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4/10/19  7:42 am
Commenter: Ruth E Edens

Allow counselors to use their professional judgment
 

Please do not base regulatory decisions on one sided research that "might" show a damaging effect of therapy directed at helping people with gender dysphoria. The CDC has plenty of research that shows the lifelong consequences of affirming gender dysphoria. Sexually transmitted disease, suicide, depression, alcohol and drug abuse, and domestic abuse are all much higher in these communities than in the general population. As this behavior is accepted, affirmed and celebrated widely in our culture, these statistics haven't really improved. Please allow couselors who are willing to help those wanting to align their sexual feelings to their biological reality to do so.

Thank you

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