When discussing an issue and the other side calls you a racist, misogynist, or homophobe for asking legitimate questions, you’re probably over the target.
The Heritage Foundation’s recent study about, as Jay Greene, Ph.D. titles an article about it, “Puberty Blockers, Cross-Sex Hormones, and Youth Suicide” provokes legitimate questions about important issues. People shouldn’t be blocked, harassed, or canceled for discussing these issues.
For example, the other side wants to dismiss you as a “homophobe” if you are concerned about youth suicide. However, what if your legitimate questions concern parental consent and youth suicide? Remember, the latter issue isn’t only being brought up by people concerned for their own children. People who have gone through the “transition” and subsequently became suicidal are also talking about it.
These are real issues with real-life consequences for real people. It is the epitome of either ignorance or tyranny to shut (or shout) down people with valid concerns.
The study mentioned above explored “Lowering legal barriers to make it easier for minors to undergo cross-sex medical interventions without parental consent does not reduce suicide rates—in fact, it likely leads to higher rates of suicide among young people that adopt these changes.”
For what legitimate reason should people not discuss this issue? We’re talking about the physical and mental health of our children and, later, young adults.
The results of the Heritage study found, “In the past several years, the suicide rate among those ages 12 to 23 has become significantly higher in states that have a provision that allows minors to receive routine health care without parental consent than in states without such a provision. Before 2010, these two groups of states did not differ in their youth suicide rates.”
The researchers concluded that instead of protecting “against suicide,” negating parental consent, which makes it easier to access “cross-sex medical interventions… is associated with [a] higher risk of suicide.”
This is not new. In 2018, HRC.org published an article discussing an American Academy of Pediatrics study that “revealed alarming levels of attempted suicide among transgender youth.”
How could anyone seriously argue this issue isn’t worth a discussion?