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171 - Breaking News: The Latest WPATH Scandal, with Lisa Selin Davis

"You don't lie and say it's evidence-based, if it's not!"

In the latest gender revelation, newly released documents have surfaced, implicating high-level government officials in yet another WPATH medical scandal. See more about the reports released last week in our discussion post here, quoting Jesse Singal, Lisa Selin Davis and the The New York Times.

In this episode, Sasha and Stella sit down with journalist Lisa Selin Davis to discuss “the endless upside down somersaulting of reality.”

Not only has it been exposed that Biden’s Assistant Secretary for Health, Admiral Rachel Levine, exerted pressure on WPATH to remove age minimums from their Standards of Care (SOC) 8, but now there is proof that research was indeed commissioned by WPATH, and because the outcomes were not favorable, they suppressed the results from being published — and the government agency that sponsored the research knew this.

“There has been suppression and censorship. And what we are censoring is information that would help families make decisions about the most serious psychological and medical interventions that any of us can imagine.”

This controversy not only questions the integrity of the guideline creation process but also exposes an apparent collaboration between federal authorities, prominent advocacy groups, and esteemed academic institutions to suppress meaningful and valuable evidence-based research.

Could the fallout from these revelations have significant implications for the handling of gender-affirming care policies in the United States? And where is the main-stream media coverage?

Prominent journalism organizations are often aligning with activist groups, perpetuating certain social and cultural narratives and thereby compromising their objectivity. The succumbing to the pressures of advocacy groups by honoring biased style guides and reporting practices propagating specific viewpoints without sufficient scrutiny is destroying the integrity of “journalism”.

“We have to stop using the phrase anti -LGBTQ and anti -trans…we have to stop the framing of left and right, good and bad, and we have to stop equating left with good and right with bad.”

Polarized perspectives hinder the development of balanced and informed policies. By moving away from framing issues as left versus right or good versus bad, the media can play a pivotal role in presenting nuanced, fact-based coverage that fosters a better understanding of the complexities involved in gender and healthcare.

“All of the people who did this, did it based on bad information.”

Prioritization of empirical evidence in both media reporting and policy-making is crucial for ensuring that decisions affecting youth and healthcare are based on accurate, transparent information.

So perhaps there’s no better way to close out this episode than Lisa’s own words:

“I hope people talk about this. I hope they write to their (especially Democratic) politicians asking them to look into it. I hope they write to their local newspapers asking them to cover it. Let’s push it along so that people have to deal with it.”

View our discussion post from last week here:

Gender: A Wider Lens
Gender: A Wider Lens
In this podcast, now in its fourth year, therapists Stella O'Malley and Sasha Ayad take a deep dive into the psychological and cultural forces impacting the social changes around "gender." Through interviews with researchers, doctors, therapists, parents, detransitioners, and others, Sasha and Stella's podcast is a "must listen" for anyone trying to navigate the current gender landscape. With their sharp analytical minds and deep compassionate hearts, Stella and Sasha have also become known throughout many parent networks as lighthouses in the midst of some very stormy seas. Previous guests include Helen Joyce, Jesse Singal, Leor Sapir, Kathleen Stock, Jamie Reed, Peter Boghossian and more.