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Caitlyn Jenner Says Puberty Blocking Is “Appropriate Medical Treatment”

Caitlyn Jenner poses at the Glamorous Women of the Year Awards in Los Angeles, California on November 14, 2016. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

There was a lot of talk about Caitlyn Jenner who felt biological transgender men shouldn’t be allowed to compete in women’s sports because it’s ‘not fair’.

Under pressure from LGBT and other critics, Jenner toned down in an interview, saying on Fox News that if the athlete “transitioned” early, it would be good for trans girls to compete athletically against biologically born women. . From National exam report (emphasis mine):

“What I would do as governor, I would put together a commission,” Jenner said. “Trans women compete in the Olympics, they compete in the NCAA, but when it comes to the high school level, there are no guiding rules, there are no rules and regulations about how they can.”

“And trans women, who are really trans, who at a very young age, you know, started proper medical treatment, they grew up as girls, of course, they should be able to compete in women’s sports,” Jenner said. “But yeah, a guy who didn’t do any therapy, didn’t do anything, there has to be a review board.

The big story here isn’t hindsight, but Jenner’s clear endorsement of puberty blockade as “appropriate medical treatment” — because it’s the only way a transexual can transition “to a very young age”.

It is shameful. Oh, not so much the competition issue as the Jenner issue clear support for puberty blockade – the “proper medical treatment” in the quote – which is the only way for a trans girl to transition “at a very young age”.

Puberty-blocking/gender-affirming “treatments” should be labeled as unethical medical experimentation. They are performed by injecting hormones and drugs “off label” – that is, not for FDA-approved reasons – with potential physical risk to the child. According to the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, study evidence demonstrates “very small benefit” for puberty blockade and potential for serious harm, which includes potentially irreversible adverse consequences such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, infertility, increased risk of cancer and thrombosis.

Children with gender dysphoria need to be protected from the potentially permanent consequences of an “early” transition – clearly illustrated in a recent 60 minutes report. By giving up a principled position to appease woke critics, Jenner has made things harder for these troubled young people.