On April 27, 2011, the Melbourne Community Voice posted the article Court Rules On Australia’s Youngest Sex Change:

The Family Court has allowed a 10-year-old to begin sex-change therapy to prevent self-harm.

Justice Linda Dessau ordered the child be allowed to start drug therapy to suppress puberty and reconvene when Jamie turns 16 to consider approval for the second stage.

The child, who cannot be named for legal reasons but is referred to as ‘Jamie’, will become the youngest Australian to have sex-change therapy.

Jamie has lived as a girl for two years, “presenting as a very attractive young girl with long, blonde hair,” the court heard, dressing in feminine clothes and using the girls’ toilet at school.

The court heard that Jamie identified as a girl and rejected her parents’ attempts to reinforce her masculinity. Following psychiatric assessment in 2007 court permission was sought to begin stage-one.

Stage 1 intervention is a drug therapy that delays puberty. It’s reversible; this is a protocol for prepubescent children whose stronly assert that their gender isn’t the one that’s usually associated with the shape of their genitalia at birth.

But, the horrors! Matt Barber, Vice President of the Liberty Council’s Liberty Action, found out about this story, and today (May 11, 2011) gave commentary to the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow “news” outlet.

Apparently, Matt Barber didn’t bother to read the story, and apparently doesn’t know what the intervention is going to be for the youth. In a the piece entitled Sex change of minor = ‘criminal abuse’, he states this:

And he argues that surgically changing the boy into a girl will not work “because we are, as scripture says, as God made us — male and female. And man does not have the power to undo what God has done.”

Barber further insists other guilty parties need help as well. “Any parent who would abuse their child in such a way and allow doctors to abuse this child through sexual mutilation surgery like this, they have a mental disorder,” he contends.

And he argues that surgically changing the boy into a girl will not work “because we are, as scripture says, as God made us — male and female. And man does not have the power to undo what God has done.”

Barber further insists other guilty parties need help as well. “Any parent who would abuse their child in such a way and allow doctors to abuse this child through sexual mutilation surgery like this, they have a mental disorder,” he contends.

If this actually were the gender confusion that Barber and his ilk are afraid of, and that one is worried that a 10-year-old is going to get irreversible surgical intervention that will change the shape of the child’s genitalia, then, to repeat from earlier in this diary, the treatment is reversible. No lasting harm would be done to the child. Puberty will just be delayed.

Matt Barber lied about the actual treatment this youth is going to receive at this point; the youth is not getting genital reconstruction surgery at this time, but instead is going to receive drug therapy that delays puberty. Whether Matt Barber’s lie was intentional or not, it’s still a lie. He needs to correct the record on the basic facts on the story.

But then again, it’s not like we don’t know that the religious right has a habit of being loose with the facts.

As for Matt Barber’s opinion — well, we have free speech in this country. Everyone has a right to voice an opinion, even if someone else finds that opinion ill-informed or stupid…or both.

Autumn Sandeen

Autumn Sandeen

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