Target: ABC News contributor and radio host Laura Ingraham
Goal: Cease dangerous and insulting comments about transgender youth
Words have meaning, and words can hurt. Laura Ingraham, a contributor to ABC News and host of a nationally syndicated radio show, recently assailed the parents of transgender youth who accept their children’s identities. Ingraham derided such acceptance and characterized hormone therapy as “child abuse.” Such language is not only offensive, it can be dangerous. Many health professionals have already weighed in on the situation, including representatives from the American Psychiatric Association, the Ackerman Institute for Family, and the Lurie Children’s Hospital. They agree that Laura Ingraham’s comments are ignorant and potentially harmful to transgender children.
A transgender person is one “whose gender identity, expression, or behavior is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth”, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality. Transgender people are not mentally ill or deluded, and to characterize them as such is highly insulting. It can also be harmful to their mental health. When children are concerned, acceptance and love are paramount. According to Jean Malpas of the Ackerman Institute for Family, it is vital that parents support their transgender children and allow them to explore their own identities. Not allowing children to be who they really are, and not allowing them access to hormone therapy or other interventions, is in fact “cruel and clinically unfounded.”
Laura Ingraham is not a doctor, nor a psychiatrist, and she should end her attacks on transgender children and their parents. Nothing is gained by making people feel worse about themselves. By signing this petition, you will call on Laura Ingraham to stop assailing transgender people.
Dear Laura Ingraham,
Recent comments you made concerning transgender children were insulting and harmful. Experts agree that it is hardly “child abuse” to provide hormone therapy to a person who needs it. In fact, fostering an environment where transgender people are feared and made the objects of ridicule is far more dangerous to a child’s well-being.
No good can come of attacking people for who they are. I urge you to cease your attacks on transgender people and those who love and support them.
[Your Name Here]
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