Christina Pushaw explains why she has no time for Orwellian euphemism ‘gender-affirming care’

In a big win for conservatives, on Friday the Florida Board of Medicine voted to begin the process of banning transgender hormone treatments for little children.

“After a public hearing that lasted more than three and a half hours in Fort Lauderdale, the 15-member Board of Medicine voted to start a process that could prohibit minors from receiving hormone therapy and undergoing surgical procedures as a treatment for gender dysphoria,” Politico reported.

So far so good.

However, the entire media, including Politico, have been framing what happened in a peculiar way. While Politico’s actual report spoke properly of “hormone therapy” and “surgical procedures,” it’s headline told a different story.

“Florida medical board moves to block gender affirming treatments for minors,” the headline reads.

Similar headlines can be seen at The Advocate, The Hill, The Independent, Axios, etc.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ famous press secretary, Christina Pushaw, did not appreciate this framing. In tweets posted Saturday, she called for the media to stop playing games with the “Orwellian euphemism ‘gender-affirming care.'”


“As always, mainstream media are in lockstep with marching orders to use the Orwellian euphemism ‘gender-affirming care’ instead of accurately describing what the Florida Medical Board is addressing. I even see conservatives using this phrase. Just call things by their real names,” she wrote.

“‘Affirming’ to me means accepting kids as they are, assuring them that there’s nothing wrong with their body. True affirmation means helping them accept their body as they grow up, through therapy & support, as with teens who have eating disorders or body dysmorphia generally.”

In her tweets, Pushaw also included a clip showing Sophia Galvin, a former “transgender man,” testifying before the Florida Board of Medicine about how she’d been encouraged to go transgender, only to realize too late that this wasn’t what she really needed in life.

“My name is Sophia Galvin. I’m 22 years old, born female, been detransitioning for two years, and here independently to speak about my experiences. I was 17 when I began to experience gender dysphoria. At the time, I was a senior in high school, president of the LGBT club, and actively supported gender-affirming treatment,” Galvin said in the clip.

“I began abruptly to socially transition and was immediately affirmed by my peers and school staff. This was after a history of mental affliction due to wounds in my heart running as deep as an abyss. I was often suicidal with self-harm, and psychiatric drugs and therapy were unable to help me. Nobody around me called into question whether the dysphoria I was feeling could possibly be related to this.”

Once she was “affirmed,” Galvin continued, she felt trapped.

“Once I was affirmed, I was trapped and was led to believe that each next step of the process would somehow bring me the fulfillment I was looking for. However, after two years of hormone therapy and a double mastectomy, I was left far worse than before. I lost my college scholarship, was unemployed, raped multiple times, addicted to sex and drugs, and unable to have a logical or coherent thought,” she said.

And so at the age of 20, she finally decided to seek change. But by then, it was already too late. And to make matters worse, nobody was willing to help her like they’d helped her go transgender in the first place.

“So at 20 years old, I decided to stop testosterone. It was only then that I gained the maturity to think logically about the possible physical and psychological effects of these treatments. After deciding to detransition, I received no support in this process. Neither could I find any substantial online resources. I started experiencing all sorts of medical issues that no doctor was able to explain,” Galvin said.

“If I was in torment before, I was now in literal hellfire. All I wanted was to move on with my life, yet every time I looked in the mirror or opened my mouth to speak, I was reminded of the terrible mistakes I made, and no amount of therapy was able to do anything for me.”

Stories like this are a dime a dozen these days, though they receive scant coverage from the establishment press. And in the rare cases when the press does cover these stories, they inevitably trigger intense backlash from the radicalized LGBT lobby.


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