Gender Ideology and Homophobia

There’s a lot of denial about the implications of radical gender ideology on gay and lesbian identity, and especially the messages being directed at gay kids. I don’t agree with Andrew Sullivan about all things political, but he’s been at the forefront of warning about what’s going on. In Britain, feminist Kathleen Stock has risked her academic career to do the same.

Florida Bill: ‘Don’t Say Gay’ or Protecting Gay Kids from Gender Jacobins?

The Florida bill, if passed, would bar teacher-led discussions of gender identity and sexual orientation in kindergarten through 3rd grade. The restriction is debatable but should be viewed in light of teachers instructing 6 and 7 year olds to reconsider their gender identities if their behavior doesn’t conform to stereotypes for boys and girls. So, is it really a “don’t say gay” bill, as the Human Rights Campaign charges (think fundraising), or a move that will protect lesbian and gay kids from being told they’re in the wrong bodies.

Today’s gender ideology is premised on the widespread assertion of gender identity drawn from gender stereotypes, and is far distant from anything to do with the small number of people who might actually be considered transsexual.

Wright backs up his argument:

Gender activists believe that being a man or a woman requires embracing stereotypes of masculinity or femininity, respectively … A recent New York Times piece refers to “men, women and gender nonconforming people,” as though gender nonconformity were incompatible with being a man or a woman. According to the Genderbread Person, a popular educational tool for teaching young children about gender identity, the properties of “man-ness” and “woman-ness” include certain stereotypical “personality traits, jobs, hobbies, likes, dislikes, roles, [and] expectations.”
The clear message of gender ideology is that, if you’re a female who doesn’t “identify with” the social roles and stereotypes of femininity, then you’re not a woman; if you’re a male who similarly rejects the social roles and stereotypes of masculinity, then you’re not a man.

Protecting Gay Youth

Rob Jessel and Hassan Mamdani, below, concluded: “Many gay men who can remember rampant homophobia feared it would raise its ugly head again. None of us thought it would return draped in the rainbow flag, championed by the charities that once worked to protect us.”

And worth repeating: “We’re Lesbians on the Autism Spectrum. Stop Telling Us to Become Men”