Bob McCoskrie: Gender agenda confusing children

Bob McCoskrie: Gender agenda confusing children

NZ Herald: 9:30 AM Friday Apr 11, 2014
A child’s desire to change sex can be a symptom of other disorders that can be treated. Sex-change operations cannot change a person's chromosomes and make a man into a woman or vice versa. Photo / Getty Images

Sex-change operations cannot change a person’s chromosomes and make a man into a woman or vice versa. Photo / Getty Images

There has been no shortage of media reports lately regarding gender change – even of children.

Last year, the parents of a 7-year-old girl made the decision to start a process which would culminate in medically stopping the onset of female puberty. The media report said she was “born into a girl’s body”, – as though this was somehow an accident. At age 6, the little girl reportedly told her parents: “I’m not a girl, I think I’m a boy.”

The Human Rights Commission has published guidelines to recognise the rights of children as young as 5 to use the changing room, play in the sports team, and even share bunkrooms on school camps that match their gender identity.

In Australia, a threatened anti-discrimination lawsuit by a parent of a 9-year-old transgender child has opened the door to Queensland schools introducing unisex toilets, change rooms and sports teams.

British school inspectors praised schools for supporting their cross-dressing students. Children as young as 4 have been labelled as “transgender” and permitted to dress as the opposite sex.

In January, California became the first US state to give rights to transgender students as young as kindergarten-age, requiring public schools to allow those students access to whichever restroom and locker room they want and to choose whether they want to play boys’ or girls’ sports – based on their “self-perception” and regardless of their birth gender.

Our children are being indoctrinated with the message “Gender refers to how you identify, someone can identify as male, female, in between, both, or neither.”

The Post Primary Teachers’ Association has told secondary schools that “Gender identity refers to what a person thinks of as their own gender, whether they think of themselves as a man or as a woman, irrespective of their biological sex”, and that schools must not only recognise these forms of diversity, but affirm them.

What has been noticeable in all these media reports and government documents has been the deafening silence in terms of a critical analysis of whether this is in the best interests of children.

The current trend in treatment – changing genders – fails to take into account the possibility of deeply unresolved psychological issues that, when treated first, could avoid the need for any change in gender.

What the child really needs is affirmation of their unique personality and appropriate treatment for their unhappiness and other emotional issues.

To think that drugs and a surgeon and a knife can change gender is mythical. And to allow a child to make that type of decision is downright dangerous and ultimately harmful to the child.

A 2007 Dutch study found that 52 per cent of the children diagnosed had one or more diagnoses in addition to gender identity disorder, including anxiety disorders and behavioural disruptive disorders. The desire to become the opposite gender was not gender identity disorder but was symptomatic of other psychiatric illnesses.

Gender change does nothing to resolve these issues. One study suggested most children with gender dysphoria will not remain gender dysphoric after puberty.

To then claim all gender changes as successes ignores the high prevalence of suicides, regret, disappointment, medical problems, and adults who return to their birth gender. It fails to acknowledge the psychiatric literature which demonstrates it is possible to help these children learn to embrace the goodness of their gender.

And when adults encourage children to turn up to school confused about their gender and which toilet to use, it confounds the whole school community.

A child’s gender at birth is an objective biological reality, and is entirely consistent and unambiguous. It’s a boy! You have a girl!

Yes, there can be ambiguous genitalia, brought on by chromosomal imbalances. But these rare and difficult cases are not at all similar to the great majority of gender change cases paraded before us in the media.

Gender change surgery will not change the chromosomes of a human being in that it will not make a man become a woman, capable of menstruating, ovulating, and having children, nor will it make a woman into a man, capable of generating sperm.

American professor of psychiatry Paul McHugh, whose studies of transgender surgery brought the procedures to an end at Johns Hopkins University said: “Treating these children with hormones does considerable harm and it compounds their confusion. Trying to delay puberty or change someone’s gender is a rejection of the lawfulness of nature … Children transformed from their male constitution into female roles suffered prolonged distress and misery as they sensed their natural attitudes.

“Their parents usually lived with guilt over their decisions, second-guessing themselves and somewhat ashamed of the fabrication, both surgical and social, they had imposed on their sons.”

He concluded “We psychiatrists would do better to concentrate on trying to fix their minds and not their genitalia.”

The majority of children treated by those with expertise in this area are able to embrace the goodness of being male or female.

Walt Heyer, author of Paper Genders, felt he should have been a girl at the age of five years, had gender change surgery as an adult, and lived as a female for eight years until he realised surgery doesn’t change your DNA birth gender.

He says: “The struggle with gender issues evolve out of psychological issues. The gender issue is only a symptom of something of a much deeper problem within children, as it was in me.”

The real question, which the media haven’t asked, is: are we happy to continue accepting the “choose your gender” approach with young children, and continue compounding the confusion?

As a parent of two girls and one boy, I’m not.

Bob McCoskrie is national director of Family First.



Girl, 7, confused about step-parent after woman became transgender male and grew beard, Family Court hears

Now the Family Court has ordered that the child, 7, spend Father’s Day, alternate weekends and other times with “Mr Brown”, who had been in a lesbian relationship with her mother.

Mr Brown, who had lived with the mother, the child and her older sibling for almost three years, now lives with another transgender male.

The court heard that as a woman Mr Brown had been in an on-off relationship with the child’s mother and they were together when the little girl was born.

The mother, who already had another child, had travelled overseas and become impregnated by a man of unknown identity during a period of separation, before the couple reunited.

After another brief split, the couple lived together with the two children, and even had a “commitment ceremony”.

But a month later Mr Brown began identifying as transgender and decided to have hormone treatment to prepare for surgery to transition to a man.

The Family Court heard a few months later Mr Brown told the children he was transitioning to male and the couple separated.

The mother and the two children went to live in her parents’ home and initially Mr Brown spent a few nights a week with the children, until the mother reduced that time.

Mr Brown began a relationship with a transgender male and in 2012 changed the name on his birth certificate to a male given name, the court heard.

A month later he underwent “gender affirming surgery” to remove his breasts, the court heard.

Soon after there were consent orders made that the children live with the mother and the child spend two nights a week with Mr Brown.

A family consultant told the court the child said she sometimes called her “Dad”, “Mum”, or a European term for “my Mum” or used Mr Brown’s male name.

She said Mr Brown felt like a father to her.

The court heard the child suffered from anxiety and was stressed by the family situation.

Justice Watts accepted she had a meaningful relationship with her mother and Mr Brown, and made orders allowing him weekend and holiday time with the child.

“I find that it is likely on balance that the child will see (Mr Brown) in the role of parent and because he has a beard she will in her mind probably over time accept him as a “father” or “Dad”, the judge said.

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Facebook: Over 50 gender identities on offer for users

Facebook users can now choose their gender from over 50 different options including ‘transsexual’, ‘gender fluid’ and ‘two-spirit’.

The social networking site announced the update following consultations with homosexual and transgender rights groups.

The gender options, including ‘bigender’, ‘androgynous’, ‘pangender’ and ‘neither’, are only available to those using English (US) language settings.


The new settings also offer users the option of three preferred pronouns: him, her or them.

Facebook said the changes are aimed at giving more choice in how people describe themselves.

Brielle Harrison, the software engineer who worked on the project, is himself in the process of having a sex-change.


He said: “All too often transgender people like myself and other gender nonconforming people are given this binary option, do you want to be male or female? What is your gender?”

Harrison said the change means that for the first time, “I get to go to the site and specify to all the people I know what my gender is”.

But an American family-support charity has criticised the move.


Jeff Johnston, an issues analyst for Focus on the Family said, “it’s impossible to deny the biological reality that humanity is divided into two halves – male and female”.

“Those petitioning for the change insist that there are an infinite number of genders, but just saying it doesn’t make it so. That said, we have a great deal of compassion for those who reject their biological sex and believe they are the opposite sex”, he added.

Currently, Facebook targets advertising according to the sex of the user – but for those who change their identity to something neutral, ads will be targeted based on the pronoun they select for themselves.

The site has 1.15 billion active monthly users around the world.


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Number of kids seeking a sex change rises by 50% in a year

Number of kids seeking a sex change rises by 50% in a year

Wed, 30 Oct 2013

The number of children wanting a sex change in 2012 saw an increase of 50 per cent compared to the previous year, according to The Times newspaper.

This comes as the Royal College of Psychiatrists urged services to work better so that children can have the operation quickly when they turn 18.

It came in guidelines for treating adults who are seeking a sex change.


Figures reported in The Times show that last year 208 children were referred to specialist clinics, up from 139 in the previous year.

But research shows that a high number of people who undergo sex change surgery go on to commit suicide.

Professor Chris Hyde, a medical professor from the University of Exeter, said that though his findings were from a decade ago it is “likely” the same issues remain today.


He said: “While no doubt great care is taken to ensure that appropriate patients undergo gender reassignment, there’s still a large number of people who have the surgery but remain traumatised – often to the point of committing suicide.”

Some suggest the transsexual suicide rate is as high as 31 per cent.

And it was reported last year that Britain’s youngest sex swap patient decided to revert back to living as a man having taken hormone injections to make him look like a woman.

The 18-year-old was scheduled to go through with a sex change at the beginning of this year.


Professor Kevan Wylie, who led the development of the new guidelines, said there has been a “seismic shift in attitudes” towards sex change therapy.

He said: “Among adolescents there are an increasing number of referrals because the internet and social media mean people are aware of and understand their symptoms and are then looking for help.”

He said most clinics are increasingly seeing young people, and the issue is “more prevalent than people perceive it to be”.


Prof Wylie said there is “quite a lot of evidence that people do well if they transition early because they can get on with their life.

Earlier this month, press in Belgium reported on a woman who ended her life after her sex change did not meet expectations.

Nancy Verhelst, known as Nathan, was euthanised under the grounds of “unbearable psychological suffering”.

source: Christian Institute.


Born in the wrong body: The transgender struggle

Transgender people and their advocates are asking society to take these internal gender identities seriously, and to respect their right to make a transition. They’re calling it “the next civil rights frontier.” Sixteen states have passed laws that ban discrimination against transgender people in housing and employment. In August, California enacted the nation’s first law allowing transgender K-12 schoolchildren to pick which bathroom and locker room they use, and whether to play on boys’ or girls’ sports teams. But advocates say the fight for acceptance has just begun. As an example, they point to the derision that greeted the recent announcement by Bradley Manning, a U.S. soldier convicted of leaking secret documents to WikiLeaks, that he was transgender and would henceforth identify himself as Chelsea. The Army said it would not provide Manning with the hormone therapy she’s requested, and she will be jailed with male inmates at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

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Transgender Theology Professor, Asked To Leave California’s Azusa Pacific University

‘Heather Clements taught theology at Azusa Pacific University for 15 years, but this past year, he began referring to himself as H. Adam Ackley…. He also said that his insurance was denied when he sought hormone treatment and “top surgery” for his chest area. “They’re giving me privacy to transition but denying medical treatment to do that,” said Ackley, who is 47, has two children and is in the process of getting a divorce.

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Prof. Robert Gagnon,  Associate Professor of New Testament, Pittsburgh Theological Seminarycomments:

‘A Christian Post reporter asked me about transsexualism in general, to which I responded:

The writers of Scripture viewed any attempts at overriding one’s birth-sex as abhorrent, a sacrilege against the structures of maleness or femaleness created by God, and ultimately a rebellion against the Creator who made our bodies. Paul includes in his list of offenders who will not inherit the kingdom of God a group called the “malakoi,” which literally means “soft men” and refers to men who actively feminize themselves to attract male sex partners. Their attempt to become women could range from adopting female-like hairstyles, dress, make-up, and mannerisms to the surgical extreme of castration.

These figures were well known in the ancient Near East and Greco-Roman and went under various names (assinnus, kurgarrûs, or kulu’us; the galli). They resemble the group of men referred to in Deuteronomy and the Deuteronomistic History as the qedeshîm, literally, “holy (sanctified, consecrated) men” (Deut 23:17-18; 1 Kings 14:24; 15:12; 22:46; 2 Kings 23:7; cf. Job 36:14). Their attempts at transforming their masculinity into femininity, as well as engaging in homosexual practice, are labeled an “abomination” by Deuteronomy (23:18) and the Deuteronomistic Historian (1 Kings 14:21-24). Indeed, Deuteronomic law treats even cross-dressing as an “abomination” (22:5).

Yes, Jesus compared “eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs because of the kingdom of heaven” with “eunuchs who were born so from the womb of their mother” and “eunuchs who were made eunuchs by humans” (Matt 19:12). The comparison, though, assumes that neither the born-eunuchs nor the made-eunuchs (i.e., those castrated against their will) are having sexual relations, since that is the defining feature of the “eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs because of the kingdom of heaven.” Moreover, neither the born-eunuchs or made-eunuchs have made themselves eunuchs. The only group that Jesus speaks of as “making themselves eunuchs” is that group that does so only in a metaphorical sense, for they do not mar their body or seek to change their sex in any way. Rather, they only forego marriage between a man and a woman, the one permitted venue for sexual relations, in order to maximize their efforts at proclaiming the kingdom of God (Paul makes a similar point in 1 Cor 7:32-35). So there is no justification in these texts for ordaining persons who actively seek to change their own sex.

Paul’s remark in Gal 3:28 that “there is no ‘male and female’” was applied by Paul to the status of women before God, not as a basis for eliminating sexual differentiation or legitimizing attempts to change one’s sex. When applied to the area of sexual intercourse “no ‘male and female’” meant no sex whatsoever, complete sexual asceticism. Jesus taught that in the kingdom of God people will be neither married nor given in marriage. Until that time, in this age, sexual activity must pay heed to one’s birth sex by entering only into a union with the sex or gender opposite to one’s own birth sex.

Transsexuality is in some respects an even more extreme version of the problem of homosexual practice. It is an explicit denial of the integrity of one’s own sex and an overt attempt at marring the sacred image of maleness or femaleness stamped by God on our bodies. Whereas those engaged in homosexual practice dishonor their bodies by treating them as only half intact in relation to their own sex, persons who seek to adopt a gender identity opposite to their birth sex make a total rejection of their birth sex.

There is some evidence that, for at least some persons who embrace a gender identity at odds with their birth sex, a part of that part of the brain identified with sexual functioning may resemble the other sex. Yet other parts of sex-differentiated features of the brain still conform to one’s birth sex, as does one’s chromosomes, genitalia and other external features, and hormones. Moreover, there is no conclusive evidence that any sex-incongruent features of the brain are 100% congenitally determined or operate on a behaviorally deterministic model. Attempts to erase one’s birth sex have a quasi-gnostic feel: the dominant features of the body do not matter.’


Californians jolted by the mental image of children sharing lavatories and locker rooms with opposite-sex classmates

Californians jolted by the mental image of children sharing lavatories and locker rooms with opposite-sex classmates are campaigning to repeal the nation’s first law requiring schools to accommodate transgender pupils.

The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, requires all schools receiving state funds to let children choose between boys’ or girls’ bathrooms, for instance, and participate in sex-segregated sports teams based on their gender identity rather than their biological sex.

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Centuries-old Cambridge Uni graduation dress code rewritten for transgender students.

For centuries Cambridge students have worn their distinctive graduation robes to receive their degrees from the ancient university.

But now the sight of graduates in their academic dress could be a little different after it rewrote its traditional dress code to avoid upsetting transgender students.

From October, male students will be allowed to wear skirts to pick up their degree certificates while female students will be able to choose to wear men’s suits and white bow ties.

Cambridge graduation day: Students have traditionally worn graduation robes over dark suits with a white shirt and white bow tie for men, and demure black dresses , suits or skirts with white shirts for womenCambridge graduation day: Students have traditionally worn graduation robes over dark suits with a white shirt and white bow tie for men, and demure black dresses , suits or skirts with white shirts for women

Under the old rules, men had to wear dark suits with a white shirt, white bow tie and academic bands with black shoes and dark socks when they attended graduation.

Women could either wear a black dress , suit or skirt with a white shirt and smart shoes. They were also asked to cover their legs and arms.

The dress codes were strictly enforced and students who broke the rules could be refused graduation.

But the centuries old rules based on gender will be dropped when the new academic year starts in October.

Students will still be required to dress smartly for their graduations, but they will have the freedom to choose what clothes they wear underneath their academic gowns and hoods.

The reforms have been introduced after a campaign by the student union’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender group.

The group said that the requirement for graduates to dress in the clothes traditionally associated with their sex was ‘distressing’ for some students.

Charlie Bell, President of the Cambridge University Student Union LGBT+ group, said: ‘After a number of discussions at CUSU LGBT+, we decided it was time to act to ask the university to remove the gendered nature of their advice for graduation dress.

‘This has now been done through the Council, and I am delighted at how easy it has been, and how helpful the university has been throughout.

‘It’s a pleasure, at times like this, to belong to a university which not only talks the talk about equalities, but walks the walk too. I hope the colleges follow suit and that the gender label for graduation becomes truly something of the past.’


Race to overturn transgender bathrooms.

How many parents would accept this scenario?

Their 16-year-old daughter comes home from public school in tears of humiliation to tell them that several boys from the football team shared her locker room while changing for a physical education class that day.

The parents call the school and are told their daughter is correct and the scenario is perfectly legal.

So the parents call the parents of the football players, who say they weren’t even aware that their sons had declared to the school that they now identified as females.

Some parents were so stunned by word that this is not a hormone-infused, teen boy’s fantasy that they checked online rumor sites, such as Snopes, according to Karen England of Capitol Resource Institute.

England’s group is working on a newly launched initiative that will need the signatures of some 500,000 voters to be on the next statewide ballot.

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US ABC News editor Don Ennis who became Dawn is Don again

HE THOUGHT he was a woman trapped in a man’s body – but it turns out he’s “just another boring straight guy.”

Don and Dawn Ennis

The New York Post reports that US ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was transgender and splitting from his wife. He wanted to be called Dawn.

But now he says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realise he wants to live his life again as Don.

“I accused my wife of playing some kind of cruel joke, dressing me up in a wig and bra and making fake ID’s with the name ‘Dawn’ on it. Seriously,” Ennis wrote in an e-mail to friends and colleagues Friday, explaining his shock after he woke up from what he called a “transient global amnesia” last month.

“It became obvious this was not the case once I took off the bra – and discovered two reasons I was wearing one,” he said, referring to his hormone-induced breasts.

“I thought it was 1999 … and I was sure as hell that I was a man,” Mr Ennis said in the e-mail titled “Not Reportable, Very Confirmed.”

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