Discrimination based on race is generally accepted because it is a physical trait rather than a conscious choice—something one is born with and can do nothing about. In order to elevate non-heterosexuality to the same protection, it has become holy writ amongst the Left and academia that homosexuality is solely determined by genetics—or some similarly immutable physical aspect—to the exclusion of any external influence or psychological influence in whole or even in part. More recently, with the invention of “gender” as something separate and distinct from biological sex, this need for immutability to elevate “trans-persons” to a similarly protected status is being applied with the greatest emphasis being on validating that children can be “born in the wrong body”… to the point of physically mutilating children and young adults and hoping them up on hormones—even against a parents permission.
One such case is the “FtM” (i.e. “female to male”) daughter of a Professor of Social Work, Dr. Kathleen “Kelly” Levinstein:
“My daughter, who is on the autism spectrum, as am I, is now 19 years old. She had felt (and told others) that she was a lesbian most of her life. When she was 16, she began watching a TV show called ‘Degrassi,’ which featured an FtoM character. After a few weeks, she announced that she was not actually a butch lesbian, as she had previously said, but was in fact trans. She started attending a local PFLAG meeting, where she met many trans people, including a number of FtoM trans teenagers who were raving about a certain ‘gender therapist.’ Although the APA recommends a minimum of one year of ‘gender counseling’ before surgery, this gender therapist (whom I consented to, before really understanding what I was doing) gave my daughter the go-ahead to have a bilateral mastectomy after only two sessions. This gender specialist never reviewed any of the Special Ed records or spoke to my daughter’s previous therapist, who had known her for a decade. And, crucially, she never asked my daughter, ‘Might you be a lesbian?’
“The gender therapist (whom I believe has an unholy financial alliance with the surgeon) gave my daughter (then 18 and one day) the go-ahead for the $30,000 surgery (covered for all university employees and their families where I work). My daughter is now on testosterone (which she clearly is unable to evaluate the risks and consequences of).
“To give you some sense of my daughter’s level of understanding of what it means to transition, she told me recently that she believes that the testosterone ‘will grow her a penis.’ I had to break the news to her that, although this is the mythology in the PFLAG meetings (where a number of the other young trans people are also autistic), this is not the case.
“She has been taken advantage of. Healthy organs were amputated. This is insurance fraud, poor clinical practice, a violation of APA standards, unethical and unjust. It is a crime not just against women, but particularly against disabled women. So many of these young women who are ‘transitioning’ are also autistic.
“My daughter has a representative payee on her SSDI [disability] check, as it was felt that she was unable to handle her own money. This was of little concern to the gender therapist. I believe that once the therapist realized the ‘treatment’ would be covered by the University of Michigan insurance, it was full speed ahead.”
So-called “therapists” convinced a disabled girl, who did not understand that she would not actually turn into a biological male, to mutilate her body and hop her up on hormones that are wrecking her system.
Another example, this time a “MtF” (“male to female”) hopeful minor child who the government is trying to help mutilate despite the outcry from his own mother:
“The mother of a 17-year-old boy in Minnesota is suing her child’s school district and the county health board. It seems that the teen, who suffers from gender dysphoria, has been receiving (without his parents’ consent or even knowledge) hormonal treatments to change his secondary sex characteristics to those of a woman. The suit even refers to ‘life-changing surgery,’ which for a boy would mean amputating his genitals and cosmetic reconstruction.
“The child’s mother is challenging a Minnesota law that allows a minor who is living alone to make his own health-care decisions. She calls it a violation of her rights as a parent that major and permanent hormonal and surgical interventions should be performed on her minor child without her consent or even informing her. She believes these treatments may not be in her son’s best interests, and she ought to have a say in the momentous decision.”
“[P]arents of K–5 students at [K-12 charter school] Nova received an email from lower school principal Brooke Tousignant that was destined to change the school forever.
“Tousignant informed parents that, in the coming year, Nova would be ‘support[ing] a student who is gender non-conforming.’ This term, she explained, ‘describes children whose identities, appearances, behaviors, or interests do not fit traditional societal expectations associated with their sex assigned at birth. It is important to note that this expression of gender is ever-changing as students are constantly exploring many different aspects of their identity.’
“To support the gender-nonconforming child, Nova would be teaching K–5 students ‘about the beauty of being themselves.’ All K–5 students would read a book called My Princess Boy, ‘which tells the story of a boy who expresses his true self by dressing up and enjoying traditional girl things.’ Thus was Nova Classical Academy plunged into the Twilight Zone of transgender politics.”
Any child who shows any sign of gender disphoria, or even a glint of not being “cis” is assumed to be “trans” and pushed to fully embrace it, with any dissent ascribed to “transphobia” for if one premises special protection based on an immutable trait, than one must preclude any possibility that the child is confused, going through a phase, or otherwise just doesn’t fit some stereotype of “cis”-people.
Of course, a “cis”-person can always “come out of the closet” as “trans”, but a “trans” person can not declare themselves to really be the gender concomitant with their biological sex!
This faith that “gender” trumps biological sex has led to the absurd notion that biological sex does not exist, and that whether one has a penis or a vagina has nothing to do with humans being a sexually dimorphic species involving X and Y chromosomes. What has been obvious to almost all societies throughout time is now chalked up to a conspiracy that invented a dreaded “gender binary”.
This is neither science nor medicine. This is ideological hysteria and faith that masquerades as “science”. And this “science”, falsely so called, peddled by ideological maniacs who try to normalize it through the power and privilege they’ve gained via their “long march through the institutions”, hurts children.
“More lamentable still is the use of these ‘treatments’ in prepubescent children whose prelogical thinking blurs the boundaries between fantasy and reality. Young parents with concerns about their children need to seek the counsel of people with knowledge about normal child development. Unfortunately, good advice is sometimes hard to come by. Afraid of being seen as ‘behind the times,’ ‘ignorant,’ or ‘bigoted,’ people who should know better are unwilling to rely on their own common sense and the wisdom of generations.
“If a four-year-old girl, who, afraid of being displaced in her parents’ affection by a new baby brother, announces that she is a boy, wise parents do not begin treating her as a boy. They do not assume she is transgendered. Instead, they embrace her and assure her that she is their precious little girl whom they love. Parents who allow prepubescent children to choose whether they want to be male or female have relinquished their role as rational adults, and are themselves in need of psychiatric consultation.
“The characteristics that define one’s personal identity are the nuclear elements of personality. People with a chronically unstable self-image, poor self-esteem, and an ill-defined sense of self are poorly equipped to deal with the stresses of ordinary life. This group constitutes the vast majority of the self-identified transgendered who undertake the full sex-change regimen of hormone treatment and ‘sex-reassignment’ surgery.”
Perhaps even sadder are those parents who pine away for a “trans”-child in order to make themselves seen as better people to Progressives in a type of twisted Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy.
This raises the question: How can one be biologically hardwired to be attracted to someone based on their sex, when biological sex does not biologically exist? Despite the faith that one can be innately homosexual, being exclusively sexually attracted to someone of the same sex to the exclusion of the other sex, while somehow believing that said sex difference does not innately exist, actual science and research indicates otherwise.
There are clear indications that the entire holy “born this way” mantra is blind ideological faith not based in rational and demonstratable evidence. A report from “The New Atlantis, A Journal of Technology & Society” that reviewed hard science publications highlights this.
“Based on the data presented by hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific studies, the report concludes:
“Claims that sexual orientation is immutably determined by biology are not supported by scientific evidence.
“Claims that gender identity is somehow fixed and innate, yet is also independent of biological sex, are likewise not supported by scientific evidence.
“Since the great majority of children who experience some gender-atypical thoughts do not continue to do so after adolescence, encouraging such children to become transgender or seek invasive and sometimes drastic and irreversible medical procedures is not supported by scientific evidence.
“The finding that non-heterosexual and transgender individuals have higher rates of mental health problems is supported by scientific evidence, while the common attribution of such findings to the effects of social stigma or stress as the only or primary cause is not supported by scientific data.”
The report can be found here, or read below: