LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Update: July 19, 2015 — Dawn Ennis of The Advocate conducts a fact-finding mission into the Cummings saga: http://www.advocate.com/transgender/2015/07/17/ex-trans-activists-exposed-big-name-behind-their-fight-against-gender-transit?team=social
(Original article:) Mark Angelo Cummings is a trans man who has opinions on all things transgender that, to say the least, differs from those held by seemingly nearly everyone else in the trans community.
To this point, I’ve not paid close attention to opinions from this gentleman because he invalidates all of them through the use of ad hominem attacks on those who disagree with him.
Recently however, the New York Times provided him with a platform to make his case. Unfortunately, it is wholly absent of evidence that supports any of the claims he makes.
I am going to debunk just a few of his assertions for readers of this space, and unlike Mr. Cummings, I am going back up my work with evidence.
Cummings: “. . . it [transitioning] shouldn’t be an option for young people until they are in their mid- to late-20s.”
Me: Research shows significant positive impact for kids who affirm gender early. In addition, Mr. Cummings also ignores an elephant in the room here. The trans suicide attempt rate is 42%. A number of trans people simply aren’t going to make it to their late-20s.
Cummings: “Puberty blockers are too dangerous . . .”
Me: Research evidence clearly say they’re not.
Cummings: “. . . our kids too precious to take these kinds of risks . . .”
Me: This is an Appeal to Emotion logic fallacy. Besides, it works both ways. One could argue that because kids are too precious, we shouldn’t risk [high suicide attempt rate] waiting until they’re in their late-20s to transition.
Cummings: “Many [trans people] regret their actions [transitioning]; . . .”
Me: A reasonable person would look at the word “many” and take it to mean a majority, a larger portion, or at least half of all trans people, plus one. Research evidence again states that the majority of people who transition do not regret doing so. While there are those who have regrets, including some who take steps to detransition, there are also those who retransition.
My opinion: If Mr. Cummings wasn’t careful enough to avoid making incorrect statements on things that are easily debunked by a layman, we most certainly can bet he isn’t anywhere near the ballpark on other matters like biology, trans activist “tools,” and parents looking for a “shot at fame!”
Lets just move along, there’s nothing to see here. Our time is better spent doing other things.
Studies on benefits of affirming gender early: https://lexiecannes.com/2015/03/24/new-research-study-significant-positive-impact-for-transgender-youth-who-affirm-gender-early/
Puberty blockers safe, “regret”: https://lexiecannes.com/2014/11/15/second-study-confirms-medical-intervention-in-trans-kids-is-safe/
Suicide rate, “regret”: https://lexiecannes.com/stats-on-transgender-discrimination-violence-and-suicide/
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