The prefix “trans” means to go beyond, or over, or across. Today the transgender movement is having a great run at going well beyond the truth. And this is primarily being done by not allowing any debate on the issue. The activists are getting a free run in the media, in academia, and elsewhere, but those who dare to try to offer a differing point of view have a very hard time being heard.
Of course the trans agenda is simply part of the larger radical leftist agenda. And this broader movement is in the same place: it dominates most positions of power and influence, and it works overtime to shut down competing viewpoints. I have documented the militant anti-free speech nature of the left for decades now.
It is for this reason that the alternative media exists, and sites like CultureWatch exist. When truth is being suppressed, and ideology is running rampant, those who have non-conformist views must find other outlets to get the word out. And that means I and others tend to keep pretty busy.
I not only keep quite active with new articles for this website, but I get plenty of invites to speak as well. And I have been doing plenty of talks of late on the transgender issue, along with things like “safe schools,” the homosexual agenda, and so on.
Just last night I spoke to an eager group of concerned parents about all three issues. Many of them seemed both worried and surprised as to just how bad things were getting in these areas. I mentioned that the reason why some of this material might be new to them was because they sure would not hear the truth about it on the ABC, or SBS, or the Melbourne Age.
The lamestream media will NOT give an alternative point of view on all these leftist agenda items. That is why I and others keep so busy speaking at so many meetings like the one I did last night. There was a lively Q&A session at the end, along with some good feedback.
I was encouraged to see so many responding favourably to all this. One person told me her eyes were really opened. Another quite young person was so keen that he bought a copy of all my books which I had made available. There is a real hunger for truth out there, and I am glad to play a small role in sharing this much-needed truth.
So that is where we have now gotten to. The mainstream media is not doing its job, so others have to do it, one small group at a time if need be. Thankfully I am not alone in this. Various groups and individuals are also keeping busy in sharing truth on these issues.
In my talk last night I mentioned that another person greatly concerned about the trans agenda was also experiencing censorship and opposition: American paediatrician Quentin Van Meter. He is making the rounds at the moment down under, and was due to speak in Perth last night. But at the last minute the university bowed to pressure from the activists, and he was refused the venue.
I told my Melbourne audience that this is becoming increasingly common, and that I have often had to run the gauntlet just to get in to a meeting to speak. The militants will seek to shut down such meetings, and will happily resort to physically blocking people from going in to listen.
Welcome to the ugly new world of the activist left, where fascism is once again rearing its ugly head. I was asked last night if I was tempted to just quit, given all the hate mail and opposition that I get. I replied by saying I was of course not thrilled with all the hate and abuse, but I would continue doing this because truth matters, and we owe it to others to share truth far and wide.
And that is why experts like Dr Van Meter are so vitally needed. Their stories need to be told. Their messages need to get out there. So let me offer a bit on his important work in two ways. First, let me appeal to a very helpful article on him and others that was penned last year.
The entire piece is well worth reading, but let me offer some snippets of it here. By way of some background, it says in part:
Though estimates vary, transgender people reportedly make up between 0.3 and 0.6 percent of the U.S. population. Still, activists have been part of a relentless push to persuade society to accept the practice as healthy. Until 2012 the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) identified transgender feelings as “gender identity disorder.” A year later, the organization changed the designation to “gender dysphoria”—a condition that produces distress over transgender feelings, but is no longer considered a disorder.
In 2016 the Obama administration demanded most physicians facilitate gender transitions for any child referred by a mental health professional, even if the doctor thought the process harmful to children. A Texas court struck down that mandate in January. But battles will continue at least on state and local levels, where health policies often affirm transgender students, and school curricula sometimes teach all children that gender is an abstract concept.
The piece continues:
Paul McHugh, professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medicine, helped persuade the institution to stop performing sex-change operations in the 1970s after evidence suggested patients weren’t substantially better off after the surgeries. McHugh continues to warn against the transgender trend, pointing out that birth sex is an objective, biological fact, not a perception or a feeling. In the rare instances when it is hard to identify biological sex at birth, McHugh and other physicians say careful, compassionate care is critical on a case-by-case basis.
But the majority of people, including children, who say they are confused about their sex aren’t suffering from biological problems obvious at birth. The rare and difficult cases don’t justify encouraging biologically healthy children or adults to alter their bodies permanently. McHugh suggests therapy for those confused about their sex, and he uses the example of people suffering from other problems that produce confused perceptions: “We wouldn’t agree with an anorexic child that he’s fat.”
It also discusses the work of Van Meter:
Quentin Van Meter, a pediatric endocrinologist in Atlanta, says in his 40 years of practice he had only seen one case of parents concerned their child was confused about gender. Last year, four such patients came to the clinic. Van Meter suggested psychological help. “You’re never changing the sex of the patient,” he says. “Never. Every cell in the body is programmed to be male or female.” Despite those objective realities, Van Meter says physicians go along with children’s distorted perceptions: “It’s like the Emperor’s New Clothes.”
And it discusses how risky it is to hold an opposing viewpoint:
For those who do argue, the price can be steep. Kenneth Zucker, a psychologist for decades, led the Child Youth and Family Gender Identity Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. Zucker, well respected by his peers, isn’t known as a conservative. When it comes to children, Zucker takes a cautious approach. Citing his decades of experience, Zucker noted transgender feelings usually don’t persist into adulthood. He encouraged therapists to explore the possibility of helping children become secure with their birth sex.
Activists railed against Zucker until the health center pledged to perform an external review. In December 2015 the center announced it was “winding down” its gender identity clinic. Zucker was out of a job. “We want to apologize for the fact that not all of the practices in our gender identity clinic are in step with the latest thinking,” medical director Kwame McKenzie stated. More than 500 professionals in the field of sexuality and gender identity signed a petition protesting the center’s treatment of Zucker. (The figure suggests perhaps more mental health professionals are skeptical of the rush to affirm pre-pubescent children who believe they’re transgender.)
Zucker said he’s not commenting on the case at this time, but Ray Blanchard, a psychiatry professor at the University of Toronto, said Zucker’s dismissal could have a chilling effect on other professionals with similar opinions. “In the present climate, many mental health professionals are afraid to state publicly that they believe the first treatment approach, with young gender-confused children, should be helping them become comfortable with their biological sex,” Blanchard wrote in an email. “Professionals might, with good reason, fear harassment from trans activists, negative coverage in the media, cold shoulder from politically correct colleagues, or even censure from their employers.”
That is fully true here in Australia as well. Some time ago I had to do a debate on these issues, and I asked no less than three experts in the fields of child health and related matters to come join me. All three readily agreed with me entirely on these matters, but all three declined, as they feared they would lose their jobs if they took a public stance on this.
Indeed, the articles I have been quoting from goes on to say this:
It’s a distressing reality for therapists and physicians who want to protect and help children. John Whitehall, professor of pediatrics at Western Sydney University, wrote about Zucker after he learned about his dismissal. In his article, “Gender Dysphoria and the Fashion in Child Surgical Abuse,” Whitehall wrote, “In fifty years I have not witnessed such a reluctance to express an opinion among my colleagues.” In a phone interview, Whitehall said he polled 28 medical professionals about the rush to change children’s bodies: Many said they thought “the whole thing is ridiculous,” but “no one wanted to go on the record.”
So much for truth. The radical gender bender activists have declared a war on truth, and their dangerous ideology transcends truth – it in fact stands opposed to truth. Children are of course the biggest losers in all this, but so too are the various medical experts, child psychologists, and others who have been kowtowed into silence, and cannot even speak out on this for fear of losing their livelihoods, and their abilities to help their clients.
Since the powers that be seek to suppress the truth, I will keep seeking to share it far and wide. In addition to reading the entire article I discuss above, I also strongly recommend that you watch the hour-long presentation of Dr Van Meter that he gave just recently here in Australia. It will also be an eye-opener, and it contains valuable truth that we all need to hear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8_HavG7u9s
And a somewhat shorter version of this talk can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mtQ1geeD_c
Please watch and share these absolutely important videos.
The trans movement, like all of the radical left, is a truth-transcending movement. And just as they seek to push puberty-blockers and the like on our vulnerable children, so too they are pushing truth-blockers onto all of society. Welcome to our Brave New World.
For more on all this, also see a new piece by Dr John Whitehall: https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2018/07/experimenting-children-gender-dysphoria/