At a recent Heritage Foundation forum [Early Oct., 2017] about Gender Transitioning, Dr. Michelle Cretella went on a lengthy rant about how it is child abuse to indulge children who are gender-confused by helping them “transition” to the gender they think they are.
“Chemical castration is what you’re doing when you put any biologically normal child on puberty blockers. It’s treating puberty like a disease, arresting a normal process which is critical to normal development and bad for kids. Sterilization? Not good for kids. Mastectomy at 16? Not good! Depression and/or Anxiety is The Usual (Ultimate) Response! Suicidal Depression Not Unusual!
Indoctrinating pre-school kids with the lie that you can be trapped in the wrong body is disrupting their normal reality-testing and cognitive development. Those things are abusive.
As to the studies, there are two she says she is aware of that claim affirming your child’s gender confusion is good for them. However…..Five things are either assumed or imposed:
1. The assumption that coaching a child into a fixed-false belief is mentally healthy. Science doesn’t allow you to assume this conclusion.
2. The studies on this subject are extremely small.
3. These studies are very short term.
4. The control group of “mentally healthy children” are the siblings, most of whom are siblings of the trans-identifying child.
5. The parents were the ones evaluating the mental health of the children.
1. Paul, a computer programmer who is currently unemployed, is 38 years old and in the process of “detransitioning,” undoing steps towards the sex change he began a decade ago.
Before “transitioning” from male to female, Paul struggled with dysphoria for years. He remembers his high school days filled with shame over his “girlish” interests and peer groups and struggling with gynecomastia (swollen breast tissue in males), isolation, and confusion.
When Paul first learned about transgenderism from an article in his student newspaper, he felt he had found the missing piece. “I wasn’t deranged or simply gay, but instead I misunderstood what a ‘woman’ was, …..that the term was entirely social, and that my failure to be accepted as a man was because I was really a woman.”
Paul never viewed his transformation as a sex change, but as an escape from his gender. After moving to San Francisco in search of community and acceptance, Paul, uninsured, stumbled across a community health clinic. Upon his first visit, he was prescribed male-to-female hormones, given very little information on the risks and potential side effects, and told “not to worry” whenever he expressed concern about drugs or long-term side effects.
This ‘Therapy’ simply created more problems….physically and emotionally. Paul has been officially diagnosed with gender dysphoria, and learned that he falls on the autism spectrum. His treatment consisted of ‘Transition Guides’ [cartoon-type literature] and hormones.
This is not science…… It is ideology masquerading as science.
Paul’s advice to children looking to transition? “Don’t!”
2. Taylor Changes His Mind
Another young man, [Taylor] is a student who began transitioning at the age of 23. He reports: It started simply. “All it took was self-declaration. The first thing I did was change my name.” “I wore makeup and committed to growing my hair out and wore more feminine clothing.
All of the changes were superficial and followed pretty basic stereotypes of how women appear to the male gaze.” After a year of living with a feminine name and pronouns, Taylor began hormone therapy. My mental health was very poor at the time and I was very much socially isolated. I felt I could either try living as a woman or else I wanted to kill myself.”
Not finding satisfaction in his new identity, Taylor began the detransition process a year later, quitting hormones and reverting back to a masculine expression of self.
He described his disappointment in the system. “I wish I had been challenged by a doctor,” he says. “I went to an endocrinologist, who gave me a prescription on the first visit, before my blood work results even came back. ‘It’ll be fine, congratulations!’ was the Doctor’s attitude.
The Doctor should’ve challenged me.”
Taylor’s advice to those questioning themselves is ominous: “Our physical bodies, with genitalia and chromosomes, exist in reality, and part of having a body is hating your body. You are taught to hate your body no matter who you are, male or female, and you are falling for it.”
3. Another Case:
Trans teen idol Jazz Jennings speaks freely about the glamour of embracing one’s self, but little has been published on the complications regarding Jazz’s bottom surgery.
His doctors said there wasn’t enough “raw material” to work with due to Jazz’s early consumption of puberty blockers, which stunted genitalia formation. Undergoing gender reassignment is regarded as the Holy Grail for those struggling with their sex. When the potentially fatal outcomes are not adequately tracked, however, shouldn’t honesty be the priority when speaking about the lifelong effects of the transition process?
God’s Word? “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” Romans 1:21
Children are ‘foolish’ by nature. What About The Parents? The commitment to ‘foolishness’ [by God’s definition] ‘darkens’ [clouds; confuses] the ‘heart’ [source of thoughts, decisions], leading to ‘foolishness’ [wickedness] which clouds the mind / heart regarding spiritual things. From there things get more confusing and the spiritual trajectory is downhill.
Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect individuals’ privacy.