Kauffman: Sen. Lyons, show us the data for your ‘data-informed’ transgender decisions

by Carol Kauffman

During the second reading of S37, Senator Lyons made an attempt to make a case that “sexual ambiguity” was a historical example of “gender dysphoria”.   

“I will take a step back,” Lyons stated, “historically, we’ve had children born with sexual ambiguity for many, many years.  And so what we’ve seen is that sometimes a child will be born. It looks like it may be a male, so the child will be raised as a male. Similarly, we might see someone that looks like a female and frequently there may be surgical things that happened right then that happened in the past.”. 

With just a google search Senator Lyons could have easily accessed better information than she received from her list of committee experts. “Ambiguous genitalia is a rare condition in which an infant’s external genitals don’t appear to be clearly either male or female. In a baby with ambiguous genitalia, the genitals may be incompletely developed or the baby may have characteristics of both sexes” Mayo Clinic

Senator Lyons continued, “Today.  There are medical standards, and data-informed practices that are used to determine when and how gender-affirming care is put into place. That is determined by just like any of our other health care provisions, is determined through professional medical practice. And so there are as I read the letter from one of our very outstanding medical practitioners in this state, that those clinical determinations are data-informed.” 

Is Senator Lyons’ “data-informed” assertion correct?  Did Senator Lyons make sure State Senators had access to the following empirical data from her list of expert testimony?   

  1. Data on youth historical suicide rates through 2023 (if youth are committing suicide, today,  because of the lack of exclusive “gender-affirming” care, then history should also show an exponential rate of mysterious youth suicide because “gender-affirming” health care was not available)
  2. Data on Lupron and side effects
  3. Data on cross-sex hormones and side effects
  4. Data on double mastectomies and side effects
  5. Data on Phalloplasty surgery and side effects
  6. Data on Vaginoplasty surgery and side effects
  7. Data on the adolescent brain
  8. Data on parental and adolescent “gender-affirming” informed consent
  9. Data on youth resolving childhood gender dysphoria 
  10. Data on detransitioners

Both youth patients and their parents are reporting the lack of informed consent in growing testimonies and lawsuits against “gender-affirming” health care.  Was legislative informed consent also missing through the legislative process of H89 and now S37?  

Vermont Family Alliance submitted a public record request for the “data-informed” documents from Senator Lyons’ committee experts referenced by her during the second reading of S37.

The author is an Addison resident with Vermont Family Alliance.

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5 replies »

  1. This is a fine example of someone good at talking without knowing what she is talking about, something that it seems most of our legislatures are good at!

  2. Right up until birth, Sen. Lyons wants a birther person to be legally entitled to hire a professional to kill their child. After birth, Lyons apparently believes that a judgement can be made based on appearance about whether the child fits neatly into a gender category. It sure was easier when there were only 2 categories. Vermont already allows “X” on a birth certificate, but it doesn’t allow a parent to select from the cornucopia of 57 or whatever genders for legal purposes. Lyons apparently believes that once grown and participating in athletics, that a person can decide that they dont want to compete against others of the same gender “assigned” to them by medical professionals. Biological reality tells us that sex/gender is determined by chromosomal makeup.
    What remains ambiguous is whether Sen. Lyons and others who share her ideas on gender would be celebrated or shunned by gender pioneers who fought so hard for equality with distinction such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton?
    I think however that eugenicist and founder of Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger would beam with pride over Lyons’ political career.

  3. Seems the USA goes crazy every 100 years, in the 1820’s it was the Millerites & Mormons, in the 1920’s it was Eugenics (“science based”) and now we’re sterilizing kids because of a “social media” FAD? These people ARE insane, I once attended hearings & even testified in the Capitol many years ago, and they were NOT paying attention, except to their “Blackberries” back then, it was ALL a formality they endured from the Great Unwashed, Like mud wrestling with pigs, all that happens is YOU get dirty and the pig is annoyed. The purple-haired “educators” will keep pushing confused kids into surgical Hell & a lifetime of drug-dependency to maintain a gender that’s not theirs, a lucrative sideline for the “chop-shops” of twisted surgeons, doctors, counselors, & shrinks. They ALL need to look to the European “data” showing the opposite of the tide swelling the USA as they have rescinded their butchery of kids after 20 years of insanity there. BTW–Same goes for European cessation of “vacccinations” yet here TV ads are still pushing them. I wonder why?

  4. Senator Lyons is either lying or quite foolish.
    One, only one, argument is that most trans people are perfectly average in terms of genitalia, etc.
    Many simply follow a trend.

  5. Vermont Family Alliance will have quite a wait. On the other hand, don’t be surprised if completely evasive responses are provided.