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FAIR News: Friends of FAIR Gather in Denver for Genspect Conference
Dear Friends of FAIR,
Warm days, brisk nights, and the brilliant Fall mountainscape of Golden, Colorado, just outside Denver, was the perfect backdrop for Genspect’s first U.S. conference, The Bigger Picture, last weekend. The event brought together FAIR chapter leaders, supporters, and luminaries from across the gender space. FAIR was honored to kick off the weekend by hosting a reception with FAIR in Medicine Director Dr. Carrie Mendoza, FAIR Executive Director Monica Harris, and FAIR Board of Advisors Lisa Selin Davis and Stella O’Malley, the tireless founder of Genspect. Friday’s night reception also lured Colin Wright, Christina Buttons, and Zander Keig, dedicated gender enthusiasts who helped launch FAIR in Medicine in its early days.
Attendees enjoyed riveting presentations and panel discussions featuring experts in a wide range of fields who hold a myriad of perspectives on the complex and increasingly politicized subject of gender ideology. Eminent scientists, researchers, lawyers, doctors, psychologists, sociologists, educators, and well-known detransitioners challenged the evidence base for gender-affirming care. They described the widespread damage that gender identity ideology has wrought.
James Lindsey made the case that gender activism has become the leading edge of the “Marxification” of America; Wilfred Reilly used his sardonic wit to expose the “detransitioner timebomb” denied by gender activists; whistleblower case manager Jamie Reed, who described her poignant journey from transgender activist to advocate working to end medical transition in children and adolescents, reminded us that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”; Corinna Cohn, a transgender woman, shared the importance of being willing to talk across our differences and forming relationships with local lawmakers; and Chloe Cole gave a heart- wrenching account of the physical and emotional rollercoaster she rode while taking cross-sex hormones in her mid-teens.
Also in attendance were thought leaders like investigative journalist Michael Shellenberger, who dropped a tantalizing teaser to his upcoming WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) Files, due to be released next month, courageous FAIR in Medicine medical students, grieving parents of traumatized children who were coerced into abandoning puberty, detransitioners bearing the physical scars and emotional pain that have forever transformed them, filmmakers, Twitter celebrities, and a welcoming, but slightly, bewildered hotel staff. Paired with a live-streaming of O'Malley’s & Sasha Ayad’s podcast Gender: A Wider Lens, The Bigger Picture addressed all facets of this many-layered issue. While many engaged in the fight to stop the harm from regressive gender ideas often face frustration and despair, a weekend filled with research, personal stories, and data gave participants a new sense of hope and energy.
Genspect is intended to be the first of a series of counter-conferences to WPATH and the European Professional Association for Transgender Health (EPATH), an organization that brooks no debate and falsely asserts that the “science is settled.” 2023’s first “The Bigger Picture” conference took place in Killarney, Ireland, only a few blocks away from the EPATH/WPATH conference.
FAIR remains uniquely positioned to encourage open discourse on timely and important cultural issues such as gender ideology. Genspect embodies FAIR’s commitment to advancing pro-human, high-quality, evidence-based medical care, and supporting rigorous research into important and often difficult subject matter.
Dr. Carrie Mendoza, Director, FAIR in Medicine
Monica Harris, Executive Director
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