There is a current (pre) school of thought among some academics and psychologists speaking out against the trend of transitioning children/young teens. On the surface, amid the transgender explosion, this sounds like some sort of progress back toward common sense. But just below the surface lurks the same shark infested waters gays and lesbians have been swimming in since our lungs took their first breath of air.
Not a single one of these professionals showed any concern as adult lesbians were swept under the first tide of transition trends twenty plus years ago, despite many now gravely ill or worse dead (including once lesbian leaders). Lesbians who were kicked out of their homes/families because it went against some god or other. Lesbians who allowed themselves to believe they were really men trapped in women's bodies and it wasnt their fault. Lesbians who hoped and prayed transition would fix all that. Lesbians who once on testosterone aged as rapidly as their sexual attraction switched from women to men. Lesbians whose scarred chests was/is a permanent reminder of their sex.
Nor did any of these professionals bat an eye as growing numbers of minority gay men transitioned. Gay men who because of their race could not afford doctor prescribed drugs and surgeries. Gay men who were harmed or worse died from back alley castrations, taking a female friends birth control pills or illegal "Pump Parties" where they were (are) injected with auto shop silicone. Gay men who were beaten or died at the hand of a "john" because they use/d prostitution as a means of garnering money for transition meds/surgeries.
None of these professionals uttered a peep from 1994 to 2005 when gay/lesbian children, age infant to three, were being diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder. A label that would open their immediate future to hormone blockers/non FDA approved hormones and mutilative surgeries.
None of these professionals called out sites like YouTube to be shut down (still havent) for promoting Trans Trending among lesbians (youths and adults), despite doing just that (shutting down) years ago Pro-Ana sites.
But then some of these professionals had young lesbian daughters who got caught up in Trans Trending and suddenly we're at Peak Trans! And they're starting blogs and websites professing the dangers of transitioning GENDER NON CONFORMING youth! Failing to see the harm or the sheer ignorance of their middle-of-the-road-some-people-are-REALLY-transgender approach! And dont waste your time asking any about autogynephiles, in typical heterosexual fashion, these professionals believe THEM (the greatest number of transitioners to date) RARE!
This heterosexist Gender Straight Jacketed thinking is why
Instead, these less-than-lunatic-fringe professionals who are seemingly on our side, are only interested in ferreting out the REAL transgenders among school children. Meaning those like this :
- What came after first was what I know and what came after that was what I remember. I'll start with what I know. I know around age two my ma could not keep me in a dress. I remember around age three being asked by strangers observing between my long (girls) hair, my pants, T shirt, tennis shoes and rough play "are you a boy or a girl?" It is a question that dogged me throughout my childhood, my teen years, even today I can spot it in the eyes of strangers. In childhood those looks were usually filled with a puzzlement, somewhere in adulthood they developed a range, from dumbstruck to disgust.
- I'm not a boy. But I'm in boy space. I navigate boyhood while being a girl. I learn the boy ropes. Boy rules are applied to me. I find myself partly confused, and partly proud by this application. Only I don't remember filling a boy application, surely I must have. I forgot is all. I have no girl friends, only boy friends. Of them it is a constant sizing up; him sizing me up, me him, him him. "Do you want to wrestle" a boy asks? "Ok" I answer. I take him down quickly. I now understand the game, I'm three years old. Wrestling is fighting, without fighting. Wrestling tells us both who is stronger, it tells other boys too. If Paris is the toughest boy in the 3rd grade and I beat Paris wrestling? I beat Paris wrestling. But I'm not a boy. There will be a long line of boys I will wrestle in my youth. I will beat all of them, a true Olympian with all the blood, sweat and many tears, but none of the gold or the glory.
That these professionals believe some transition is acceptable tells us they believe some homosexuals are wrong.