After the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide in the landmark 2015 decision Obergefell v. Hodges, many believed the fight for gay rights would begin to wind down. Yet that didn’t happen. Instead, the LGBT-advocacy sector simply redirected its available staff, fundraising and rhetoric to other projects. …In a relatively short period of time, the gay-rights movement fused with more radical campus-based gender and identity-politics movements, to become the compound movement now known as “LGBTQ+”—lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, “queer” and more. Even many people within the movement now have trouble keeping up with all the new subcategories contained within that plus sign. … None of these bizarre neologisms have any resonance to those of us who joined the gay-rights movement simply to affirm and protect the basic rights of people to be who they are and love who they choose without stigma or legal sanction. We’ve been forced to watch the simple moral logic of non-discrimination be transformed into a self-parodic alphabet soup of invented identities.And worth repeating:
Culture & Identity
Update: Video at https://savejames.com/: “Mommy says I’m a girl.”
Horrying update on the James Younger, 7yr transgender boy story.— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) October 23, 2019
Look at this video where James says his mom put dresses on him, paints his nails, and *TELLS* him he’s a girl.
This is child abuse. Everyone needs to see this. #ProtectJamesYoung pic.twitter.com/X818smhJF6
“I’m looking out for the best interests of James, my son. When James is with me, he shows no signs of wanting to be a girl when given the choice. Even when in female company, away from me, James rejects a female gender expression.”
Update: Judge Kim Cooks has now given Jeff Younger a say in his seven-year-old son James’s gender-transition process, but she has also placed a gag order on the father, forbidding him from discussing the case further. What’s troubling is that earlier this year, the same judge prevented Jeff Younger from getting a second opinion from an independent psychologist or psychiatrist on whether James has gender dysphoria..
LGBTQ activists and media now fully support the view that a boy who likes dolls and otherwise doesn’t conform to masculine stereotypes should be told he’s a girl and put on the road to gender transitioning.
"Every gender-dysphoric child deserves the right to grow up free to decide who he wants to be when he is ready to do so. I am grateful I grew up in a time when I had that chance."#ProtectJamesYounger https://t.co/LWPFe2MiOb— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) October 24, 2019
Judge overrules jury who tried to stop transphobic dad from forcing trans daughter to live as a boy https://t.co/6ef0SzB6YK— PinkNews (@PinkNews) October 25, 2019
—— Woke parents prefer transitioning their children if they don’t reflect gender stereotypes. Who will stand up and protect gay kids? From what we’re told, he sounds more like an effeminate gay boy, to be chemically castrated at age 7 (at his mother’s request, over the strong objections of his father). Is this America or Iran? It’s the woke LGBTQ activists who “don’t give a damn about this child.”
Oh, no. 😱 My 3-year-old son played with some toy makeup, brushes, and nail polish today! You know what that means??!— Kimberly Ross (@SouthernKeeks) October 25, 2019
It means he's a kid.
He is seven. He should not be chemically castrated any more than he should be married off or promised into the priesthood. Children can't give informed consent, nor should they have lasting choices decided when they're in second grade.— Ava (@AvaSkovdottir) October 23, 2019
He's being exploited but not by conservatives.— Laura Erickson (@lousjourney) October 23, 2019
Where did Georgulas get the idea that her son was “really” her daughter? According to The Texan, the mother said her son liked the movie Frozen and asked to get a “girl toy” from McDonald’s. She also claimed he expressing a desire to wear girl’s clothing.
[Jeffrey] Younger claims that Georgulas had started putting James in dresses and painting his nails when he was three years old. The father also claims his ex-wife locked James in his room and told him that “the monsters only eat boys.” He claims that Georgulas would withhold affection from James if he did not act like a girl.
I don’t have children, but I sure worry about gay kids in this context. I remember being taunted by some other kids when I was young — they suggested that because I was mildly gender-nonconforming, I must be a girl. If my teachers and parents and doctors had adopted this new ideology, I might never have found the happiness of being gay and comfort in being male. How many gay kids, I wonder, are now being led into permanent physical damage or surgery that may be life-saving for many, but catastrophic for others, who come to realize they made a mistake. And what are gay adults doing to protect them? Nothing. Only a few ornery feminists, God bless them, are querying this.
In some ways, the extremism of the new transgender ideology also risks becoming homophobic. Instead of seeing effeminate men as one kind of masculinity, as legitimate as any other, transgenderism insists that girliness requires being a biological girl. Similarly, a tomboy is not allowed to expand the bandwidth of what being female can mean, but must be put into the category of male. In my view, this is not progressive; it’s deeply regressive. There’s a reason why Iran is a world leader in sex-reassignment surgery, and why the mullahs pay for it. Homosexuality in Iran is so anathema that gay boys must be turned into girls, and lesbian girls into boys, to conform to heterosexual norms. Sound a little too familiar?
Employee rudely discriminates against customer, loses job. National news! https://t.co/O099cIPArT— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) September 14, 2019
Excellent interview. “I am not against there being trans women, or even a gender-recognition act, I’m just against it being based on self-identity and how you feel…It should be a therapeutic last resort rather than the thing a four-year-old does when he likes pink”— Simon Fanshawe (@SimonFanshawe) September 14, 2019
LGBT turning femininity in gay men into evidence of transgender identity is the effective erasure of gay men as a group. 🤷♂️— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) September 15, 2019
Surgery and hormones: the ultimate conversion therapy.— Shana Vinitsky (@Shana613) September 15, 2019
Increasingly authoritarian. No, we won’t cal you “they” just because you order us to. https://t.co/tR8gE4sgjy— IGF CultureWatch (@IndeGayForum) September 14, 2019
Andrew Sullivan writes:
Subject young white boys to critical race and gender theory, tell them that women can have penises, that genetics are irrelevant in understanding human behavior, that borders are racist, or that men are inherently toxic, and you will get a bunch of Jordan Peterson fans by their 20s. …
Many leftists somehow believe that sustained indoctrination will work in abolishing human nature, and when it doesn’t, because it can’t, they demonize those who have failed the various tests of PC purity as inherently wicked. In the end, the alienated and despised see no reason not to gravitate to ever-more extreme positions. They support people and ideas simply because they piss off their indoctrinators. And, in the end, they reelect Trump.
None of this is necessary. You can be in favor of women’s equality without buying into the toxicity of men; you can support legal immigration if the government gets serious about stopping illegal immigration; you can be inclusive of trans people without abolishing the bimodality of human sex and gender; you can support criminal-justice reform without believing — as the New York Times now apparently does — that America is an inherently racist invention, founded in 1619 and not 1775.
Hymowitz, a contributing editor at City Journal, also writes:
In 1977, Michel Foucault, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jacques Derrida, Simone de Beauvoir and dozens of other French intellectuals lobbied the French government to abolish age of consent laws and to decriminalise ‘consensual sex’ between adults and minors under the age of fifteen. In response to a trial of three Frenchman accused of having sex with 13 and 14 year old boys, 69 French intellectuals signed a petition arguing for their release. …
Similar questions apply to Desmond Napoles, a pre-teen “drag kid” who has performed in gay bars and has been the subject of an admiring profile on “Good Morning America” as well as a celebratory blog post by a convicted pedophile. When is a child fully capable of autonomy?
I think that consensual relations between sexually active teens and older men can sometimes be confused with, and condemned as, child sexual abuse. But I agree that when you start removing traditional barriers around sex, and gender, you should be mindful that while some constrictions were oppressive and easing them freeing, going too far in uprooting tradition in pursuit of liberation opens the door to appalling evils. It’s a lesson we learn from revolutions, sexual and otherwise, again and again.
We’ve reached a truly insane place in American culture where a celebrity has to apologize for saying that maybe a three year-old child is not mature enough to make decisions about their gender that will irreparably impact them the rest of their life. https://t.co/Ed8gMhKSIC— Andrew T. Walker (@andrewtwalk) July 31, 2019
Rob Smith says when a gender-nonconforming child, such as a boy who “happens to be more effeminate” and therefor identifies with girls gets told “No, no, he’s not a boy he’s a girl…there’s an element of homophobia in that.”
Like #MarioLopez – I ALSO had a conversation about trans kids with @RealCandaceO on @prageru.— Rob Smith 🇺🇸 (@robsmithonline) July 31, 2019
As a gay man, I think this trend is damaging, I’m sad that more gays and lesbians are too afraid to speak out, and I WON’T be bullied into an apology. pic.twitter.com/tKiVOifvd3