In today’s Gender News I encourage you to read a compelling narrative from Dr. Riittakerttu Kaltiala, a seasoned psychiatrist from Finland who pioneered Gender Affirming Care (GAC) for minors in her homeland.
She recounts her journey, initially filled with hope but now shrouded in worry.
Imagine setting out to build a bridge to connect isolated islands, only to discover the blueprint might be flawed, potentially endangering lives. Dr. Kaltiala’s tale mirrors this analogy as she reflects on the unforeseen repercussions of GAC, especially on youth, who unlike a completed bridge, are still in the process of formation.
Dr. Kaltiala’s eye-opening experiences, urges a re-evaluation of the current GAC protocols for minors, an initiative once thought by some to be a sturdy bridge towards self-identity and acceptance, but now under scrutiny.
There is a widening call in Europe for a pause and re-assessment of the prevailing practices of gender transition among minors.
Europe is backing up. Australia, especially the state of Victoria, like Canada, is barreling ‘forward.’ What will the U.S. do? Red and Blue?
The interview below touches upon the situation in Australia, particularly in Victoria, where laws related to sex self-identification, conversion therapy bans, and potential hate speech laws on gender identity are discussed. Lawford Smith highlights the concern that these laws could threaten gender-critical speech.
She points out the unique situation where a marginalized group’s protection is said to depend on a lie, referring to the insistence on affirming gender identity. She compares this to historical instances where certain metaphysical beliefs were forced onto populations.