An article from the Toronto Star talks about the controversy surrounding the recent firing of Ken Zucker and the shutting down of Toronto’s Gender Identity Clinic. The issue was that Zucker did not act fast enough to put young children on hormones and prepare them to be lifetime medical patients—his approach was to wait and see how the children will feel when they are older. This is because he knows that many children with gender dysphoria will not grow up to be trans, many will grow up to be gays or lesbians and will be happy with their birth sex. The trans activists are furious that Zucker does not want to transition young children the second they express a desire to be the opposite sex, and believe that by not immediately transitioning children he is practicing “conversion therapy.” Trans activists do not seem to give a shit that they are practicing gay conversion therapy—turning gay and lesbian youth into artificially created members of the opposite sex so they will appear as gender-conforming heterosexuals, when they are still too young to have had a romantic relationship or to develop an identity as gay or lesbian.
This article opens with a short interview with an 18 year old woman who is “gender-fluid” and who says she would have transitioned as a child if she could have. However, check this out:
“I actually have thought of transitioning from female to male several times, especially when I was younger,” she said.
“If I had been presented with an opportunity to change my gender when I was younger, I would have taken it and I’m sure I would have no regrets.”
Still, she doesn’t plan to transition in the future. “I’m quite comfortable with the way I am currently.”
So even though she would have transitioned if she could have, she is quite comfortable now, in her natural body, without transitioning.That leads me to wonder, how could she be sure she wouldn’t have regretted transition, if she’s comfortable in her body now? This is a major contradiction. Surely someone who is comfortable in her body wouldn’t want to have healthy body parts surgically removed, be sterilized, and face a lifetime of taking artificial hormones that will affect her health?
The article names the two approaches to supporting gender dysphoric children that are the subject of the controversy. One is the “wait and see” model in which transition is delayed until puberty, and the other is the “gender-affirmative” model which transitions children immediately. Dr. Tom Mazur, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University at Buffalo, is quoted as saying that “The majority of these children who come in will not persist as gender-dysphoric,” often transitioning into gay or lesbian identities.
Isn’t this pretty important? Why do the trans activists want all children with gender dysphoria to transition immediately when we know that lots of them will grow into gay and lesbian adults? Are they against “conversion therapy” or not? It seems to me that they’re all for it.
“Debra Soh, a PhD candidate in psychology at York University specializing in sexual neuroscience, says that “it doesn’t make sense for us to be implementing these changes so early.
“For a young child, it’s a lot to take on. It’s a big decision to make.”
Social transitioning — “difficult to de-transition from,” says Soh — sees children expressing their gender through their clothes, name, hairstyle, activities and friend groups.”
It sure doesn’t make sense to make huge, life-altering decisions about young children! When “gender” is actually a style that kids express through their hairstyle and clothing, something that kids have always done, why does it need to be medicalized? Let them have their haircuts and outfits, this does not mean that they need surgery and hormones.
“Listen to what exactly your child seems to be saying. “If a little boy isn’t allowed to play with girls’ toys, maybe that’s where the distress is coming from.”
DUH. If a boy is not being allowed to play with his favourite toys because adults have arbitrarily decided those toys are only for girls, of course he’s going to feel distress! That doesn’t mean he needs surgery! The fucking adults here need to get a fucking clue.
A similar article in the Globe and Mail was published on the same day, this one a bit longer, adding some interesting points to the discussion.
“By closing the clinic, CAMH also walked away from a $1-million grant that had been awarded to Dr. Zucker and his team to study the effect of hormone blockers on teenagers. Those grants, in a country stingy with research dollars, are not easy to get.”
So trans activists got this clinic closed right after a grant was awarded to study the effects of hormone blockers on teenagers. It seems to me that this would be some really good information to have, seeing as they are pushing the use of hormones on young children without even knowing the effects.
“In the transgender community, Dr. Zucker’s dismissal was celebrated – he had long been controversial for research suggesting children should be steered away from becoming transgender adults.”
Yes, he does think that children should be steered away from becoming transgender adults, and remember why? Because lots of these children will grow up to become happy gays and lesbians who are comfortable in their natural bodies. This is, in fact, a positive outcome. The trans activists don’t seem to think so. I diagnose homophobia.
“An external report that contributed to his dismissal has since been revealed to contain errors, including a false allegation that Dr. Zucker insulted a patient. CAMH yanked it from the hospital’s website and apologized for the mistake, but its decision stands.”
So the trans activists who shut down the clinic lied in their report. Nice.
“In a statement to The Globe and Mail, CAMH said the review was not the only factor behind the closing and that “We are moving forward to engage with the community to determine the future of our service.”
Does it sound to anyone else like this sentence really says “We’ve learned that we have to do whatever the trans activists tell us to do regardless of what the research says”?
A woman named Carol is interviewed, whose son received treatment at the Gender Identity Clinic before it was shut down.
“When Carol’s eldest son was four years old, he would dream he was a girl and sob when he woke up as a boy. Around the same time, two ten-year-old kids threw him off the monkey bars when they saw him playing with a Barbie.”
She took her son to the gender identity clinic and Dr. Zucker developed a plan for him.
“As Dr. Zucker explained it to Carol, his theory was to help kids value the “body they have.” In that case, it meant helping her son see that “you may want to be a girl, but it’s okay to be a boy.” Carol says she and her husband had only one agenda for their son: “It was 100 per cent about his happiness.”
Guess what? At the time of the writing of this story, Carol’s son is now a happy gay teen.
“Carol believes that Dr. Zucker’s advice worked for her son, who is now a popular gay 13-year-old. He doesn’t talk about wanting to be a girl any more, though Carol says they are careful not assume his path is set. “The biggest and most important thing I hold on to as a mother, was that when he was young, he would never talk about his future, never talk about himself as an adult.” Now, she says, he is making plans. “This was a healthy outcome for us.” She gives Dr. Zucker the credit: “I know the positive impact his therapy had on the culture of our family.””
What a happy outcome! Both doctor and parents were non-homophobic and supported their gay son until he was able to become happy with himself. The trans activists would have put him on Lupron and would have convinced him that he needs to pass as a girl or die, which would have given him way more distress.
I don’t think I entirely agree with Dr. Zucker because he seems to have sometimes prescribed reducing a kid’s gender-non-conformity in order to help him fit in. In one case this led to a mother doing something completely bizarre:
“One mother interviewed for the story described burying a favourite Barbie in a shoebox in the backyard, while her son watched.”
This is fucked up. I remember when I was a kid and I had favourite toys that sometimes “disappeared” because my parents had decided they needed to be thrown out, and it made me really sad. Watching my mother ceremoniously bury a toy in the backyard like it was a pet that died would have been horrifying and would have given me horrible feelings for years. What a weird thing to do to a kid.
Kids should be able to play with any toys they enjoy. Boys can play with dolls if they want. It’s amazing that such terrible things happen in this world: war, famine, poverty, human trafficking, environmental destruction, but what people are really worried about is boys playing with dolls. How is that even a problem??
This article interviews another mother whose son wanted to be a girl. They tried the “wait and see” approach with him, too, but his distress didn’t go away. He did come out as gay at 13, but later came out as a trans girl at age 14. He insisted upon beginning transition. I cannot say whether this young man is just gay and struggling with it a lot, or if he is someone who truly would be better off transitioning. But I do know that 14 is very young, and I know that teenagers go through many identities before they reach adulthood. I came out as bisexual at 14, and then I convinced myself that I was straight for a few years, and then started to identify as lesbian around 23, an identity that has stuck with me and feels very comfortable now. This boy who is struggling might finally reconcile with being a gay man when he is an adult, and if he is medically transitioned, he may be sterilized and have had his genitals removed by the time he can even come to terms with being a feminine gay man.
GLBT organizations are no longer trying to make the world safer for gender-non-conforming and feminine gay men—instead they are promoting transgenderism. These organisations have changed from being pro-gay to being homophobic. We’re not allowed to question this, or else we’ll be transphobic bigots who are causing teens to die. It’s time for adult lesbians and gays to fight back against gay conversion therapy, on behalf of the next generation.