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A prominent gay intellectual and one of the first to call for same-sex marriage in his 1989 book ‘Virtually Normal’, has sounded a warning about the fast rise of transgenderism and the harm it is doing, particularly among young people.
Like many homosexuals and even transexuals outside of the LGBTQ+ power-bloc, Andrew Sullivan is uncomfortable with the experimentation being done on society’s young people.
Writing in the UK Sunday Times, Sullivan breaks ranks with many in the LGBT movement to tell of his recent meeting with a group of American women.
I recently met a group of American women in their early twenties who are not supposed to exist. They are women who, in their teens, realised that they were actually men, socially transitioned to the other sex and then underwent hormone therapy to change their bodies, faces and voices to become transgender men. After varying amount of time, however, they all realised they had made a big mistake, stopped testosterone therapy and “detransitioned” back to being who they were before.Andrew Sullivan
Sunday Times, 10 November 2019.
But ‘detransitioning’, (going back to their original birth sex), wasn’t so simple. Although they did not have surgery, they live with the scars of their choices: tenacious facial and body hair, deeper voices, and permanently altered genitals from the testosterone; serious back issues and reduced lung capacity from the breast-binding.
Detransitioning is a growing issue and young women appear to be the most seriously affected.
The proportion of girls among those being referred to the UK’s gender identity service has jumped in the last decade from 44 per cent to 74 per cent.
Human Rights And Wrongs revealed recently that the UK government admits it has no idea how many trans people re-trans. Since then, a researcher has been asking other nations and so far we haven’t found one that knows. Yet many of them are on a programme of promoting transgenderism to schoolchildren: sometimes as young as 7 years old, long before they can have any meaningful concept of gender or even sex.
Yet investigating the causes of this can be a high-risk enterprise. Dr Lisa Littman published a paper last year about the ‘rapid onset gender dysphoria’⇩1PLOS ONE 14(3): e0214157; Parent reports of adolescents and young adults perceived to show signs of a rapid onset of gender dysphoria; DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0214157 she observed particularly among friendship groups of teenage girls. She was rewarded with a vicious smear campaign and the loss of her consulting job. Caring about society can have its costs.
That socio-political pressure has been applied by those opposed to scientific study has been obvious from this examination of the ‘mob’ response to Dr Littman’s report:
Rapid onset is now easy: It is such feelings and discomfort appearing more or less suddenly and apparently out of the blue.
Lisa Littman, M.D., and MPA and a researcher at Brown University, conducted a study surveying the experiences of parents involved in one of four online communities for parents of transgender children or “gender skeptical” parents and children. There were 256 completed surveys. …
This would probably be of only passing interest to a person with a general interest in psychology but for three things:
1. Outrage MobLee Jussim, Ph.D., social psychologist
2. Orwellian “Correction” (a correction-that-did-not-correct-any-errors)
3. A Constructive End
“Right now, we are effectively experimenting on minors who cannot give meaningful consent,” Andrew Sullivan says.
Among those who are joining the growing chorus of discontent are people as diverse as socialists (reported by Human Rights And Wrongs), former governors of transgender clinics, parents, LGBT activists, and the campaign group Coalition for Marriage who say that transgenderism, by redefining the nature of male and female, is further undermining traditional marriage as the life-long union of one man and one woman.
Is it time we went back to reality?
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