Latest Research on Puberty Blockers – Ryan T. Anderson

This article posted in its entirety below by Ryan T. Anderson tells about the Latest Research on Puberty Blockers

Increasingly, gender therapists and physicians argue that children as young as nine should be given puberty-blocking drugs if they experience gender dysphoria.

But a new article by three medical experts reveals that there is little scientific evidence to support such a radical procedure.

The article, “Growing Pains: Problems with Puberty Suppression in Treating Gender Dysphoria,” published in The New Atlantis, discusses over 50 peer-reviewed studies on gender dysphoria in children.

It is co-authored by Dr. Paul W. Hruz, a professor at Washington University School of Medicine; Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer, a scholar in residence at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a professor at Arizona State University; and Dr. Paul R. McHugh, university distinguished service professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Last year, Mayer and McHugh published an extensive report on sexuality and gender in general. Now, working with Hruz, an expert on pediatrics, they focus on children.

As I explain in my forthcoming book, “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment,” the best biology, psychology, and philosophy all support an understanding of sex as a bodily reality, and of gender as a social manifestation of bodily sex.

Biology isn’t bigotry, and we need a sober and honest assessment of the human costs of getting human nature wrong. This is especially true with children.

And yet, pediatric gender clinics—and therapeutic interventions on children—are on the rise. In the past 10 years, dozens of pediatric gender clinics have sprung up throughout the United States.

In 2007, Boston Children’s Hospital “became the first major program in the United States to focus on transgender children and adolescents,” as its own website brags.

Seven years later, 33 gender clinics had opened their doors to our nation’s children, telling parents that puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones may be the only way to prevent teen suicides.

Never mind that according to the best studies—the ones that even transgender activists themselves cite—80 to 95 percent of children with gender dysphoria will come to identify with and embrace their bodily sex.

Never mind that 41 percent of people who identify as transgender will attempt suicide at some point in their lives, compared to 4.6 percent of the general population.

Never mind that people who have had transition surgery are 19 times more likely than average to die by suicide.

These statistics should stop us in our tracks. Clearly, we must work to find ways to effectively prevent these suicides and address the underlying causes. We certainly shouldn’t be encouraging children to “transition.”

The sad reality is that while the number of pediatric gender clinics is growing, very little is known about gender identity in children—and many therapies amount to little more than experimentation on minors.

Professional standards of care are being promulgated that state children should receive puberty-blocking drugs at as young as age 9, and cross-sex hormones at age 16—but there have been no controlled clinical trials on puberty blocking for gender dysphoria, and the Food and Drug Administration has not approved these drugs for treatment of gender dysphoria.

Meanwhile, despite claims by advocates, there is no evidence that puberty blocking is “reversible,” nor that it is harmless. Most concerning of all is that these treatments run the risk that children may persist in their gender dysphoria.

Blocking Puberty Could Cause Children to Persist in Gender Dysphoria

In their new article, Hruz, Mayer, and McHugh explain that transgender-affirming treatments of children “may drive some children to persist in identifying as transgender when they might otherwise have, as they grow older, found their gender to be aligned with their sex.”

As the doctors note, “Gender identity for children is elastic (that is, it can change over time) and plastic (that is, it can be shaped by forces like parental approval and social conditions).”

As a result, if “the increasing use of gender-affirming care does cause children to persist with their identification as the opposite sex, then many children who would otherwise not need ongoing medical treatment would be exposed to hormonal and surgical interventions.”

Whereas 80 to 95 percent of children with gender dysphoria will come to identify with and embrace their biological sex, none of the children placed on puberty blockers in the Dutch clinic that pioneered this treatment came to identify with their biological sex. All of them persisted in their transgender identity.

Indeed, as Hruz, Mayer, and McHugh explain, for children placed on puberty blockers, “[r]ather than resuming biologically normal puberty, these adolescents generally go from suppressed puberty to medically conditioned cross-sex puberty, when they are administered cross-sex hormones at approximately age 16.”

The doctors worry that transgender-affirming treatment, puberty blockers, and cross-sex hormones “may have solidified the feelings of cross-gender identification in these patients, leading them to commit more strongly to sex reassignment than they might have if they had received a different diagnosis or a different course of treatment.”

The Dutch doctors who pioneered puberty blocking as a treatment for gender dysphoria argue that it would give a child “more time to explore their gender identity, without the distress of the developing secondary sex characteristics.”

This is an odd argument. As Hruz, Mayer, and McHugh explain, “It presumes that natural sex characteristics interfere with the ‘exploration’ of gender identity, when one would expect that the development of natural sex characteristics might contribute to the natural consolidation of one’s gender identity.”

The rush of one’s natural sex hormone and the bodily development that takes place during puberty may be the very thing that helps a developing boy or girl come to appreciate and identify with their bodily sex. And yet puberty blockers would prevent this from taking place.

Hruz, Mayer, and McHugh highlight the possibility that “the interference with normal pubertal development will influence the gender identity of the child by reducing the prospects for developing a gender identity corresponding to his or her biological sex.”

>>> For more on this, see Ryan T. Anderson’s forthcoming book, “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment.”

So the treatments proposed by transgender activists—social transition followed by puberty suppression, cross-sex hormones, and possibly surgery—make it more likely that children will engage in self-reinforcing activity that may make desistance less likely. Anything that would encourage a child to persist in identifying as transgender should give us pause.

As Hruz explained to a federal court:

Desistance (i.e. reversion to gender identity concordant with sex) provides the greatest lifelong benefit and is the outcome in the majority of patients and should be maintained as a desired goal. Any intervention that interferes with the likelihood of resolution is unwarranted and potentially harmful.

Puberty Blocking Is Experimental 

Not only does a trans-affirming therapeutic approach run the risk of prolonging transgender identities in children who otherwise would have grown out of them, so too it is entirely experimental. It is not supported by any rigorous science. And there is no way of knowing if it is even safe, let alone effective.

Hruz, Mayer, and McHugh respond to the promotion of these standards of care by various activist—and, sadly, professional—organizations:

Reading these various guidelines gives the impression that there is a well-established scientific consensus about the safety and efficacy of the use of puberty-blocking agents for children with gender dysphoria, and that parents of such children should think of it as a prudent and scientifically proven treatment option. But whether blocking puberty is the best way to treat gender dysphoria in children remains far from settled and it should be considered not a prudent option with demonstrated effectiveness but a drastic and experimental measure.

Experimental medical treatments for children must be subject to especially intense scrutiny, since children cannot provide legal consent to medical treatment of any kind (parents or guardians must consent for their child to receive treatment), to say nothing of consenting to become research subjects for testing an unproven therapy. In the case of gender dysphoria, however, the safety and efficacy of puberty-suppressing hormones is not well founded on evidence … Whether puberty suppression is safe and effective when used for gender dysphoria remains unclear and unsupported by rigorous scientific evidence.

The sad reality is that prolonged puberty suppression as a treatment for gender dysphoria has “been accepted so rapidly by much of the medical community, apparently without scientific scrutiny, that there is reason to be concerned about the welfare of children who are receiving it, as well as reason to question the veracity of some of the claims made to support its use—such as the assertion that it is physiologically and psychologically ‘reversible.’”

Puberty Blocking Isn’t ‘Reversible’

Indeed, the way that activists talk makes it seem like normal human development is an irreversible problem, but interfering with development is a cautionary and fully reversible step.

But actually the opposite is true, as Hruz, Mayer, and McHugh explain:

This turns the normal language of reversibility on its head, speaking of the natural process of biological development as an irreversible series of problems that medicine should seek to prevent, while presenting the intervention—puberty suppression—as benign and reversible.

But doctors have no way of knowing whether these treatments truly are reversible, because very few people have ever sought to have them reversed: “There are virtually no published reports, even case studies, of adolescents withdrawing from puberty-suppressing drugs, and then resuming the normal pubertal development typical for their sex.

Or, at least, perhaps not in a normal way. After all, as Hruz, Mayer, and McHugh explain, “In developmental biology, it makes little sense to describe anything as ‘reversible.’”

Going through a developmental process at age 20 that should take place at age 10 is not the same thing. So talk about these treatments being reversible is inherently misleading.

And yet all of the major activist groups—and many professional groups—perpetuate this claim.

But as Hruz, Mayer, and McHugh illustrate, “If a child does not develop certain characteristics at age 12 because of a medical intervention, then his or her developing those characteristics at age 18 is not a ‘reversal,’ since the sequence of development has already been disrupted.”

In essence, doctors are engaging in a giant experiment on minors by blocking their maturation, and they are doing this without even coming close to the ethical standards demanded in other areas of medicine.

So while the “claim that the initial treatments are reversible may make them seem less drastic,” this claim “is not well supported by evidence.”

As Hruz, Mayer, and McHugh explain, “It remains unknown whether or not ordinary sex-typical puberty will resume following the suppression of puberty in patients with gender dysphoria.”

Puberty Blocking May Have Long-Term Health Consequences

There are also long-term health risks associated with the use of puberty blockers for gender dysphoria, though no one really knows all of the potential consequences, since this use has not been rigorously studied.

Nevertheless, as the doctors explain, “some of the known effects of puberty suppression on physiologically normal children are what you would expect from alterations made to that critical stage of human development.”

In both boys and girls, it negatively impacts their growth rates in terms of height. Children placed on puberty blockers also have an increased risk of low bone-mineral density. Hruz notes that “[o]ther potential adverse effects include disfiguring acne, high blood pressure, weight gain, abnormal glucose tolerance, breast cancer, liver disease, thrombosis, and cardiovascular disease.”

And, of course, all of the children who persist in their transgender identity and take puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones will be infertile.

Here’s how McHugh, Hruz, and Mayer, citing sources for each claim, put it in their Supreme Court brief:

Puberty suppression hormones prevent the development of secondary sex characteristics, arrest bone growth, decrease bone accretion, prevent full organization and maturation of the brain, and inhibit fertility. Cross-gender hormones increase a child’s risk for coronary disease and sterility. Oral estrogen, which is administered to gender dysphoric boys, may cause thrombosis, cardiovascular disease, weight gain, hypertriglyceridemia, elevated blood pressure, decreased glucose tolerance, gallbladder disease, prolactinoma, and breast cancer. Similarly, testosterone administered to gender dysphoric girls may negatively affect their cholesterol; increase their homocysteine levels (a risk factor for heart disease); cause hepatotoxicity and polycythemia (an excess of red blood cells); increase their risk of sleep apnea; cause insulin resistance; and have unknown effects on breast, endometrial and ovarian tissues. Finally, girls may legally obtain a mastectomy at sixteen, which carries with it its own unique set of future problems, especially because it is irreversible.

Not surprisingly, given how little we know, the use of drugs for puberty suppression for children with gender dysphoria is not FDA-approved. But the off-label prescription of such drugs is legal.

The bottom line for Hruz, Mayer, and McHugh is that “we frequently hear from neuroscientists that the adolescent brain is too immature to make reliably rational decisions, but we are supposed to expect emotionally troubled adolescents to make decisions about their gender identities and about serious medical treatments at the age of 12 or younger.”

This new article in The New Atlantis should make all of us pause before embracing radical medical treatments for children.

As I explain in “When Harry Became Sally,” the most helpful therapies focus not on achieving the impossible—changing bodies to conform to thoughts and feelings—but on helping people accept and even embrace the truth about their bodies and reality.

Rejecting human nature has real human costs.

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Dangerous Drug Trial to be tested on Children – Urgent Press Release – Call to Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

NIH Study Harming Young Children – New Parent Coalition Urges Immediate Moratorium

April 9, 2019: In an urgent request sent just four days ago to​ ​Dr. ​Jerry Menikoff, ​Director of the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), the ​Kelsey Coalition​ called for an immediate moratorium on a $5.7-million taxpayer-funded NIH study, ​The Impact of Early Medical Treatment in Transgender Youth.

This NIH study is a five-year observational experiment in which children are treated with powerful drugs to treat a non-medical condition. The basis for inclusion in the study is little more than a child’s self-identification as transgender. There is no control group.

The OHRP responded yesterday that the Office will “start a review.”

Young children in the study are given puberty-blocking drugs; older children, cross-sex hormones. There is neither FDA approval, nor a single safety study, to support the use of these medications by healthy children and adolescents. According to Dr. Michael Laidlaw, medical consultant to the Coalition,“These drugs will radically alter their endocrine systems, impact sexual function, and fertility, while putting them at increased risk of developing other serious medical health conditions.”

Dr. Laidlaw sent Dr. Menikoff information that he obtained through a recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request:

In 2017, the protocol was changed mid-study: the minimum age for cross-sex hormone inclusion was decreased from age thirteen to age eight. According to the 2018 progress report, 19 children have been recruited into the new 8-12 year-old cohort.

The Kelsey Coalition contends this trial is unethical and violates laws protecting human subjects. Dr. Michael Laidlaw, Dr. William Malone, and Mr. Hacsi Horvath signed the letter to OHRP on behalf of the Coalition. A copy of the letter is available upon request.

The Kelsey Coalition urges concerned citizens to support their call for an immediate moratorium. A ​detailed action plan​ can be found on their website.


The Kelsey Coalition is​ a national group representing hundreds of parents whose transgender-identifying children have been harmed by physicians, therapists, and clinics.​ Dr. Michael Laidlaw is a board-certified endocrinologist practicing in California and serves as the medical consultant for the Kelsey Coalition. Dr. William Malone is the Medical Director of the St. Luke’s Endocrinology and Diabetes Clinic. Mr. Hacsi Horvath is an expert in research synthesis methods, critical appraisal and public health guideline development. During his career at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Horvath managed the Cochrane Review Group on HIV/AIDS, and worked closely for many years with World Health Organization (WHO) colleagues to develop and update global HIV guidelines.

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Super Boys!

Had a great weekend with these kids. What a joy to see rough and tumble boys being super heroes. It is a joy and a privilege to be a part of their lives.

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Parents Refuse To Facilitate ‘Sex Change’ Of Autistic Son, So Authorities Threaten To Put Him In Foster Care

“Parents of a teenage son who has Asperger’s and autism were threatened by authorities to have their child placed in foster care after they refused to help facilitate a so-called “sex change” of the boy”.

Daily Wire

This is becoming more prevalent and parental rights are truly in danger. Our job as parents is to teach our children truth and make them consider the consequences of their actions.

“I’m absolutely devastated,” the boy’s mother told the outlet. “When I saw the report that social services wrote about us and saw the words ‘emotional abuse,’ I just broke down.”
“All we were doing was trying to get him to pause and think about his actions. My biggest worry as a mum is my child gets pushed down this route, becomes a woman, goes through the surgery, then gets to 25 and says, ‘I’ve made a mistake,’” she added.
The mother noted that she and her husband “read that these blockers might not be reversible and there might be long-term effects for brain development.”

Daily Wire

The term “abuse” is being thrown onto caring parents by those who are the actual “abusers”. Those who not only facilitate but push ideology onto children by means of manipulation are taking the world by storm.

James is at the center of such abuse. The very people who he should look to for leadership, the authority figures he deals with EVERY SINGLE DAY support and encourage a lie. A lie that will affect him forever.

How can we sit idly by and allow this? Do we care so little for our children and our society as a whole that we have given up and given in to this farce that living a life of lies harbors no consequence? It has real long-term emotional, psychological and spiritual consequences. We are not innocent, when we are party to taking a child’s right to a future life away. We are not innocent when we do nothing and allow this to happen. We are not innocent when we do not speak out against these atrocities.

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The Tools of Influence: A Practical Guide

You want to stop transgender child abuse. But how? Let’s look at the basic ways you can influence events in our free country.

You can use all of these approaches:

  • raise public awareness
  • create durable relationships with media organizations and thought leaders
  • exert political pressure
  • exert economic pressure
  • exert cultural pressure
  • use the courts

In previous posts, we’ve covered how to influence elected officials; that’s the most direct way to exert political influence and raise public awareness. We also explained how to influence licensed care providers like pediatricians; that’s a direct way to exert economic and cultural pressure.

Tools of Influence

What makes governments and professional bodies change their behavior and policies? Either their members are moved by their individual consciences or the organization fears future losses. That’s how change happens.

Public Awareness

Public awareness works well for the Save James movement. Most people are totally opposed to transgender child abuse. Merely informing the public creates pressure on politicians and professionals. Some tools for raising public awareness:

  • Community groups
  • Churches
  • Letters to the editor
  • Rallies in conspicuous locations with media presence

Media Relations

Getting the media to cover transgender child abuse is both easy and difficult. It’s easy to get them interested in the story. It’s hard to get them to be fair and accurate. Good tools for media relations:

  • Media releases (essential for communicating to both traditional and independent journalists)
  • Emails and letters to favored reporters and producers
  • Website updates the showcase a reporters work
  • Interviews
  • Invitations to Public Awareness events

Cultural Pressure

Do not discount the power of culture. Even though the transgender child abuse movement has had success in changing the culture, the strong pull remains of the traditional American way of life. This is especially true of our traditional child rearing practices.

Let me give an example from another area of attack by the transgender child abusers: the idea of ‘toxic masculinity.’ (See video explanation here.) Everyone knows the facts about fatherless children. They underperform in school, have higher rates of criminality, have lower educational attainment, and lower adult wages.

If ‘toxic masculinity’ were a real thing, wouldn’t fatherless children do better without the influence of ‘toxic masculinity?’ That’s what we would expect from the data, if the ‘toxic masculinity’ thesis was true.

But the data and common experience shows just the opposite. Children with fathers do much better. Everyone knows it. It’s common sense. People simply don’t believe this ‘toxic masculinity’ nonsense.

Likewise, people are entitled to use their common sense about child rearing. Whether it’s political or from the professional organizations – people just don’t believe the premises of the transgender child abuse movement. Their claims don’t match the lived experience of hundreds of millions of American families with children.

We have to give people the room to use their common sense. A child who can’t legally assent to a tattoo, cannot be legally competent to make long-term, irreversible decisions about their gender. That’s for parents to decide.

Where parents disagree, the parent seeking extraordinary variance from traditional child rearing norms has the burden of proof. And we are entitled to discount psychological and medical transgender theories that are every bit as contradictory and silly as ‘toxic masculinity.’

Don’t allow the transgender child abuse language to overtake your traditional language culture.

Don’t give up the language. Don’t be afraid to confront people who assault your culture. You have the home court advantage. It’s your culture built over thousands of years. They are asking you to throw all of it out to satisfy a few loud-mouth psychologists? Not going to happen.

Don’t give up the culture. Don’t look away. Deal with it.

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Secrets

The courts have imposed on James a double life. At Anne Georgulas’ (on Facebook,on Twitter) home, James lives as a fake girl. With his father, he lives as a normal boy. But James is just one boy with one life. His fake life intrudes in tragic ways on his real life as a boy.

Secrets at School

Father: What did you do today at school?

James: I wrote a story.

Father: Wow! I’m proud of you. Tell me your story!

James: (head down, ashamed) It’s a secret.

Secrets from Friends

James is with a group of friends talking about Halloween.

Friend: What’s are you going to wear for Halloween?

James: (head down, ashamed) It’s a secret.

Secrets about Clothes

James is on FaceTime with his father. His mother is watching imperiously in the background.

Father: Why is the screen so close to your face? I can only see your eyes.

James: (looks nervously at his mother) It’s a secret.

Secrets About His Home

Father: Are you forced to wear girl’s clothes?

James: (head down, ashamed) I’m uncomfortable talking about this.

Child Abuse

Transgender child abuse and a feeble court system force James into a double life of lies. How can the courts let this go on? How could they establish it in the first place? Why is Anne Georgulas doing this to an innocent boy?


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Urgency

Had dinner with Jeff and the boys last night. It’s amazing how withdrawn Jude is after time away from his dad. He clings to him and you can tell that the separation is painful for them all. There is an urgency as each day of abuse affects the psychological and emotional development of these kids.

Momentum has certainly slowed over the holidays, but the need is greater than ever and the coming weeks will likely be filled with work in preparation for court.

  • The immediate and urgent need is:
    • $15,000.00 to retain expert witnesses
    • $25,000.00 more to fund them

The two organizations that have offered help are unable to offer financial assistance at this time – only counsel and witness referral. 

Please continue to share and help in any way you are able. The lives of two very dear boys hang in the balance.

Sarah

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New Year – Latest News

I know you all have been waiting for an update, and Im sorry to say that there is very little to report. Jeff had the boys for the first week of the Christmas break, but the second week of the Christmas break fell during his usual weekend with the boys which means extended time away from them. He will see them this Thursday night for the first time since December 28. And will not get them for a weekend again until Friday the 18th. 

As far as further court proceedings, much hinges on Dr. Albritton, the psychological custody evaluator. Until he has completed his study of both children and parents as well as close friends that are directly involved in the daily lives of these kids, we are sort of at a standstill. 

Please pray for him to be wise, thorough and motivated to focus on this case so that things can begin to move faster. Every day that remains the same is another day of abuse in the lives of these kids. The profile and sensitivity of the issue at hand and the media attention towards transgender equality has blinded a number of professionals from applying their training, skill and common sense. We hope that Dr. Albritton will not fall victim to the same fear and boldly proceed with recommendations to assure their safety. 

The only good thing about this time is that it allows Jeff and his attorney to really work on a game plan and to gather both legal and financial support to prepare for the trial that will inevitably be very large and very expensive.

Momentum is obviously down due in part to the holidays and to the lack of media attention. 

Please remember that although I am a 3rd party journalist and can talk about my first hand experience, Jeff is still forced to hold his tongue and must be very cautious about what he says. This makes print media a safer forum for the time being and we are hopeful that some new articles will surface in the coming days. 

Thanks to all your support and assistance, both Alliance Defending Freedom and the Thomas Moore society have reached out and offered some assistance to Jeff’s attorney. We aren’t sure to what extent at this point, but it is certainly good news that these large organizations are taking notice.

We are now at 1 million views! Please continue to share and direct people to the website.

Thank you all for your continued support. 

Sarah Scott

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Artist

We gave this little man an art kit for Christmas and for a whole week he carried it everywhere he went. I love the masterpieces he creates for us – and the way he signs his name. CURSIVE! In first grade! He loved my husbands fedora, so we found him one. Such a handsome and talented boy. We treasure each and every moment we get to spend with him and his brother and father.

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Please Help

This past week Jeff took the boys for an appointment with Dr. Benjamin Albritton, who is the psychological custody evaluator. Those of you who are praying, please pray that he would be granted wisdom in this time with them and that James will feel comfortable and feel safe enough to be truthful. 

We believe that Dr. Albritton has already observed the boys with their mother where James was required to be Luna. 

We hope today that Dr. Albritton can see the bright and fun loving boy he is with us on a regular basis and would be able to determine the best actions for the safety of James and Jude.

In addition – several people have asked, “What can we do to help?”

I think it would be helpful for Dr. Albritton to see that James has a very large group of diverse supporters who want to see him protected and are uncomfortable (to say the least), with the situation he is currently in. 

I have attached a form letter that you can use as a basic template if you would like to write his office and express your concerns. I implore you to take a few minutes to copy and paste this letter and send to Dr. Albritton. Feel free to add your own personal touch if you have the time or have more you wish to say, so that he can see how many people are truly concerned for the lives of these precious little people. 

He can be reached through his case manager Brenda Martin at: 
Southwest Clinical and Forensics
Preston Commons – West Tower
8117 Preston Rd. Suite 682
Dallas, TX 75225
brenda@swcf.net

Dear Dr. Albritton, 

I am writing to express my great concern over a situation involving the custody battle for James and Jude Younger. I respect that you are in a very difficult situation trying to determine the best, safest and most healthy family environment for both children. 

As a community, a great number of people are concerned for the welfare of both children and especially for the well being of James who is young and impressionable and in a very precarious position. 

We urge you to hear the father out as he desires the protection of his biological children and seeks to give James time to grow up before being required to fill a gender role that he does not fully understand and does not fully embrace. 

We have seen much evidence to prove that he enjoys being his biological gender and is happy participating with other boys in activities that could be classified as boyish. We believe that he deserves time to grow to be the person he chooses. We stand behind Jeff Younger in his efforts to do what is best for his children.

Please take my extreme concern into consideration.

Sincerely,

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Petition Trouble

There are always hiccups in a battle. Small things that frustrate and attempt to take focus off the important issue. The issue here is not about groups of people and their like or dislike of each others beliefs – this is about the protection of a child. A child who should have the right to a future of his own choosing, a child who deserves the very best care and concern for his welfare. 

As I mentioned in another post, a very kind supporter started a petition to help in our efforts to protect James and to increase support. He emailed to let me know that due to complaints (made by someone who wishes to stop our efforts to protect James) Change.org first took away the comment section and now have sent him legal notice to remove James’ picture and name. 

We could always start a new petition, but there are so many signatures and such support that we would prefer to keep it going. The author has made some changes that should be fine legally and the site is still going strong. Please continue to share.

SIGN the PETITION going to Texas Legislature to protect James and other children like him.

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Fun with Friends

Last night the Youngers came over for pizza and fun with friends. We sat around the table pigging out, laughing a lot and enjoying the coolest boys we know.

James and Patton and I created cool art projects while Jude and Grayson and Rowan built Lego masterpieces. Then all the boys pretended to be spies and tried to sneak up on the parents.

Its such fun to see these boys play with Jeff and witness his evident love for them.

Please continue to pray and share. 

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Motion to close court documents

An update on proceedings… the mother’s attorneys have filed a motion to close court documents so this very well may be the last legal document I am able to upload. We do not have a court date yet, but we expect it will be soon and we are very curious to see what she will bring to the proceedings that she wants to keep from the public. We appreciate the continued encouragement and will do our best to keep everyone updated.

Thank you. 

Sarah

MOTION TO CLOSE COURT DOCUMENTS

 

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Second Opinion?

There has been such an outpouring of support and I have been receiving hundreds of emails. Most have been kind and encouraging and several have had very good questions. There will always be those who doubt the validity of a story that seems so extreme. But I have been encouraged by the many stories of other families fighting very similar battles.

I have been doing my best to reply to all – but there is only one little me. I will do my best to get back with everyone if I can.

A very important question raised is this, “Why doesn’t Jeff get a second opinion?”

Personally I want to know why any parent wouldn’t want several opinions from various sources with an issue of this magnitude. In a situation like this, it would seem in the best interest of the child. Which is what Jeff wants – the best interest of his child.

Attached is documentation showing that Jeff is not allowed to get a second opinion and the mother has complete rights over psychological treatment.

Letter Refusing 2nd Opinion and Court Judgement

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Boys Weekend

Last night my two oldest boys had a sleepover at Jeff’s house with James and Jude. It was their first real sleepover without mom and dad or a grandparent… and they enjoyed every minute.

Tonight these boys came over to our house for dinner and afterwards – wrestled and played battleship and dressed up as super heroes and every giggle was pure joy. James took the lead and arm-wrestled and then tackled my husband with all the boys in a huge pile up. It was noisy and crazy and exactly the way a group of boys has fun. (video link below)

My kitchen is messy, and I am tired – but my heart is full. There is always a twinge of sadness when they leave – but a hope that one day soon this will be an everyday occurrence and not just the few weekends each month they spend with dad.

Sarah

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Unfavorable Terms

As an update from my blog post on November 16, Jeff may be forced to accept unfavorable terms as it pertains to a restraining order preventing him from entering the City of Coppell. This will allow him only to enter Coppell to pick up the boys and return them to the mother’s office in exchange for an additional hour of time with them. He is always grateful for more time with them and while that extra hour will be spent in the car transporting the kids away and back, at least that is time to talk with them and express how much they mean to him.

Still, this is unfortunate as it does not allow the boys to go to their favorite playground or restaurants with their dad, which they love doing. As much as he would love to fight this, the lack of funds prevents him from being able to fight each and every new thing brought against him.

There has been a generous outpouring of support and we are so very grateful, but the need is greater still. The recent donations have been applied to attorney fees and the psychological custody evaluator.

Please continue to share.

Thanks! – Sarah

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They will know… by our love.

A huge thank you to the many people who have been viewing the site and the overwhelming outpouring of support for James. I do want to make it ABSOLUTELY clear that we do not encourage or support any negative action against his mother. While we do not agree with her actions at this time, we do not wish any ill will towards her. As Christians, it is our desire for her heart to change and for her to have a great relationship with her children. Our Christian response should never be to intentionally cause damage. I urge you to remember that we are known by our love. If you are moved by concern to support or take action in some way, I ask that you write our lawmakers and representatives about the great need for the protection of our children. We love this family and desire in all things to be loving and above reproach. I do hope that you will share my desire for the best for all involved.

Thank you.

– Sarah

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Support

We are so blessed to have met Walt Heyer and thankful for this brilliant article about what is happening with James. We pray that this will motivate others to pray, help, support and publicize so that we can protect him.

Please read and share!

The Federalist Article about James by Walt Heyer

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Giving Thanks – Despite Heartache

We were supposed to spend this weekend with Jeff and the boys, but unfortunately the mother denied him time with them. Because next week is a holiday, the state allows the holiday to begin at 6pm on the day the kids are “released from school” for the holiday -so the kids are separated from Jeff for 3 weeks (including this past week). He will not see them again until the 30th.

This is very hard on him and even harder on the boys. To add insult to injury, her lawyer has requested that Jeff be denied access to the city of Coppell.

During his bi-weekly Thursday night 2 hour time with the kids, Jeff picks the boys up and takes them to dinner and to play. 2 hours isn’t much time, so the boys like to go to a local park nearby. They love to go there, but the attorney claims that James could be placed in an embarrassing situation if he encounters anyone from school or a neighbor that sees him dressed as a boy.

James likes to be dressed as a boy when he spends time with Jeff and when his dad picks him up from his mother’s home.

They have also requested that he no longer pick the boys up from her home, but from her office. This would appear to be in effort to prevent neighbors from seeing him in his chosen form of masculine clothing.

The boys continue to request playing at this park and James continues to request boys clothes at these times. Fear of embarrassment therefore is not on part of the children, but on those who would portray James in opposition to his preference.

While saddened and burdened greatly by heartache for what these kids suffer, in this time of Thanksgiving- I’m thankful that James expresses such fondness for his natural biological identity and pray that he will continue to be brave and truthful.

Please pray for the protection of these children and encourage others to do so as well.

The legal fees are still staggering and the need is great. The future of a child’s life hangs in the balance. If it is within your means and ability to give and to share with others who can help, please do so.

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