The Log Cabin Republicans (LCR), which says it represents LGBTQ Republicans, on Friday sent out a fundraising letter attacking the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) new guidelines on gender transition care.
HHS released the guidelines on last month’s Transgender Day of Visibility. The guidelines were developed with resources from The Trevor Project, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Columbia University and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network among other legal and medical organizations.
According to the LCR, the Biden Administration is promoting “radical gender redefinition which is corrosive and destructive to our society.” It claims that the HHS is pushing the use of hormone therapy and surgery on minors.
HHS guidelines, available here, do not call for gender-affirming surgery on minors. Surgery is only recommended for adults if needed. Not all transgender people need surgery for dysphoria. The only gender-affirming care recommended for both adults and children is social affirmation, where a person dresses as their gender identity and use pronouns. Medical care, the use of puberty blockers, doesn’t happen until puberty and is reversible. All the care is done with consent of the trans people and under the care of medical professionals.
Even though the fundraising letter links directly to the HHS guidelines, it claims that children are being recommended surgery “to appease a radical group of activists and lobbyists that have taken the Democrat Party hostage.”
It also claimed that The Trevor Project’s National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2021 that was a resource creating the guidelines was bankrolled by Abbvie and Allergan, two makers of hormone therapies. The Project does get some support from corporations, but the largest share of its budget comes from individual donations.
The American Medical Association has sited a 2018 study in the Journal of Adolescent Health that found transgender youth who could use accurate names and pronouns, the most basic gender-affirming care, experienced 71% fewer symptoms of severe depression, a 34% drop in reported suicidal thoughts and a 65% decrease in suicide attempts.
An emailed request for comment from the LCR Illinois chapter had not been answered by Friday evening.