Former NDP candidate Morgane Oger rejects "apology" by Chilliwack trustee Barry Neufeld

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      One of the province's best known trans activists isn't impressed by Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld's attempt to quell a controversy.

      Earlier today, Neufeld issued a news release expressing a desire "to apologize to those who felt hurt by my opinion, including members of the Chilliwack Board of Education".

      This came after Neufeld had linked allowing children to express their gender to child abuse.

      Trans Alliance Society chair Morgane Oger has tweeted that she rejects this apology and urged Neufeld to apologize for and recant his "harmful statement that supporting trans kids is child abuse".

      Oger a former NDP candidate and a former chair of the Vancouver District Parent Advisory Council, also noted that there's a six-month window for anyone to file a human rights complaint against Neufeld.

      In addition, Oger alleged that Neufeld violated the B.C. Human Rights Code.

      This came after Neufeld cited an organization called the American College of Pediatricians to defend his viewpoint, even though it's been denounced in Psychology Today as a "small but clever anti-LGBT group".

      To date, there has been no ruling from the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal on whether Neufeld broke the law. And the MLA for Chilliwack-Kent has tweeted that Neufeld "is a good man, loves children, would never countenance bullying".

      That drew the following retort from Spencer Chandra Herbert, the NDP MLA for Vancouver–West End:

      Meanwhile, there's a great deal of research demonstrating that trans youth face unique challenges related to their gender identity and gender expression.

      In 2013 and 2014 the Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre surveyed Canadians between 14 and 25 years old who identified as trans and genderqueer.

      Among them, nearly two-thirds reported "self-harm" in the previous year and more than one in three had attempted suicide.

      More than a third of those between 14 and 18 years old say they had been physically threatened in the previous year.

      "Only 15 per cent of youth with a family doctor report feeling comfortable discussing their transgender-specific health care needs," the centre noted. "One-third of younger (ages 14-18) and half of older youth (ages 19-25) reported missing needed physical health care during the past year, and even more missed needed mental health care."

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