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Top Pediatric Org Quietly Colluded With Trans Ideologues To Push Child Sex Changes, Emails Show

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the nation’s preeminent pediatric medical organization, worked “very closely” with a transgender medical activist group to advocate for children to receive sex changes, according to emails obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Numerous Republican-led states have recently passed protective legislation banning minors from accessing experimental procedures, such as puberty blockers and genital surgery, as more and more evidence emerged challenging the justification for child sex changes. To combat these bans, the AAP quietly partnered with the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH), a group that’s been widely criticized for pushing transgender ideology over sound medical science.

WPATH is a small but influential transgender medical organization that publishes clinical guidance for the sex change industry, called the Standards of Care. Their controversial guidance recommends children receive sterilizing and irreversible sex change interventions such as puberty blockers, cross sex hormones and sex change surgery.

The Cass Review, a recently-released report commissioned by the U.K’s National Health Service (NHS) to make evidence-based recommendations on caring for gender-confused youth, questioned the credibility of the WPATH Standards of Care, highlighting their lack of  “developmental rigour.”

While the AAP and WPATH had previously collaborated on multiple amicus briefs supporting legal challenges to child sex change bans, emails obtained by the DCNF reveal a far deeper level of coordination between the two organizations in pushing for children’s access to the procedures across the country. 

Members of both organizations regularly coordinated with one another, in some cases strategizing how to combat child sex change bans. Moreover, a board member of the United States Professional Association of Transgender Health (USPATH), a regional subsidiary of WPATH, wrote that expanding their partnership with the AAP was a “goal” of the organization.

A spokesperson for the AAP confirmed the collaboration between the AAP and WPATH.

“The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) routinely partners with relevant U.S. medical and mental health associations and global health organizations on a wide range of health issues, including the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH),” the spokesperson said. “While this collaboration is important, the AAP develops policy guidance independently, as do its peer organizations.”

The DCNF obtained the emails between WPATH and AAP leadership through a public records request to West Virginia University (WVU) where Dr. Kacie Kidd and Dr. Lisa Costello are assistant professors at its medical school.

Kidd is a USPATH board member and the medical director of WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital Gender & Sexual Development Clinic. Costello is a member of the AAP Committee on State Government Affairs — which “coordinates all state legislative and regulatory issues of pediatric concern” — and the president of the West Virginia State Medical Association.

In December 2023, the AAP issued an internal memo stating members who serve in a leadership capacity or work on policy must refrain from using work emails for AAP business over privacy concerns, such as emails being subject to Freedom of Information Requests (FOIA).

Neither WPATH, the West Virginia University, Kidd, Hudson or Costello responded to multiple requests for comment.

‘Strong Partner’

The correspondences obtained by the DCNF demonstrate familiarity and collegiality between AAP and WPATH, and in many cases the two organizations appeared to share the same policy goals.

For instance, Jeff Hudson, manager of child welfare initiatives at the AAP, called WPATH a “strong partner” in the organization’s legal challenges to pediatric sex change bans in an email to Kidd and USPATH President Madeline Deutsch.

“WPATH has been and continues to be a strong partner in our amicus brief strategy supporting challenges to state bans on gender‐affirming care for TGD youth, so thank you for your continued engagement with us on those,” Hudson wrote.

“TGD youth” is an abbreviation for transgender and gender-diverse youth used in AAP publications.

“Gender-affirming care” is a euphemism often used by activists to describe the use of puberty suppressing drugs, cross-sex hormones and sex-change surgeries for gender-confused individuals, including children.

Hudson wrote he was communicating directly with WPATH President Marci Bowers about “opportunities to engage” together.

“I’m in direct touch with Dr. Bowers and we are thinking through opportunities to engage together,” wrote Hudson.

Hudson also wrote that he worked “very closely” with, and had “gotten to know,” WPATH’s executive leadership team. In December 2022 Hudson was awarded the AAP Pursuit of Excellence award for his pediatric transgender advocacy work, according to a LinkedIn post.

Bowers and Deutsch did not respond to requests for comment.

In September 2022, Kidd wrote to Costello asking for help connecting WPATH leadership to AAP leadership.

“I am currently at the WPATH meeting in Montreal and the WPATH and USPATH leadership have requested help from pediatricians working in gender care better connect with AAP leadership to develop further communication and support for pediatricians caring for transgender and gender diverse youth,” Kidd wrote.

Through email, Costello connected Kidd with AAP leaders Jamie Poslosky, Vice President of Strategic Communications, and Jeff Hudson.

In one email, Kidd told Poslosky, Hudson and USPATH President Madeline Deutsch that it was WPATH’s goal to partner with the AAP on messaging around pediatric sex reassignment.

“It is the goal of USPATH and the larger international organization, WPATH, to partner with the AAP and other medical and mental health organizations serving children and their families to produce joint and/or aligned messaging to support pediatricians and hospitals caring for transgender and gender diverse youth,” wrote Kidd.

Poslosky did not respond to a request for comment.

Hudson responded by setting up a meeting with Kidd to speak about her experiences working in pediatric transgender medicine. Several months later, Kidd spoke at the AAP’s March 2023 Advocacy conference in Washington, D.C.

Kidd’s workshop titled “Defending Evidence-Based Medicine: Gender-Affirming Care,” was slated to discuss the rise in legislative banning pediatric sex-reassignment as well as “advocacy strategies to engage on this issue, information to debunk the myths and misinformation, and messaging recommendations for speaking to state legislators.”

On the last day of the AAP Advocacy conference, March 28th, 2023, pediatricians were bused to Capitol Hill to meet with legislators, according to the conference itinerary.  A series of social media posts show Kidd and Costello meeting with legislators while wearing AAP advocacy buttons.

The DCNF published “The WPATH Tapes,” an in-depth investigation of nearly 30 hours of WPATH conference recordings that were obtained through a public records request. The exclusive footage showed that behind closed doors top WPATH doctors candidly discussed, and at times seemed to challenge, the organization’s own published guidelines for sex change procedures and acknowledged pushing experimental medical interventions that can have devastating and irreversible complications.

The tapes also revealed WPATH officials pushing members to “normalize” gender ideology, particularly in schools. Top WPATH officials also peddled beliefs at odds with long-established scientific understanding of human biology, including claiming that sex is “non-binary.” Moreover, WPATH members were also encouraged to prioritize things like “justice for trans people” over scientific evidence when considering treatments.

‘Highly Influential’

The emails between the AAP and WPATH are just the latest examples of how transgender activist organizations and prominent medical associations have worked hand-in-hand to promote child sex change procedures.

For instance, the AAP’s child sex change policy statement cites the WPATH Standards of Care, which supports puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and sex change surgeries for minors.

The Cass Review found that the WPATH Standards of Care underpinned almost all other guidelines in the field of transgender medicine despite their lack of “rigour.”

“[WPATH] has been highly influential in directing international practice, although its guidelines were found by the University of York appraisal process to lack developmental rigour,” the Cass Review found. “Early versions of two international guidelines – the Endocrine Society 2009 and WPATH 7 – influenced nearly all the other guidelines.”

Several European countries have discontinued child sex changes in the wake of the Cass Review, however, neither AAP nor WPATH have retracted their support of such procedures.

WPATH and USPATH released a three page statement challenging the findings of the Cass Review while AAP has remained somewhat reticent about the report’s findings. AAP President Dr. Benjamin Hoffman said his organization had reviewed the Cass Report and “added it to the evidence base undergoing a systematic review,” The New York Times reported.

“I urge my pediatric colleagues in the AAP to stand up to the AAP leadership and put an end to the harmful protocols they are recommending for children who are having distress over their biological sex,” Dr. Jill Simmons, executive director of the American College of Pediatricians (ACP), told the DCNF.

ACP called for an immediate end to pediatric sex change medicine in a published declaration, which says WPATH guidelines’ are “demonstrably flawed and pediatric patients can be harmed when subjected to those protocols.” ACP called on American medical associations, including the AAP, to move away from WPATH’s recommendations.

“The façade has been lifted from WPATH,” Simmons said. “They are not a professional organization nor are they grounded in science and we should not be relying on them to create medical protocols for our pediatric patients.”





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Pentagon “smoking gun” email implicates Hillary Clinton

On December 8, 2015, Judicial Watch (JW) issued a press release about a long sought Pentagon email sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and aide, Jake Sullivan, from Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash  to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on the evening of September 11th, 2012. The Bash Pentagon email was sent just after the attack by Ansar al-Sharia and others at the Benghazi Special Missions Compound. The JW release noted:

Judicial Watch today released a new Benghazi email from then-Department of Defense Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash to State Department leadership immediately offering “forces that could move to Benghazi” during the terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. In an email sent to top Department of State officials, at 7:19 p.m. ET, only hours after the attack had begun, Bash says, “we have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak.” The Obama administration redacted the details of the military forces available, oddly citing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemption that allows the withholding of “deliberative process” information.

Bash’s email seems to directly contradict testimony given by then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta before the Senate Armed Services Committee in February 2013. Defending the Obama administration’s lack of military response to the nearly six-hour-long attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.  Panetta claimed that “time, distance, the lack of an adequate warning, events that moved very quickly on the ground prevented a more immediate response.”

The first assault occurred at the main compound at about 9:40 pm local time – 3:40 p.m. ET in Washington, DC.  The second attack on a CIA annex 1.2 miles away began three hours later, at about 12 am local time the following morning – 6 p.m. ET.

Thanks to Tom Fitton and Chris Farrell at Washington, DC-based JW, we now know that U.S. special operations assets were “spinning up” to go to the aid of beseiged U.S. personnel in Benghazi within hours of the attack on the evening of September 11, 2012. If launched that operation might also have spared the lives of former Navy Seals and CIA contractors Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods who were killed in a mortar attack of suspicious origins on the morning of September 12.  Did Former Secretary of State Clinton, currently 2016 Democrat Presidential front runner deny release of those special operator assets?

Ken Timmerman, veteran investigative journalist  discusses the background in a Daily Caller op-ed published  today, “Benghazi “smoking gun” email unmasks Hillary Clinton”.  Chris Farrell of JW will be speaking at the Tiger Bay Club in Pensacola, Florida on Friday, December 11, 2015. Doubtless we and others in attendance will ask questions about the Pentagon and other Clinton private server classified emails.

The House Special Benghazi Committee under Chairman, Trey Gowdy (R-SC) has acquired the alleged  “smoking gun” email  prior to Mrs. Clinton’s October 22, 2015 testimony, but was missing key evidence they needed to be able to question her effectively about it. Since the Committee member Rep. Lynn Westmoreland went to Africom headquarters in early December to interview top officials and line officials, hopefully they now have that evidence. The Pentagon email raises questions that need answers, if the American public is to assess the integrity and truthfulness of both Ms. Clinton and former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta.

Watch this FoxNews Special Report segment on the Pentagon email obtained by JW.

Over the period July through October 2014, we ran a multiple part series called “Death in Benghazi” in the New English Review.  Northwest Florida Talk Radio station, 1330amWEBY  conducted two major interviews with Ken Timmerman, author of Dark Forces: The Truth about What Happened in Benghazi. In “Death in Benghazi: Part 1 The Attack,” NER July 2014 , we asked about whether resources could have been deployed in time to spare Ambassador Stevens and communications aide, Stan Smith and  possibly prevent the mortar attack at the CIA annex on the morning of September 12, 2012 that took the lives of Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.

Here is Timmerman’s assessment of why the Pentagon email released by JW is significant.

Benghazi “smoking gun” email unmasks Hillary Clinton

By Kenneth R. Timmerman

It shows Mrs. Clinton gave the “stand-down” order

Touted by FoxNews as a “possible smoking gun,” the email from Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s chief of staff shows that special operations teams within a few hours flight from Benghazi were preparing to deploy as early as 7 PM Washington time on the night of the attacks, well within the time needed to get to Benghazi before the deadly mortar strike that killed U.S. Navy Seals Glen Doherty and Ty Woods.

You would think such a key piece of evidence would have been the first thing the State Department turned over to Congressional investigators. After all, it establishes that help was “on the way” to our diplomats and special operators and intelligence officers under siege.

Panetta aide Jeremy Bash emailed Mrs. Clinton’s top aides at 7:09 PM, to let them know that quick reaction forces, then stationed in Europe, were “spinning up as we speak” to deploy to Benghazi.

“Assuming Principals agree to deploy these elements, we will ask State to secure the approval from host nation,” Bash wrote. Please advise how you wish to convey that approval to us.”

Bash said he had just tried to call them at State, but that they were all in a meeting with Secretary Clinton, hence the email.

We know from the timeline submitted to Congress by the Defense Department exactly which forces Bash was referring to. They included a Delta Force hostage rescue team based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina that was on call 24/7, two Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) platoons based in Rota, Spain, and the Commander’s In Extremis Force (CIF) for European Command, also known as C-110.

C-110 was a fifty-man team of Special Operations troops with their own airlift, specially composed to be able to respond to precisely the type of emergency that was then occurring in Benghazi.

They were trained in hostage rescue operations and “hot” extractions. This was the Unit most suitable for Benghazi. When they got word to start “spinning up,” they were in Croatia on a training mission, just a two-to-three hour flight from Benghazi.

As Bash sent his email, General Carter Ham, commander of Africa Command (Africom), initiated the process to transfer them from Eucom to Africom, temporarily placing them under his direct orders. The Unit commander ordered his men to begin loading their gear into their C-130s. All they needed was the go-ahead from State.

And that’s where it died. Hillary Clinton did not want U.S. Special Operations forces coming into Libya with “guns ablazing.” Instead of flying directly to Benghazi, C-110 was told to “stage” in Sigonella, Italy. Meanwhile, Panetta counter-manded General Ham’s order, and returned C-110 to the authority of EUCOM.

This is the key piece of information Mrs. Clinton and her protectors have fought tooth and nail to keep from Congress and the U.S. public until now. Why? Because it contradicts all the earlier timelines presented by the State Department, the CIA, and the Department of Defense, and shows that U.S. forces could have rescued our men in Benghazi before the fateful 5 AM mortar strike, if only Mrs. Clinton had given the go-ahead. Only a lawsuit by Judicial Watch forced its release.

I investigated this timeline and Mrs. Clinton’s role in blocking military assets from reaching Benghazi in my book Dark Forces: the Truth About What Happened in Benghazi. I interviewed senior Africom commanders, unit commanders, spec-ops officers and others with direct knowledge of the U.S. Forces available for deployment that night.

In the redacted version of his testimony that was ultimately released by the House Armed Services Committee, General Ham said the main reason he didn’t go balls to the wall to get forces to Benghazi was simple. “We were never asked,” he said.

Pathetic, but true.

The Bash email shows that the Pentagon was asking – two hours earlier than previous timelines have revealed. So far, the State Department has not released the response that Mrs. Clinton’s minions sent back to Bash. But we know what it was: stand down.

Glen Doherty and Ty Woods soon found out what it was as well.

Timmerman’s accusation begs the question of was there a stand down order issued by Clinton?

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in the New English Review.