With the transgender-bashing Dr. Keith Ablow unrepentant about the malicious quackery he published on the Fox News site â€“ hysterically urging parents not to let their children watch Chaz Bono on “Dancing With The Stars” for fear they might decide they want to change gender — Chaz is showing Ablow exactly which man is going to lead this dance.
At last weekâ€™s Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Fox came begging for an interview with Chaz. Bonoâ€™s agent Howard Bragman told them where to stick it. â€œWhen Chaz was on the red carpet at the Emmys last Saturday,â€ Bragman says, â€œFox asked for an interview.Â I said that since a Fox person [Dr. Ablow] recommended boycotting Chaz, we are boycotting Fox.â€
Meanwhile, it remains unclear whether the Tufts University School of Medicine and the Tufts Medical Center support the anti-transgender quack Ablow in his transbashing. Tufts University Public Relations tried to blow this reporter off by saying that AblowÂ has a â€œvoluntary, unpaid appointmentâ€ at the School of Medicine. Tuftsâ€™s website, however, describes the quack as an â€œAssistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry.â€ As for the association with Tufts Medical Center that Ablow alleges on his website, Tufts claimed Ablow isnâ€™t associated with the hospital and would have him remove that claim from his site. The claim, however, as of this writing remains on the professional trans-basherâ€™s site. See below for our information request to Tufts, unanswered as of publication.
Tufts University needs to come clean about whether it supports or rejects Ablowâ€™s trans-bashing quackery. A psychiatrist superior to Ablow at the Tuftâ€™s School of Medicine must make a public statement as to whether they agree or disagree with Ablowâ€™s published column. How is the public to know where Tufts stands on this, if it keeps Ablow on its professional roster after he published shameful, anti-scientific, transgender-bashing hate speech on the Fox News website? We mustnâ€™t forget, either, that Ablow is in practice as a forensic psychiatrist and quite possibly does not treat LGBTers with due impartiality when they are involved in his investigations.
Weâ€™re rooting for Chaz Bono to show up the quack Dr. Ablow as a total and utter jerk. Ablowâ€™s peers have already gone some distance towards that goal. The American Psychiatric Associationâ€™s Dr. Jack Drescher published a rebuttal, “The Doctor is Out (of Touch).”Â Refuting Ablowâ€™s hateful drivel, APA President Dr. John Oldham said, â€œThere is no evidence that viewing a television game show with a transgender contestant would induce Gender Identity Disorder in young people.â€ Â And PsychCentralâ€™s Dr. John M. Grohol published an Ablow smackdown â€œDonâ€™t Let Your Kids Watch Dr. Keith Ablow.â€
And, weâ€™re just absolutely thrilled about powerhouse attorney Gloria Allredâ€™s efforts in organizing viewing and dancing parties nationwide in support of our man Chaz!
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To Kim Thurler, Tufts University Public Relations Director:
While I thank you for your efforts in getting a reply to me, the reply is non-specific and wishy-washy.
In his voluntary, unpaid appointment at the Tufts University School of Medicine, what does Dr. Keith Ablow do?
Give lectures implying that praying to God will cure gender dysphoric patients of genderÂ dysphoria, and make them heteronormative?
That is what his article implied, and from Tufts’ response to me I must conclude that the School of Medicine would permit him to present his emotional and commercially-driven, anti-scientific opinions in a lecture.
Can you supply me with a documented record of his activity at Tufts since the time of his appointment there?
I am an investigative journalist, trying toÂ learn exactly what is going on between Dr. Ablow and the Tufts University School of Medicine.
Take the social bigotry against transgendered person out of this equation, and see what you get.Â Supposing Ablow were instead a practicing dentist, and instead had published an article on the Fox news site saying that when teenagers have impacted wisdom teeth, the right thing to do is to remove their front teeth and then pray to God that the impacted molars heal.
Would Tufts continue to keep such a quack on its roster?
I’m going to give it to you straight; the current appearance is that Ablow is exploiting his association with Tufts in order to give an unjustified imprimatur of scientific respectability to his transphobic bigotry and quackery, and that Tufts is continuing its association with him, despite his quackery, because of his media successes.
You claim that Tufts does not discriminate on the basis of gender identity and expression, yet to employ a certified psychiatrist who publicly expresses non-scientific anti-trans bigotry ipso facto creates an unsafe environment for transgendered persons at your institution.Â The impression frankly is, that because of Ablow’s high profile on Fox, et cetera, if Tufts had to choose between throwing a transgendered student, faculty member et cetera under the bus, and dismissing Ablow, it would throw the trans person under the bus.
You didn’t even provide me with a statement from one of Tufts’ psychiatric professionals superior to Ablow, agreeing or disagreeing with his statements about the science on gender dysphoria.
How am I supposed to know whether they agree or disagree with him?
The results of societal bigotry against trans persons are seen in such crimes as the savage, merciless beating of Chrissy Lee Polis inÂ a Maryland McDonald’s.Â The society has politicians, and as we see, even medical professionals who encourage that bigotry.
You have a public relations red hot emergency on your hands, but you are treating it as though somebody had invited you to afternoon tea.
PS – Last week, your office told me it would contact Ablow to have him remove from the bio page on his website the allegedly false claim that he is “on faculty at the Tufts New England Medical Center.”Â Nonetheless, that claimÂ continues to appear on Ablow’s site.Â I know your office pointed out, that is no longer the name of your hospital, but Ablow is still giving the public to believe that he is associated with the Tufts hospital, by whatever name you want to give it.Â How am I to know what is going on?Â Did you tell me he doesn’t have the association with the hospital, just to put me off?
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‘When Was Your Most Recent Period?’: Student Athletes in Florida May Be Required to Share Menstrual History
For the past two decades teenaged women participating in Florida high school athletics have been asked to submit their menstrual history, including the date of their first period, the date of their last period, and how many periods they have had in the last 12 months. The board of directors of the Florida High School Athletic Association, the organization in charge of coordinating high school athletics in the Sunshine State, will debate later this month if they will make divulging that information mandatory for participating in sports. According to the FHSAA website that board is comprised of 14 men and two women. Not one is a physician or medical professional.
Critics are voicing concerns over a variety of issues, including the right to privacy, the need for the highly personal medical information, who has access to it, how it is stored, and how it could be used against the students, including to determine possible pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion, or if the athlete is transgender.
“Many parents and doctors are worried that schools will use the menstrual data to monitor students for late or missed periods, a possible sign of pregnancy, or to out transgender students by watching for girls who don’t get periods or boys who do,” The New Republic reports, calling it “a terrifying glimpse of our dystopian post-Roe world.”
The three-page form, called the Preparticipation Physical Evaluation, asks:
“When was your first menstrual period?” “When was your most recent menstrual period? “How much time do you usually have from the start of one period to the start of another?” “How many periods have you had in the last year? and “What was the longest time between periods in the last year?”
A draft form slightly alters the questions, asking instead, “Have you had a menstrual period?” and “How old were you when you had your first menstrual period?” in addition to the other three questions.
While it currently states answering is optional, at the end of this month those questions could become mandatory, although the reason for the possible change has not been disclosed.
Because the information is not being given by the athletes to a physician or other medical professional or organization, the information is not subject to HIPAA regulations. And in some school districts the inform action is stored on a third-party platform, possibly exposing it to other entities.
“This is clearly an effort to further stigmatize and demonize transgender people in sports [and] meant to further exclude people who aren’t assigned female at birth in girls sports,” the president of PRISM, a South Florida nonprofit organization that provides sexual health information to LGBTQ+ youth, Maxx Fenning, told The Tampa Bay Times. “Beyond that, I think there’s concern among LGBTQ+ and non-LGBTQ+ [students] alike. This is an extremely invasive mode of gleaning into someone’s reproductive history, which is especially dangerous in this post-Roe world we live in.”
TIME adds that critics “have noted that this policy would be a major challenge for transgender athletes who may have to out themselves with their responses to the questions. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis approved a bill last year—which is currently under legal fire—that bans transgender female students from playing on women and girls’ sports teams.”
According to the fan-checking site Snopes, “these written forms with students’ medical information are submitted to school officials, contrary to a number of other states where only a doctor’s signature is required to clear an athlete for play.”
Snopes adds that “concerns grew as many states worked to criminalize abortions after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and transgender athletes faced scrutiny. In Florida, abortions are banned after 15 weeks, with only a few exceptions.”
“Any forms (physical or digital) could be subpoenaed. Meanwhile, in Palm Beach County, nearly all athlete-registration forms moved online, which meant reproductive data for athletes was being stored by a third-party software company called Aktivate. Other counties were also planning to digitize their forms.”
Last October NBC News reported that an Aktivate spokesperson said a student’s information could be removed but only with parental and school district consent.
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George Santos Says Man Interviewed for Staff Position ‘Violated’ His Trust After Secretly Recording Conversation
The freshman New York Republican lawmaker who is believed to be under multiple DOJ and local investigations, suggests the candidate handed the recordings over to Talking Points Memo, and says he expects an article will be published there Thursday evening, after the news site contacted his office.
“According to Santos, his office had been in the process of hiring Derek Myers for a position, but paused when they saw he faces wiretapping charges in Ohio after publishing recorded court testimony — obtained from a source, he said — as part of a story for a small newspaper,” Semafor reports. “FIRE, a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to First Amendment issues, has defended Myers, arguing local authorities in the state were criminalizing legitimate journalism.”
“While they said they expect the audio will just show them questioning him about his specific circumstances, it’s unknown if he recorded other exchanges.”
Regardless, Santos is taking action.
The GOP congressman accursed of deceiving his constituents with countlessly false claims that helped get him elected, says he is going to report Myers to the Biden administration, claiming he has a White House press pass.
Santos says he wants Myers’ White House press pass to be revoked, after Myers, the congressman says, claimed to have one.
“He should have that revoked if it’s true, if it’s even remotely true he has it,” Santos told Semafor.
It’s not known if Myers does, and if so it’s unlikely it’s a permanent hard pass. It’s also unlikely it would be revoked if Myers did not break the law.
Semafor adds in Washington, D.C. it is legal to record your own conversation with another party without obtaining their consent.
‘They’re Not Taking My Gas Stove’: Joe Manchin Teams Up With Hard Core Republicans to Promote False Claims
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is again promoting the false claim that the federal government is planning to remove gas stoves from private homes, after news last month revealed once more the open-flame appliances are responsible for hundreds of thousands of cases of children’s asthma.
“They’re not taking my gas stove out,” said Manchin, who has made millions from coal and protects his state – which ranks in the top five for production of natural gas – at every turn.
Manchin, a rare breed of conservative Democrat, announced in a Senate hearing on Thursday that he is teaming up with Republican Senators Ted Cruz and James Lankford to fuel the unfounded fears of the federal government coming to rip gas stoves out of Americans’ homes – fears promoted by the right.
“Gas stoves have been in the news lately and I’ve come out strongly against the Consumer Product Safety Commission pursuing any ban of gas stoves,” Manchin declared, despite there being no possibility of that. “In fact, I’m introducing legislation today with Senator Cruz that would ensure that they don’t and separately sending a letter to the commission with Senator Lankford.”
“I’ve always been a proponent of energy efficiency,” Manchin continued, “but the draft proposes efficiency levels that DOE [Dept. of Energy] says at the highest level, up to 96% of gas stoves don’t currently meet. I don’t like where I think they’re going with this and I tell you one thing, they’re not taking my gas stove put. My wife and I would both be upset.”
Manchin went on the claim the Biden administration is “looking to find ways to push out natural gas.”
And he warned the feds to stay out of his kitchen.
“Like I said before,” Manchin declared, “the federal government doesn’t have any business telling American families how to cook their dinner.”
The federal government does have a responsibility, by law, to warn Americans of health and safety issues in their homes. For decades it has been doing just that.
But the West Virginia Senator went even further, stating: “retrofitting or removing stoves that people have had for years is not going to happen.”
Manchin isn’t just blowing smoke – he has a lot at stake in the “gas stove war.”
“West Virginia is the fourth-largest producer of marketed natural gas in the nation,” according to a federal government December report.
“At every step of his political career, Joe Manchin helped a West Virginia power plant that is the sole customer of his private coal business. Along the way, he blocked ambitious climate action,” The New York Times reported last year. It called the West Virginia Democrat “the single most important figure shaping the nation’s energy and climate policy.”
Watch Sen. Manchin below or at this link.
“They’re not taking my gas stove out!” pic.twitter.com/P4zFGC6Kqp
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 2, 2023
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