The Trans Debate…. are we putting our most vulnerable kids in the middle of a politician-created culture war?
For what it’s worth, I believe kids should be allowed to choose their pronouns and use whichever bathroom they choose, and that this is their call, not their parents’ decision. Yet, I don’t think they should be able to play on any sports team they want, and I feel they should have to wait until at least 19 to have surgery that alters their sexual orientation.
I also feel that public schools should be able to teach about all gender orientations… I think. This is a little complicated, as I’m a progressive, and the public school curriculums align more with my thinking.
So, am I an ally or an enemy to those seeking trans rights?
I think of myself as an ally, but not necessarily because of what I’ve said above. I’m an ally because I want to shut down this whole high-profile public debate, irrespective of what side of it you are on.
Trans rights have become a lightning rod for political debate. It’s become a top ballot box issue, with some state and provincial level elections won and lost on whether we can teach trans issues in school. Fox News screams 24/7 about the leftish indoctrination of our kids.
Politicians, the media, the religious right, and the progressive left are using the trans issue — and these kids — to drum up voters and donations at the extreme expense of thousands/millions of young people struggling with their sexual identity. They are placing a national media spotlight on these kids during the most tumultuous time of their lives, zeroing in on their issues of maximum vulnerability — their sexual identity.
This is unforgivable.
Fewer than 1,000 kids a year in the US get gender reassignment surgery of any kind. In a country of 300,000,000 people, this is a minor issue — let it be dealt with within the healthcare community.
Whether we teach gender identity in the classroom, there are thousands of curriculum updates every year — allow sexual and gender education decisions to be hammered out here.
Who can play on which sports team? Every sport has it’s governing councils — leave it to them.
Trans kids, or gender-fluid kids, are being used as political wedges. It’s good for politicians and the media, but it’s very, very bad for these kids.