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Years ago people would talk about “sexual preference.” Later, LGBT activists realized that in order to present themselves as a civil rights movement, no different from that of Black Americans, they needed to make this something you are born with, just like your race. The change from “preference” to “orientation” was made then for purely political reasons.
That is not to say that for many there aren’t innate factors at work. However, to say everyone living the LGBT lifestyle was “just born that way” is painting with too broad of a brush. It is interesting to notice that if someone who is living as a straight person has a homosexual affair, people will say that they were “living a lie” as a straight person and now have found their true self. When the opposite happens, someone goes from a gay relationship to a straight one, well then that person must be bisexual. The LGBT part of their life can never be called “living a lie.”
As activists achieved most of their goals for gays and lesbians, they then moved on to actively promote Transgenderism (rebranded from the old transvestites and transsexuals). So, what are we seeing now? One study showed that the number of teens identifying as trans went up 4000%. That doesn’t seem to jive with the “born that way” argument. Certainly, with greater acceptance some kids who would have tried to hide it, stay in the closet if you will, are more likely to admit to their feelings. The problem is, we are talking about a 4000% increase. That is one very huge closet that no one ever noticed. I find that hard to be the reason.
Another, more logical, reason is that people have made transgenderism trendy. Today, if a kid says they are trans, there are people ready to praise them. To encourage them to continue in that lifestyle, even if they don’t really know what that child is going through.
This week psychologist Erica Anderson made news by saying, “This has gone too far. It’s going to get worse. I don’t want any part of it.” Anderson’s complaint is significant because Anderson has worked for years counseling transgender teens. And while the activists’ knee-jerk reaction would be to call the doctor a “transphobe,” Anderson is a transgender person, born a male but living as a woman. Anderson mentions a 13-year-old who was given hormones by her pediatrician without ever seeing a psychologist. That sounds awful, but once you buy the “just born that way” argument then you no longer can look at this as a psychological problem. We are at a point now where surgery and hormones aren’t the last resort, they are the very first option for anyone showing even a hint of possible gender confusion.
In an essay about her transition and subsequent detransition, 23-year-old Helena Kerschner explains that being straight and white isn’t cool with the woke crowd.
It’s understandable that any young person exposed to this kind of belief system would grow to deeply resent being white, “cis”, straight, or (biologically) male. The beauty of gender ideology is it provides a way to game this system, so that you can get some of those targets off your back and enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded youths. You can’t change your race, pretending to have a different sexuality would be very uncomfortable in practice, but you can absolutely change your gender, and it’s as easy as putting a “she/they” in your bio.
Kerschner talks about going through several different identities before realizing she really was a straight woman living in the body of a straight woman. Thankfully she came to this conclusion before any irreversible surgical changes. Her story is important and needs to be heard. She wasn’t born trans-anything, but a young impressionable person looking for acceptance can do weird things. That is why adults need to step and act like the grown-ups in the room. There are generations of young people who need you to do the right thing.
Helena Kerschner tells Tucker Carlson about why she detransitioned and is now speaking out against pushing children to transition:
"I'm just really concerned for younger girls and boys being led down this path, and being hurt by it." pic.twitter.com/m5Q5NVBy09
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) April 16, 2022