Canadian broadcaster pulled BBC documentary about ‘curing’ trans kids

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Canada’s state broadcaster has pulled a planned airing of a documentary, the key figure of which is a doctor who claims to be able to cure children from being trans. The doctor was sacked from the gender identity clinic as the program was aired in the UK. The controversial doctor had focused treatment on convincing transgender youth to “feel more secure about his or her actual gender” while encouraging parents to “set limits on things like cross-dressing” and stop them playing with toys that are not stereotypically connected to their biological sex. In the documentary, the doctor claims that autism might cause children to feel uncomfortable with their biological sex. The documentary led to a string of complaints from activists who alleged that it left viewers with a false impression that children could be ‘cured’ of being transgender. Some of the families who took part in the documentary also completely disavowed it, branding it inaccurate and misleading. The documentary was set to be shown this week in Canada, as part of a deal with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. However, the network pulled the documentary just hours before it was meant to go to air, issuing a statement which read: “In light of our own further review of the doc, coupled with the audience reaction we’re seeing today, we have decided not to air Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best. We think that there are other docs that better offer insight into the realities of the transgender community and we look forward to airing those in the future.”

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