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A dangerous craze

Family | Parents and experts speak up about transgenderism’s effect on children
by Mary Jackson
Posted 10/30/20, 03:57 pm

A billboard at a prominent Los Angeles intersection states, “Your child is learning about gender identity in school. Puberty is not a medical condition.” It encourages parents to read Abigail Shrier’s recent book, Irreversible Damage: How the Transgender Craze is Seducing Our Daughters. A group called Concerned Parents paid for the billboard and set up a GoFundMe campaign to fund similar messages in other major cities.

Shrier’s book, released this past summer, is emboldening parents to push back against transgender ideology. When GoFundMe removed Concerned Parents’ page on Wednesday for unknown reasons, the group moved to a different crowdfunding site by Thursday, saying, “We will never give up on our daughters.”

WORLD contacted GoFundMe to ask why it removed the page but did not receive a response.

These new parent-activists say they want to counter the deluge of transgender-affirming messages their children hear from news and entertainment, public schools, counselors, medical professionals, and, most importantly, peer groups and social media.

“We are determined to do something,” said Keith Jordan, co-founder of the U.K.-based parent group Our Duty. “Transgenderism is being portrayed as something to be celebrated on a massive scale. This makes it harder for parents to resist and easier for a child to say, ‘That is what I am.’”

Jordan, whose daughter identifies as male, founded Our Duty in 2018 with six other parents to receive and provide support. The group now has hundreds of members, some of whom are considering opening a U.S. chapter.

Other groups such as Transgender Trend, 4thWaveNow, and Parents of Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria have sprung up as parents look for ways to fight the cultural pressure to treat gender-dysphoric children with puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and sex change surgeries.

“There is growing public disquiet about the transitioning of children,” said Stephanie Davies-Arai, a British mother of four and founder of the U.K.-based Transgender Trend.

The United Kingdom offers a case study in the growing backlash. The number of children referred to the country’s only “gender identity development” center, Tavistock and Portman National Health Service Foundation Trust, rose from 94 in 2010 to 2,519 in 2018-19. In 2017, 70 percent of children who received referrals were female, The Guardian reported. One former patient, Keira Bell, sued the Tavistock Center, saying workers should have challenged her more before giving her puberty blockers at age 16.

The U.K.’s National Health Services announced on Sept. 22 that it opened an independent review of Tavistock’s gender identity services for children and young people. Allegations have surfaced of doctors rushing children to take puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones without explanation of the physical and psychological risks.

A growing body of research from psychiatrists, endocrinologists, clinical social workers, and others raises serious questions about the science behind transgenderism. A group of medical professionals recently challenged a study asserting that any treatment other than affirmative therapy for gender-dysphoric youth causes harm and should be banned. In an October letter to the editor published in the Archives for Sexual Behavior, the authors said a study linking gender identity “conversion” efforts to psychological distress and suicide attempts relied on biased and flawed data.

“Transgenderism is being sold to young people, particularly young girls, as a way to deal with their discomfort with their bodies,” Davies-Arai said. “But it is based on a myth. It only leads to a medical pathway of treatments … that have irreversible effects and ensure a lifetime as a medical patient. Nobody needs that to become their true self.”

Mary Jackson

Mary is a book reviewer and reporter for WORLD. She is a World Journalism Institute and Greenville University graduate who previously worked for the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal. Mary resides with her family in the San Francisco Bay area. Follow her on Twitter @mbjackson77.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 10/30/2020 08:33 pm

    I'm glad people are starting to fight back against this. Something puzzling to me is that a group/trend that should very much be on the outer fringes of society has gained so much power and popularity. 

  • BF
    Posted: Sat, 10/31/2020 12:01 pm

    And so quickly. 

  • JerryM
    Posted: Sun, 11/01/2020 05:11 am

    I suggest we are experiencing some of the fruit of our spiritual illiteracy in the church, how we have not adequately understood the spiritual forces unleashed as part of the sexual revolution.  I don't claim to understand it all but that we "wrestle not against flesh and blood..."

    God bless and strengthen these parents for standing up.  I pray for the strengthening of all others standing up, and for those standing in the gap interceding before God for these issues.

  • JerryM
    Posted: Sun, 11/01/2020 05:12 am

    I suggest we are experiencing some of the fruit of our spiritual illiteracy in the church, how we have not adequately understood the spiritual forces unleashed as part of the sexual revolution.  I don't claim to understand it all but that we "wrestle not against flesh and blood..."

    God bless and strengthen these parents for standing up.  I pray for the strengthening of all others standing up, and for those standing in the gap interceding before God for these issues.

    Thanks, Mary, for your important reporting...

  • jclark53
    Posted: Mon, 11/02/2020 09:24 am

    In my generation females were being told they could do it all. They could work in construction or repair cars. It was liberating. Males were told they could have and express feelings and weren't required to be muscular or play sports.

    I see today's culture as a big step back. When a girl likes sports she isn't treated like a girl who likes sports but "maybe you were born with the wrong gender." The old stereotypes are alive but in disguise as "freeing a young person to do what they were meant to do" as if wanting to pursue those activities was "wrong" for the gender they were born with.  Sad times.

  • CB
    Posted: Mon, 11/02/2020 01:51 pm

    This article is so true.  A friend of mine had the sad experience of watching this play out with her grandaughter.   Her grandaughter, who is a tween, had stated that she knew it was " her own responsibility to figure out her gender".  Within the same month, the child's mother was informing others that this child has decided on identifying as being gay.  I do not know if she has decided her gender, but no child  should believe it is their responsibility to figure this out.  Growing up is difficult enough for most kids let alone being now taught they need to figure out their gender. Any attempts to dispute this reasoning is strongly opposed by those  who have fallen for it. It is so very sad and I believe it is happening more than we know. I think maybe tweens and teenage girls see it as trendy.

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