Media Release

Leaked Files Expose Organisational Knowledge of Disturbing Gender Treatment Harms  

This week, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) found itself at the centre of controversy when investigative journalist, Michael Shellenberger, leaked some of WPATH’s files exposing internal discussions between surgeons, therapists, and activists regarding transgender treatments and surgeries. 

250 pages of leaked WPATH conversations indicate the ‘peak body’ for advice on gender care is knowingly conducting treatments of an experimental nature that are, in many cases, leading to harm.  

Ashlyn Vice, South Australian State Director for the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL), said “The leaked files confirm that WPATH is neither scientific nor trustworthy. It is especially troubling to see WPATH’s willingness to ignore serious problems in pursuit of its ideological goals. 

“Among other crucial exposés, the files reveal that clinicians are aware of the carcinogenic nature of testosterone – and include conversations about patients who appear to have passed away as a direct result of the hormone treatment.” 

Vice continued, “When it comes to gender care, SA Health’s guidelines rely on WPATH as an authoritative source for evidence of best practice. This must be changed. It is clear WPATH is activist organisation with no regard for the Hippocratic Oath. 

“The leaked information underscores the urgency of a gender inquiry in South Australia. Disappointingly, the Premier refused an opportunity for such an inquiry in February. With WPATH now discredited, the ACL will intensify its lobbying efforts to ensure a proper inquiry is conducted into the treatment young people with gender dysphoria receive in South Australia.” 

The ACL has launched a petition to reverse Premier Malinauskas’ decision and allow an inquiry to take place immediately. It can’t come soon enough. 

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