want to know what kind of things we could be learning over the next five or ten years depending on how much money is available for research, and the purpose of this conference is to set that strategy and create some priorities for NIH,” [Dr. Joshua Safer] said.”

Such a database has been a long-running goal for Dr. Safer, author of “Out of the Shadows: It is Time to Mainstream Treatment for Transgender Patients (2008)”.

Safer created one himself at Boston Medical Center but due to HIPAA regulations patients were required to give informed consent to being listed in the registry:

“[O]ur work includes the development of a Transgender Health Registry at BMC.  All transgender-identified individuals who have had hormone therapy or other transgender health care management at Boston Medical Center (BMC) who give consent to participate will have their name, date of birth, and medical record number recorded in a registry. By compiling a list of those treated here at BMC, researchers (approved by the Institutional Review Board) will be able to access more complete data when studying the long term effects of hormonal treatment and/or other aspects of care.  It is our hope that by establishing the first BMC registry of Transgender Health, we will be able to better serve individuals who identify as transgender within our community both now and in the future.” [sic]

The coming TransNet national database of transgender people, operating and funded by the National Institutes of Health under the authority of the Department of Health and Human Services, using standardized and regulated data collection, promises to be the most vast and comprehensive pool of research subjects ever studied in the history of the medical industry practice of treating gender.

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Surprise: There is zero statistical difference. The Transgender Law Center, HRC, GLAAD, ACLU, National Center for Transgender Equality, et al., have failed to cite a single study refuting the evidence that transgender males (“transwomen”) commit crimes against women and girls at exactly the same rate as any other males.

Several states and municipalities are considering bills designed to protect the rights of women to safety and privacy in areas of public nudity, such as restrooms and locker rooms, and areas where women are especially vulnerable to male violence, such as prisons, domestic violence shelters, mental health facilities, etc.

These bills are proposed in response to the elimination of sex-segregated spaces caused by “Gender Identity” lobbyists, who claim that biological sex is a “personal feeling” which lacks all description or objective characteristics and is unknowable to anyone but the person who “feels it”. This surprising legal attack on women’s rights has gained remarkable ground by piggy-backing onto the established political capital of the increasingly obsolete gay rights (or “LGBT”) organizations, while utilizing the financial capital of wealthy heterosexual closeted crossdressing males.

Many of these anti-women “Gender Identity” statutes were passed quickly and quietly in the guise of “equality” and “anti-discrimination” measures, and this strategy was by design:

 “We have to acknowledge that we have largely achieved our successes by flying under the radar”, (then) Transgender Law Center Director Masen Davis stated eighteen months ago, “It is a secret at Transgender Law Center and I’ll ‘come out’ today. We do a lot, really quietly. We have made some of our biggest gains: that nobody has noticed. We are very quiet and thoughtful about what we do, because we want to make sure we have the win more than we want to have the publicity. And that has been largely effective. We’re not the only one, and many organizations have done this, and we’ve been able to get a lot done. But I need to tell you that the days of doing things quietly are coming to an end. It is time to get ready for a close-up, folks.”

 That close-up, at least in regards to “Gender Identity” laws which eliminate protected spaces for women (removing the legally protected category of sex entirely and replacing it with men’s personal “feelings”) is now shining the spotlight, all right. On this guy, and this one, and this one, and these guys, and all of these.

The only long-term study of transgender outcomes concluded that “Male to Female” transsexuals retain male-pattern criminality, including crimes against women. [Long-Term Follow-Up of Transsexual Persons Undergoing Sex Reassignment Surgery: Cohort Study in Sweden http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0016885]

Are all transwomen predators? Of course not: They are predators at exactly the same rates as any other males. Now that the public is starting to pay attention, that genie won’t be going back into the bottle anytime soon. What is once seen cannot be unseen. Especially when what is seen is some creepy pervert in the locker room waving his penis around in front of your kids.

Years ago, some prescient Lesbian Feminist legal strategists proposed a compromise: allowing men’s “Gender Identity” to override sex-based protections for women if those males had undergone some sort of medical or psychological treatment for “Gender Dysphoria”. They were attacked mercilessly by “Transwomen” for this suggestion. Their names were widely smeared, they were threatened with violence, stalked, their employers contacted, their home addresses published on-line and their children threatened with death. If any members of the transgender movement objected to the carnage, they did so silently.

And the suggestion that such males could perhaps be served by “Gender Neutral” areas has been widely rejected as well.  “I will pee on the floor before I use a gender-neutral bathroom”, says TransSupport.Org founder Robin Lynn Frank.

The transgender movement’s strategy continues to be:

Deny, Deny, Deny.

Silence dissent through threats and violence.

Apply slurs to feminists who prioritize the needs of women over the gender-feels of males.

Target and destroy lesbian and other women-only social events.

Censoring and No-Platforming feminist events.

“No True Transwoman” propaganda, which excludes offenders (on the basis that they don’t have “true feelings” of gender).

Etc. Etc. In short, the same “pre-spotlight” strategies that served them well in the past.

 

You can read a fascinating current discussion between the two sides of this dilemma, Feminists vs. Transgenderists, by clicking HERE. .

 

Creepy "Terf Watch" graphic. The website is for transwomen to "track" feminists, and some men, who support legal sex status for women.

Creepy “Terf Watch” graphic. The website is for transwomen to “track” feminists, and some men, who support legal sex status for women.