It’s one thing for the media to glorify Bruce Jenner’s disorder with magazine covers and talk show fests, and quite another to witness the real-life pain that Photoshop can’t fix.
In today’s New York Times, Americans meet a young boy who’s putting a teenage face on the transgender movement — proving that the condition isn’t quite the picnic the tabloids are making it out to be. In a long and poignant column, the Times follows “Katherine” Boone, who was born a boy but identifies as a girl — and now has the body to match.
His story, which can only be described as tragic and sad, is prompting more people to ask how young is too young to “transition” to another sex? It’s a physically and mentally painful process that one Johns Hopkins doctor believes is so harmful he called it “child abuse.”
Kat, as he likes to be called, stunned his parents with the news that he was pursuing the surgery — and after much pleading, they consented. Unfortunately for Kat, the decision has led to depression, suicide attempts, and earnest health complications. Although Kat doesn’t regret the change, it certainly doesn’t paint a rosy picture of the challenges and delicacy of the situation.
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For its part, the Times does at least address some of the potential criticisms of the idea of teen transitions. “There is no consensus in the medical community on the central question,” it writes, “whether teenagers, habitually trying on new identities and not known for foresight, should be granted an irreversible physical fix for what is still considered a psychological condition…
Has the internet liberated teenagers like Kat from a narrow view of how they should live their live, or has it seduced them by offering them, for the first time, an answer to their self-searching, an answer they might later choose to reject?”
As people have argued, the “identities” of adolescents are inherently fluid. They may be making permanent physical changes based on a psychological state and desire that may not be permanent. People with gender dysphoria are supposed to be evaluated for “psychological co-morbidity” (that is, mental health problems that are present the same time as the gender issues) and should be effectively treated for those first, before reassignment is even considered. In the rush to affirm someone’s chosen gender identity, however, this often doesn’t happen.
The fact that this boy was cutting himself (even after the beginning of his reassignment, as the correction at the end of the story says!) is a huge red flag that should have been addressed. Of course, transgender activists insist that all of these mental health problems happen because they’re living in the wrong gender, and that reassignment surgery, like Kat had, is the solution.
But, as even this article points out, experts in Sweden just finished a large study in which the continuing problems of post-surgical transgenders (like high suicide rates) still exist. That, and the depression he experienced after surgery, prove those activists wrong.
As Rev. Franklin Graham said so perfectly after Jenner’s announcement: “changing the outside doesn’t change the inside. No man-made modification can fix what’s wrong with the heart. Only God can fix the human heart.”
Neither lawmakers nor counselors, pastors, teachers, nor medical professionals should participate in or reinforce the transgender movement’s lies about sexuality — nor should they be required by the government to support such distortion.
To read why, check out FRC’s latest publication, “Understanding and Responding to the Transgender Movement,” available here for free.
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