Hillsdale College • Imprimis • June/July 2021 • Volume 50, Number 6/7 • Abigail Shrier
The following is adapted from a speech delivered on April 27, 2021, in Franklin, Tennessee, at a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar.
In 2007, America had one pediatric gender clinic; today there are hundreds. Testosterone is readily available to adolescents from places like Planned Parenthood and Kaiser, often on a first visit—without even a therapist’s note.
How did we get to this point? How is it that we are all supposed to pretend that the only way you can know I’m a woman is if I tell you my pronouns? How did we get to an America in which a 13-year-old in the State of Washington can begin “gender affirming” therapy without her parents’ consent? How did we get to an America in which a 15-year-old in Oregon can undergo “top surgery”—elective double mastectomy—without her parents’ permission? And what can we do about it?
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ALCAP Disclaimer: This article is an excellent analysis of the transgender issue. However, as with all articles we post on our website, this is for educational purposes and ALCAP does not always agree with everything found in each article. In this particular article, the author acknowledges that she uses the personal pronouns preferred by a transgender person, but still does not acknowledge that they are a gender other than the way they were born. We find this to be a little disingenuous and an unnecessary compromise on the part of the author. However, everything she says in the article seems to be “on target.”