As England last month banned the use of puberty blockers on gender-confused children, a Queensland child gender clinic punished a medical professional for urging caution.
You can’t make this stuff up, but such are the politics surrounding LGBTIQA+ gender-fluid ideology in Australia.
Dr Jillian Spencer, a senior child psychologist at the Queensland Children’s Hospital, was stood down from her job for calling out the potential harms of puberty blockers on children.
She preferred a neutral approach to children presenting with gender confusion, rather than the so-called “affirmation model” which supports them to transition away from their biological gender.
Since being stood down, she has lodged a complaint with the Queensland Human Rights Commission but it’s hard to see that being successful given the commission’s bias towards LGBTIQA+ politics.
Her complaint says:
“I was concerned about the increasing number of children and adolescents – especially biological females – presenting with gender dysphoria in the context of comorbid mental health diagnoses and complex psychological issues, including trauma. I became very concerned about the potential harm our hospital was doing in immediately using preferred pronouns, that unquestioningly affirms a child’s perceived identity and sets them on a treatment pathway of medical intervention that purports to transition a young person into an identity that they are likely to outgrow if interventions of this kind are not applied.”
In response the Queensland Children’s Hospital says its enforcement of preferred pronouns, even for gender confused children, “aligns with our responsibility as a Queensland government agency – where everyone employed is bound by public sector workplace policies and a code of conduct”.
Clearly government ideology trumps medical science, even and especially when it comes to confused children.
Family First will campaign for banning the use of puberty blockers on children when it contests next year’s state election.
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