Attitudes toward gender-affirming care for children have become polarized, with politicians weighing in at either end of the spectrum. Two duelling narratives both claim they want to protect children — one by providing treatment and one by limiting it. Both of these narratives lack nuance.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Kinnon R. MacKinnon of York University and Pablo Expósito-Campos of Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea in Spain write about the dangers of politicization and misinformation about the care of gender-diverse children, particularly about puberty blockers and detransition.

“We have noticed that what is presented as ‘fact’ in these debates has distorted real complexities of gender-affirming health care, creating a rift between conservative and progressive information outlets. The result has left many in the dark about what is really at stake.”

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Patricia Nicholson

Health + Medicine Editor

People protest Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s proposed youth transgender policies as she appears at an event in Ottawa on Feb. 5, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

The real threat to gender-diverse children is the politicization of care issues like puberty blockers and detransition

Kinnon R. MacKinnon, York University, Canada; Pablo Expósito-Campos, Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea

On both sides of the transgender care debate, what is presented as ‘fact’ distorts real complexities of gender-affirming health care, leaving many in the dark about what is really at stake.

Stereotypes often mean people with disabilities are told to wait and delay their engagement in any romantic or sexual experiences. (Shutterstock)

Showing love on Valentine’s Day by embracing disability

Alan Santinele Martino, University of Calgary

Individuals with disabilities frequently confront stereotypes that limit their opportunities to form intimate relationships and have sex.

Pine trees reflected in smooth water of the lake. Waterlogged valley in the snowy Rocky Mountains. Shutterstock

‘Fortress’ conservation policies threaten the food security of rural populations

Terry Sunderland, University of British Columbia

Integrating local and Indigenous knowledge into conservation can help to support diverse diets without compromising biodiversity goals.

Investing in violence prevention that is evidence-based and sustainable is the key to ensuring violence stops. (Shutterstock)

Violence prevention can transform Canadian hockey culture — but only if implemented properly

Maddie Brockbank, McMaster University

While many initially balk at violence prevention programs aimed at boys and men, these programs reduce the likelihood of abuse and improve the chances of bystanders intervening on behalf of victims.

There is a growing need to address diversity in the datasets used to train artificial intelligence. (Shutterstock)

Artificial intelligence needs to be trained on culturally diverse datasets to avoid bias

Vered Shwartz, University of British Columbia

The use of large language models like ChatGPT is growing globally. These technologies are trained on datasets that recreate biases — as their use increases, their datasets must become more diverse.

La Conversation Canada

Lorsqu’un locuteur en bonne santé ne parvient pas à trouver un mot de son lexique qu’il a l’impression de connaître, les spécialistes du langage parlent du phénomène du « mot sur le bout de la langue ». (Shutterstock)

Est-ce normal d’oublier des mots quand on parle  ? Quand doit-on s’inquiéter  ?

Greig de Zubicaray, Queensland University of Technology

Nous avons tous déjà oublié le mot dont nous avions besoin au milieu d’une phrase, et nous connaissons la sensation de l’avoir sur le bout de la langue. Mais quand est-ce que l’on doit s’inquiéter ?


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