At the core of intolerance toward gender nonconformity is adherence
to the questionable research and therapeutic approaches of people
like Richard Green, George Rekers, Joseph Nicolosi and
(See "If You Bend Gender Far Enough, Does It Break?")
Kenneth Zucker quotes:
"At this point, I cannot make any statement about how therapy affects later sexual orientation," Zucker says. "But certainly many parents bring their children to me because they would prefer that they not grow up to be gay."
"My job is to help them accept their gender. The success of treatment is subjective; it has to be defined by the parents. If the child is treated early enough, the outcome is much more likely to be positive."
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Berlin’s state court, the Kammergericht, has ruled that an 11-year-old transgender girl can be legally institutionalized in a mental-health facility against her and her mother’s wishes.
This is despite the fact that Alex claims, in an interview published
earlier this month in the magazine taz.de,
that she has identified as female for as long as she can remember. She
is accepted as female at school, and has been registered as such from
her earliest days there.
The mother of Alexandra (Alex) Kaminsky had sought to get her daughter therapy to cope with the dissolution of her parents’ marriage and the stress of her gender-identity dysphoria. (Alexandra’s father does not support her desire to live as a female.) After only an hour-long interview, a nurse with the Berlin Youth Welfare Office (YWO) decided that the best course of action was for Alexandra to be remanded to an institution and eventually entered into the foster care system.
After a request by Alexandra's mother to get an impartial professional diagnosis was rebuffed, she filed suit—and lost. The court upheld the earlier ruling that gave Alexandra's father the right to determine her fate, although the YWO still has control of her healthcare decisions.
The YWO is planning to send Alexandra to a psychiatrist named Klaus M. Beier at Berlin's Charité hospital. Beier is an old- school reparative/aversion therapist of the Kenneth Zucker mold. On being asked in a newspaper interview with "Die Tageszeitung" (Berlin's moderate-left daily), Beier has allegedly stated in the past that his approach is to "try and suppress gender-atypical behavior".
The father has expressed his intent to force Alexandra to experience male puberty, which will make it more difficult and traumatizing for her to live her life as a female.
The institutionalization of Alexandra Kaminsky violates many human rights instruments, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Alexandra Kaminsky case is, unfortunately, not unique. The rights of loving parents and caregivers to support their transgender and gender nonconforming children and youth are challenged and revoked every day throughout the world. Trans-supportive parents and caregivers in the United States are particularly vulnerable in certain areas of the country and profound tragedies have occurred as a result.
Here is what YOU can do (Click any of the links to take action):
Send an email to Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit asking him to intervene on behalf of Alexandra Kaminsky.
Send an email to Sandra Scheeres, Berlin Senator for Education, Youth and Science.
Send and email to Mario Czaja, Berlin Senator for Health and Social Services.
Send an email to Charité University Hospital in Berlin putting "Concern for Miss Alex Kaminsky's Treatment" in the subject line. Include a personal message (not a rant) demonstrating your concern that her gender identity is not being supported and that she may be being harmed by attempts to "suppress her gender atypical" identity.
Send an email to Dr. Klaus Beier asking him to either recommend the release of Alexandra Kaminsky from the hospital immediately or to refer her to another therapist more experienced with the current WPATH and proposed DSM-V guidelines for children with gender identity dysphoria.
Write a letter to:
Institut für Sexualwissenschaft und Sexualmedizin Luisenstrasse 57