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Jamie Reed On The Cult Of The Trans Child
'Harming more patients than helping'
Ever since she blew the whistle on the horror-show at the pediatric sterilization clinic where she worked, Jamie Reed has been “deprogramming my language out of cult-like conversations,” she says.
As a case manager at the Washington University Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, she was required to speak of children as “assigned” male or female at birth. The word “cis” was a shibboleth used to exclude nonbelievers. Staff were “always on edge” as children kept changing their “preferred name” and pronouns. “The cases were getting more and more outlandish, sometimes even completely bizarre,” Reed says, and yet no one was allowed to suggest a pause.
Speaking to British comedians Konstantin Kisin and Francis Foster in this recent episode of their Triggernometry podcast, Reed describes a cult atmosphere. Deliberate efforts to recruit only true believers for staff positions intensified groupthink. Children were directed down a pathway of chemical and surgical consequences very quickly, with total disregard for any confounding factors, such as depression or abuse.
What she found most alarming was that so many parents, not just children, seemed to arrive at the clinic prepared to answer questions in a way that would hurry their children down this path. Bad enough that the kids are learning the answers from the internet, worse still that “some of the parents are doing the same thing.”
In one harrowing example, Reed recounts a mother who held daily meditation exercises before quizzing her children, “tell us what your gender is now.” Like the doctors, the parents are making it up as they go, because this is not a scientific endeavor at all.
Puberty blockers have been sold to the public as a “pause button” on the child’s biological development. In reality, the “affirmation” pathway ensures lost fertility and other consequences. The idea that children have time to “explore” their so-called gender identities was a lie, Reed says, because no exploration took place at all, once this “child-led” process was underway.
Reed expressed frustration on this point. Surrounded by adults asking them for a decision, the “kids making the decision are in more distress and more pain because there are no grown ups in charge,” she notes.
Children are not capable of consenting under these pressures. Families are not capable of consenting to the emotional blackmail of supposed suicide risk. Plunged into chaos by the sudden emergency of a “trans child,” a health care delivery system designed for maximized profit exerts “undue influence” that makes a mockery of consent.
“This is a medical malpractice scandal that will blow up in people’s faces soon,” Reed predicts. “We know these drugs longitudinally are not healthy good drugs. they’re harhs, they’re harsh on the body.”
Reed witnessed how the mental health of many children declined immediately on puberty blockers. She saw how the staff chose sides in divorces, testifying in support of the “affirming” parent, as “part of the ideological mindset” that children will be harmed by a normal puberty.
We are instead “harming more patients than helping, just by the numbers,” Reed says. Yet the clinic never slowed down, increasing her work load 40 times over, because “for them to have to stop and think would stop the mechanism, the whole machine would have to stop.”
All that profitable exploitation of normal childhood discomfort would have to stop. All that social credit would stop accruing to the clinicians involved. A whole industry of nonprofits and social justice organizations would be threatened with shutdown. A political party would find itself attached to a motionless machine.
Reed notes that actual suicide risk is much lower in the “trans kids” than other vulnerable populations she has worked with. When they do contemplate suicide, “their thoughts are different” from more vulnerable populations, she says.
“Trans suicide” is an extortion racket. This is an ongoing, global medical ethics and human rights disaster, and it is barely getting started.
Even in the best case outcome, Reed says, where we give them the utmost benefit of the doubt, it is absolutely certain that the clinicians at the center have been “transing away the gay.”
Homophobia, she tells Kisin and Foster, is the elephant in the room. (Reed is a lesbian married to a “trans man.”) “I think part of the trans epidemic is that kids do not feel like it is okay to be gay,” she argues, noting that “a lot of the spaces and support I had as a kid has disappeared.”
As one example, Reed mentions the lesbian bar, virtually extinct, with countless “lesbian bars” now being places where men gather, call themselves “sapphics,” and pester real lesbians for sex. A similar story has begun to unfold in gay spaces. “Same-sex” attraction has been deprecated for “same-gender” attraction. This outcome was predictable, and predicted many years ago by critics of “gender identity” gibberish (“transphobes”).
Another part of the problem is a culture that teaches children, particularly white children, to loathe themselves. “For these young people, you can claim that you’re nonbinary and throw they/them pronouns up, and suddenly you’re in the group that’s no longer the oppressor, you are in the oppressed group.” Americans hate oppression, Reed says, and the mantle of the “trans child” comes with an unjustified sense of oppression.
To that end, the phrase “I have concerns about a patient” was suppressed in the clinic, Reed says. No one was allowed to suggest an alternative mode of oppression might be at work. “In medicine, that should scare anyone,” Reed says, and that is true, but this was never about medicine.
It was a faith project from the beginning. Magical thinking is apparent in the local press attacks on Reed’s story and character, all predicated on supposed “harm” she is doing to children through her words, like black magic. Jamie Reed is a witch casting hexes on innocents. Science and rationalism were never involved, here.
Despite blowing the whistle on her workplace, Reed still believes her co-workers have “a huge heart. They really do care and they really do think this is the way to help these kids. And I also think that when you are faced with so much distress, so much chaos…it’s easier to say we’ll give you what you want than to stand up and be the grown-up.”
Kisin and Foster pressed Reed for tough answers. Reed did not dodge at all. Instead, she was forthright and frank. Having watched Reed perform under limited confrontational circumstances, I conclude she will likely stand up very well under cross-examination. In fact she will probably flatten a defense attorney who attacks her motivations and character. This is a formidable woman, unafraid and undeterred by the hate she has already gotten. Anyone counting on the Missouri AG’s case to fall apart should come up with a new plan.
Advocates for the cult of the trans child will eventually adjust their narratives to accord with the post-Tavistock, post-Jamie Reed world that they live in. Rearguard efforts to defend the cult against its critics will look the worst of all, in retrospect. Getting here was bad enough, but getting out will in many ways be even worse.
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