For the purposes of this blog I am interested in how the British Psychological Society (BPS) came to draft the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) outlawing the practice of Conversion Therapy. I have revisited their pronouncements from 2012 to trace what led up to the BPS stance. First I looked at the summary document which doesn’t give much away. You can read this here: 👇
BPS Positions Statement on Therapies Attempting to Change Sexual Orientation (2013)
This document is dated December 2012 and it’s title is reassuring. Clear statement that the BPS is concerned with Sexual Orientation. No conflation of sexual orientation with Gender Identity.
Indeed the short document is focussed almost entirely on opposing conversion (sometimes referred to, sinisterly, as “reparative”) therapies relating to sexual orientation. Only this one sentence references “Gender Identities”.
If I had read only this position statement I would have assumed the BPS were still talking about Gay Conversion Therapy. If I was a stealth advocate of Gender Identity Ideology the above quote provides enough “plausible deniability” against accusations of duplicity. The authors can argue they referenced gender/identities in the summary document. Anyone not versed in Trans rhetoric, (who was in 2012?) would not have picked up the reference to “gender” and “identities” or the wider implications. I wonder how many BPS members read the full document to which they refer?
The authors allude to a 100 page guidance which sets out, in detail, the expected treatment guidelines that Therapists are expected to follow. If you didn’t go on to read this document you would be unaware of what you were actually signing up to…
I will cover the above document, in detail, in my next blog. First I want to have a look at the people, publicly, involved in producing the BPS position statement. If I have learned anything, from my deep dives into Transgender Ideology, it is that the same names recur. It is chilling because a tiny minority of activists have managed an astonishing level of cognitive and legal/policy capture.
Here are the named contributors to the BPS position statement.
Dr Lyndsey Moon (Chair)
Here is a profile of Dr Moon which makes it clear their interest in Queer Theory pre-dates this position statement by many years. https://www.beeleaf.com/beeleaf-team/igi-lyndsey-moon/
Here Dr Lydsey is referenced in relation to a meeting with the Government Equality Office, in July 2019. Note their attendance was by invitation of the GEO.
Below is the website which details the meeting with the GEO and also introduces another group : Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR). Well worth reading this because they report that they felt “heard” and clearly have on-going contact with senior figures within the Government Equality Office.
The link above also provides full details of the LGBT Advisory Panel to the GEO. Note the name of Dr Michael Brady LGBT advisor. The panel of LGBT advisors which includes Ruth Hunt (then CEO of Stonewall), Paul Dillane of the Kaleidescope Trust and Paul Martin of Consortium. This LGBT panel was expanded in membership later and included James Morton of Scottish Trans Alliance. The LGBT Advisory panel, to the GEO, is also crying out for a full analysis of it’s compositon and its activities.
By August 2020 Dr Moon appears to have a multiple identity as Dr Igi/Lyndsey Moon. Here she/he/they (who knows?) speaks fluent Gender Identity speak encompassing the gender fluid, the non-binary and their right to equal treatment (fair enough). The group also campaign for these identited to be protected from “conversion” therapy. Most people are aware of the shameful history of Conversion attempts of homosexuals. The literature on conversion attempts of the “Gender Fluid” and “non-binary” community is something with which I am much less familiar.
Dr Moon is also now the chair of this organisation to campaign against conversion therapy:
Dr H. Eli Joubert
Dr Joubert is another author who works in the field of Gender Dysphoria/Transsexualism. He provides diagnostic services to enable access to HRT (cross sex hormones) and surgeries. He also provides documentation to support applications for a Gender Recognition Certificate. He has also worked with Transgender prisoners. He is deeply entrenched in the Gender Medico-Industrial Complex.
Dr Claudio Pestano
Dr Pestano works in the field of Gender Dysphoria though his main focus seems to be Aspergers/Autism.
Estimates of the percentage of referrals to Gender Identity Clinics, with a diagnosis of Autism are up to 30%. Females with autism are less likely to have a diagnosis so the prevalence of diagnosed females, in Gender Identity Referrals, should raise alarm bells. Dr Postano may very well be aware of this and his therapy may be perfectly appropriate. I would, however, like to see more experts on autism raising some concern about why so many autistic kids are identifying as “transgender”.
Dr Joanna Semlyen
You can watch Dr Joanna Semlyen and Dr Moon speaking to parliament on LBGT mental health in May 2019. In it you will find references to Bridging hormones which is the practice of providing cross-sex hormones to those on the waiting list for Gender Identity Clinics. Lots of references to hetero-normative, different identities, non-binary, gender fluid etc. Dr Semlyen makes a plea for the inclusion of gender identity and sexual orientation in databases to make LGBTQ+ people feel confident in their acceptance. It’s not clear if Dr Semlyen advocates for sex to be replaced with “gender identity” but we now know this is already happening. The other panel member says acceptance is not enough. People with different identities should not be simply accepted they should be celebrated. One of the contributors is quoted saying the following: “LGBTQ identities should be very highly valued, not just equal, not just part of the mainstream, but much more valued”. It’s almost as if they have no concerns that they may be fuelling a backlash against the communities they purport to serve.
You can watch this session below and read the full transcript of the evidence. All via Hansard.
Or read the transcript Oral evidence – Health and social care and LGBT communities – 15 May 2019
Notice that Sarah Champion makes every effort to make sure the topic of trans suicides comes up. Suicide Ideation / attempts crops up frequently in this “debate” using statistics which have been debunked many times. I mention this because Sarah Champion has been challenged , my myself and others, due to her use of suicide statistics which inflate the risk to transgender teens. I wish politicians would do some due diligence and pay attention to Samaritan’s guidance on responsible coverage of suicide risk. I cover this here: Suicide in the Trans Community
Gay/Gender Identity: Conversion Therapy
Most people will, instinctively, wish to see Gay Conversion Therapy banned. Lobby groups know this so they are using stealth tactics to bolt on “Gender Identity ” to a popular cause. As I have argued, consistently, this legitimises the new Woke Gay Conversion Therapy. Activists argue that failing to adhere to sex stereotypes may mean you are born in the wrong body. Non-adherence to sex stereotypes is common, especially in Gay males and Lesbians. One from the rise outcome of Gender Identity Ideology is Lesbians and Gay males are, once again, hearing “born wrong” narratives dressed up in a rainbow costume.
This forced teaming, of the T ,with the LGB, has proved a disaster for homosexuals. in so many ways. Gender Identity Ideology threatens to undo the many victories of Gay Right’s activists In The Denton’s Document, Lobbyists for Gender Identity legislation are encouraged to latch onto popular legislation to sneak in further entrenchment of Gender Identity Ideology. Gay Conversion Therapy bans, which include “gender identity“, are no exception. I will link my piece on the Denton’s document here, Everybody should read it, 👇
In this blog I am simply looking at the BPS position statement. I will follow this up with the a look at detailed guidance to which we are signposted. It is over 100 pages long in this edition and this article gives you a good idea of the kind of content you can look forward to from the BPS……
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