"The greatest movement for social justice our country has ever known is the civil rights movement and it was totally rooted in a love ethic."
Aaron Kimberly on The Boyce of Reason: How Queer Theory Interferes with Good Therapy
Gender Dysphoria Alliance Canada (GDAC) was formed in 2021 as a small group of community members who are concerned about the direction that gender medicine and activism has taken. We've created this platform to give others who share our concerns a place to learn, network, teach, and tell their own stories. Our network is quickly growing and partnering with other similar groups and individuals across Canada and internationally.
Though our members come from diverse cultural backgrounds, hold various political and spiritual beliefs and different professional designations, GDAC is not formally affiliated with any political party, religious organization or professional association.
What we all have in common is an experience of Gender Dysphoria (GD), whether transient or persistent. Though there is still a lot unknown about GD, we believe it is a condition with many possible pathways to it, and through it, which is supported by peer-reviewed evidence. Some people with GD identify as transsexual or transgender, and many do not. Some have chosen to medically transition and are happy to have done so. Others have detransitioned or desisted. Many have lived full lives without the need to ever medically transition. Some are heterosexual and some are gay, lesbian or bisexual. Our members don't agree about everything but we are committed to thoughtful and respectful dialogue, working through complex ideas and forging a new path forward for those with GD, alongside others in our communities.
Our primary concerns are:
The ways in which unproven gender theories have become institutionalized and used as a way of understanding Gender Dysphoria. Queer Theory, for example, is a rhetorical, political, literary discipline, not a clinical one. It's use in clinical practice and activism is misleading and harmful, not only for people with GD but also for women, children, those with intersex conditions (DSDs), families, and the LGB community. We offer an apology to those individuals and communities. We are happy to partner with others to find fair and balanced solutions.
The trajectory of clinical practice towards an Affirmation-Only/Informed Consent Model - which means to eliminate careful assessment and ethical psychotherapeutic treatment. This is a departure from the WPATH Standards of Care (SOC V7) and we believe it is unethical and unsafe clinical practice. Evidence, not politics, should be the foundation of treatment.
We advocate for evidence-based policy, health care & education.
While GDAC offers commentary on matters of healthcare, cultural and legal issues, we do not provide clinical or legal services.
As our network expands, we may be able to help connect you with supports as needed and appropriate, but we are in no way a crisis, medical, mental health or legal service. We try to be free of conflicts of interest.
We'd love to hear from you if you'd like to join our network!
GD Alliance Canada