Well, no.

Where to begin. “Gender affirming care” isn’t a medical thing, it’s a political thing disguised as medical. There’s no such thing as “gender affirming care.” Saying he means it “in the most literal and serious sense” is ludicrous: not prescribing cross-sex hormones and puberty blockers can’t possibly be seen as literal (and serious) genocide. It’s not even literal withholding of life-saving medical care, which itself couldn’t be called genocide without a lot of other factors added. It’s not even that, and on the contrary, it’s intended to avoid risky interventions in natural puberty. There’s a heated debate about whether cross-sex hormones and puberty blockers are harmless or not, about whether they’re harmful or not, about whether they help struggling adolescents cope with puberty or make it worse, about whether the psychological relief they provide to some who get them is worth the risk they pose to all who get them, and so on. There’s already plenty of evidence that some people who take cross-sex hormones and puberty blockers go on to regret it. Withholding cross-sex hormones and puberty blockers is simply not comparable to deliberately murdering an entire population. It’s not comparable to Stalin’s genocide in Ukraine, it’s not comparable to Hitler’s genocide, it’s not comparable to the genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda or the genocide in Darfur. It’s not like that.

Dr. Tess Tanen is trans. Dr. Tanen is wrong about genocide.

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