Lesbian group denounces puberty blockers as “torture and abuse”

Lesbian group denounces puberty blockers as “torture and abuse”

President Joe Biden nailed his flag to the LGBTQI+ flagpole in the run-up to the midterm elections. In June, he described movement towards the expansion of LGBTQI+ rights as an existential struggle. “We are in a battle for the very soul of this nation, and that is not hyperbole. We are in a battle for the soul of the nation… it is a battle that I know we will win. We will win.”

A key weapon in this battle is claims by doctors that transgender treatment for youth is safe and, to some extent, reversible. In this, the president has relied on the declarations of the main medical associations. The president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Moira Szilagyi, recently declared that “there is a strong consensus among the world’s leading medical organizations that evidence-based gender-affirming care for transgender children and adolescents is medically necessary and appropriate.” In fact, the 2018 AAP guidelines described puberty blockers as “reversible.”

an article in Pediatrics in 2020 by Dr. Jack Turbana widely cited expert on trans medicine, states that: puberty blockers are “unique among gender-affirming medical interventions in that the resulting pubertal suppression is fully reversible, with resumption of endogenous puberty after its interruption”.

This is also the position of Endocrine Society and the Pediatric Endocrine Society.

However, the criticism of this position comes from an interesting source: united lesbians“an all-lesbian, all-volunteer organization based in the US.” In a press release accompanying an extensive study on puberty blockers, he concludes that:

“prescribing GnRH agonists to treat actual or perceived mental illness constitutes medical negligence and a crime against humanity; that parental consent to pubertal suppression to treat actual or perceived mental illness falls under the rubric of child abuse.”

The group continues to attack the use of puberty blockers as “torture and abuse.” It ominously says that “All medical professionals who participated should be held financially, professionally, and socially responsible, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Lesbians United backs up its vehement language with a 32-page review of 300 scientific articles on puberty blockers written by an anonymous team of researchers. concludes that

Substantial evidence from peer-reviewed scientific studies, case studies, and clinical trials suggests that puberty-blocking drugs may negatively affect the skeleton, cardiovascular system, thyroid, brain, genitalia, reproductive system, digestive, urinary tract, muscles, eyes and immune system. Particularly pressing concerns for adolescents treated with puberty-blocking medications are loss of bone mineral density and increased risk of osteoporosis; potential for decreased IQ and other cognitive deficits; increased risk of depression and suicidal thoughts; and delayed sexual and reproductive development.

And against the claims of the Biden administration and American medical journals, he declares that many of these disturbing effects are “fully or partially irreversible.”

The Lesbians United team found that research on the use of puberty blockers is very incomplete for children and adolescents. GnRH agonists, the medical term, were first approved as drugs for men with prostate cancer. Research on its effects for this purpose is generally of high quality. But the research on medications as part of treatment for gender dysphoria is of much lower quality, with small sample sizes. Sometimes the conclusions seem to contradict the evidence. There are very few long-term studies. The highly politicized language in some articles suggests that the authors were highly biased.

The authors of the study conclude that: “it affirms that these medications relieve mental health symptoms and decrease suicidal tendencies [are] highly suspicious.”

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