80% of the improvement in my mental health has been the rejection of queer theory
and gender ideology as a part of my identity and
a part of understanding what gender dysphoria is. . . .
Queer theorists have taken over the system of care. . . .
I have concerns about the ideological capture. . . .
I need to educate my clients based on evidence-based,
and I need to treat a condition based on evidenced based,
not on political beliefs or someone's identity. . . .
100% of the people that I know who went to (my own) surgeon had complications. . . .
Its alarming, the complication rate from these surgeries.
Aaron Kimberley, Gender Dysphoria Alliance of Canada
Kimberly transitioned medically 15 years ago and recalls the experience of gender dysphoria as a small child. "I wasn't able to categorize myself as female, despite obvious evidence that I was." As a masculine-appearing lesbian, Kimberly felt social discomfort and was harassed. The Gender Dysphoria Alliance attempts to bring people together, whether trans, de-transitioning, or other. The vast majority of people with gender dysphoria Kimberly is aware of are gay or lesbian. Kimberly counseled 52 GD clients. Of these, 37 were born female. 19% had been diagnosed with autism (vs. 2% of the population); 29% ADHD (vs. 9% of the general population); 14% had had child-protective services (vs. 1% of the population).
Kimberly left a position counseling GD young people because of a mandatory standard of care that rejected exploration of identities with patients, in favor of only evaluating their ability to give informed consent for treatment. This policy is contradicted by data indicating that most minors desist from GD after puberty.
Kimberly challenged the claim that medical transitioning is a necessary response to suicidality of some young people, saying that the primary causes of suicidality of some young people are other than gender dysphoria. Without opposing medical transitioning for some people, Kimberly urged caution and rejected gender ideology. Kimberly reported that the proportion of complications is very high. Asked if the GaGP amendments expressed hate, Kimberly said, "Not at all."