- Source: View EO 12866 Meeting 0945-AA17 (meeting ID 132173)
- Parties: Genspect; United States Department of Health and Human Services (Office for Civil Rights)
- Requested by: Genspect (Derek Duval)
- Derek Duval (Genspect)
- Stella O’Malley (Genspect)
- Kathleen Dooley (Genspect)
- Axa Palacios (Genspect)
- HHS – Statement by Stella O’Malley – Genspect Founder (mirror)
- Parent Story 1 (mirror)
- Parent Story 2 (mirror)
- Parent Story 3 (mirror)
- Thank You Note from Genspect (mirror)
Statement by Stella O’Malley
It’s as if gender dysphoria trumps all other diagnoses and yet anyone who works in mental health (or who even has a good working knowledge about the psychology of the mind) understands that different issues interact with one another. And yet we contain multitudes – none of us are simply walking gender identities, and acknowledging our complexities should not be dismissed as some form of twenty-first century conversion therapy. For example, an autistic teenager can have a very black-and-white outlook and believe that if they don’t feel like a girl then they must be a boy. Equally, a person with ADHD can become hyper-fixated on a specific medical framework and believe that this path is the answer to their anxiety.
Parent Story 1
In a moment of vulnerability when he first came out to us, our son told us that he never felt comfortable in his body in general. He confirmed that there was no gender discomfort as a child or even as a teenager. He just felt that he didn’t feel connected to his body and didn’t fit in socially. Then, one day, he went on the Internet and read about Gender Dysphoria.
Parent Story 2
Parent Story – Dad in Virginia
I’m a lifelong liberal Democrat, and very open minded. A lot of people find this surprising if they get to know me well enough to learn I happen to be a straight white guy who grew up in a small southern town where I turned in tickets for my school lunch while my widowed mother supported 3 children on a church choir director’s salary plus Social Security. But my Mom raised me right, I worked hard, built a successful company, recently sold it, and now devote much of my time and resources to making the world a better, more equitable, and inclusive place for everyone. I tell you this because the notion that I could be a “bigot” or “transphobic” is laughable to anyone who knows me well.
Enough about me. I’m here to tell you about my daughter, who turned 18 in October.
Fortunately, a few days before her 18th birthday, my wife and I had a breakthrough conversation with our daughter. We knew she was set to go to Planned Parenthood in Richmond where her trans friends had assured her she could easily get testosterone without any hassle. My wife looked our daughter in the eyes and said “I know you, and I know you want out of this. You don’t have to do this now. Just give it some more time.” Our daughter protested but then agreed, and we sealed the deal by offering to get her a new puppy as an emotional support companion.
That was 6 months ago. Since being relieved of the pressure to make medical changes to her body, our daughter is clearly much happier. Although she still goes by her chosen boy’s name, she dresses not just femininely but provocatively, choosing lowcut tops and lacy bras that show off the breasts that had for years been confined in a binder while awaiting a plastic surgeon’s scalpel.
Note: The description and timeline in “Parent Story 2” are consistent with the description provided by meeting attendee Derek Duval‘s spouse Lisa Duval on 2022-06-24, indicating “Parent Story 2” was likely provided by Derek Duval.
Parent Story 3
I am a parent of female child who has Rapid Onset of Gender Dysphoria (ROGD). This is a new phenomenon where a child, who was perfectly happy in his or her body until right around puberty, suddenly announces that he or she is the opposite sex. In the case of my daughter, when she developed this condition, she threw away all of her feminine clothes, cut her hair super short, refused to go out in public without a chest binder and stopped shaving her legs. And, of course, she came up with a new male-sounding name and insisted that everyone use it, along with the associated male pronouns.
With ROGD, from the parent perspective, the change is abrupt and without warning – thus the term “rapid”—but that term is somewhat deceiving. ROGD doesn’t quite pop up out of nowhere despite how it might initially appear, nor does the body incongruence of gender dysphoria spring up organically as the gender ideologues proclaim. It is not something that the ROGD child always felt. And the trans identity is not something that child determines on her own. Rather, it is carefully manufactured and cultivated on the internet and in peer groups, like a tended-to plant.
This week after finding yet another stowaway phone, my daughter offered to transform back to being a traditional girl – wear bras, grow her hair out, wear stereotypical female clothes, tell everyone to use her female name – in exchange for access to the internet with limited controls. Is she so addicted to porn that it trumps her alleged “trans identity”? Is she merely offering to bide her time until she is 18 to transition again? I don’t know.