Twit Awards for the Week 7/24/23

Twit Awards for the Week 7/24/23

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U.S. Senator J.D. Vance has proposed yet another national ban on gender-affirming care for minors. Once again, the bill ignores every study done on the safety of the treatment, in order to promote the views of some who have never had any experience with a transgender patient. For promoting bad science, and for denying families the freedom to choose what so many studies found to be the most effective and safest treatment, Senator J.D. Vance gets a Twit Award. PinkNews has this story.

As we mentioned in the news, the Virginia Department of Education announced its new guidelines on the treatment of transgender students. The guidelines differ from the guidelines schools received from the US. Department of Education. They also ignore every peer-reviewed study and the position of every major medical organization. In defending the guidelines, the governor said the guidelines support the rights of parents over politicians, when in fact the guidelines give politicians on school boards more power at the expense of parents who support their transgender child. For saying the policies do the opposite of what they do, and for ignoring every study on the matter, Governor Glenn Youngkin gets a Twit Award. This story comes from WRIC-TV.

State bans on gender-affirming care almost always include a ban on gender-affirming surgery on minors, despite the fact that very few transgender people get gender-affirming surgery before they are 18. However, a story by ABC News finds that the bans often have an exception for intersex children. The existence of intersex children tends to disprove the reliance on the gender binary that is used to argue for these bans, it relies on the same surgical techniques which are used in the surgeries that are banned. For bad logic, the politicians who exempt these surgeries on intersex children get a Twit Award.

Governor Ron DeSantis said in an interview that “woke policies” were why the military is missing its recruitment goal, and said that he would reverse those policies if elected president. To this end, he said that he would ban transgender people from serving in the military, among other policies. Military enlistment typically falls when unemployment falls, as people seeking jobs have more opportunities other than the military. For blaming the wrong factor, and for proposing a policy to increase enrollment in the military which actually reduces the number of people who can join, Governor Ron DeSantis gets a Twit Award. This story comes from Forbes.

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Every week Cecilia Barzyk diligently scans the internet to assemble as much trans-related information from the weekly news as possible.


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