In working with teenagers I am finding it is a trendy thing to be confused with your gender identity.. several oof the girls have said they are bi sexual at age 13 and 14 and that many of their friends feel the same way. They are very open about this matter. I think because the media promotes it as do schools etc, that many of our youth are thoroughly confused about who they really are and as a result are not embracing their true gender identity.. this may account for the rise in suicides and depression in teen. It is a real tragedy for everyone.
"How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg? FOUR. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn't make it a leg." (Abraham Lincoln).
Likewise, declaring one's gender to be opposite of that which he or she is born with does not make it so. Johns Hopkins University of Medicine stopped performing sex-change operations decades ago (1979) because their research showed that those who underwent the surgery became more emotionally disturbed following the surgery. They have been vilified ever since and, regrettably, they plan to resume performing the surgeries because of pressure from the "open-minded, politically correct" community. However research still shows that the vast majority of gender reassignment surgery are rarely happier following the surgery than before. (For example, see the article "Transgender People More Likely To Develop Depression And Anxiety" on Medical Daily). I understand and fully empathize with people who struggle with gender confusion and same gender attraction. However, we would all do well to remember that "Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose." (The Family: A Proclamation). Social and political agendas will never replace that fact just like calling a tail a leg doesn't make it so.
GRS (or Gender Reassignment Surgery) is dangerous and has so many potential negative side-effects.
I realize the issue with Transgender ism, and Gender Dysphoria is a major issue right now, but to punish parents who are trying to protect their children from a surgery that could permanently maim them or cause them premature death, is just unconscionable in my estimation.
What my child chooses to do when they are a legal adult, capable of making their own informed decisions is their choice, but there is no way I'm going to allow my child under my custody to undergo a surgery that they may regret.
There is an agenda here and instead of looking closely at the facts, people are jumping on the band-wagon. Surgeons are looking at hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits, politicians are cashing in, the LGBTQQ community is cashing in, but at the end of the day, the patient is the real victim. This is just scary.
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