On December 17, 2015 US Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton Tweeted her support for Jackie Ryan, born Jacob Ryan in 1995, who became the youngest and only transgender elected official in his state when he won a seat on the Regional School Committee in his hometown of Sturbridge, Massachusetts at age 18; Ryan ran for the office in 2012 after graduating from high school; according to an article (see: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/feed/jackie-ryan) posted to Hillary Clinton’s official website, Ryan was already living as a transgendered person while still in high school, and, while a minor: “Jackie Ryan was in high school when she first got involved in politics…During a school board discussion in her small town of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, Jackie heard one of her representatives call transgender students—like her—a threat to their peers.” In 2016, Ryan ran unopposed for the “Female Bisexual Seat on the Democratic State Committee.”
A few days later, on December 21, 2015, Hillary Clinton Tweeted the following message: “It is time to put an end to conversion therapy for minors. We should be supporting LGBT kids-not trying to change them.” What Clinton was referring to is her proposed nationwide ban of all so-called “reparative” therapies for minors – children who, with the cooperation of their parents, want professional help dealing with an unwanted same-sex attraction; this denial of mental health services to a certain segment of the population has become a part of Clinton’s LGBT platform (see: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/feed/hillary-clinton-released-her-plan-protect-and-expand-rights-lgbt-community). So far, reparative therapy for minors; regardless of the child’s wishes or those of the parents, is banned in the following states: California, New Jersey, Illinois, Oregon, New York and the District of Colombia.
In his authoritative book on the subject, “A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Homosexuality,” Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, recounted some of the stories, prior to the 2014 ban in California, from parents and children who sought out reparative therapy; here is what one father of a sexually confused boy said:
“At its heart, it’s about helping Evan to be happy and, ultimately, to feel comfortable and at peace with himself. He recognizes the choices that have been set before him, and he doesn’t want to be gay. My relationship with him is far better now. I believe we can now be very confident that we’ve done all we can to lay the right foundation.”
The facts about transgender:
According to the CDC:
“In 2013, a meta-analysis (Baral et al.) reported that the estimated HIV prevalence among transgender women was 22% in five high-income countries, including the United States.”
“Findings from a systematic review (Herbst et al.) of 29 published studies showed that 28% of transgender women had HIV infection (4 studies), while 12% of transgender women self-reported having HIV (18 studies).”
“We found that 58% of transwomen used alcohol, and 43.3% used substances…Transfemales have high prevalence of alcohol and substance use; those tested positive for HIV used significantly more methamphetamine in general, and in conjunction with sex.”
“Alcohol and substance use among transgender women in San Francisco: prevalence and association with human immunodeficiency virus infection.”
Santos GM, et al.
Drug Alcohol Rev. 2014 May;33(3): 287-95.
“Compared with cisgender [non-transgendered] matched controls, transgender youth had a twofold to threefold increased risk of depression, anxiety disorder, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, self-harm without lethal intent, and both inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment.”
“Mental health of transgender youth in care at an adolescent urban community health center: a matched retrospective cohort study.”
Reisner SL, et al.
J Adolesc Health. 2015 Mar;56(3): 274-9.
Why homosexuals often require professional therapy:
“Despite the Netherlands’ reputation as a world leader with respect to gay rights, homosexual Dutch men have much higher rates of mood disorders, anxiety disorders and suicide attempts than heterosexual Dutch men. Epidemiologists report similar disparities elsewhere in Western Europe and North America.”
“Exploring a Dutch paradox: an ethnographic investigation of gay men’s mental health.”
Aggarwal S & Gerrets R
Culture, Health & Sexuality 16: 105-119, 2014.
“Compared with heterosexual respondents, gay/lesbian and bisexual individuals experienced increased odds of six of eight and seven of eight adverse childhood experiences, respectively. Sexual minority persons had higher rates of adverse childhood experiences compared to their heterosexual peers.”
“Disparities in adverse childhood experiences among sexual minority and heterosexual adults: results from a multi-state probability-based sample.”
Andersen JP, Blosnich J.
PLoS One. 2013;8(1):e54691.
“The research results indicate that, as compared with the group of heterosexual individuals, in the group of homosexuals there occurs a worsening in psychological functioning, which may be also manifested by an increased indirect self-destructiveness index. The increased intensity of indirect self-destructiveness in homosexual individuals may be considered a manifestation of worsened psychological functioning.”
“Indirect self-destructiveness in homosexual individuals.”
Tsirigotis K, et al.
Psychiatr Pol. 2015 May-Jun;49(3): 543-57.