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Inside the New York Times' trans coverage: 'I wonder if people at the top fully believe...

Inside the New York Times’ trans coverage: ‘I wonder if people at the top fully believe in trans people’s humanity’
Insiders say the Gray Lady is ‘too excited to question whether or not it’s OK to be trans’
Soleil Ho
Updated: Aug. 31, 2023 9:44 a.m.

Members of El/La Para TransLatinas walk in the 2022 San Francisco Trans March. Critics say the New York Times’ coverage of trans issues mirrors right-wing talking points.
Santiago Mejia/The Chronicle 2022

Back in March, the Chronicle held a community feedback session in its newsroom for trans San Franciscans to speak to our journalists about what the media was getting wrong about their lives. They bemoaned a lack of trans reporters and articles that read more like medical records than human stories. Most urgently, attendees discussed how some news outlets have elevated extremist right-wing talking points about trans people, helping turn their very existence into an inflammatory cultural debate.

“Don’t let them capture your platform,” one person implored.

“Not like what’s happened with the New York Times,” was the quiet part that no one said out loud.

Over the past few years, as the Republican Pary has embarked on a state-by-state campaign to systematically push trans people out of public life, critics say the country’s leading newspaper has played along. Coverage has ranged from features overplaying the health risks of chest binding, a nonsurgical method of flattening one’s chest, to opinion columns reframing gender inclusivity as misogyny.

“Month after month, story after story, the Times is pouring its attention and resources into the message that there is something seriously concerning about the way young people who identify as trans are receiving care,” wrote Tom Scocca of Popula, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

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"Biological Clothing" - Dress Codes Espoused By UK TERFs, US Conservatives

"Biological Clothing" - Dress Codes Espoused By UK TERFs, US Conservatives
In a Sex Matters event in the Manchester, England, "Gender Critical" activists espoused gendered dress codes. The same is being pushed by US conservatives. Here's how these policies affect us all.

SEP 21, 2023

Sex based uniforms are also lawful,” a slide proclaimed at a Sex Matters event in Manchester, England. “Children’s actual sex must be known by everyone in the school environment.” Meanwhile, in the United States, Harrison County School District made headlines when it announced that students would be forced to dress in clothing “consistent with their biological sex.” In Texas, the department of agriculture released a letter to employees, requiring all state employees in the department to “comply with this dress code in a manner consistent with their biological sex.” Those who oppose the existence and visibility of transgender people in public life now seemingly have turned their efforts of gender conformity to everyone.

In a Manchester museum, the Sex Matters event unfurled, steered by ardent campaigners against transgender rights, Helen Joyce and Maya Forstater. Among the aims of the events were items such as “the fight to make sure the law protects women’s rights.” Interestingly, the gathering presented a distinct dress code for its attendees: “Be the billboard for sex-based rights (Adult Human Female; This Witch Doesn’t Burn – or your preferred slogan); embody the spirit of the Suffragettes in tones of purple, green, and white; or wear whatever you like” (emphasis added). While giving the presentation, Maya Forstater could be seen in a relaxed pose, donned in trousers and sandals. Behind her, a slide loomed, advocating for stringent measures on social transition for trans people in schools. The restrictions espoused included “Sex-based rules” relating to restroom usage, pronouns, and attire, even barring students from donning “the uniform of the opposite sex.”

Meanwhile in the U.S., a flurry of gender-conformity laws and policies have emerged, seemingly in response to the rising visibility of transgender people. Earlier this year in Mississippi, a transgender girl was told she would be barred from her own graduation walk because she desired to wear the same dress the other girls were wearing. On graduation day, a cisgender girl met a similar fate, this time for her decision to wear pants. In the midst of this, her grandmother voiced her anguish: “I don’t understand how a moment this important can be taken away from a child that’s worked 12 years to get here.” The district has since solidified its clothing policies, stating that all students must wear clothing “consistent with their biological sex.”

Increasingly, policies that were originally aimed at transgender people are now being aimed at all of society. Major influencers in the modern anti-trans panic such as Ben Shapiro have advocated for local laws dictating what men and women can wear in public. PragerU, recently contracted out to major school districts, advocates for gendered dress codes. Yet, this shift isn't confined to dress codes alone.


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The GOP Has a Master Plan to Criminalize Being Trans

This is absolutely horrifying.  A 900 page plan for a complete fascist takeover.

The GOP Has a Master Plan to Criminalize Being Trans
[size=50]By Brynn Tannehill
Aug 14, 2023[/size]

A coalition of powerful conservative organizations have put together a 900-plus-page playbook that maps out their strategy to enact a sweeping "Don't Say Gay" policy that will eradicate queer and trans lives and destroy democracy, if given the power. We can't let them.

‘Most people aren’t aware of Project 2025, or its playbook, “Mandate for Leadership: The Conservative Promise”—but you need to be. In stark terms, Project 2025 reveals the conservatives’ plan to enact a sweeping “Don’t Say Gay” policy that will effectively blot out all LGBTQ content on the internet as well as any published material with LGBTQ content, no matter how benign.

Project 2025 is a coalition of prominent conservative organizations that includes the Claremont Institute, Alliance Defending Freedom, Family Research Council, Hillsdale College, Heritage Foundation, Freedom Works, American Legislative Exchange Council, American Principles Project, and dozens of others. The organization’s goal is to lay out a “first 180 days” agenda for the next administration, and to recruit conservatives to fill positions within the federal government appointed by the executive branch.

“The Mandate for Leadership” is a 920-page document that details how the next Republican administration will implement radical and sweeping changes to the entirety of government. This blueprint assumes that the next president will be able to rule by fiat under the unitary executive theory (which posits that the president has the power to control the entire federal executive branch). It is also based on the premise that the next president will implement Schedule F, which allows the president to fire any federal employee who has policy-making authority, and replace them with a presidential appointee who is not voted on in the Senate.

The document is basically a wish list for social conservatives and mega corporations. The business wish list calls for eliminating federal agencies, stripping those that remain of regulatory power, and deregulating industries. The president would directly manage and influence Department of Justice and FBI cases, which would allow him to pursue criminal cases against political enemies. Environmental law would be gutted, and states would be prevented from enforcing their own environmental laws.’


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A lot of replies here make me think this link is needed:


Transphobic Docudrama: Gender Transformation

I saw an ad for this and red flags went off immediately. So I did some digging and yep I was right. If you see an ad for this documentary, don’t be fooled. It is pure rightwing propaganda


Apparently the film follows the life of a Trans man, Andrew Elijah Martinez, who committed suicide after he was removed from his mother’s custody following accusations of abuse. Unsurprisingly, it is told from HER PERSPECTIVE ONLY!

It also features interviews with 3 (transphobic) detransitioners including Walt Heyer, owner of the transphobic sexchangeregret website. Despite out numbering them by nearly 2 to 1 No pro-trans detransitioners were included. Similarly, even though they out number them by 99:1, no trans people happy with their transition were interviewed.

You see where this is going? Right?

Be careful this propaganda film is trying to promote itself as even handed when in fact it is a hit piece.

In particular, I would like to point out the irony that the title of the movie is untold realities when the case of Andrew Martinez is exactly that. Every mainstream media account of the story either ignore the allegations of the mother entirely or are heavily biased in her favor.

Andrew’s cousin has a very different account and points out the abuse and all the details that are being intentionally left out:

Full playlist on this:

This is why conservatives hate Tik Tok. They can’t control it. The cousin gave details omitted in every other media account I found. Details that show that his mom was abusive. So much so that he begged not to be sent back. And she literally prevented him from being able to leave foster care to live with his cousin and Aunt.

Why We Must Abandon The Young Turks: Transphobia and Progressive Influencers

Why We Must Abandon The Young Turks: Transphobia and Progressive Influencers
Never attach yourself to idols
Laura Halls
Published in Prism & Pen
4 min read
Apr 22

I’ve written a couple of articles lately going over problems with Ana Kasparian and her recent delving into transphobia. In both articles, I explained why I thought transphobia would be something we would likely continue to see, and that outbursts of transphobia from Ana and The Young Turks (TYT) commentary program she co-hosts and produces would likely grow worse over time.
While it has not been long since I made those points, Ana and her co-host Cenk Uygur have continued to double down on transphobia. Keep in mind that all of this stems from Ana being wrong about how inclusive language is being used, a point she herself has criticized people for being wrong about in the past.
People have continued to explain this to Ana and Cenk, yet they are both refusing to listen to those correcting them. In fact, they both seem to be repeating the same old lie about women being called birthing persons instead of women. This is a lie on their part. Nobody is mandating that anyone call women birthing people, simply saying that language such as that is used in certain settings to be inclusive of non-binary or trans people.
More than enough people have responded to them in good faith, correcting them and explaining why they’re wrong. At this point, they cannot simply not be misunderstanding, so we can be sure that this is just them being dishonest.


They’re throwing trans people under the bus in the middle of a massive moral panic from the right.

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Also there is this:

He's The Trans Son Of An Anti-Trans Influencer. It's His Turn To Speak.

He’s The Trans Son Of An Anti-Trans Influencer. It’s His Turn To Speak.
Renton Sinclair’s mother is a former Miss Illinois who wants to force trans people out of public life. That’s exactly what makes her a rising star in MAGA World.
Christopher Mathias
Jun 30, 2023

What makes him angry is that the pain in these pages — their chronicles of depression and confusion, an overdose, and wanting deeply every day to die — is what so many politicians across the country want to inflict on trans people. To codify that cruelty he experienced, that sheer unkindness, into law. Like his mom, these legislators are uninterested in listening to trans people like Renton. To listen to them would mean seeing them as something besides a convenient wedge issue — the latest scapegoat to be sacrificed in a cynical ploy for votes and clout. To listen to them would mean to know the people they’re trying to disappear.
Renton first contacted HuffPost after watching a video I posted of his mom speaking at the Great ReAwakening. “Hey, maybe this is weird, but this is my mom,” he wrote in a Twitter DM. “I’m trans.”
Seeing his mom on that stage made him realize it was time to speak up, to take back his story. “Just being in a position now where I’m like, OK, I can actually fucking stand up for myself, and I don’t just have to sit and just take this bullshit forever, and I can actually like have a say in it, that is cool,” he said.


In a tense text exchange with his mom about transitioning, he remembers asking her, “Would you like a dead kid or a trans one?” It’s a question that has emerged as a refrain among trans activists during debates about giving trans adolescents puberty blockers or hormones.

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Posted by LostOne4Ever | Fri Jul 7, 2023, 01:18 AM (1 replies)

Colorado Republican Party attacks 4 of their own in anti-trans fundraising email

Colorado Republican Party attacks 4 of their own in anti-trans fundraising email
State party “went out of their way to eat their own” in attack on elected Republicans

By NICK COLTRAIN | ncoltrain@denverpost.com | The Denver Post
PUBLISHED: June 21, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. | UPDATED: June 22, 2023 at 1:07 p.m.

he Colorado Republican Party officially reprimanded four elected GOP officials Monday for joining Democrats in defense of a Montana lawmaker who was kicked off the chamber’s floor while defending gender-affirming care for that state’s youth.

New Colorado Republican chair Dave Williams announced the reprimand Wednesday morning in a fundraising email loaded with anti-trans and anti-drag rhetoric. The email and the formal resolution admonished state Reps. Ron Weinberg and Rick Taggart, Castle Pines Councilmember Roger Hudson and Douglas County Commissioner Abe Laydon, all Republicans.

Weinberg, a Loveland Republican who just finished his first legislative session and is one of just 19 members of his caucus, said he felt abandoned by his party for standing up for First Amendment rights. Republicans have less power and less representation in Colorado state government than at any point since World War II.

“They went out of their way to eat their own,” Weinberg said of the fundraising letter. “This was intended to make Republicans look bad. It wasn’t a simple ‘statement and read the letter.’ It was a blatant attack on Republicans.”


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I just finished up the semester as an 8th grade science teacher and I was a substitute before that.

My experiences are very very different.

I have had kids come up to me to let me know that they don't support LGBT+ people in anyway. Students who have commented to me that they think there is only 2 genders. I had to go to a welcome new teachers ceremony where they had a preacher (who just so happened to be my pre-algebra teacher when I MYSELF was a student at the very school that I would be teaching at) get up in front of everyone to lead them in a prayer where he asked god to protect us from people who are confused about if they are boys or girls and their "agenda."

When I was substituting a few years ago I heard a student laughingly tell ask another student "whose the [homophobic slur] We need to jump him," upon hearing that a male student was using fingernail polish.

I have seen NOT one person come out as trans at the schools I teach in west Texas.

The best I have seen was one girl who had a progress flag pin hidden on her backpack. I also had another girl who I seriously thought might be transmasculine but since she never came out to me so I can't be sure.

You might have several kids come out as trans, and your daughter might have trans friends who she thinks are just being ansty and pushing back against authoritity but the fact of the matter is that around 98% of kids who go onto HRT continue taking it because they ACTUALLY are transgender.


720 people were included, of whom 220 (31%) were assigned male at birth and 500 (69%) were assigned female at birth. At the start of GnRHa treatment, the median age was 14·1 (IQR 13·0–16·3) years for people assigned male at birth and 16·0 (14·1–16·9) years for people assigned female at birth. Median age at end of data collection was 20·2 (17·9–24·8) years for people assigned male at birth and 19·2 (17·8–22·0) years for those assigned female at birth. 704 (98%) people who had started gender-affirming medical treatment in adolescence continued to use gender-affirming hormones at follow-up. Age at first visit, year of first visit, age and puberty stage at start of GnRHa treatment, age at start of gender-affirming hormone treatment, year of start of gender-affirming hormone treatment, and gonadectomy were not associated with discontinuing gender-affirming hormones.

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Anyway, I would imagine for someone just starting to transition they would need the strictest handicaps. Clothes to slow and weight them down for fairness.

As it is currently I believe the policy for newly transitioning students is that they can join the team but aren't allowed to compete till they get their T levels down. I believe this usually takes around a year for trans women.


The current NCAA policy on allowing transgender athletes to compete does not require gender confirming surgery or legal recognition of a player's transitioned sex in order for transgender players to participate on a team that matches their identity. However, it does require one year of hormone treatment testosterone suppression before as a condition prior to competing on a female team, though there is no such requirement for male transgender athletes to participate on a men’s team. Athletes assigned female at birth are also still eligible to compete in women’s sports unless or until that athlete begins a physical transition using testosterone.

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Now you said you don't know the science of HRT. Let us discuss it real quick. HRT has been tested many many times and it is found to be very effective and greatly improves medical outcomes for trans people:


The year-long review screened more than 4,000 studies and identified 56 that assessed whether gender transition improves the mental well-being of transgender individuals. The analysis concluded that 93 percent of the studies found positive effects from gender transition, indicating “a robust international consensus in the peer-reviewed literature that gender transition, including medical treatments such as hormone therapy and surgeries, improves the overall well-being of transgender individuals.”

It also has one of the lowest regret rates of ANY medical surgery/procedure. Average surgery regret is around 14.28%:

elf-reported decisional regret was present in about 1 in 7 surgical patients. Factors associated with regret were both patient- and procedure related. While most studies focused on patient regret, little data exist on how physician regret affects shared decision making.

While Gender Affirming Care/ Transitioning has a regret rate of under 2%

Some studies suggest that rates of regret have declined over the years as patient selection and treatment methods have improved. In a review of 27 studies involving almost 8,000 teens and adults who had transgender surgeries, mostly in Europe, the U.S and Canada, 1% on average expressed regret. For some, regret was temporary, but a small number went on to have detransitioning or reversal surgeries, the 2021 review said.

The fact that HRT is proven beneficial AND has one of the lowest regret rates of any medical procedure means it is good and effective medicine.

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You also said you have reservations about puberty blockers. You don't need to. Puberty blockers are SAFE and HIGHLY effective.

Keep in mind that the purpose of a puberty blocker isn't to treat gender dysphoria but to keep it from getting worse and to give both trans and cis kids time to think over HRT until they are old enough.

That said puberty blockers have almost universally been shown to result in positive outcomes and to be safe.

Studies reviewed had samples ranging from 1 to 192 (N = 543). The majority (71%) of participants in these studies required a diagnosis of gender dysphoria to qualify for puberty suppression and were administered medication during Tanner stages 2 through 4. Positive outcomes were decreased suicidality in adulthood, improved affect and psychological functioning, and improved social life. Adverse factors associated with use were changes in body composition, slow growth, decreased height velocity, decreased bone turnover, cost of drugs, and lack of insurance coverage. One study met all quality criteria and was judged 'excellent', five studies met the majority of quality criteria resulting in 'good' ratings, whereas three studies were judged fair and had serious risks of bias.


Researchers found a 60% decrease in moderate and severe depression and 73% decrease in suicidality among transgender and non-binary youth who received puberty blockers or gender-affirming hormones over a 12-month period, according to a study abstract presented during the virtual American Academy of Pediatrics 2021 National Conference & Exhibition.


This is the first study in which associations between access to pubertal suppression and suicidality are examined. There is a significant inverse association between treatment with pubertal suppression during adolescence and lifetime suicidal ideation among transgender adults who ever wanted this treatment. These results align with past literature, suggesting that pubertal suppression for transgender adolescents who want this treatment is associated with favorable mental health outcomes.


Gender incongruence in children and adolescents is complex, and medical treatment raises several ethical considerations. Clinical decision making has been fostered by research efforts, but there are still substantial knowledge gaps that warrant examination to inform best clinical practice (panel 4). The limited available evidence suggests that puberty suppression, when clearly indicated, is reasonably safe. The few studies that have examined the psychological effects of suppressing puberty, as the first stage before possible future commencement of CSH therapy, have shown benefits.

All of this should also show that puberty blockers are not experimental and are life saving:


Puberty delaying medications are currently provided off label to adolescents affected by gender dysphoria and this particular use cannot be investigated by a RCT. We have shown that this does not mean they are experimental drugs or are provided experimentally. Whether or not these (or even approved drugs) are ethically prescribed depends on whether they are likely to serve the patient’s health interests based on the evidence available at the time of prescription.

The published literature provides insight into the likely benefits of GnRHa. In summary, they reduce the patient’s dysphoria (Cohen-Kettenis & Pfäfflin, 2003, p. 171; Kreukels & Cohen-Kettenis, 2011, p. 467), reduce the invasiveness of future surgery (for example, mastectomy in trans men; treatment for facial and body hair, thyroid chondroplasty to improve appearance and cricothyroid approximation to raise the pitch of the voice in trans women) (Cohen-Kettenis & Pfäfflin, 2003, p. 171); GnRHa is correlated with improved psychosocial adaptation (Cohen-Kettenis & Pfäfflin, 2003, p. 171; Kreukels & Cohen-Kettenis, 2011, p. 467) and reduced suicidal ideation and attempts. Hembree noted increased suicidal ideation where blockers were not given (Hembree, 2011; see further, Imbimbo et al., 2009; Kreukels & Cohen-Kettenis, 2011; Murad et al., 2010; Spack, 2008).

Some people think that puberty blockers might cause kids to think they are transgender and convince them to wrongfully go on to take HRT. The research shows this not to be true:


In this cohort study of TGD adolescents, GnRHa use was not associated with increased subsequent GAH use. These findings suggest that clinicians can offer the benefits of GnRHa treatment without concern for increasing rates of future GAH use.

Puberty blockers are in fact a wonder drug. Extremely safe and they can prevent trans kids from experiencing irreversible changes to their body due to the wrong puberty while they reach an age where they are old enough to consent. Similarly, they prevent confused Cis Children (who make up only about 2% of all the kids pursuing puberty blockers) from making a mistake that would create irreversible changes to their body as well. Meaning that this drug helps both trans and cis kids!

They save lives, they are safe, and they help everyone cis and trans!

Evil and possibly deadly Scam targeting Trans Women


Please Don’t Get Scammed By Fake Hormone “Alternatives” Online

At least one grifter is targeting trans people with ineffective and potentially dangerous supplements.
JUNE 08, 2023

It may be Pride Month, but scammers and grifters have no pride or shame, and they don’t stop just because it’s June. So please, don’t take herbal supplements that a random person on the internet told you are just like hormone therapy.

On Tuesday, a Twitter-"verified" brand account calling itself “QueerQuirk” began boldly advertising an “estrogen alternative” available with no prescription called “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Estrogen!” under the sub-brand “EstroLabs.”

“We're officially the 🔌 to get HRT style pills without a doctor's note,” an announcement post claimed, beckoning transgender readers to a Shopify landing page.

Backlash to the post was swift and brutal, as trans folks pilloried the brand for apparently trying to scam vulnerable, desperate trans people who can’t access hormones. As of Thursday, the post had garnered over 1,200 quote retweets, the vast majority warning others not to get scammed or put their health at risk. But the brand seems to be trying to post through it all, uploading a video Wednesday evening that features two “before” and “after” photos to imply (but not directly claim) their “alternative” hormones really work.


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A Sketchy Website Advertised Fake Hormone Pills to Trans People. Then, It Disappeared
Fake sites are using social media to target the LGBTQ community as more states ban gender-affirming healthcare.
By Chloe Xiang
June 14, 2023, 12:55pm

Last week, a verified Twitter account went viral after advertising fake hormone pills in a scam that specifically targeted some of the most vulnerable members of the LGBTQ community—before the website selling them disappeared from the internet.

The account named “QueerQuirk” began advertising a product called “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Estrogen,” which turned out to be a supplement that has no proven effect on raising estrogen levels and has been shown to instead raise testosterone levels. The tweet led to enormous backlash online, with many pointing out that the “company” seemed to be a scam targeting trans people by either collecting their data or selling them harmful products, or simply taking their money for pills that don't exist.

We're officially the 🔌 to get HRT style pills without a doctor's note,” read a tweet promoting the product. The link attached to the tweet led to a product page on a different site called EstroLabs, which showed that the pills were essentially Ashwagandha supplements being sold for $44.95 per bottle. Ashwagandha is a shrub that is commonly used for stress relief and has not been approved for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).

“If Mother Nature had a gender transitioning assistant, it would be Ashwagandha,” the sketchy product’s description read. In the customer reviews section, there appeared to be a fake testimonial that included an image stolen from a Reddit user.


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