Transgender summit official supports calling CPS if parents don’t affirm gender dysphoria

by Jacob Fuller

Savannah Hulsey Pointer, FISM News 


During the “Adolescent” session of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) annual conference Monday, the author of the new WPATH guidelines encouraged health care workers to threaten parents with Child Protective Services (CPS) if they don’t affirm their child’s “gender identity.”

The author, Dr. Ren Massey, is a female Clinical Child Psychologist who identifies as a “transman.” She asserted that a parent’s lack of support for a child’s transgender identity needs to be addressed, even if it means calling CPS, to ensure that gender dysphoria is affirmed, according to The Daily Wire.

At the conference in Atlanta, Georgia, Massey said that asking protective services to investigate a family is one “resource” for clinicians who want to “enforce the need for affirmation by parents.” According to Massey, just telling parents that they might call CPS could pressure them into conforming.

“I had to make a call to Child Protective Services on a case and the Child Protective Services worker asked me about if some of the issues I was calling about were about the parents not being supportive or being emotionally abusive around gender identity issues,” said Massey. “Even before making that call, letting parents know that if that’s true where you are practicing that might get their attention a little bit,” said Massey.

When Massey discovered that CPS employees in Georgia had stepped in when parents in Georgia were reluctant to embrace their child’s new transgender status, she was pleasantly surprised.

“And that was educative for me to learn that in my conservative state there are at least some Child Protective Service workers who are willing to enforce the need for affirmation by parents at least with social transition needs, names, pronouns et cetera,” said Massey. “So that may be a resource in states, provinces, regions, countries around the world.”

The state may step in if a parent declines to validate their child’s transgender identity, according to the new WPATH guidance. It also recommends, but does not mandate, parental approval for children seeking medical treatments.

“We recommend when gender-affirming medical or surgical treatments are indicated for adolescents, health care professionals working with transgender and gender diverse adolescents involve parent(s)/guardian(s) in the assessment and treatment process, unless their involvement is determined to be harmful to the adolescent or not feasible,” the guidance states.

Statement 6.11 in Chapter 6 on adolescents goes on to say: “Helping youth and parent(s)/caregiver(s) work together on important gender care decisions is a primary goal. However, in some cases, parent(s)/caregiver(s) may be too rejecting of their adolescent child and their child’s gender needs to be part of the clinical evaluation process. In these situations, youth may require the engagement of larger systems of advocacy and support to move forward with the necessary support and care (Dubin et al., 2020).”

Conservative commentator Matt Walsh pointed out that it should be of no surprise to see and hear such radical guidance coming from WPATH.