The transgender movement claims that its members identify in some intangible way as being members of a different sex and that ‘feeling’ should override mere biology and science.
But as is usually the case with the Left, the goalposts don’t stay there, they move dramatically.
Attempts by Republicans and liberals to restrict the use of destructive forms of “gender-affirming care” from puberty blockers to radical surgery on minors have been met with hysteria and threats by everyone from Biden on down. 16-year-olds and then 12-year-olds, and then 8-year-olds, we are told, can meaningfully change gender and consent to drastic surgical procedures. But the goalposts keep moving down from there.
How far down?
Sloan Rachmuth at Education First NC profiles major “clinics” attached to medical facilities at universities that are dealing with 2 and 3-year-olds.
Duke Medicine opened its Gender Clinic in 2015 to offer a wide variety of services under one roof. The clinic treats children as young as two for gender dysphoria.
Dr. Deanna Adkins, a transgender activist who runs the clinic, said this about her toddler trans patients in an interview with the Charlotte Observer in 2016:
“They are not old enough to consciously just choose to do that. … It is not a choice in any of my patients.”…
A few miles down the road, at UNC Health, children as young as three can be evaluated for gender dysphoria. The clinic states it practices “gender affirming care” (gender transitioning) on its intake form:
Interested parents are assured on UNC’s website that a team of psychiatrists, endocrinologists, family doctors, and surgeons will collaborate to “affirm” their child’s gender.
How eager is UNC Health to “affirm” gender (i.e chemically sterilize and castrate)?
So eager that its medical school residents offer cross sex hormones for free every third Wednesday.
There’s plenty more at EdFirstNC’s site, but the upshot is that the transgender mutilation movement is well past the notion of any kind of meaningful choice, it’s just a supposed observed innate reality.
The transgender movement began by claiming that the ‘feelings’ of its members trumped biology and then went on to describe this sense as ‘gender identity’ and as being so innate that it can be detected in 2-year-olds.
There’s no actual science in this mix. It’s a grotesque set of abuses that in predictable fashion began with affirming choices to imposing them on the most vulnerable population…toddlers.
On the one hand, the transgender movement claims to be driven by the need to validate choices, and on the other, in a familiar narrative within the LGBTQ movement, claims that there are no actual choices, but that its form of identity is innate and all that’s left is to accept it or to discriminate against it, choice does not enter into it.
Who then determines that a 2-year-old is transgender? Transgender activists like Adkins, Muchaunsen-by-Proxy mothers who thrive on the attention (and I suppose grotesquely mutilating your children beats chopping them up into pieces and burying them Lori Vallow Daybell style, but not by that much) who track that unfortunate child into a life of dangerous drugs and unnecessary surgeries that will doom his chance of living any kind of normal life and vastly increase his chances of dying in his twenties or thirties of suicide or medical problems.
That an entire cultural and political movement and party have gone all in on this may be one of the most frightening things in American history.