3MN: Transgender meds for kids? A grace and truth moment.

3MN: Transgender meds for kids? A grace and truth moment.

Happy Thursday!

In the next 3 minutes:

  1. The largest publication and study on transgender health dropped.
  2. Evidence to discredit four widely believed claims.
  3. This is a grace and truth moment.

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Minute 1 - Debunking myths about transgender meds for kids.

We are going to spend our next three minutes on the topic of transgender medication for kids. This is a little abnormal from our regular programming, but this month saw the publication of the largest review ever undertaken in the field of transgender health.

With over 1.6 million adults (ages 18 and older) and youth (ages 13-17) identifying as transgender in the United States, this topic is daunting, prevalent, and incredibly theological.

Four years ago, the National Health Service of the United Kingdom commissioned Dr Hilary Cass, a former president of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, to conduct “the most extensive and thoroughgoing evidence-based review of treatment for children experiencing gender distress ever undertaken.” Last month, in a 388-page report, the Cass Review was released to the public.

The report found that there was not good evidence to support common practices. I'll summarize below with quotes from the article.

Minute 2 - Evidence to discredit four widely believed claims.

At The Keller Center, Rebecca McLaughlin shows how the Cass Review uses reason and evidence to discredit four widely believed claims. Here they are:

  1. Adolescent gender dysphoria does not predict adult identification. The myth is that children who experience gender dysphoria simply are trans, and therefore are allowed to make on that basis. But according to the Cass report, gender dysphoria in childhood “is not reliably predictive of whether that young person will have longstanding gender incongruence in the future, or whether medical intervention will be the best option for them” (29).
  2. Puberty blockers don’t merely ‘buy time to think.' The myth is that puberty blockers are merely pressing pause to allow children time to think about their gender. On the contrary, the review found that “bone density is compromised during puberty suppression” and that there was “insufficient/inconsistent evidence about the effects of puberty suppression on psychological or psychosocial wellbeing, cognitive development, cardio-metabolic risk or fertility” (32).
  3. Puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones are not ‘life-saving’ medicines. This myth is often shaped into a question for parents of trans-identifying kids, “Would you rather have a living daughter or a dead son?” The review draws from multiple studies to show that even though “the suicide rate in the gender-referred youth was higher than in the general population, this difference leveled out when specialist-level mental health treatment was taken into account” (96).
  4. The exponential rise in trans identity is not explained by greater societal acceptance. The myth is often heard on our side of the line that there are more trans-identifying kids because they live in a more trans-accepting world. Echoing many of Jonathan Haidt’s findings in The Anxious Generation, the Cass Review says, “The increase in presentations to gender clinics has to some degree paralleled this deterioration in child and adolescent mental health” that began between 2009-2014 (111).

Minute 3 -  A grace and truth moment.

This is a grace and truth moment.

We need to pray with grace for those directly affected. Many have been misled in terms of their own treatment or how to support their loved ones. There will be a period of confusion following a report like this and it could be misused by any side to further particular agendas.

But there is also a moment of truth. This conversation is one of the most critical in our culture – evidence has been ignored in favor of ideologies – with terrible consequences for those involved. Bodies matter and they cannot be remolded at will and an increasing number of people recognize this.

These things matter to God.

My prayer is that we are brave and kind enough to seize the moment.

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VERSE OF THE WEEK

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14).


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Payton Minzenmayer

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