March 21, 2019
"But it's just a phase!" How many parents have made that same desperate plea to a teacher, a counselor, or doctor? Deep down, they know their children weren't born in the wrong body. They know the confusion about their teenager's identity is coming from somewhere else -- a struggle that doesn't have to be permanent. But in a culture that's determined to indulge these fantasy, at any cost, who will believe them?
The stories from parents are real-life nightmares. On a panel about gender ideology at the Heritage Foundation, attorneys shared one heart-wrenching testimony after another. Jennifer Chavez, a liberal with liberal clients, explained that she may disagree with conservatives on abortion or taxes, but the transgender movement is a place where every American can come together. Why? Because this ideology is no respecter of persons. It will haunt families -- and rob futures -- on both sides.
Chavez told the story of a 13-year-old girl, who came home and told her parents she was "transgender" after watching a presentation about it at school. "Without evaluation or therapy, the mother was told by a 'gender therapist' to buy her child a breast binder and put her on puberty-blocking drugs. If she didn't comply, she was told, her child would face a high risk of suicide. She only realized later how inaccurate and baseless this clinical advice had been." Furious, the liberal mom wrote, "Why are physicians medicalizing children in the name of an unproven, malleable gender identity? Why are lawmakers enshrining gender identity into state and federal laws?"
National Review's Madeleine Kearns horrified people with the testimony of a family, whose 14-year-old girl accused her parents of "child abuse" because they wouldn't use her male name. "Without my knowledge, a pediatric endocrinologist taught my daughter, a minor, to inject herself with testosterone. She then ran away to Oregon where state law at the age of 17 allowed her... to undergo a double mastectomy and radical hysterectomy... The level of outrage and rage I'm experiencing as a mother is indescribable. Why does Oregon law allow children to make life-altering medical decisions? ...Why are doctors who took an oath to first do no harm allowed to sterilize and surgically mutilate mentally ill, delusional children?"
Why? Because America is being hijacked by an aggressive, take-no-prisoners LGBT agenda that doesn't care about your rights as parents -- or your children's wellbeing. If they did, they'd know that "98 percent of gender-confused boys and 88 percent of gender-confused girls accept their biological sex after puberty." Suggesting that these kids are anything other than their biological gender, the American College of Pediatricians argues, is "child abuse" that will scar them for life.
Fortunately, a brave group of young adults is coming forward to make that case themselves. As teenagers, they identified as transgender. Now, they want the world to know what a mistake that was. The founders of the Pique Resilience Project talk about their journeys in an interview with NRO, each drawing the same conclusion: transgenderism is a false and dangerous ideology.
"Helena had a history of not fitting in and feeling uncomfortable with her body. She had been badly bullied and was feeling very low when she turned to transgenderism. She took high doses of testosterone, which has altered her voice. At the age of 18, she wasn't thinking about her long-term future. She wasn't thinking about the serious risks and possible infertility. Now, she has some advice for other young people who think they might be transgender:
'Step back from the activism, the ideology, the community -- think about the reasons why you might feel this way about your body. Because there's just a lot of people with just glaringly obvious reasons why they don't like their body...'"
Read Helena's story and powerful testimonies at National Review. Then, make sure you download FRC's "A Parent's Guide to the Transgender Movement in Education."
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.