Slate advises a mom: “My Teen Changes Their Queer Identity Every Week and I Can’t Take It Anymore.”
Culture & Identity
You hear this more and more, and not just on campuses, which largely birthed woke intersectional dogma, but in mainstream LGBTQ movement groups, such as GLAAD (discussed here) and HRC. Cis, gay, white men, increasingly, aren’t welcomed, or are expected to receive and accept abuse as penance for their privilege if they are employed or otherwise seek to be involved. Yet they continue to fund these same groups, as they always have.
From LGBAlliance USA, A Rainbow by Any Other Name: In Defense of “The Homosexual”:
One gay man’s story about how campus LGBTQ organizations have become places filled with regressive homophobia that will not allow advocacy based on same-sex orientation.
Annie Kia writes:
The queer ideology movement drives the view that all children with gender dysphoria are trans. It follows from this assumption that holistic therapy is considered irrelevant or undesirable, and the stated gender identity of the child should be immediately affirmed and that medical transition should be expedited. …<
After being swept up in the surge in young people getting body altering hormones and surgeries, Detrans Gay Guy came to realise he was gay and not trans. He detransitioned. At the time of this tweet, he was to have surgery for prosthetic testicles. Hereafter, Big Pharma will supply him with testosterone.
Detrans Gay Guy is not alone. There are increasing accounts of young people who detransition (re-identify with their biological sex). …
You’d expect LGBT organisations to care for young gay men like Detrans Gay Guy, or young women who discover that all along they were lesbians and deeply regret the lasting impact of testosterone, and/or surgical removal of their breasts, and/or vagina and uterus.
This is long but thoughtful piece by Ben Appel that hits home on several points about gay people and what’s happening now. On the Facebook site I highlighted this excerpt:
For years, I feared homophobic right-wing evangelicals. But these days, I’m equally wary of the progressive activists who push a distinctly homophobic agenda that denies the biological reality of sex—and who claim that what we are attracted to isn’t male or female bodies per se, but rather male or female gender identities. This outlook effectively imagines away the existence of homosexuality, which, in the real world, is of course rooted in physical attraction based on biological attributes.
These ideas also serve to instruct gender-nonconforming children (as I once was) that their uniqueness indicates they may have been born inside the “wrong body,” and so will likely have to commit to a lifetime of medicalization if they want to be happy. … By means of this “progressive” ideology, we regress to a time in which the categories of “boy” and “girl” were defined in a narrow and reactionary manner.
But there are many other insights in Appel’s essay. Here’s another:
The summer after my first semester, I landed an internship with the LGBT-rights organization GLAAD. … It was also at GLAAD that I first heard the terms “nonbinary” and “cisgender,” and, before I knew it, “cis-supremacy.” And it was the first time that I was pejoratively referred to as “cis.” It’s a nominally neutral term used to describe a person whose gender identity aligns with their biological sex. But it’s also an implicit slur, often directed at gay men with traditionally masculine—thus, “assimilationist,” toxic, and regressive—traits. … Since that time, I’ve noticed that enmity toward “cis” gay men (which often seems a lot like straight up homophobia) has begun to permeate LGBT publications and social media, without any sort of consequences. …
This attitude … offers one explanation for the sharp uptick in the number of gay men and women who now identify under the umbrella of “trans/nonbinary.” As I’ve told friends over the last few years, were I to dye my hair purple, start painting my nails and wearing eyeliner, and change my pronouns, I would experience less anti-gay hostility in the “queer” community, since I would have visibly rejected “cis-heteronormativity.” In fact, my change would also be taken as a signal that I’d adopted a whole set of acceptable politics and beliefs, including the belief that people are attracted to others on the basis of their internally felt gender, as opposed to their biological sex.
You hear this a lot these days from “cis gay men.”
In the Quillette comments, “Beowulf_Obsidian” shared:
Less than a year after homosexual marriage was legalized, gay friends of mine openly lamented how they fell from their super hero status to becoming part of the condemned ‘normative’ crowd. They weren’t celebrated for being gay, they were blasted for not wanting to have sex or date heterobodied trans. … Congratulations, they have marriage equality and equality in condemnation. Welcome to the world of privilege.
I think that provides some insight into the current cultural moment.
Lauren Rowello writes, “Yes, kink belongs at Pride. And I want my kids to see it.”
That said, the modern LGBTQIA2ZJGKSA+ Pride Movement™️ is a woke disgrace that erases gays individuality and uses identity as a partisan cudgel.— Brad Polumbo ??⚽️ ?️? (@brad_polumbo) June 1, 2021
Embrace pride, reject Pride™️.
Case in point:
James Kirchick observes:
#Pride2021 hadn’t even begun & @nytimes ran two pieces in 3 days w/ the myth that Stonewall was led by “trans women of color”— James Kirchick (@jkirchick) June 1, 2021
First was @rgay asserting that the gay rights movement itself was “largely ignited by Black trans women and young gay hustlers”https://t.co/gZqZG0Q09k
Last year when the trans Stonewall lie formed the basis of an entire Times article, I wrote to standards editor @CorbettNYT and a “correction” was issued.— James Kirchick (@jkirchick) June 1, 2021
How many times will the transwashing of Stonewall be pushed in the NYT (and elsewhere) this month? https://t.co/l8GnuE9DeF
Stop the madness. The original rainbow already included everyone. Also, find a better designer. https://t.co/WpSpL4toHv— Arielle Scarcella (@ArielleScarcell) June 13, 2021
On March 24, 2013, @GLAAD formally dropped “Gay & Lesbian” from its name, becoming merely the acronym.— LGB Alliance USA (@LGBAlliance_USA) May 26, 2021
This couldn’t be any clearer than in the current moment, as they shamefully abandon the gay & lesbian youth being sterilized by a procedure the majority desist from with time. https://t.co/CkoXsUMUa1
“If you are LGB, why do you write so much about trans-related issues?”— LGB Alliance (@ALLIANCELGB) May 19, 2021
Because part of our work is a large-scale disentangling process. Sexual orientation & gender identity are different issues. Combining them has caused confusion and harm, especially to young LGB people.
Where are your words about how dangerous it is for us to perpetuate the homophobic notion that it is better to medically transition gender non-conforming youth than to allow them to grow into the (mostly) gay and lesbian adults that they would be if left alone? #letkidsbeGNC https://t.co/nwj9r1I3Jy— LGB Alliance USA (@LGBAlliance_USA) May 27, 2021
'60 Minutes' Story Focuses on Transition Regret, Gets Slammed https://t.co/U4oNuZNOcf— LGB Alliance USA (@LGBAlliance_USA) May 27, 2021
James Kirchick writes:
If the public face of the ACLU was Ira Glasser during the latter part of the previous century, today that honor can be claimed by a staff attorney named Chase Strangio … the ACLU’s deputy director for transgender justice. Like many activists consumed by this issue, he is uncompromising in demanding strict adherence to a set of highly contestable orthodoxies, and merciless toward anyone who dares question them. Two women who have—J.K. Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, and Abigail Shrier, author of a book about the role of “peer contagion” in the rising rate of teenage girls declaring themselves transgender—are “closely aligned with white supremacists in power,” Strangio declared on Twitter, offering not a shred of evidence for this claim. “Stopping the circulation of [Shrier’s] book and these ideas is 100% a hill I will die on,” he wrote, a rather bizarre position for an ACLU employee to endorse. …
Strangio is of course perfectly entitled to his views about the fairness of allowing natal males to compete against natal females in high school sports, and to advocate for an “information climate” suppressing books he doesn’t like. What’s puzzling is why someone with such pro-censorship inclinations would want to work, of all places, at the American Civil Liberties Union. … Puzzling, that is, until you realize that—like so many other institutions whose worthy missions we naively assumed to be inviolable—the ACLU is no longer itself.
And when other constitutional rights have come into conflict with a First Amendment freedom even more unpopular with progressives than speech—that of religion—the ACLU has made it all but official policy to consider claims of religious conscience as smokescreens for discrimination, arguing that an evangelical Christian baker must make cakes for same-sex weddings against his will (a violation of both expressive and religious freedom), and that Catholic hospitals must perform abortions.
BREAKING: Arkansas has become the first state to ban health care for trans youth.— ACLU (@ACLU) March 29, 2021
Last 100 @ACLU tweets by topic— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) March 31, 2021
Immigration/Muslim ban: 8
Police reform/racial justice: 9
Voting rights: 7
Economic inequality: 3
DC Statehood: 2
ACLU fundraising: 1
Trans issues: 63
Free speech: 1
Due process: 0
Say it with us: what you call “gender affirming care” is ruining the lives of thousands of young lesbian, gay and bisexual people. How do we know? Because they tell us – years later, after the hormones, sterilization and mastectomies you call “care”. Shame on you @ACLU https://t.co/wD7OAZxhka— LGB Alliance (@ALLIANCELGB) April 5, 2021
ACLU sues to block woman’s request for data on transgender inmates in women’s prisons. https://t.co/jO64FxZoQa— CultureWatch (@IndeGayForum) April 14, 2021
The downward spirals goes on and on … and on
It confuses me so much that major organizations like the ACLU make no effort to rein in their most famous, Online staffers. To accuse Michelle Goldberg — Michelle Goldberg! — of peddling "white supremacy" makes the organization look like an utter laughingstock. https://t.co/WrOY2QkYEt— Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) April 19, 2021