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What is the situation in New Zealand in relation to puberty blockers?

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Parents force review of schools trans guidance

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Change in approach by the NHS  (The Times 25 October)

Most children identifying as transgender are simply going through a “transient phase”, new NHS guidance states.Doctors caring for youngsters distressed about their gender have been told that it is not a “neutral act” to help them transition socially by using their preferred new names or pronouns.

The draft guidelines say doctors should “carefully explore” all underlying health problems, including mental ill health, amid concerns that the NHS is rushing children on to irreversible puberty-blocker medication.

The new “watchful approach” adopted by the NHS is a significant change of course from the “affirmative” approach advocated by campaign groups, including Mermaids.

The NHS England document states: “The clinical management approach should be open to exploring all developmentally appropriate options for children and young people who are experiencing gender incongruence, being mindful that this may be a transient phase, particularly for prepubertal children, and that there will be a range of pathways to support these children and young people and a range of outcomes. “A significant proportion of children and young people who are concerned about or distressed by issues of gender incongruence, experience co-existing mental health, neurodevelopmental and/or family or social complexities in their lives. ”The NHS is reviewing its treatment of trans children following a damning interim report by Dr Hilary Cass, a former president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

It is shutting the gender identity development service at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust in north London after Cass raised concerns that it was not safe.NHS England’s draft guidance states that there is “scarce and inconclusive evidence to support clinical decision-making” for children with gender dysphoria. It stresses that “in most cases gender incongruence does not persist into adolescence” among younger children. “The clinical approach has to be mindful of the risks of an inappropriate gender transition and the difficulties that the child may experience in returning to the original gender role upon entering puberty if the gender incongruence does not persist into adolescence,” it reads.The guidance says that for older teenagers, social transitioning should be considered only as a last resort. It says: “Social transition should only be considered where the approach is necessary for the alleviation of, or prevention of, clinically significant distress or significant impairment in social functioning and the young person is able to fully comprehend the implications ofaffirming a social transition.”The Tavistock clinic will close in spring and care is being handed to regional children’s hospitals that aim to provide a more evidence-based approach and will bring together mental health, autism and hormone treatment services.

The new guidelines, which are open for public consultation until December, have been drawn up to provide a model for these new gender services

In the UK a cross party Biology Policy Unit has been set up which will help ensure policies across the public sector based on gender Identity theory are scrutinised so that women and children’s rights are not compromised

Puberty Suppression: Medicine or Malpractice?

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Dr Dianna Kenny’s answers to questions at the CATA conference

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ROGD Awareness Day 16 August

Tuesday, August 16 is ‘ROGD Awareness Day’. Amongst all the acronyms for LGBTQIAP2S+ that saturate our media, you could be forgiven for not being familiar with this one. ROGD stands for Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria and was coined by Dr Lisa Littman in 2018. It describes the phenomenon she investigated whereby large cohorts of adolescent girls were suddenly identifying as transgender or non-binary, often at the same time. Read more here...

Report of the CATA Conference 5 August

When the Child and Adolescent Therapist Association (CATA) Conference was first announced there was an immediate outcry from groups that said the conference would be distressing and upsetting to trans people. Although the conference organisers emphasised that its purpose was to “provide accurate information based on science and evidence,” the verbal and physical threats continued, and the Conference was forced to move to a secret location, where it took place without disruption. Read our report here...

RGE Presentation to CATA conference

View the presentation made to the CATA conference on behalf of Resist Gender Education.

FDA Adds Dire Warning to Puberty Blocker Label

The US Federal Drug Agency (FDA) has reported that some children who received GnRH agonists (puberty blockers) have experienced a serious side effect which results in elevated spinal fluid pressure in the brain. It is updating the safety labels for the drug. Read more here...

The Opinion Stuff Would Not Publish

Fern Hickson was offered an 800 word opinion piece by Stuff to counter the misinformation in its 10 June criticism of the upcoming Child and Adolescent Therapists Association conference on the impacts of transgender ideology. That was duly supplied but Stuff’s senior editors refused to print it on the grounds it was “pejorative and prejudiced”, although they did not specify which parts of the carefully referenced writing they objected to. You can read the opinion piece here and try to spot the offending words for yourself.

June Newsletter

You can read our June Newsletter here.

Letter to LIANZA

In this letter to the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa we express our disquiet about the recent tour of “Rainbow Storytime” around more than 20 public libraries and ask it, as the professional body for librarians, to withdraw support for this show.

An Open Letter to Australia's Doctors

Dr Dylan Wilson describes the problems with the gender affirmative pathway for children and why he will never refer a child to the paediatric gender service at his local hospital. Read the letter here

Flying Blind

Watching the beliefs of gender identity ideology becoming entrenched in our education system has led many parents and teachers to question what rights they have when faced with this ideology. We sent several important questions to a range of government agencies and report here on the dispiriting replies.

Opening Pandora’s Box

This careful review, written by a parent with a graduate degree in psychology, reveals how the Ministry of Education’s Relationship and Sexuality resources “send messages that create the risks of psychological and physical harms, and encourage schools to keep secrets from parents.”

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