Stop The Lopsided Midwest Gender Identity Summit
On January 13, 2023, Sanford Research Center plans to host the 3rd annual Midwest Gender Identity Summit in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in partnership with Transformation Project SD, an activist organization that promotes transitioning children under the age of 18.
Those organizing this conference are pushing their view that vulnerable, but otherwise healthy, children and young adults can properly consent to experimental, life-altering, and irreversible treatments that are associated with transitioning. These organizations will not provide attendees with research documenting the harms associated with medical transitioning, nor will attendees hear from any individuals who say that their gender dysphoria resolved after puberty or regret having pursued a medical transition.
This summit will push the myth that there is medical consensus on diagnosing and treating gender dysphoria and that it is ethical to prescribe puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones or to recommend surgery to minors without parental consent. Lastly, summit organizers and speakers will kill dissent by pressuring practitioners to transition minors against their best medical judgment.
Write to Bill Gassen, President & Chief Executive Officer of Sanford Research Center, and demand that he include speakers who can provide balance to this topic and address the harms associated with medical transitioning, particularly for minors, or cancel this lopsided summit.