It’s Pride Month! Here’s how I’m celebrating
June is known as Pride Month. I thus would like to take this month to recognize the following for allowing us to have a more nuanced appreciation and understanding of gender and sexuality, while being grounded in reality, truth, biology, and kindness too. I might not agree with everything everyone says, does, or believes (and in fact some might not even like being in the same list as others), but I feel they have helped contribute to changing the international conversation in various ways, and for that I am grateful - and proud.
Researcher Dr. Lisa Littman—she poked her toe in the water and hasn’t stopped doing good science, despite it all. She’s the first thing I came across when I googled “suddenly trans” (for that’s what it is when your kid has zippo childhood gender dysphoria)
Finland for being the first country in the world to look at the evidence for care of gender-questioning youth and realize how lacking it is
The UK. Where to begin when talking about TERF Island!?! First and foremost, Keira Bell, JK Rowling, and Transgender Trend (and congrats on your big award!), for being pioneers. Also Helen Joyce, Kathleen Stock, the Tavistock whistleblowers, NICE studies, and the interim Cass Review
Sweden, one of the most trans-progressive countries in the world, advising caution based on evidence
Brave legacy journalists like Tom Blackwell and Bernard Lane and outlets like the National Post, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, 60 Minutes, Quillette, and Brandon Showalter, jouralist who has been really involved in covering the harms of this agenda.
Gender: A Wider Lens podcast, which for more than a year has explored all facets of gender as well as its many intersections with sexuality.
Desisters, also a forgotten and disparaged group
France’s National Academy of Medicine, which has recognized the role of social influence
The Dysphoric documentary by Indian filmmaker Vaishnavi Sundar
Jennifer Lahl and her documentary Trans Mission: What's the Rush to Reassign Gender?
The Detrans subreddit and the survey it conducted
4th Wave Now, which has worried about kids medically transitioning since 2015
Jordan Peterson, who saw all this coming in 2016 - whatever you think of him, I wish we’d all been as prescient
Canadian Gender Report, which saw the ideology in schools starting in 2019
Genspect, for giving a public voice to parent concerns since June 2021
PITT, for giving a much-needed voice to and outlet for parents
The researchers at the Society for Evidence Based Gender Medicine
Teachers who resist indoctrinating their students
Family doctors who safeguard kids
Parents of detransitioners and desisters who still fight the good fight with us, even though their own immediate fight may be over
Again, this is to say that not everyone on this list is perfect or has gotten it all right, but that they have positively contributed to moving this issue forward - that’s all.
Who or what am I missing? I’m sure a lot! Please add your own people and organizations to thank in the comments below.
CROWDSOURCED FROM THE COMMENTS:
Kellie-Jay Keen of Standing for Women
The Famous Artist Birdy Rose and Rachel Rooney
The late great Magdalen Berns
Maya Forstater and Sex Matters UK
Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying belong on your list of evolutionary biologists
Mr Menno (you tube)
Peak Resilience Project
Gov. Ron DeSantis
All the moms and dads fighting behind the scenes
Sidewalk Steve and his wife Beth in NH
Partners for Ethical Care
Jessie Mannisto from Third Factor Magazine
Dolly at The 21st Century Salon
Isabella Malbin at WhoseBodyIsIt?
TT Exulansic (https://odysee.com/@Exulansic:d)
Shape Shifter to the list of detransitioners.
on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShifterofShapes
Dennis Noel Kavanagh, gay man, excellent Substack and Twitter feed
Dr Miriam Grossman
the GETA therapists
Advocates Protecting Children
Parent Child Rights
Brandon Showalter, Journalist
Libs of TIK TOK (and Taylor Lorenz- tee hee)
Save Women's Sports - Beth Stelzer
Women's Liberation Front ("WoLF")
American feminist author and academic, Janice Raymond
English-Australian lesbian academic, Sheila Jeffreys
Susan and Marcus Evans
Prostate cancer patients who understand the awful side effects of "puberty blockers" (Lupron)
to the brave souls who pointed out that Butler's reading of Foucault is pernicious bourgeois nonsense that completely ignores the materialism at the heart of his work - not to mention his warnings against individualism
the parents who continue to ask the questions and do the research and put their skin in this toxic game sheltering their kids in any way they can, big or small. Day in and out
Ricky Gervais (Supernature)
Dr. Michael Laidlaw
Dr. Will Malone