The Biden administration is pressuring foreign countries to crack down on forms of psychotherapy that don’t automatically affirm children’s transgender identity and instead encourage children to transition, according to leaked documents obtained by the publication. City Journal of the Manhattan Institute.
An internal memo shared by Secretary of State Antony Blinken reportedly ordered embassies to “submit robust information on so-called ‘conversion therapy’ practices” in their host countries as part of their annual human rights reports. the man, according in the City Journal. Blinken’s definition of conversion therapy would include “talk therapy” for children with gender dysphoria that aims to help patients feel comfortable with their natural bodies.
Conversion therapy generally refers to clinical attempts to get patients to stop feeling same-sex attractions, which has historically included practices such as shock therapy, according at Reuters. However, transgender advocates — as well as the Biden administration — are increasingly using the term to describe medical professionals who help children come to terms with their birth sex rather than affirming their gender identity and setting them on a path to medicalization, which may include puberty blockers, hormones and surgeries. (RELATED: Yes, Doctors Are Performing Sex Change Operations On Children)
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Blinken’s memo puts the US on track to potentially classify countries that are more skeptical of gender reassignments for children, such as Sweden, Finland and the UK, as human rights violators man, and the State Department will then use the diplomats’ reports to create an “action plan to combat this practice in all areas of foreign policy and foreign assistance,” according to the City Journal.
The move comes about a year after President Joe Biden’s executive order demanding that federal agencies crack down on conversion therapy, which the memo says includes efforts to “remove or alter an individual’s gender identity or gender expression.” Blinken’s memo is an attempt to enforce that within the State Department, according to the City Journal.
The Biden administration’s interpretation of conversion therapy is similar to that of Jessica Stern, Biden’s special envoy to advance the human rights of LGBTQI+ people and former executive director of OutRight Action International, a United Nations-affiliated group. which pushed the concept that non-Affirming therapy for gender dysphoria is conversion therapy, according to City Journal.
While the Biden administration promotes gender-related changes in children through various agencies of the federal bureaucracy, some countries in Europe are increasing pauses in medical interventions for young people: Finland calls the practice “experimental », according to the City Journal; the UK closed its pediatric gender clinic to replace it with smaller regional centers after reports emerged that the clinic was rushing children on puberty blockers; and Sweden has banned cross-sex surgeries for minors and encourages doctors to focus on talk therapy and avoid administering cross-sex drugs, according to City Journal.
Puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones are commonly prescribed to minors in the United States, and many patients with gender dysphoria have had double mastectomies as minors to present themselves as men.
The State Department did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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