President Joe Biden released an executive order last week announcing a “crack down” on conversion therapy and an initiative to persuade states to increase youth access to “gender-affirming healthcare.”
In a fact sheet promoting the executive order and honoring LGBTQ+ Pride Month, Biden bemoaned the growing number of state bills addressing citizens’ concerns about the enforcement and teaching of transgender ideology:
“Over 300 anti-LGBTQI+ laws have been introduced in state legislatures over the past year, and many of them specifically target transgender children and their parents by banning access to medical care and support at school.”
These bills include the Save Women's Sports Act, which prohibits biological males from competing on public school female sports teams, and the Parental Bill of Rights, which bans schools and other public organizations from withholding from parents information about their minor children regarding gender preference, healthcare and education. Other bills target minors’ access to “Gender Affirming Healthcare” (GAC), which usually includes the use of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones.
In his executive order, Biden directs the HHS secretary “to promote expanded access to comprehensive health care for LGBTQI+ individuals, including by working with states on expanding access to gender-affirming care.”
Additionally, the White House fact sheet about the executive order boasts of how the Department of Justice is currently “fighting back against state-level attacks on LGBTQI+ children”:
“The Department of Justice has intervened and filed statements of interest in lawsuits across the country challenging state laws that seek to ban transgender children from accessing gender-affirming health care and participating in school activities as unconstitutional.”
“Gender Affirming Healthcare” includes the use of puberty blockers which, as an LHRH agonist, are classified as chemical castration and have yet to be approved by the FDA for such use.
GAC is listed in the White House fact sheet as a means of “Preventing LGBTQUI+ Youth Suicide,” a claim that is contrary to results of a new study conducted by the Heritage Foundation, which found that the youth suicide rate is 14% higher in states with greater youth access to GAC than it is in states where access is more limited.
President Biden has also announced his intention to “crack down” on conversion therapy. Conversion therapy, or reparative therapy, is a voluntary psychotherapeutic treatment that can reduce unwanted same-sex attraction in an individual and help him (or her) affirm their heterosexuality.
The White House describes that practice as “a discredited and dangerous practice that seeks to suppress or change the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBTQI+ people” and claims that “every major medical association in the United States has condemned [this practice].”
But, as the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 manual notes, as many as 98% of gender-confused boys and 88% of gender-confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.
Numerous states have begun responding to Biden’s use of federal power to try to bully them into accommodating transgender ideology.
On June 14th, 26 states attorneys general sent a letter to President Biden calling on him to withdraw his guidance directing on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to withdraw federal money for food programs, if the recipient participates in the new definition of “sex-based discrimination,” which includes transgenderism.
In accordance with Biden’s guidance, local agencies and programs that receive federal money for food programs, through the Food and Nutrition Act and the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), may lose their funding if they fail to grant transgender students access to the sports teams and bathrooms of their choice.
“[T]he Guidance flouts the rule of law, relies on patently incorrect legal analysis that is currently under scrutiny in the federal courts, and was issued without giving the States the requisite opportunity to be heard,” the attorneys general write.
“Using hungry children as a human shield in a policy dispute violates basic decency,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said in a news release announcing the letter to Biden.