We are a group of parents and professionals concerned about the medicalization of identity and the lack of open discussion on issues that are affecting Canadian families and children.
Why we’re here
We’ve come together to create Canadian Gender Report to raise awareness of the impact of gender ideology and the medicalization of gender identity on children and our communities.
We’re committed to providing evidence-based reporting and resources to help people become more informed and make better decisions regarding the situations they encounter in their personal or professional lives. We welcome input from parents and professionals with different perspectives they’d like to share or analysis they’d like to contribute.
What we’re noticing
There are rising numbers of gender non-conforming children being referred to clinics for gender dysphoria. The trend in adolescent girls being referred is skyrocketing around the world. This phenomenon is new and does not conform with previously studied cohorts of children and adolescents seeking treatment for gender dysphoria.
The UK and Australia have ordered inquiries into why the rates of referral for girls seeking treatment for gender dysphoria is increasing so rapidly.
The standard of care for gender dysphoria was recently changed from a watchful-waiting approach to what’s known as the gender-affirming approach. Under the previous, more cautious watchful-waiting standard of care, studies showed that up to 85% of children would desist and become comfortable in their natal sex.
Gender identity affirming care involves supporting the child to socially transition to the opposite sex. Early reports suggest that this approach fast-tracks children on a medical pathway that starts with puberty blockers. Each step is affirmed by adults and professionals and is often celebrated as being brave and courageous. Experts in the field such as Dr Susan Bradley, former Chief of Psychiatry at Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital and a founder of the CAMH Gender Identity Clinic caution that this may not afford a young person the space and time necessary to evaluate whether medical transition is the best option.
Gay and autistic kids are heavily over-represented in the numbers of children seeking gender transition. Detransitioners report that being gay or socially different is a key factor that contributes to their gender dysphoria.
The new gender identity-affirming care model lacks evidence of improved outcomes and is an experimental treatment.
Parents of adolescent girls seeking medical transitions are reporting that there is a heavy social media influence that leads to their daughters to undergo cross-sex hormone treatment and maestectomies.
Legislation and policies are being introduced in Canada without any consideration of the numerous social forces at work that are putting children on a medical pathway to irreversible physiological changes including infertility and loss of sexual function as well as negative impacts on bone density, IQ, increased risk of heart disease and life-long medical treatment.
There is a very influential, well organized and well-funded system of activism supporting transgender rights. While we applaud this group for looking out for the needs of a vulnerable community, we’re increasingly concerned that this activism has led to an unethical level of bias and conflict of interest in establishing a medical standard of care for gender diverse youth.
Safeguarding of children needs to take priority over political activism.
Pamela Buffone created this initiative after her family went public about their human rights case and people started reaching out with their experiences and concerns.
Her 6-year-old daughter reported that her teacher was telling the class that “there’s no such thing as girls and boys” and “girls are not real and boys are not real”. They discovered the teacher had been delivering a series of lessons on gender identity over a 2 month time period. The only option presented to the Buffone family was to have their daughter removed from the class for lessons on gender which they assert is discrimination. No other options to accommodate or affirm their daughter’s identity were presented. The family’s case will be proceeding to a full hearing.
What can I do to help?
Share our resources to start conversations or provide an alternative point of view. Please get in touch with us if you’re facing questions you don’t know how to answer or need direction in terms of where to go for help.
Don’t be shy about speaking up with your own concerns. The topic of gender and the current trend to medicalise children because of their gender identity is fraught with emotion. That shouldn’t be reason to silence debate and listen to opposing points of view on an extremely sensitive topic with far-reaching consequences.
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