This is premier week for the revamped openly gay Anderson Cooper show "Anderson Live" - which airs at 1:00pm Pacific time on Fox Channel 11. One of the guests has trans activists angry. Here's the promo on the show's website:
It's a story you'll see only on "Anderson Live": Mandi, who was born male, speaks out for the first time, claiming that a hair loss treatment caused him to become transgender. Mandi is joined by her ex-wife, Michele, who opens up about how Mandi's identity transformation has affected their son. How is this even possible? We will explore the latest research on Finasteride, the common compound found in most medical treatments used to treat male pattern baldness.
That's just wrong, says Dr. Dana Beyer, Executive Director of Gender Rights Maryland.
I presume, inferring from what I've read, that this person is claiming that finasteride caused her transsexualism? Really?
It causes sexual side effects, like decreased libido and erectile dysfunction. It is used by some trans women pre-operatively to reduce DHT levels.
It dos not cause transsexualism.
Mara Keisling, Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, is upset too.