- Dr. Wallace Wong claimed the transgender medical industry is suffering from the influence of white people during a WPATH training course.
- Wong works with children as young as two years old who identify as transgender and is the co-lead for WPATH’s Global Education Institute Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement committee.
- Wong argued that one of the reasons minorities resist transgender medical treatments is due to a lack of role models in their communities and resources primarily for white people.
Psychologist Dr. Wallace Wong, during a medical training course for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) in September 2022, claimed that the transgender medical industry is suffering from the influence of white people. The video of the presentation was obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
WPATH, an international organization founded in 1979, seeks to train medical and mental health professionals on how to treat transgender patients, including minors. During WPATH’s 27th annual training symposium, Wong gave a presentation on how medical professionals should handle minority clients and their families, saying transgender minorities “don’t trust the white culture.”
Wong works in the United States and Canada with children as young as two years old who identify as transgender. He is the co-lead for WPATH’s Global Education Institute Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement committee. In his own practice, Wong noted that at least 98% of his clients are white, despite living in a heavily immigrant area.
He told the audience that there are not enough resources for transgender minorities because available information is written with white people in mind. One of Wong’s slides stated that “professionals lack understanding and knowledge about ethnic values and the consequent interaction with racist society.”
Wong argued that one of the reasons minorities resist transgender medical treatments is because there are not enough transgender “role models” in minority communities. He said that due to this “lack of resources,” they don’t know who to go to, especially when the resources are primarily “for white people.”
“So the reason for the resistance, I think, it’s really a lack of role models in their own ethnic minority or community group,” Wong explained. “So really I can’t think of any Chinese, maybe from my knowledge, that they come out as transgender people and are being honored by the society. I mean, any celebrity that comes out as transgender, they will lose a career very fast. So we don’t really see that, we don’t have that role model.”
Earlier in his presentation, Wong said that over the last 26 years of his practice, he has seen a significant rise in young children identifying as transgender, noting that they make up the large majority of his patients.
“When I did this twenty-six years ago working with transgender people, the majority of my clients [are] adults … and then two to four years later then I see the older adolescents then come to seek help, and then four five years later I see puberty, early, young adolescents seeking help,” Wong said. “And then four, five years later I see the young kids that come to my office like three, four, five years old I’m talking about.”
A previous DCNF investigation revealed that Wong told medical professionals in another online course for WPATH that kids as young as three years old know their own gender better than their parents.
Wong and WPATH did not respond to the DCNF’s requests for comment.
Clear Thoughts (op-ed)
Dr. Wallace Wong’s recent comments on the transgender medical industry being plagued by white influence are both divisive and concerning. As a prominent figure in the field, working with children as young as two, his statement only serves to further racial tensions and mistrust.
The focus should be on providing adequate resources and support to all individuals, irrespective of race, who are navigating the complexities of gender identity. By highlighting a perceived lack of role models in minority communities, Wong inadvertently implies that race should be a determining factor in seeking medical treatment.
Instead of promoting a narrative of racial disparity, medical professionals should concentrate on fostering an inclusive environment that welcomes and respects every individual’s unique journey. It is through understanding and collaboration that we can truly make a difference in the lives of those who seek guidance and support.
In a time where unity is desperately needed, let’s not allow the rhetoric of division to cloud our judgment and hinder progress.
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