Politics cost me my job: Part two of Lisa Littman?s story

Four young women who experienced gender dysphoria in their teens and then de-transitioned or desisted found each other and created The Pique Resilience Project, a video series they use to share their experiences. 

Lisa Littman identified a new type of gender dysphoria (referred to as Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria [or ROGD]). Quote.

The worst outcome for me personally was losing my consulting job over this issue. Shortly after my paper came out, some local clinicians who are opposed to my research wrote a letter of complaint about the work and demanded that I be fired immediately.

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It was an interesting demand, as my consulting work was unrelated to gender dysphoria. Nonetheless, I was called in to several meetings to answer questions about my research.

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Some members within the organization expressed concerns that the paper did not support the gender-affirming perspective.? end quote.

Lisa’s contract was not renewed. She lost her job not because of performance issues but because her employer ?needed to remain neutral and not take sides regarding the issues raised in the letter.? It was a political decision. Quote.

I realize now that other academics have received this type of pushback and more. It?s part of a larger issue surrounding the study of gender dysphoria where, if the research findings or opinions are not consistent with a very specific gender narrative, there are efforts to shut down the discussion.

Recently, more than 50 academics, mostly from the UK, wrote a letter published in The Guardian stating: ?We are also concerned about the suppression of proper academic analysis and discussion of the social phenomenon of transgenderism, and its multiple causes.

Members of our group have experienced campus protests, calls for dismissal in the press, harassment, foiled plots to bring about dismissal, no-platforming, and attempts to censor academic research and publications.?

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It?s surprising Lisa bothered to research at all given the transgender experts? closed steel trap minds in fixed orbit. But she explains in her work that she encountered troubled youth whose stories were ?compelling and heartbreaking.? Ah, the wonderful motivation of empathy. Quote.

Discussion of this topic often serves to challenge many deeply held values. 

There are parents who are terrified that the steps of transition will be profoundly harmful to their child, especially if done without thoroughly evaluating if there are underlying causes for the child?s dysphoria.

There are other parents who are terrified that not taking the steps of transition quickly enough will be profoundly harmful to their child.

We are a highly polarized society with a tendency to demonize people who don?t share our exact views. It is a perfect storm for heated conflict.

I strongly believe that the conversation we should be having around these issues is: some people are helped by transition, some people are harmed by transition, and we need more research to better understand how to maximize benefit and minimize harm. That is exactly the goal of my work.

I am also a mother, a spouse, a daughter and sister who has been extremely fortunate to have healthy, happy and strong relationships with my family. 

My core beliefs about the importance of family relationships comprise a central part of who I am. Caring about the health and well-being of individuals and families has been one of the guiding principles of my professional and personal life.? End of quote.

In a world struggling to convince us that sexual dysfunction is the new norm Lisa?s story is refreshingly encouraging.

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