Conservatives Must Win the Transgender Battle, For the Sake of Transgenders

Adam Hobbes of Reaxxion wrote one of the more insightful columns I’ve read on the subject of transgenderism.  It was titled “Why We Need To Fight Against Transgender Acceptance”.  Hobbes asserts in his work that the greatest danger with the transgender movement is that it forces us to “give up our minds” to accept something fundamentally untrue.  This is obviously problematic, and affects issues far beyond public restrooms and who plays on which sport teams.  As Hobbes explains, when one accepts the lie of transgenderism the slippery slope turns into a cliff of despair.  Polygamy, pedophilia, zoophilia, and anything else you can imagine will become the next potential battle in the culture war.  Liberals will undoubtedly scoff at that suggestion.  When you look at where we were as a culture ten years ago, to where we are now, how can you doubt that such a turn is a possibility?  Hobbes question is this:  as the legal criteria for identity becomes the mere belief of the individual, is anything off the table?  If we are to be forced to accept that a female child can be male, couldn’t we also be forced to accept that that same child is an adult if she believes it so? You might think that such a leap is based in paranoia, but is it really?   Which characteristic is more medically identifiable, age or gender?  Our society is now willing to allow pre-pubescent children to take sex-hormones of the opposite gender, more than likely damaging them physically to the point of sterility, based on a delusion in the child’s mind.  This issue is pushing our society in a very destructive direction.

Hobbes is absolutely correct when he states that the transgender argument is based on lies and delusion.  In fact, the words and actions of transgenders proves this.  Members of the trans community insist that sex and gender are two different things.  Sex, they say, is biological and for the most part irrelevant…almost on the level of blood type or a fingerprint, in their argument.  They see gender on the other hand as a “social construct” where we unfairly make little girls wear dresses and force little boys to play baseball and be good at math.  Or maybe we never let Johnny play with that Barbie doll he likes, while making Jane wear pigtails.  The trans community professes to believe that the way we are born shouldn’t matter.  Our genetic construction shouldn’t determine what sports team we play on because genes are irrelevant.  Our genitalia should have nothing to do with which bathroom we use because, after all, it’s limiting to be defined by which type of genitalia one possesses.  This is the case for the transgender movement.  To those that believe this, I ask these questions.  If our God-given physical attributes do not determine gender, and our gender is a state of mind, why would the physical mutilation of gender reassignment surgery ever be necessary?  Why would Bruce Jenner need breast implants?  If those of us without gender dysphoria are to believe that breasts and genitalia are irrelevant to the discussion, shouldn’t transgenders accept that belief also?

The fact is, like people always say, you can lie to the whole world but you can’t lie to yourself.  That’s why it is so important to the transgender community that the rest of us “accept” them as something they are not.  It helps them believe their own lies.  When we contradict what they so desperately want to believe, they become infuriated.  Our arguments reinforce the doubt from which they already suffer.  No one could convince me that I am not male.  An attempt to do so would not make me question my gender in any way, shape, or form.  It would not provoke me to anger.  This is because my perception is based on plain and simple truth.

As was outlined by Adam Hobbes, a lasting harm of the transgender movement will be upon the children of future generations, as any of a number of depraved thought processes could potentially become the cause du jour.  Nevertheless, the short term sufferers are transgenders themselves.  The postoperative suicide rate of transgenders has been proof of this for years.  Former Johns Hopkins chief psychiatrist, Dr. Paul McHugh, wrote in the Wall Street Journal:

“A 2011 study at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden produced the most illuminating results yet regarding the transgendered, evidence that should give advocates pause. The long-term study—up to 30 years—followed 324 people who had sex-reassignment surgery. The study revealed that beginning about 10 years after having the surgery, the transgendered began to experience increasing mental difficulties. Most shockingly, their suicide mortality rose almost 20-fold above the comparable non transgender population. This disturbing result has as yet no explanation but probably reflects the growing sense of isolation reported by the aging transgendered after surgery. The high suicide rate certainly challenges the surgery prescription.”

In a national survey of some 6,500 transgendered individuals, 41% claimed to have attempted suicide.  Add those to the number of closeted or out trans people that were successful in their suicidal attempts and you will see that the effects of this mental illness are catastrophic.  Transgender advocates will insist that the high suicide rate is a result of prejudice and discrimination, but this belief does not stand up to the challenge of statistical research.  Daniel Payne made short work of the notion writing in The Federalist:

“The [problem with this] is that the discrimination theory of suicide does not hold up when compared to other minority groups who suffer disproportionate real and perceived amounts of bigotry and negative discrimination. The Centers for Disease Control’s numbers on suicide indicate that the highest rates of suicide over the past 15 years or so belong to…white people.   In contrast, in most of the years surveyed black people had the lowest suicide rate among all ethnicities. White suicide actually rose in the period 2000-2014.”

Payne’s point is that if discrimination were a contributing factor in suicide rates, surely African-Americans would suffer from a rate higher than that of whites.  They do not.  In fact, the two most prevalent reasons for suicide are depression and psychosis, both of which are mental illnesses.  Discrimination doesn’t even show up on the list of contributors to the tragedy of suicide.

Early life trauma consistently expresses itself in adulthood in the form of mental illness. Most of those suffering from the painful effects of gender dysphoria are no exception to that and deserve our best efforts at helping them find peace.  When individuals, no matter how great the intentions, patronize the blatant lie of transgenderism they only lessen the chances of healing for those broken souls.  As members of the “opposition” we are typically called bigoted, cruel, and heartless.  However, we must not allow this to detract from the focus on truth.  Truth is always right.  Truth is always good.  The message must remain that “tolerance” is not the same as compassion when it comes to mental illness.  Do not falter or cave in the quest to help those in need, even when your help seems unwelcome.

This post was submitted by:  J. R. Davidson

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