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

 

KOSILEK RULING OVERTURNED

December 17, 2014

[FUCK YOU Kosilek!- GM]

[FUCK YOU Kosilek!- GM]

From the Boston Globe:

“A divided federal appeals court in Boston on Tuesday overturned a lower court’s ruling that a transgender Massachusetts prison inmate, convicted of committing a domestic murder, was entitled to taxpayer-funded sex change surgery.

The ruling by the First US Circuit Court of Appeals came after a 2012 ruling by US District Judge Mark Wolf, who ordered the surgery after finding that the state’s failure to provide it violated the inmate’s Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment.

In January, a three-judge panel of the appeals court upheld Wolf’s 2012 decision, but the state of Massachusetts then asked for an en banc, or full bench, review, which led to Tuesday’s ruling.

The ruling came in the case of Michelle Kosilek, who was born Robert Kosilek. Kosilek is serving a life sentence for killing her wife, Cheryl Kosilek, in 1990.

The court ruled 3-2, with Judges O. Rogeriee Thompson and William J. Kayatta Jr. filing separate dissenting opinions..

“We are faced with the question whether the [state Department of Correction’s] choice of a particular medical treatment is constitutionally inadequate,” the court said in the majority opinion.

“After carefully considering the community standard of medical care, the adequacy of the provided treatment, and the valid security concerns articulated by the DOC, we conclude that the district court erred and that the care provided to Kosilek by the DOC does not violate the Eighth Amendment,” said the opinion, which was written by Judge Juan R. Torruella.

Kosilek and the DOC — under successive administrations, both Democratic and Republican — have battled in the courts for decades over what medical treatment, clothing, makeup should be provided to deal with Kosilek’s gender identity disorder.

Wolf ruled in 2012 that the only medically appropriate treatment for Kosiliek’s condition was the surgery, which would be paid for by the state since Kosilek is a state prison inmate.

But the appeals court ruled Tuesday that Wolf had wrongly substituted his own judgment for the medical professionals, who did not unanimously endorse the surgery as the only appropriate solution for the condition that all sides acknowledged contributed to a depressed mental state and suicide attempts by Kosilek.

Wolf also went too far by “circumvent[ing] the deference owed to prison administrators’’ under federal laws when the issue is the safety of prison inmates, Torruella wrote.

“The prison administrators in this case have decades of combined experience in the management of penological institutions, and it is they, not the court, who are best situated to determine what security concerns will arise,’’ Torruella wrote.

The ruling said the DOC made a valid argument when it expressed concern about the safety of Kosilek and women prisoners he potentially could be housed with once the surgery was done.

“The DOC’s security report reflected that significant concerns would also arise from housing a formerly male inmate — with a criminal history of extreme violence against a female domestic partner — within a female prison population containing high numbers of domestic violence survivors,’’ Torruella wrote.

In a statement, Public Safety Secretary Andrea Cabral said the DOC accepts as true that Kosilek suffers from gender identity disorder diagnosis, and added that was not the issue that the latest round of Kosilek litigation was resolved by the courts on Tuesday.

“The First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the medical and mental health care provided to Kosilek by the DOC did not violate the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constituion,’’ Cabral said in the statement.

“While we acknowledge the legitimacy of a gender identity disorder diagnosis, DOC’s appeal was based on the lower court’s significant expansion of the standard for what constitutes adequate care under the Eighth Amendment, and on substantial safety and security concerns regarding Ms. Kosilek’s post-surgery needs,’’ Cabral said in the statement.”

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Read more at the link.

[Bolding by me- GM]

Read the court decision here [PDF]: http://media.ca1.uscourts.gov/pdf.opinions/12-2194P2-01A.pdf

Read more about Kosilek HERE.