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Child-Gender Culture War Must Surrender to the Power of Facts and Logic!

Child-Gender Culture War Must Surrender to the Power of Facts and Logic!

In a world where politics and medicine collide, the debate over child gender transition has become a hot topic. While some states in the US have passed laws to prohibit or restrict the practice, others have embraced it as "lifesaving." But amidst all this polarization, one thing is clear: we need a more nuanced approach.

Take Sunny Bryant, for example. At just 9 years old, she's already a pro at testifying before lawmakers. She and her mother have spoken at the Texas legislature multiple times, advocating for the right to undergo gender transition. But with over 450 bills proposed or passed this year that the American Civil Liberties Union characterizes as anti-LGBTQ, the debate has become increasingly heated.

On one side, we have those who believe in "watchful waiting," preferring talk therapy to medical interventions. On the other side, we have those who advocate for "affirmative care," believing that "kids know who they are." But with little consensus among medical professionals, it's hard to know what's best for gender-nonconforming children.

What we need is a middle ground. We can't simply ban gender-affirming care, nor can we rely solely on medical interventions without proper assessment and therapy. Instead, we should require medical assessment and counseling before prescribing puberty blockers or hormones to minors, and insist on tracking patient outcomes over several years.

This more reasoned approach would represent a triumph over partisans on both sides, and most importantly, do right by the thousands of children seeking care every year. So let's put politics aside and focus on what really matters: the well-being of our children.

The Child-Gender Debate Needs Better Evidence, Not Punitive Bans - The Atlantic