A UK High Court Judge has exonerated foster parents who are helping their four-year-old foster son transition to a girl. The ruling comes despite social workers claiming the parents were actively encouraging and prematurely diagnosing the boy with gender dysphoria.
According to the Daily Mail, a number of social workers were attempting to have the child removed from his foster parents after they came to the belief that the couple were “actively encouraging” the child and “acted in a precipitate manner in relation to perceived gender dysphoria.”
Life Site News reported, “the foster couple had sent [the child] to school in a girls’ uniform at age three and had allowed their biological son to do so at age seven. Also, a third foster child who had been in their care is reportedly showing ‘gender identity issues.’” Altogether, the couple has two biological children and three foster children, three of whom supposedly have gender issues.
The foster parents had a number of “expert witnesses” testifying in court and offering glowing reviews as to their parenting capabilities and clinical justification in their decisions.
Despite hearing the evidence presented by the social workers, the High Court Judge exonerated the couple, describing them as “attuned and careful parents, devoted to the boy’s welfare.”
The judge’s decision to sanction the gender transitioning of such a young child is believed to be unprecedented in the UK, according to Life Site News.
The judge stated in this final ruling, “Issues relating to gender identity and the medical understanding of such issues is complex and developing. Inevitably, there is some lag between those professionals at the cutting edge and others, in which I include myself, which might have played some role in how these proceedings came about.”
These issues are now entering the realm of government intervention, judicial processes and in some cases, criminal investigation. But is this the sort of ideology we should be imposing on kids? Does it make them happier and healthier or does it increase risk and harm?
According to the National LGBTI Health Alliance:
- Studies have showing transgender people have a higher rate of suicide attempts than others in the LGB “community”, which is nearly 11 times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population.
- Trans people are nearly three times more likely to have thoughts of suicide than LGB people combined, and are twelve times more likely to have thoughts about suicide than the general population.
- 42% of LGBTQ young people aged 16 to 27 report to have thoughts about suicide.
- 33% of those have self-harmed, while 41% have thought about it.
- 5% of transgender people aged 18 to 19 have depressive syndrome and 21.7% have anxiety syndrome.
- LGBTI young people are five times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers of similar age.
- LGBTI young people are nearly twice as likely to engage in self-harm than their peers.
- LGBTI young people aged 16 to 24 have the highest level of psychological distress across all age groups.
- Rates of psychological distress for Gay men, Lesbian women, Bisexual men, Bisexual women and Trans women decline with age, while rates for psychological distress among transgender men were consistently high across all age groups.
One study, conducted in the Netherlands showed 88% of children who claimed to have gender dysphoria desisted from it and ceased to feel transgender into adulthood.
Commenting on a study conducted by Lisa Littman, Physician and Professor of Behavioural Scient at Brown University, Dr Samuel Veissière of Psychology Today said: “rapid-onset gender dysphoria, which seems to predominantly involve natal females, points to a complex web of social pressures, changing cultural norms, and new modes of distress and coping that warrant further investigation. For parents, educators, and clinicians alike, caution is warranted in dealing with this growing phenomenon.”
Dr Paul McHugh, former head of psychiatry at John Hopkins University has argued 70-80% of all children with transgender feelings grow out of it.
“Policymakers and the media are doing no favours either to the public and transgendered by treating their confusion as a right in need of defending rather than as a medical disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention,” Dr McHugh said.
With gender dysphoria rates rising dramatically, we’re now entering a frightening new era, both socially and medically. No doubt we’ll see more and more cases like that of Nathan Verhelst from Belgium who committed suicide after undergoing several “gender reassignment” surgeries.
The 44-year-old biological female committed suicide by euthanasia after transitioning. Before her death, Verhelst said: “I was ready to celebrate my new birth. But when I looked in the mirror, I was disgusted with myself. My new breasts did not match my expectations and my new penis had symptoms of rejection. I do not want to be a monster.”
Is this the path we want to send our children down? If we, as a society, choose the path of blind acceptance over proper investigation, if we fail to ask the tough questions, if we’re constricted by “political correctness”, don’t we risk sending our children into potentially one of the greatest cases of medical negligence of our time?
Commenting on Tasmania’s new transgender laws, Rowan Dean of Sky News said: “We may well put the names down of these people who voted for it because they will be fronting up to a Royal Commission in 30 years’ time to explain this madness.
“The reality is, we know from statistics… there are very, very serious psychological and health problems that come from this push… The authorities are now enabling this… Our children are being victimized here and the authorities are not protecting them.
“It is an absolute disgrace and an absolute abrogation of duty and they will pay in 30 years’ time because I guarantee we’ll be talking then about the Royal Commission into the transgender abuse of this period,” Dean said.
Our news feeds are filled with countless examples of adults pushing their ideologies and agendas on young, impressionable children. Almost every month we hear of the new drag kid on the block or a new “artsy” photoshoot with naked children and adults designed to “push the envelope” of what we deem socially acceptable.
Every few weeks there’s a new climate protest involving children truanting from school. Not to mention the teens who are out all night, brawling, consuming alcohol, or just being general delinquents who have never been taught to respect authority.
Every generation, to some extent, reflects the parenting successes and failures of the generation before. What will the next generation say about us?