"We're giving these girls mastectomies. You have to be curious about what's going on."
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This is a transcript of the latest edition of the Year Zero podcast, in which I talk with Lisa Selin Davis, Eliza Mondegreen, and Corinna Cohn about our impressions of the European Professional Association of Transgender Health conference, which we attended in April.
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We’re here to debrief about the EPATH conference. Each of us found our way inside of its walls and witnessed some pretty interesting stuff. I guess we should begin by sharing our general impressions and our recollections and what we took away from it. Who wants to go first?
My name is Corinna Cohn. I am a gender healthcare activist from Indianapolis, Indiana. I started the Gender Care Consumer Advocacy Network in 2019. It is a very small nonprofit. In fact, it's possible that 2023 might be the last year for it because it's so hard to keep a nonprofit going. One of the things that we've been doing is speaking with clinicians and saying that there's a gap between what the WPATH Standards of Care and how that care is actually being delivered in the field. One of the reasons that I wanted to go to EPATH is to have conversations with practitioners — to talk about what my concerns are, and especially to talk about the low quality of studies that are used to justify the provision of gender medicine to children. I also wanted to tell my story about having transitioned as a teenager in the 1990s, and what I've learned being trans over the last 30 years to see if that information is useful to anybody.
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