On Monday, the Supreme Court concluded that homosexuality and transgenderism are covered under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This post doesn’t have enough space to explain why, legally, that is an incorrect decision. Put simply, the Civil Rights Act does not cover sexual orientation and was never intended to. If Congress wants to change that, it can; it is not the Supreme Court’s role, though, to make that change.
This post focuses only on the fact that the Supreme Court, in Bostock v. Clayton County, wrongly accepted the premise that transgenderism is part of the homosexuality spectrum. It is not. It is a form of mental illness. The Supreme Court has just said that body dysmorphic disorder is protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Transgenderism is in the news. J.K. Rowling is under attack for her concern that transgender rights are damaging women’s rights and placing women and girls at physical risk. We also fought the bathroom wars in America, which seem to have ended in a draw.
But what few people talk about is whether there’s any evidence that transgenderism exists – that is, that it’s scientifically true that people are born in the wrong bodies. I haven’t found any medical or scientific articles saying that’s true. I just find articles assuming that transgenderism is real and that mutilating surgery and drugs that cause sterility, cancer, and heart disease can fix it.
Look, for example, at the American Academy of Pediatrics, the most respected pediatric organization in America. In September 2018, it published a “policy statement” about treating children and youth who think they’re transgendered.
Before reading it, I assumed that, to formulate a treatment policy, the AAP would first establish a foundation for what constitutes transgenderism.
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