Transgender issues: California parents panicking
August 18, 2013 by jillianpage
So, at least one parent in California — Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin
Peak — says one of his two teenage sons will not be returning to public
school because, ohmygawd! the lad might encounter a transgender person in
the washroom or shower room/dressing room. Dad says his boys are horrified
about the prospect — after he had a talk with them about the recent
transgender- rights legislation in that state that allows children to use
the facilities that match their gender identity, he says in an article on
http://www.wnd. com/2013/ 08/transgender- restroom- law-humiliates- the-98/> .
(In the WND piece, he says both of his boys would not be returning, but in
a later Associated Press report <
http://www.foxnews. com/politics/ 2013/08/17/ california- lawmaker- pulls-son- from-class- over-transgender -law/>
, he says one son is still thinking about it.)
Hmm . . . I wonder if the lads were horrified about the prospects of
encountering a transgender person in the washroom before dad had a talk
Mr. Donnelly also says in his article that “Many of the parents I have
heard from within the last few days have literally pulled their kids out of
public schools and have enrolled them in homeschool and private school
Now, I have no idea how many is “many” in Mr. Donnelly’s article — could it
be 5 parents or 1,000 parents? — but the conspiracy theorist in me is
thinking that this sort of paranoia could lead to a stampede of panicked
parents enrolling their kids in private schools, which would be nice for
the organizations that run such schools, yes? I mean, think of the money to
be made from panicked parents who don’t want their kids exposed to . . .
umm . . . well, I’m not sure what exactly, but whatever it might be, it
seems worth it (to them) to pay out thousands and thousands of dollars to
private institutions . . .
Mr. Donnelly’s fears seem to have to do with his boys’ raging hormones. In
his WND piece, he writes: “Allowing teenage boys and girls in the same
locker room, showering side by side, is a bad idea. In fact, AB 1266 is a
recipe for disaster. This will take the normal hormonal battles raging
inside every teenager and pour gasoline onto those simmering coals. The
right to privacy enjoyed by every student will be replaced by the right to
I dunno . . . it seems like he doesn’t trust his boys all that much, that
the sight of a born-female who identifies as, and presents as, a male might
be too much for them and inspire them to do . . . what I don’t know.
I wonder if parents who worry about their kids in these situations are not
giving them enough credit. And I wonder what they are teaching their
The Cracked Crystal Ball II, Canada
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Distort Things Much?
Posted by MgS at 8/14/2013 06:41:00 PM
Over at his blog (where he has conveniently turned off comments), we find
Walt Heyer madly scribing away, and getting it horribly wrong <
http://waltheyer. typepad.com/ blog/2013/ 08/transgenders- detransition- 3-major-news- stories.html>
He refers to three cases of what he supposes are gender transition regret:
1) Like the physician who wrote me. He became a “trans woman.” Yes, a
physician! Even after following all the standards of care, he found regret
and detransitioned back to his male birth gender. This physician looks back
and now says, “If I could only go back to the day before my surgery in
March of 2005–I would run from that surgeon’s knife.” Sadly, the approval
process for surgery does nothing to reduce such stories.
2) Like the ABC news guy who wanted everyone to accept him as a transgender
woman. Don Ennis, an ABC News editor, suffered a gender identity crisis,
switched his gender twice in a three-month period, and posted a workplace
memo attributing his actions to amnesia. Don became Dawn. Amnesia or
multiple personality disorder? Anyway this is like many of the regret
letters I get from guys who were completely convinced they were women
trapped in a men’s bodies only to discover later they had some
http://www.nypost. com/p/news/ national/ guy_again_ eKq3Jw6LjgsjpBdm ZklrtM
3) Like the NFL cheerleader, Texas native Philip Porter, who made the
decision to transition back to his male birth gender after a whopping 32
years living as a transgender woman.
“I was born male, and always felt more female than male as a child growing
up, to the point of before I could talk, [I thought] ‘I should be over
there with the girls in dresses. After 34 years on female hormones, Philip
started having discomfort with “hot flashes” so he discontinued using them.
“I just said ‘Ok, I’ll stop taking these for awhile but it’s not going to
change back after 34 years of taking them.’”
“And after that, it just started happening,” he continued. “After about 6
months to 9 months being off of them, ‘you know, you never gave yourself a
chance to sort of live as a male. What would that be like?’ And it kind of
was something in my mind that started as just a little thought that kind of
like snowballed. And you know, I mean that’s just kind of how it happened.
It was just that simple, even after 32 years. So what is a “real”
transgender? Is 32 years not long enough?
His first case, I am somewhat suspicious of. Heyer keeps on referencing
this person, but they appear to have no public profile whatsoever. The
story cannot be verified independently, and given Mr. Heyer’s propensity in
the past for fabrication, and distortion, I am deeply suspicious of its
veracity as presented on Heyer’s blog.
The second case Mr. Heyer refers to actually shows us a case of the WPATH
SOC working in the manner described. The story of Don Ennis has been
fairly widely publicized. Exactly what motivated him to step back from
transition is unclear to me. In any case, he attempted transition and
stepped away from it after a fairly brief time period. This is not
particularly unusual, nor does it represent any kind of failure of the
treatment protocol itself.
As for Philip Porter, his story is unusual. I am not at all sure that his
choice to detransition after 30 years tells us anything other than people
can, and do change. Nothing in his story speaks of “regretting&qu ot; his
transition or time as a woman, so it seems more than a little specious to
claim that as some kind of proof that the SOC as a treatment protocol is a
Detransitions are now becoming BIG BUSINESS. The Sava Perovic Foundation
website reports that worldwide more than 1,500 persons who got sex change
surgery later decided they had made a mistake.
According to a doctor I know, Dr. Sava Perovic was the greatest urogenital
surgeon of our time treating probably every anomaly of the reproductive
organs and the urinary system that you can think of. Dr. Perovic was also
responsible for teaching SRS to surgeons in Thailand. His foundation is now
offering reversal surgery for regretters.
Mr. Heyer needs to do a much more careful reading of the Sava Perovic
Foundation&# 39;s website. Yes, it does mention GRS reversal procedures – but
it is also abundantly clear that those surgeries are provided based on the
same kind of psychological assessment that the WPATH SOC requires in the
first place. In short, the WPATH SOC exists for a reason, and their
surgeons won’t provide surgery for someone seeking GRS (or reversal of GRS)
without appropriate psychological assessments. I think it is important (if
not vital) to note that the Sava Perovic Foundation also provides GRS
services – and is rightly quite insistent that the WPATH SOC be followed.
There are only a limited number of ways that the WPATH SOC will fail to
protect a patient – and most of them are the direct result of the patient
attempting to “game” the system instead of being brutally honest with
themselves. I would be willing to bet that the vast majority of those
“inappropriate ” GRS procedures are the direct result of the patient
managing to lie their way through the evaluation process. As I have noted
before, Mr. Heyer admits in his own autobiography that he lied routinely in
his pursuit of GRS. A reality that calls into question the accusations he
makes of the treatment community.
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