The inconvenient truths about transgenderism

The inconvenient truths about transgenderism, by Doug Mainwaring.

In the fall of 2017, I was privileged to spend 10 days with Walt Heyer, a man who had undergone sex reassignment surgery and, after eight years of living as “Laura,” experienced regret and detransitioned, reverting to being himself – Walt – once and for all. …

During those 10 days, it seemed like every time Walt pulled his iPhone out of his pocket he had a new text or email from someone, somewhere in the world who had had second thoughts about “transitioning,” and was now desperately searching for help to undo the harm they had done to body and psyche.

In our politically correct world where pointing out the harms of “transitioning” is not only frowned upon but is increasingly a punishable offense, Walt is one of the precious, courageous few resources available to help counsel folks and guide them to the help they are looking for.

So why was Walt’s iPhone overflowing with anguished messages? …

More than 40 percent … of those who identify as transgender will attempt suicide at some point in their lives. That’s a statistic you probably haven’t heard before, and with good reason: Progressives controlling mainstream media don’t want you to hear anything negative about transgenderism.

Transgenders are not the group of happy, smiling, newly minted guys or gals that the media would have you believe our transgender moment is producing. …

“The best biology, psychology, and philosophy all support an understanding of sex as a bodily reality, and of gender as a social manifestation of bodily sex,” says [Ryan Anderson, author of When Harry Became Sally], adding, “Biology isn’t bigotry.”

Yet we are told we are “bigots” if we resist any aspect of transgender ideology. …

Perhaps the greatest harm inflicted by the promoters of transgenderism is on children who show signs of gender dysphoria. Parents are nowadays led to believe that the only way to prevent their gender-confused child from committing suicide is to allow them to begin to transition while they are young.

What parents aren’t being told is that 80 percent to 95 percent of children who express gender dysphoria will naturally grow out of it and come to identify with their bodily sex if natural development is allowed to proceed. …

Those who do begin to transition at an early age often find themselves experiencing regret later in life.

As it turns out, my friend Walt is one of the many whose personal testimony is included in Anderson’s book. “Living as a woman,” Anderson notes, “brought him ‘no lasting peace.’” Instead, after transitioning, Walt’s gender confusion only seemed to worsen.

Speaking of the many people now in his network of “detransitioners,” Walt says, “Every single one of them had unwanted pain caused by sexual abuse, deep trauma, mental disorders, horrible loss, or terrible family circumstances in early life.” That is a far cry from what the transgender promoters say, asserting that transgenderism is an immutable, inborn trait.

hat-tip Stephen Neil