Last week the 2018 Victorian Young Australian of the Year recipient was announced. The award was given to Georgie Stone, a 17-year old transgender youth, who at the age of 10, became the youngest person in Australia to be granted permission by a court to take hormone blockers. Stone was congratulated by the organisation for being, “a brave a visible advocate for trans and gender diverse youth in Australia… [who] has shown Australia that trans youth can speak out, tell their stories, demand equality and gain acceptance.”
We witnessed something similar in the U.S. when Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner won Woman of the Year 2015. While the media continually heaped praise on Jenner, Ben Shapiro highlighted three facts the media ignored then, and is still ignoring now:
- Suicide rates among transgenders do not decrease thanks to sex-change surgery or hormone therapy.
- Most children grow out of transgender feelings.
- Transgender regret is very real.
According to Shapiro, “The reality of sex and the reality of mental illness must be memory-holed, and those who suffer from mental illness driving them to believe fictions about their own sex must be forced to embrace that mental illness as reality.”
In a video that has gained over 2.1 millions views, Shapiro articulates his position further, arging:
“The idea behind the transgender movement, as a civil rights movement, is that all of their problems would just go away if I would pretend they were the sex to which they claim membership. That’s nonsense. The transgender suicide rate is 40%… And according to the Anderson School UCLA, it makes no difference… virtually no difference statically speaking, whether people recognise you as a transgender person or not. Which suggests there’s a very high comorbidity between transgenderism – whatever that mental state may be – and suicidality. That has nothing to do with how society treats you… The normal suicide rate across the U.S. is 4%, the suicide rate in the transgender community is 40%. The idea that 36% more transgender people are committing suicide because people are mean to them is ridiculous. It’s not true and it’s not backed by any science anyone can cite. It is pure conjecture.”
The video can be viewed below: