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    Two transgender candidates win congressional primaries

    Two transgender candidates, both named ‘Misty,’ win congressional primaries

    Democratic candidate for Senate Misty Snow poses for a photograph Tuesday, June 28, 2016, in Salt Lake City. Snow won Utah’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary. The transgender woman making her first foray into politics will face off against incumbent Republican ... more >

    By Bradford Richardson - The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

    Misty Snow
    and Misty Plowright became the first transgender people to be nominated to Congress by a major political party on Tuesday, when they won their respective Democratic primary races in Utah and Colorado.

    Ms. Snow
    , a 30-year-old grocery store cashier from Salt Lake City, bested marriage therapist Jonathan Swinton, a self-identified conservative Democrat who ran on a centrist platform.

    The transgender woman will now face-off against incumbent Republican Sen. Mike Lee in November. Mr. Lee ran unopposed in the Republican primary.

    Although Mr. Swinton won the initial ballot, he failed to garner 60 percent of the vote at the convention, sending the race into a run-off. The unofficial returns showed Ms. Snow with a 59.5 to 40.5 percent advantage.

    Ms. Snow
    ran on a platform of increasing the minimum wage and criticized her opponent for supporting restrictions on abortion rights. She played up the historic nature of her candidacy on Tuesday.

    “This shows LGBT people that being LGBT is not a barrier to running for political office,” she said on. “You can be you, and people will respect you for that.”

    In an interview with a local CBS station in April, Ms. Snow called Mr. Lee “one of the most loathsome people in the Senate” and said he “needs to be removed from office.”

    Ms. Plowright
    was nominated by Democrats to the House in Colorado’s conservative 5th congressional district, which has never been held by a Democrat.

    She will run against Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn, who easily won his primary bout, in November.

    A 33-year-old who works in IT, Ms. Plowright secured the Democratic nomination over Donald Martinez, an Iraq War veteran, by a 58 to 42 percent margin.

    Mr. Martinez ran his campaign on a platform of reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs, citing his own difficulties receiving medical care through the embattled agency.

    Ms. Plowright
    campaigned on an anti-establishment platform, calling herself the “anti-politician” and pledging to get money out of politics.

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    Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is ‘Mental Disorder;' Sex Change ‘Biologically Impossible’

    By Michael W. Chapman | June 2, 2015

    ( -- Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.

    Dr. McHugh, the author of six books and at least 125 peer-reviewed medical articles, made his remarks in a recentcommentary in the Wall Street Journal, where he explained that transgender surgery is not the solution for people who suffer a “disorder of ‘assumption’” – the notion that their maleness or femaleness is different than what nature assigned to them biologically.

    He also reported on a new study showing that the suicide rate among transgendered people who had reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people. Dr. McHugh further noted studies from Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic of children who had expressed transgender feelings but for whom, over time, 70%-80% “spontaneously lost those feelings.”

    While the Obama administration, Hollywood, and major media such as Time magazine promote transgenderism as normal, said Dr. McHugh, these “policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.”

    “This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken – it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes.”

    The transgendered person’s disorder, said Dr. McHugh, is in the person’s “assumption” that they are different than the physical reality of their body, their maleness or femaleness, as assigned by nature. It is a disorder similar to a “dangerously thin” person suffering anorexia who looks in the mirror and thinks they are “overweight,” said McHugh.

    This assumption, that one’s gender is only in the mind regardless of anatomical reality, has led some transgendered people to push for social acceptance and affirmation of their own subjective “personal truth,” said Dr. McHugh. As a result, some states – California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts – have passed laws barring psychiatrists, “even with parental permission, from striving to restore natural gender feelings to a transgender minor,” he said.

    The pro-transgender advocates do not want to know, said McHugh, that studies show between 70% and 80% of children who express transgender feelings “spontaneously lose those feelings” over time. Also, for those who had sexual reassignment surgery, most said they were “satisfied” with the operation “but their subsequent psycho-social adjustments were no better than those who didn’t have the surgery.”

    “And so at Hopkins we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a ‘satisfied’ but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs,” said Dr. McHugh.

    The former Johns Hopkins chief of psychiatry also warned against enabling or encouraging certain subgroups of the transgendered, such as young people “susceptible to suggestion from ‘everything is normal’ sex education,” and the schools’ “diversity counselors” who, like “cult leaders,” may “encourage these young people to distance themselves from their families and offer advice on rebutting arguments against having transgender surgery.”

    Dr. McHugh also reported that there are “misguided doctors” who, working with very young children who seem to imitate the opposite sex, will administer “puberty-delaying hormones to render later sex-change surgeries less onerous – even though the drugs stunt the children’s growth and risk causing sterility.”

    Such action comes “close to child abuse,” said Dr. McHugh, given that close to 80% of those kids will “abandon their confusion and grow naturally into adult life if untreated ….”

    “’Sex change’ is biologically impossible,” said McHugh. “People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”

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