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Madness: Olympics to allow pre-op male-to-female 'transgenders' to compete as women

upside down world
Our world has become upside down.
With the media’s indoctrination of the masses on “transgenders,” some of us jokingly had predicted that “transgenders” soon would compete in the International Olympics.
That’s no longer a joke. It’s a reality.
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Cyd Zeigler reports for OutSports, Jan. 21, 2016, that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) held a “Consensus Meeting on Sex Reassignment and Hyperandrogenism” last November, and formed transgender guidelines that the IOC is expected to adopt before this year’s Summer Olympics.
The transgender guidelines have not yet been distributed, but Outsports has obtained a copy of the guidelines “via a trusted source.”
According to Joanna Harper, a male-to-female (MtF) “transgender” chief medical physicist of radiation oncology at Providence Portland Medical Center who attended the IOC meeting, the new policy “opens the door wide” for female-to-male (FtM) “trans men,” as well as “removes the need for women to undergo gender-reassignment surgery to compete.” That means a fully-biological male with penis and testicles, who claims to be female, can compete as a female in the Olympics.

Male-to-female trans Joanna Harper, still with his Adam's Apple (photo by Sebastien Agnetti for Washington Post)

Male-to-female trans Joanna Harper, still with his Adam’s Apple (photo by Sebastien Agnetti for Washington Post)

What the new policy means for FtM trans

For female-to-male “transgenders,” the IOC Consensus Meeting agreed they are eligible to compete in the male category without restriction.

What the new policy means for MtF trans

The old IOC policy (adopted in 2004) was that male-to-female “transgenders” were eligible to compete in the Olympics two years after their “sex-reassignment surgery” castration. The new policy will only require MtF “transgenders” to have had at least one year of hormone “therapy”. Harper said the change in MtF trans’ “waiting period” before they are eligible to compete “was perhaps the most contentious item among our group and one year is a reasonable compromise.”

In the words of the IOC’s transgender guidelines:

To require surgical anatomical changes as a pre-condition to participation is not necessary to preserve fair competition and may be inconsistent with developing legislation and notions of human rights.

Specifically, these are the new IOC policy guidelines for biological males who say they are females to compete as females:

1.  The athlete has declared that her gender identity is female. The declaration cannot be changed, for sporting purposes, for a minimum of four years.

2.  The athlete must demonstrate that her total testosterone level in serum has been below 10 nmol/L for at least 12 months prior to her first competition (with the requirement for any longer period to be based on a confidential case-by-case evaluation, considering whether or not 12 months is a sufficient length of time to minimize any advantage in women’s competition).

3.  The athlete’s total testosterone level in serum must remain below 10 nmol/L throughout the period of desired eligibility to compete in the female category.

4.  Compliance with these conditions may be monitored by testing. In the event of non-compliance, the athlete’s eligibility for female competition will be suspended for 12 months.

In other words, a fully-biological man, with a penis and testicles, can compete as a female in the Olympics as long as he:

  1. Demonstrates a reduced testosterone level for a year prior to competition.
  2. Declares he’s a woman “for sporting purposes” for a minimum of 4 years.

Reporting for Breitbart, Jan. 22, 2016, William Bigelow points out that the new IOC policy ignores evidence that male-to-female transgenders are larger, taller, and stronger in general than the women they compete against, because of the testosterone in their bodies since puberty. As Robert S. Beil, M.D., of Montefiore Medical Group, acknowledged, “MTF trans people tend to be bigger, and may have certain strengths from before they started using estrogen.” As noted in a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine:

The decision to categorically restrict male to female transsexual athletes from competing in a given sport as females rests on two critical assumptions. The first is that most people exposed to testosterone from puberty onward will develop physical and/or physiological attributes that contribute to a distinct performance advantage over most women. Although the performance boundaries between male and female athletes have narrowed in the past several decades, there are distinct gender differences that exist on average. The second assumption needed to justify restricting male to female transsexual participation in female events is that these attributes can withstand the hormonal manipulation of sex reassignment, thereby giving the male to female transsexual athlete an unfair competitive advantage. Certainly, there are some effects of testosterone that cannot be reversed, including (most notably) its effect on postpubertal height in men. Men are on average taller than women, with the pubertal growth spurt accounting for most of the gender difference.

Just imagine 6′ 2″, 194-lb Bruce “call me Caitlyn” Jenner, who as a man won the 1976 Olympics decathlon title, competing as a female in the Olympics.
According to two eminent psychiatrists who are brave enough to speak the truth — Dr. Paul R. McHugh and Dr. Joseph Berger — from a scientific point of view, there is no such thing as transgenderism. Instead, “transgenderism” is a psychological disorder of body dysmorphism — seeing your body in a distorted manner — much as anorexics perceive their bodies as fat (when they are not) and so starve themselves into virtual cadavers. See my post, “The truth about transgenderism and ‘gender reassignment’ surgery”.
In our upside-down world, the only thing that perverts heed are lawsuits.
If I were a female athlete intending to compete in the Olympics, I would sue the IOC.
~Eowyn

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Federal court rules "transgender" illegal aliens can't be deported

The Left are coming up with one ridiculous reason after another to coddle illegal aliens.
(By the way, California’s “Governor Moonbeam” Jerry Brown recently banned the word “alien” from the state’s labor laws. In other words, the term “illegal alien” is now illegal in California!).
The latest: the infamous San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that illegals can’t be deported if they’re “transgender” — an entirely fictitious notion that, according to two scientists, have no basis in biology. (See The truth about transgenderism and ‘gender-reassignment’ surgery)
Democrats coddle illegals
Matt Ford reports for The Atlantic that a three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals made a significant decision on Sept 3, 2015, ruling that courts must consider whether a transgender illegal alien could face persecution or torture if deported.

In Avendano-Hernandez v. Lynch, the court considered whether Erin Avendano-Hernandez, a Mexican national who claims to be transgendered, should be granted asylum in the United States.

The judges maintain that Avendano-Hernandez experienced physical and sexual abuse from members of her own family in Mexico because of her “sexual identity.” She entered the U.S. illegally in 2000 and began “transitioning” with hormone therapy soon thereafter. After being deported back to Mexico in 2007 for driving under the influence, she was detained and raped by Mexican police officers. She then illegally re-crossed the border into the U.S.
Three years later, Avendano-Hernandez was arrested and slated again for deportation by an immigration judge. The UN Convention against Torture, which the U.S. ratified in 1994, prohibits deporting a person to a country where they are likely to be tortured. But the immigration judge ruled that recent gay-rights legislation in Mexico made further torture unlikely.
In its ruling, the Ninth Circuit criticized both the immigration judge’s decision and the Board of Immigration Appeals that reviewed it, for their insufficient consideration of transgender issues:

The IJ failed to recognize the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation, refusing to allow the use of female pronouns because she considered Avendano-Hernandez to be “still male,” even though Avendano-Hernandez dresses as a woman, takes female hormones, and has identified as woman for over a decade. Although the BIA correctly used female pronouns for Avendano-Hernandez, it wrongly adopted the IJ’s analysis, which conflated transgender identity and sexual orientation.

Since Avendano-Hernandez first entered the U.S., however, Mexico has passed an anti-discrimination law and legalized same-sex marriage. But the 9th District Court insists that these social advances don’t necessarily apply to transgender people, who face distinct challenges. Writing for the court, Judge Jacqueline Nguyen opined, “Indeed, Mexico has one of the highest documented number of transgender murders in the world. Avendano-Hernandez’s experiences reflect how transgender persons are caught in the crosshairs of both generalized homophobia and transgender-specific violence and discrimination.”
Jacqueline Nguyen
The panel’s decision sets a precedent throughout the entire Ninth Circuit, which includes California and Arizona, two major immigration hubs.
H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV
~Eowyn

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The truth about transgenderism and "gender-reassigment" surgery

Sun, 07 Jun 2015 01:34:19 +0000   eowyn2

If you’re contemplating major surgery, for your own interest and well being, it’s a good idea to:

  1. Get a second opinion.
  2. Do some research on your surgeon and, if in doubt, find another surgeon.
  3. Don’t depend on what the doctor tells you. God created us with a mind. Use it! With the ubiquity of information now available on the Internet, there is no excuse not to undertake your own research on whether that major surgery will actually cure or ameliorate whatever that ails you.

Given the above entirely sensible counsel, isn’t it strange that the media and pop culture, in their push for transgenderism, never tell you the risks of “gender-reassignment” surgery or whether post-surgery transgenders actually are happy?

In a recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, and author of six books and at least 125 peer-reviewed medical articles, reported on a 2011 study showing that the suicide rate among transgendered people who had reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people.

The study was at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, which followed 324 people after they’d had sex-reassignment surgery for up to 30 years. The study showed that about 10 years after the surgery, transgendered people began to have increased mental difficulties. As they progressed through life, their suicide mortality rose almost 20 times above the comparable nontransgender population. McHugh points to the data as evidence that the high suicide rate trumps the typical surgery prescription propagated by many as the answer to gender confusion.

Dr. McHugh explains that transgender surgery is not the solution for people who suffer a “disorder of ‘assumption’” – the notion that their maleness or femaleness is different than what nature assigned to them biologically, much like other amorphic disorders, such as anorexia. The difference is that body parts are not amputated in an effort to “cure” other assumption disorders.

Dr. McHugh says, “This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken – it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes.” The transgendered person’s disorder is in the person’s “assumption” that they are different than the physical reality of their body, their maleness or femaleness, as assigned by nature. It is a disorder similar to a “dangerously thin” person suffering anorexia who looks in the mirror and thinks they are “overweight.”

While the Obama administration, Hollywood, and major media such as Time magazine promote transgenderism as normal, Dr. McHugh says these “policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.”

In truth, although the surgery is called “gender reassignment,” the surgery does no such thing. After all the torturous body mutilations — shaving off the Adam’s apple; castrating the penis and testicles, or chopping off the breasts; gouging a hole as a pretend-vagina that must be “dilated” until the wound eventually scars over — the transgender’s body is still genetically and chromosomally what God had made.

That is why, like Dr. McHugh, psychiatrist Joseph Berger, M.D., board certified as a specialist by both the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, has stated there is no scientific basis for transgender.

In a statement against the Canadian federal government’s Bill C-279 (popularly known as the “bathroom bill”) giving special protection to transgenders, Dr. Berger stated that from a medical and scientific perspective there is no such thing as a “transgendered” person, and that terms such as “gender expression” and “gender identity” used in the bill are at the very least ambiguous, and are more an emotional appeal than a statement of objective scientific fact. Dr. Berger said in his statement:

“I have read the brief put forward by those advocating special rights, and I find nothing of scientific value in it. Words and phrases, such as ‘the inner space,’ are used that have no objective scientific basis. There seems to me to be no medical or scientific reason to grant any special rights or considerations to people who are unhappy with the sex they were born into, or to people who wish to dress in the clothes of the opposite sex. The so-called ‘confusion’ about their sexuality that a teenager or adult has is purely psychological. As a psychiatrist, I see no reason for people who identify themselves in these ways to have any rights or privileges different from everyone else in Canada.”

In other words, transgenderism is a psychological, not biological, disorder, which would explain why gender dysphoria (aka gender identity disorder) fluctuates over time —

  • For children: Dr. McHugh notes that studies from Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic of children who had expressed transgender feelings but for whom, over time, 70%-80% “spontaneously lost those feelings.” Indeed, Toronto specialist Ken Zucker, who opposes the use of sex change therapies, also asserts that only about 12% of boys and girls with gender dysphoria will still have persistent dysphoria as adults. This fact alone should lead even the most committed supporters of early intervention to err strongly on the side of caution.
  • For adults: More compelling than the malleability of transgender feelings among children is the recovery data of adult transgenders. Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic found that 70% to 80% of adult transgenders who had refrained from undergoing gender-reassignment surgery report that their feelings dissipate over time. In other words, the transgender disorder has a recovery rate of as high as 70-80%!

Johns Hopkins ended their sexual reassignment surgery in 1970 for the above reasons, but there is little in the news about that.

McHugh says that “given that close to 80% of such children would abandon their confusion and grow naturally into adult life if untreated, these medical interventions come close to abuse.” He recommends a prescription of devoted parenting instead.

McHugh adds that just as it is incumbent upon the medical community to begin to speak about truth on this matter, it is equally incumbent upon the mental health community to challenge the concept that what is in the mind can never be questioned. “Disorders of consciousness, after all, represent psychiatry’s domain; declaring them off-limits would eliminate the field.”

But that is exactly what states like Massachusetts, California and New Jersey have already done by passing laws barring psychiatrists and other mental health professionals from trying to help “transgendered” children to regain their natural gender feelings, even upon parental request. Instead, psychiatrists are told to refer these children to endocrinologists to prescribe gender bending/gender delaying hormone treatments that do not address the child’s psychological disorder.

These hormones have other physical side effects, too, such as delayed growth, sterility and more.

Dr. Judith Reisman told WND: “They simply reject the factual data. Goebbels said that if you repeat a lie often enough, soon everyone is repeating it, too. That is what has happened. Fact checking seems to be a way of the past.”

H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV

~Éowyn

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