Dr. Ryan Anderson, Heritage’s William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow, recently released a book titled, “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment”. This week, he responded again, with a commentary rebutting mischaracterizations of his work in a New York Times column. The author of the piece, Andrea Long Chu, accused Dr. Anderson of “‘compassion-mongering,’ peddling bigotry in the guise of sympathetic concern” because he dared to question the wisdom of sexual reassignment surgeries.
While impugning Dr. Anderson, she inadvertently conceded some key points that cut against her own argument. She admitted, for example, that surgery doesn’t promise happiness to those trying to change their gender, and that gender dysphoria is painful.
This marked the second time that Dr. Anderson has been forced to fend off attacks from the paper because he refused to yield to the notion that surgery is helping gender dysphoria. Citing voluminous research, Ryan argues that such surgeries fail to bring happiness to the patients, they may well increase the risk of suicide among them, posing a serious ethical problem to those who administer care.
Heritage experts stand for truth, regardless of what is published about them. Thank you for empowering them to hold fast, when buffeted by politically correct, but fallacious, headwinds.
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