Nearly 10 years ago, after gay activists launched hateful attacks on supporters of California’s Proposition 8, I explained that the LGBT movement’s “vitriolic rage highlighted how the progressive rhetoric of ‘rights’ undermines and destabilizes political consensus”:
Seizing on the triumphant narrative of the black civil-rights movement, liberals adopted the habit of framing political debates in terms of minority “rights” versus majority “discrimination.” That this tactic involves a species of moral and emotional blackmail should be obvious. . . .
If all legal and political conflicts are about “rights,” there is no need to argue about the specific consequences of laws and policies. Merely determine which side of the controversy represents “rights” and the debate ends there. . . .
If homosexuality is a right, and denying legal recognition to same-sex marriage is a violation of that right, then the rage of gay activists against their opponents is entirely justified. . . .
Gay activists do not construe their “rights” in terms of liberty, but in terms of radical and absolute equality. They insist that same-sex relationships are identical to — entirely analogous to and fungible with — traditional marriage.
Once the Supreme Court decisions in Windsor (2013) and Obergefell(2015) imposed this “radical and absolute equality” nationwide, the question for the LGBT movement became, “What next?”
An Ohio couple has temporarily lost custody of their 17-year-old daughter after refusing her transgender hormones prescribed by doctors who claim she suffers from gender dysphoria and will commit suicide without the drugs. . . .
In 2016, the unnamed girl was hospitalized and diagnosed with depression, anxiety disorder, and gender dysphoria, which the American Psychiatric Association defines as “a conflict between a person’s physical or assigned gender and the gender with which he/she/they identify.” Doctors claim that the parents’ treating the girl as a girl has triggered suicidal feelings.
Temporary custody has been granted to Hamilton County Job and Family Services, which has placed the girl with her maternal grandparents, who support the transgender identity. The medical team from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center testified that the girl is improving because her grandparents are treating her like a boy. They argued that she should immediately start treatment to decrease the risk of suicide, however.
This is the next phase of the LGBT agenda: Convincing kids they are transgender and getting them into “treatment” (synthetic hormones), using the threat of suicide to blackmail the medical community, legal authorities and parents into cooperating with what is, in reality, kidnapping. There has been an alarming increase in this phenomenon, with the Internet helping to fuel a social contagion of “rapid onset gender dysphoria,” especially among teenage girls. Feminists are angry about this, and it has created a schism within the LGBT coalition. Lesbian activists in New Zealand protested at a “pride” parade in Auckland:
[Saturday], feminist activists Charlie Montague and Renée Gerlich dropped a banner at the front of the Auckland Pride Parade. The banner read:
STOP GIVING KIDS SEX HORMONES — PROTECT LESBIAN YOUTH
“Organisations like RainbowYouth and InsideOut, as well as the Pride Parade, must stop endorsing medical experimentation, child abuse, sexist stereotyping, and the destruction of female-only and lesbian spaces,” says Gerlich, who reached out to RainbowYouth and InsideOut with an open letter in 2016.
Montague adds that, “Lesbians around the world are trying to draw attention to the harm of gender identity on lesbians, and we are being silenced.”
Between 2009-16, the number of women and girls in Wellington being referred to endocrinologists for medical gender transition increased twelvefold: from three to forty-one referrals. Sex hormone prescriptions are forecast to continue rising, and are not leading to decreasing suicide statistics or increased wellbeing. Studies also show that globally, disproportionate numbers of young women being medicated are lesbian.
Throughout the West, children as young as three are being encouraged to undergo gender transition. The prescription of puberty blockers to children as young as ten, followed by sex hormones in adolescence is sterilising children. Children as young as six are being given genital tuckers and prosthetic dildos, and RainbowYouth in New Zealand has been distributing free breast binders in schools.
What we see is that the ideology of “rights,” having obtained supreme political power, has now slipped the leash. The gay agenda is actually destroying segments of the gay community, and the feminist ideal of “gender equality” has been hijacked to erase womanhood. After all, if men and women are exactly the same — “equality” requiring that they be treated identically as a matter of law — there can be no legal argument against men being women or vice-versa. Disapproval of transgenderism is now therefore an illegal prejudice. The lunatics are running the asylum, and the rest of us are required to comply with their bizarre whims.
Autogynephilia is a self-induced, chronic, progressive disorder that is almost exclusively a male condition. . . .
Sexual fetishes occur almost exclusively in men, and men who have one sexual fetish usually have several . . .
The seeds of autogynephilia are sown shortly after puberty when a teenage boy realizes he is aroused by female undergarments, usually belonging to his mother or sister. When he has the privacy to do so, he steals the undergarments, strips naked, and masturbates while looking at himself in the mirror. This becomes a ritual and by his mid-twenties the effect is that his primary sexual and romantic feelings are directed at the thought or image of himself as a woman.
As the autogynephile continues his masturbation ritual and elaborates on it in his thirties and forties, he begins to think he IS a woman. Anne Lawrence, an autogynephile, psychologist, sexologist, and anesthesiologist, who writes about autogynephilia, calls this process, “becoming what we love,” since the autogynephile has both sexual and romantic feelings toward the image or thought of himself as a woman. . . .
Read the whole thing. The narcissistic delusion involved — the autogynephile’s arousal toward an eroticized vision of himself as a woman — is symptomatic of a profound psychiatric disturbance. Crazy people have a right to be crazy, so long as they harm no one else with their perverse delusions, but they do not have a right to compel the rest of us to participate in their sexual fantasies, by forcing us to pretend that they actually are what they fantasize about becoming.