In Support of Professor Patrick Parkinson
There is a push by students to remove the UQ Dean of Law, Professor Patrick Parkinson, for making “transphobic” remarks in The Australian, on 14 February 2020.
Bernard Lane wrote: 'University of Queensland law dean Patrick Parkinson, speaking in a personal capacity, conceded authorities would be worried and busy with the coronavirus but said the explosion in transgender-identifying teenagers, chiefly girls, was “another epidemic” — one that had “so far escaped public attention”.
“Social contagion” via online platforms — such as Tumblr, reddit and YouTube — and peer groups is suspected to be a factor in the rapid rise of atypical teenage cases of the condition “gender dysphoria”, or distress about the conflict between the body and an inner feeling of “gender identity”.'
In response to Professor Parkinson's remarks, a petition was started at Change.org by student Jean Emmett, aka “Johnny Valkyrie”, titled “No Transphobia At University. Condemn Prof. Patrick Parkinson.”
'Professor Patrick Parkinson is the current Dean of Law at The University of Queensland. Recently, Parkinson compared transgender people to the coronavirus, declaring it an "epidemic."
Previously, he has compared transgender and gender diverse people to those with eating disorders, campaigned against LGBTQIA+ adoption and has ties to Freedom For Faith and The Australian Christian Lobby...
The School of Law should not be figureheaded by an individual who does not uphold discrimination, vilification and human rights protections. Further, it is highly unprofessional to breach The University of Queensland's official policy on LGBTQIA+ people, especially when transgender and gender diverse people work and study at the institution.
Prof. Parkinson's transphobic commentary in his personal life is inextricable from his role as Dean of Law at The University of Queensland, and as such he must be made professionally accountable for this misconduct. We call for Prof. Patrick to cease and desist his discriminatory, vilifying behaviour or to be removed from The University of Queensland.
What does The University of Queensland state regarding LGBTQIA+ people? UQ is committed to developing and maintaining a safe, positive and inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, and queer/questioning (LGBTIAQ+) people that is free from discrimination, harassment and bullying. We value and are committed to the diversity of gender, sex and sex characteristics, and sexuality among our staff, as demonstrated in the UQ Strategic Plan...'
It is a dark day indeed when an educator cannot voice his concerns about a dangerous trend without a furious minority of students trying to make him swallow his words or hound him out of his job.
The growing trend of detransitioners speaking out about their irreversible physical and mental scars from rushed transitions should give us pause for thought.
23-year-old Keira Bell, who is now suing the Tavistock clinic in London for facilitating her sex transition, told the BBC: “I should have been challenged on the proposals or the claims that I was making for myself... I was allowed to run with this idea that I had, almost like a fantasy, as a teenager... and it has affected me in the long run as an adult.”
The Christian Post reports that 41-year-old Marcus Fitz in California “believes it's important that people learn about the deceptive practices at gender clinics that push cross-sex hormones and transgender surgeries, which he says have left him psychologically scarred, physically mutilated, and with a severely compromised endocrine system.”
Last year, 38 members of staff at the UQ T.C. Beirne School of Law signed an open letter in support of LGBTQIA+ students after Professor Parkinson delivered a paper, “Is Gender Identity Discrimination a Religious Freedom Issue?” at the Freedom for Faith conference in Sydney.
He said: “[A] crisis of conscience may arise from a genuine belief that it is not in the best interests of the child or young person to affirm his or her transgender identification, any more than it would be in the best interests of an adolescent girl with an eating disorder to affirm her body image as overweight.”
Indeed, UnHerd reported this case of another detransitioner: 'When she was 15, Livia was diagnosed with severe anorexia. “It’s so scary to realise that my anorexic thoughts were about [hating] my female body,” she tells a stunned room. “I really wish someone had been there to tell me not to get that body castrated at 21.”'
Ovulation is essential for women's health. Canadian endocrinology professor Jerilynn Prior states: “women benefit from 35 to 40 years of ovulatory cycles, not just for fertility but also to prevent osteoporosis, stroke, dementia, heart disease, and breast cancer.”
The British Medical Journal published a study showing that men who take oestrogen to transition develop a greater risk of breast cancer; the World Health Organization published a report in 2015 noting the measurably higher risk of cervical, ovarian, and uterine cancer faced by women who transition while retaining their genitalia.
Meanwhile, a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that among transgender-identifying people, “the percentage of people who attempted suicide and were hospitalised in the last 12 months was DOUBLE for those who had blockers (45.5% versus 22.8%).”
Professor Parkinson is a specialist in family law and child protection. Instead of trying to quash his words, spoken from experience and a place of deep concern, we ought to act on his urgent warnings before even more youth are permanently maimed.
Sign this petition now!
Petition to: The University of Queensland