A turning point in the gender confusion pandemic?

30 August 2019

Have we reached a turning point in the promotion of transgenderism? Communications Manager, Paul Huxley, comments.

When will society take a step back and realise that its promotion of transgenderism is harming children?

We are living in a period of gender chaos – illustrated by a number of stories in the news. The Telegraph reports that waiting times for NHS gender identity clinics have ballooned to over two years, due to unprecedented demand.

The waiting list for the Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust, the UK’s largest service provider has hit an all-time high of 5,717 and The Telegraph reports that other service providers are “receiving four times as many referrals as they could cope with.”

What’s caused this explosion in gender confusion? Is it something in the water?

Rather more likely is that society’s obsession with gender issues and media’s continual promotion of transgenderism has combined with the idol of self-actualisation to cause more and more people to question their ‘true’ identity.

In years gone by, boys and girls who feel unsettled, out of place in their bodies or unhappy to behave in gender-stereotypical ways would be encouraged that this was a common experience while growing up.

Now, no soap opera or current affairs programme seems complete without representing trans or drag themes. Activists like Mermaids are portrayed as expert support groups providing much-needed help to confused children. Public figures like Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, have shown support to the controversial group.

The message from the fashionable elite is clear: if you don’t feel comfortable with who you are, you’re probably trapped in a wrongly-gendered body.

Speed up or slow down?

How should we deal with this pandemic?

According to the Mail on Sunday, the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) has one idea: speed up referrals by using video calls (e.g. Skype) for consultations.

Since no proper medical test can be used to confirm that a child (or adult) is ‘trapped in the wrong body’, there’s probably little to lose by conducting assessments remotely. But the suggestion represents a desire to go faster, rushing more and more children through trans treatment pathways – at what cost?

Many members of staff at GIDS have, in recent months, walked out and publicly criticised the clinic’s approach to treating children. This may have prompted NHS England to review the controversial use of puberty blockers to ‘treat’ ‘transgender children’. The review is to be welcomed; although it is lamentably late, given consistent concerns from medical experts over their use for years.

We’re at a turning point in the understanding and treatment of gender confusion. Do we charge ahead with earlier and earlier interventions, gender self-identification and wrongspeak laws? Or do we take this pandemic as a sign to slow down, step back and take stock of what we’re doing?

These children are highly vulnerable. They undoubtedly experience difficulty and frustration and it’s easy to understand and empathise with them as they see hope in gender transition.

But it’s false hope. It’s not built on truth but on the fabricated concept of ‘gender identity’.

A similar decision

In the middle of the twentieth century, society faced a similar decision when seeking to treat people with psychological problems. The promise of a miracle ‘cure’, sensible criticism ignored, media hype and promotion, ‘treatment’ given to increasingly young patients.

The ‘treatment’ then? Lobotomies.

In that case, society realised its mistake, the procedure’s pioneer Dr Walter Freeman going from president of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1948 to having hospital privileges revoked in 1967.

Will we likewise repent of our transgender chaos?

By God’s grace, we will.

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