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Exclusive: Republicans want adults to be able to sue doctors who gave them gender-affirming care as youth

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 27: Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) questions U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland as he testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about oversight of the Department of Justice on October 27, 2021 in Washington, DC. Attorney General Garland faced questions about various investigations and DOJ policies. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis-Pool/Getty Images)

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The bill defines “gender-transition” procedures as social affirmation (like pronouns and names) and hormonal therapies and puberty blockers. It defines “biological sex” on the basis of “genetic classification” via sex chromosomes, naturally occurring sex hormones, and internal and external genitalia present at birth. It specifically notes that this does not include the “subjective sense” of identifying the person in question has for themselves. 

Terrible.

“Radical gender-changing ideologies ignore scientific evidence and put children in harm’s way,” LaMalfa said in part, per Newsmax (of course), claiming that “every time” a physician offers gender-affirming care to a minor, they’re “potentially” sterilizing them “for life” and violating their oath to do no harm.

The actual statement mindfully uses the word “child” instead of youth or even minor, and uses outdated phrasing like “gender-transitioning” instead of “gender-affirming.” I would love to not highlight these phrasings and framings, but I think it’s valuable in terms of educating people on common conservative buzzwords.

LaMalfa went on to describe gender-affirming care as “experimental procedures” and frame the federal government as trying to “force” physicians to offer this care. Again, buzzwords and hysteria.

Unsurprisingly, Cotton took on a similar approach when speaking to Fox News (again, of course) by incorrectly declaring that gender-affirming care isn’t “safe or appropriate” for youth and describing physicians who offer this life-saving care as “radical” doctors who perform “dangerous” and “experimental” procedures. Cotton also suggests all of this care is “sterilizing” and that these procedures are being performed on “young kids.”

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No one, including children, is being forced or pressured into surgeries. Gender-affirming care for youth often involves using the correct name and pronouns, supporting gender expression in appearance and clothing, and sometimes hormonal therapy and puberty blockers. It just depends. In many states, people under 18 cannot receive gender-affirming surgeries at all.

At the end of the day, these are personal medical decisions that should happen between the patient and their medical providers, not the rest of us. There is no right or wrong way to be trans and there is no right or wrong way to transition, but everyone should have the basic dignity of accessing safe and age-appropriate health care with the respect and help of their physician.


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Sadly, this bill is not an isolated example of transphobia and queerphobia. We’ve seen conservatives take this line of attack across numerous states in the past few years, including efforts to make it a felony for physicians to provide gender-affirming care to trans and nonbinary youth. A ban on gender-affirming care for trans youth in Alabama has already gone into effect.

We know gender-affirming care is life-saving care. We know acceptance can literally save lives. We know trans youth know who they are. 

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Exclusive: Dr. Ben Carson Defends Clarence Thomas From Attacks By Hillary: For Liberals ‘Only Thing Worse Than Satan is a Black Conservative’ – TalkOfNews.com

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Dr. Ben Carson Defends Clarence Thomas From Attacks By Hillary: For Liberals ‘Only Thing Worse Than Satan is a Black Conservative’

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Dr. Ben Carson responded to racially-tinged criticism from Hillary Clinton directed at Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, suggesting the only thing liberals despise more than Satan is “a black conservative.”

Carson made his comments in an interview with Fox News host Matha MacCallum.

MacCallum aired a montage of criticisms against Thomas, mostly by so-called comedians, and delivered with a particular level of vitriol since the Supreme Court’s recent ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, for the doctor to respond.

At the end of the clip was a segment from a recent interview with former First Lady Hillary Clinton.

Clinton shockingly launched a personal attack against Thomas, the only black man sitting on the Supreme Court, saying she has always known him to be “angry” and a “person of grievance.”

RELATED: Bitter Hillary Clinton Blasts Justice Clarence Thomas As ‘Angry’ Person ‘Of Grievance’

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Dr. Ben Carson responded to Hillary’s comments about Clarence Thomas, along with the personal attacks coming from bitter leftists, saying they were “nothing particularly surprising.”

He proceeded to eviscerate liberals as only a world-renowned neurosurgeon and former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University could.

“For many on the left, the only thing worse than Satan is a black conservative,” he fired back. “They feel that Clarence Thomas is ripe for particular scorn because he is black and he’s supposed to think a certain way.”

As for Hillary’s controversial comments on Thomas, Carson vehemently denied her accusations.

“I’ve known Clarence Thomas for decades. I don’t find him to be that way at all,” he replied.

The former Republican presidential candidate pointed out he and Thomas are members of the Horatio Alger Society, where he is admired “not because he is a Supreme Court justice, but because of his personality.”

“He’s a perfect example of what my mother used to tell me,” he added.

“She would say, Benjamin, if you walk into an auditorium full of racist, bigoted people, you don’t have a problem. They have a problem because they’re all going to cringe and wonder if you’re going to sit next to them, whereas you can sit anywhere you want.”

Hillary right now is cringing and hoping she never has to sit next to Clarence Thomas.

RELATED: Ben Carson’s Letter to Maxine Waters Obliterates Her For ‘Shamelessness’

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Carson also pointed out that Thomas certainly isn’t going to let others’ “grievances, and prejudices, and hatred to affect his life.”

The good doctor has a history of knocking leftists down a peg or two using the most gentle and softspoken of approaches.

As HUD Secretary, Carson penned a letter to Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) accusing her of “shamelessness” and lacking in “basic manners.”

Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) tried to mock Carson over his appearance at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in 2019 saying, “Not sure he was fully awake.”

Carson fired back with an epic tweet in which he stacked his career credentials against hers.

“I know what it’s like to actually be sleepy, especially after 18-hour surgeries and operating on babies in the womb,” Carson replied, noting that Omar and her Democrat colleagues don’t view unborn babies “as having a right to life.”

As for Thomas, George Washington University has recently dashed the dreams of intolerant liberals who sought to get him fired from his job there as an adjunct professor.

“Because we steadfastly support the robust exchange of ideas and deliberation, and because debate is an essential part of our university’s academic and educational mission to train future leaders who are prepared to address the world’s most urgent problems, the university will neither terminate Justice Thomas’ employment nor cancel his class in response to his legal opinions,” the University responded.

Perhaps if they weren’t such angry people full of grievance, they’d come to accept Thomas as the admirable, intelligent man that Carson knows.

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Exclusive: Florida county slaps warning label on LGBTQ kids who join phys ed classes or overnight trips – TalkOfNews.com

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MIAMI, FLORIDA - MARCH 09: Anasofia Pelaez and Kimberly Blandon (L-R) protest in front of Florida State Senator Ileana Garcia's (FL-R) office after the passage of the Parental Rights in Education bill, dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill by LGBTQ activists on March 09, 2022 in Miami, Florida.  The bill passed by the Florida Senate and House would limit what classrooms can teach about sexual orientation and gender identity. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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What drew the most debate was a provision that a school will notify parents — by form — if a student who is “open about their gender identity” is in a physical education class or on an overnight trip.

Some teachers and students during the Tuesday night meeting said the policy will “out” LGBTQ+ students — revealing their sexual orientation or gender identity without their permission.

Everyone got that? LGBTQ kids are a danger to your kids because they’re different. And we can’t have that!

Of course, Florida decided to officially get into the bully kids business when Ron DeSantis, the dude who put the goober in gubernatorial, decided to sign the state’s vicious Don’t Say Gay bill, which can only be described as a hammer blow to LGBTQ kids’ self-esteem.

Needless to say, not everyone was pleased with Leon County’s cruel tack.

“The notification to all the parents can create a very stressful and unwanted situation to trans and LGBTQ students,” Leon High School student Kailey Sandell said at the school board meeting, where the guide was approved 4-0. “A lot of times kids assume that kids are gay or trans; they will easily be able to hurt them.”

Lauren Kelly-Manders, a 34-year-old Tallahassee resident who sits on the city’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Council and came out while attending Leon High School, told the Tallahassee Democrat, “Sending out a parent notification could be seen as placing a target on a student’s back.”

Gee, ya think? What better way to reduce someone to second-class-citizen status than forcing them to come with a warning label?

Anyone who felt alienated or picked on in school knows how devastating this will be for these kids. While the guide does say that students’ sexual orientation and gender identity “should not be shared with others without their input and permission,” exactly how long will that hold up in this McCarthyist environment?

I can laugh off a lot, but conservatives are cutting to the bone now. This is flat-out nauseating. Let’s target some of our most vulnerable children in the most craven and lurid way imaginable, because ‘Merica!

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Exclusive: Democrats Hopeful in Retaining Senate Control – TalkOfNews.com

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“When asked to share their candid thoughts about the Democrats’ chances of hanging onto their House majority in the coming election, party strategists often use words that cannot be printed in a family newsletter,” the New York Times reports.

“But a brighter picture is coming together for Democrats on the Senate side. There, Republicans are assembling what one top strategist laughingly described as an ‘island of misfit toys’ — a motley collection of candidates the Democratic Party hopes to portray as out of the mainstream on policy, personally compromised and too cozy with Donald Trump.”

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