Grabien dropped a concerning video from Admiral Rachel Levine, the chief U.S. public health official on Monday. The video is of Levine, in May, speaking virtually at an event of the Federation of State Medical Boards. But it didn't get a lot of attention at the time and in light of what we are seeing from things like the Twitter files about censorship and big tech now, it reveals another important piece about government pressure on tech companies as well as the effort to influence even state medical boards and schools.
Levine tells the other medical professionals from the state medical boards that they have a critical role to play, "We must continue to expand and work to address health misinformation." That doesn't just include COVID, Levine said, but also another area of "substantial misinformation" that was "directly impacting health equity." That was the "health equity of sexual and gender minorities." Levine claimed that they were facing "substantial misinformation" about "gender-affirming care" and anti-LGBTQI+ actions that were "dangerous to the public health."
The "positive value" of "gender-affirming care for youth and adults" is "not in dispute," Levine argued. We all need to work together to get our voices out in the front line. We need to get our voices in the public eye. And we can -- we know how effective our medical community can be talking to communities, whether it's at town halls, schools, conversations with others, and we need to use our clinicians' voice to collectively advocate for tech companies to create a healthier, cleaner information environment.
During a moment when public trust in our leaders and our information is very challenged, the healthcare worker community, the medical community does I believe maintain a high degree of trust, and we have to utilize that and we have to utilize it effectively."
"Rachel" Levine had previously demanded that doctors evangelize for transgenderism.
He championed "acceptance" as a life-saving message; painted opponents of his ideology as driven by an "agenda" that has "nothing to do with warmth, empathy, compassion, or understanding"; and sent forth the doctors as his new apostles. "I encourage all of you to think of yourselves as ambassadors to your communities, ambassadors for science, ambassadors for compassion, and ambassadors for care," Levine intoned.
"These conversations don't have to be limited or restricted to a medical setting. Offer yourselves as informational resources not just for youth but for schoolteachers, principals, school boards, professional organizations, recreation centers, county commissioners, and others who would benefit from this information and your perspective. Please proactively seek opportunities to speak about what you know."
"Our task is to educate the public in as many forms as possible and we need to have these conversations to question the assumptions that are underlying today's attacks on trans people," he added. "Pushing back the veil of ignorance demands this extra effort and this is the challenge before our profession."
Levine painted a dire picture of an oppressed people, citing high rates of suicidal thoughts and attempted suicides. He blamed this predicament on a demonic society, dismissing any notion that transgender identity may contribute to mental health struggles.
"There is nothing inherent about being LGBTQ+, nothing inherent about being transgender, that predisposes youth and adults to negative medical and mental health outcomes," he said, presenting this conclusion as a scientific fact. "It is the bullying, the harassment, and the discrimination that particularly transgender youth face, which leads to these outcomes."
A friend wrote:
I've certainly seen outrageous things associated with the military before, including those associated with the sexual exploitation of children, but that this bizarre, arrogant, malevolent freak is being allowed to openly call for such things to be sanctioned without question is beyond outrageous. If "gender-affirming care" continues to be pushed on kids and their families with official sanction, and if censorship is imposed leaving them defenseless, I fail to see how this can any longer be tolerated peacefully.
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