A news station decided to pull a documentary on transgenders after a filmmaker alleged that the documentary would create transphobia.
CBC had originally planned to air “Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best” at 10 p.m. ET Tuesday, according to the Toronto Star, but pulled the documentary from its lineup after a non-binary trans filmmaker, Joshua M. Ferguson, called on the news outlet to retract the documentary from its program.
“The film has been widely discredited by experts & will feed transphobia with its unbalanced representation,” Ferguson tweeted to the CBC Docs account Tuesday, asking others to join him in his call to pull the broadcast.
CBC claims that it compiled the documentary largely because there has been an exponential increase in the number of children being referred to gender clinics around the world, and the documentary seeks to investigate why this phenomena is occurring and what roles parents should play.
“In light of our own further review of the doc, coupled with audience reaction, we have decided not to air Transgender Kids. We think there are other docs that better offer insight into the realities of the transgender community and we look forward to airing those in the future,” CBC Docs tweeted Tuesday.
The documentary features a conversation with one of the world’s leading experts in childhood gender dysphoria, Dr. Kenneth Zucker, who lost his job for “challenging the new orthodoxy that children know best,” according to the film’s synopsis.
Zucker presents evidence in the documentary that most children with gender dysphoria eventually overcome the feelings without transitioning. The documentary also includes the experience of a woman who had a double mastectomy as part of transitioning to a man and is haunted by her decision, explaining that she wishes her gender dysphoria had been treated as a mental health issue.
The documentary also includes comments from Zucker’s critics, gender affirmation supporters, transgender activists, and other leading medical experts who disagree with Zucker’s assessment.
“I’m one of many people who would be happy to discuss balanced trans representation with you for future new programming,” Ferguson tweeted, thanking the news outlet for “making the right decision” not to air the program. He has been fighting for Canada to legally recognize non-binary people, advocating for non-binary markers on IDs and birth certificates.
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