Elon Musk decried Democratic Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan’s calls to allow transgender surgeries and procedures for minors.
Flanagan called the procedures “life-saving healthcare” and urged adults to “listen and believe” children who come out as transgender. Musk replied to the video, saying many of these children are “fed propaganda by adults” and should not receive these procedures.
“Not when they’re fed propaganda by adults,” Musk said. “Moreover, every child goes through an identity crisis before their personality/identity crystallizes. Therefore, we shouldn’t allow severe, irreversible surgery or sterilizing drugs that they may regret until at least age 18.”
Not when they’re fed propaganda by adults.
Moreover, every child goes through an identity crisis before their personality/identity crystallizes.
Therefore, we shouldn’t allow severe, irreversible surgery or sterilizing drugs that they may regret until at least age 18.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 16, 2023
Decades of research show that anywhere from 65 to 94 percent of transgender kids eventually cease to follow those identities in adulthood, according to KHN. Medical professionals historically discouraged kids from undergoing cross-gender hormones, puberty blockers or surgeries. (RELATED: Detransitioner Becomes Emotionally Distraught While Discussing Lawsuit Over Her Mastectomy)
Some Democratic lawmakers have called to legalize the irreversible procedures, which they currently label “gender-affirming care.” California is considering a bill to make the state a sanctuary for children seeking these procedures as several Republican states seek to ban it for minors.
Texas is treating these procedures as a form of child abuse, while Alabama and South Dakota banned the procedures until age 18. Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has made a push to ban the procedures.
Boston Children’s Hospital posted a video in August promoting hysterectomies — the removal of the uterus — as a form of “gender-affirming care.” The hospital has since updated its website after receiving major backlash, requiring that a person be 18 years or older before receiving these surgeries
Many detransitioners — those who are no longer transgender — have come forth accusing medical professionals of approving their irreversible procedures without long-term or proper consultations.