On Transgenders, We Need to Start Playing Offense

You probably didn’t need a crystal ball to see the Republican backlash that followed the Obama administration’s absurd directive to public schools, telling them to let transgender people choose their own bathroom…or else! But even though we can be proud of those Republicans for speaking out against the president’s tyrannical efforts, we can’t help but notice that they are – once again – only playing defense. And on this issue, we need strong, proactive leadership.

For now, we’re only hearing two things come from Republicans. One, Obama doesn’t have the right to remake federal law to say whatever he thinks it ought to say. Two, the transgender bathroom directive means that grown men can go into the bathroom with little girls. The first argument is sound, the second argument is a little shakier when you get into the details, but both of them are positions of defense.

Instead of merely reacting to the administration’s overreach, conservatives should use this spotlight to relay some facts about the transgender movement. As it stands now, Republicans are basically taking the stance of: Yeah, transgender people deserve rights and respect and all of that…let’s just keep them using the bathrooms we specify. How long is that situation going to hold? When one side is merely trying to keep the other side from invading, it’s never going to work. Conservatives need to make up ground, and there are plenty of ways to do so.

For one, the science is not nearly as “settled” as the Democrats would like us to believe. Liberals are quick to point out the extraordinary suicide rates among transgenders, but here’s what they don’t tell you: Even when these people undergo sex change surgery, the suicide rates stay the same. Approximately 41% of transgender individuals attempt suicide at some point, and that rate only goes up among those who undergo surgery and hormone therapy.

A few months ago, the American Academy of Pediatricians released a statement condemning any attempt to normalize transgenderism among children. “A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking,” they said. “Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.”

Most damning is a recent statement made by Dr. Paul McHugh, a former Johns Hopkins psychiatrist. According to McHugh, nearly 80% of children with transgender feelings simply grow out of it with time. By normalizing and encouraging these children to embrace their delusions, we could be sending thousands of kids down a very gloomy path in life.

Republicans should stop defending themselves against one superficial issue after another and instead go after the root. Transgender individuals don’t deserve to be bullied, but that doesn’t mean we should start treating this “choice” as valid. This doesn’t have anything to do with kindness or morality or whatever the left wants us to think. This is about reality. And it’s about damn time we got back there.

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