I understand the frustration and skepticism you seem to be expressing. While it's flattering to think that my earlier piece was "more reasonable, evidence-based, [and] coherent", the reality is that, unintentionally, I was cherry-picking. I had a set view, and I sought out publications to prove it (and not even publications, snippets of what was in publications).

For example, I just reread the 2015 "Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People" (published by the American Psych. Association). It provides NO evidence to support a gender-critical perspective. Nada. Rather, it emphasizes the need for psychologists to educate themselves in terms of gender identity and gender expression, as they are more than likely to have clients who are gender diverse. And yet, this was considered (by you, I guess) as evidence.

Perhaps more importantly (to me), the fact that both the Canadian Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association (not to mention other healthcare orgs and boards) recognize the validity of transgender people (and gender nonconforming, etc.) is significant. Who was I to think that I knew better than they did? And yet I used some of their words as "proof" that such individuals' identities are invalid. The increased, alarming alliances between GC and those in the ultra-conservative community (many whom are highly homophobic, which makes it a very odd relationship, in my view) was the kicker.

So, no cherry-picking in this piece. More writing about my own process in terms of the gradual change of my beliefs (back to my original ones, actually, so more a RETURN to my beliefs). I'm sure some may think I wrote this to gain attention, but all I can do is disagree, and point out that I wrote it on a self-publishing platform, where I am not known for any articles (versus those who have a following).

Finally, writing this is leading to a lot of (understandable) distrust and wariness from members of the trans community, as I previously (in my thrall for certain beliefs) seemed to throw them under the bus. So, I did this for me. And, I did this for my eldest son, who I'd talked with a few months ago, debating about whether I should write something. I also did it for my youngest son, who I realized I was starting to negatively influence, when I saw the gender component of his curriculum begin recently.

I'm thankful that I wrote this, and don't intend to smear anyone, as that would mean that I was smearing myself, given that no one lured me into GC ideas or helping to start an org. I went into all of that with my eyes wide open. Take care.

PhD in clinical psychology, writer, mother. Someone who needs to simmer down, already.

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