Jona vs. Bradley

May 12, 2008

Okay so after reading Part 1 of the NPR series, I have one question, why is Zucker’s approach more common in the United States.  Zucker’s approach left Bradley hating the color pink, he seems mal-adjusted and when asked about wanting to be a girl he clearly says no out of fright. Is that how you would want to live? I wouldn’t.  Jona– is accepted, she seems happy and her parents are accepting. Yes, deciding to change your gender is a big idea, and irreversible. But I think the idea to suppress those issues in the case with Bradley (Zucker) it seems even worse.  I have an unsettling feeling in my stomach that Zucker is the head of the DSM-V group.  Why is this the case?

Also I leave everyone with this quote from part 1, as I prepare my self to read part-2:

Jonah, Now Jona

For their part, Joel and his wife Pam say they are clearly happy with the choice they’ve made. Joel says he now thinks of Jonah as his daughter, and he says that she — Jona — is thriving.

“She’s so comfortable with her own being when she’s simply left to be who she is without any of these restrictions being put on her. It’s just remarkable to see.”

In terms of which of these therapies is more prevalent in the United States, Ehrensaft says there is absolutely no doubt.

“Zucker’s,” she says.

Ehrensaft hopes this will change. She says that professional opinion on this subject is in incredible flux — that the treatment of transgender children is becoming a kind of civil rights issue, in the same way that the psychiatric treatment of homosexuals became a civil rights issue in the 1970s.

In the meantime, though, Zucker’s approach continues to thrive. He says nearly 80 children are on the waiting list at his clinic in Toronto.


3 Responses to “Jona vs. Bradley”

  1. queerunity said

    call the APA and email them, we must take action

  2. dylansworld said


    I think the best thing we can do at this point is to sign the petition that is already in the works to get ZUCKER out of the lead position he is in. Unless, you have a direct number to the APA?

  3. Broach said

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Broach

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