Sex Change Insanity

At the tender age of 19, Alan Finch made the fateful decision to submit his body to surgeons for remodeling into a female simulation. The surgeons went to work on Alan when he was in his 20s. By age 36, with years of posing as a woman behind him, Alan declared that “. . . transsexualism was invented by psychiatrists . . . You fundamentally can’t change sex . . . the surgery doesn’t alter you genetically. It’s genital mutilation. My ‘vagina’ was just the bag of my scrotum. It’s like a pouch, like a kangaroo. What’s scary is you still feel like you have a penis when you’re sexually aroused. It’s like phantom limb syndrome. It’s all been a terrible misadventure. I’ve never been a woman, just Alan . . .”

Mr. Finch sued the Australian gender identity clinic at Melbourne’s Monash Medical Center for misdiagnosis.

In April 2007, veteran sports writer Mike Penner, after 24 years with the Los Angeles Times, announced in his column that he was taking some time off but would return as “Christine Daniels.” He began a blog called Woman in Progress, offering updates as he attempted life as a woman and a spokesman for transgender activism.

The following year, in 2008, all posts and bylines by Christine Daniels mysteriously vanished. Suddenly the byline Mike Penner was back on the LA Times website. Then, in November 2009, Mike Penner killed himself. The funeral was private; the media were banned.

Surgeons eagerly awaited payment from a Belgian woman, the late Nancy Verhelst, who had been encouraged to reinvent herself as a man. She was aghast by the results; she declared that she felt more like a “monster” than a man, though she had never for a second of her life ever been a man. After that, she revealed her sad childhood during which she was convinced that her mother loved her brothers more than she. She spoke of being isolated in a room over the garage. If only she had been born a boy she might have had her mother’s love. After her surgical reconstruction, Nancy begged her doctors to kill her under Belgium’s relaxed euthanasia laws. They killed her as she requested.

Long before these horror stories there was the iconic Rene Richards. Rene garbed world-wide headlines in the 1970s after submitting to surgical sex-change remodeling. Here’s what Rene had to say in 1999:

“If there was a drug that I could have taken that would have reduced the pressure, I would have been better off staying the way I was – a totally intact person. I know deep down that I’m a second-class woman. I get a lot of inquiries from would-be transsexuals, but I don’t want anyone to hold me out as an example to follow. Today there are better choices, including medication, for dealing with the compulsion to cross dress and the depression that comes from gender confusion. As far as being fulfilled as a woman, I’m not as fulfilled as I dreamed of being. I get a lot of letters from people who are considering having this operation . . . and I discourage them all.”

Tragedies such as these are not widely reported because they contradict the formulaic liberal mantra that transsexuals are healthy, but misunderstood paragons of personal courage living their personal “truth.” Internet “trolls” allied with the “transphobia project” lurk in the shadows waiting to pounce on any grieving and regretful post-surgery sex-change victim. They showered abuse and down votes on “m2f2m” (male-to-female-to-male) who had the temerity to honestly share on Reddit that:

“I am grieving at how I have mutilated my body . . . in the case of my surgeon, he seemed all too happy to cut off my testicles, as soon as he had a couple of glowing letters from my doctor and former therapist saying what a nice lady I had become, how well I had ‘assimilated’, etc. Fuckin’ crazy. Anyway, I’ve been cryin’.”

When a national survey of 6,500 self-described transgender persons asked the question, “Have you tried to commit suicide?” a whopping 41% answered,“Yes.” A 2003 Swedish study revealed that the post-operative suicide rate of transsexuals is many times that of the general population. Both of these studies point to post-operative transgender regret. When Sweden, the friendliest environment on Earth for transsexuals, has a sky-high rate of attempted suicide by post-operative transsexuals, we must conclude that the root cause of their unhappiness lies deep within the transsexuals themselves.

Swedish documentarians have given us Regretters (2010), the true tale of two Swedish males who lived as women for many years and then, older and wiser, chose to return to their male identities. One of the Regretters, Mikael, graphically described his response to seeing his penis gone. “I was devastated. What have I done? What on Earth have I done!?” He wept and said that he would likely have changed his mind if the surgeon had asked him if he was determined to proceed.

The other Regretter is Orlando who declared that he was “shocked” to see that his penis had vanished. Orlando had managed to imitate a woman well enough to trick a man who wanted children into a sham marriage. He spent a decade inventing bogus cover stories. When the truth of his fraudulence emerged, the sham marriage abruptly ended.

One British poll revealed that a sad 65% of people who had submitted to various cosmetic surgeries later regretted doing so. Celebrities speak openly about their regrets. Remarking on her lip enhancement surgery, Courtney Love opined, “I just want the mouth God gave me back.” The difference between celebrities and those unfortunates who have submitted to sex-change remodeling is that the poor fool who wants his penis back becomes an instant target of the hostile transgender lobby. The so-called LGBT “community” is just an ad hoc political committee dedicated to a single purpose: to burnish the image of people with freakishly marginal sexual appetites. As a matter of LGBT policy, all public expressions of sex-change regret must be crushed without mercy.

Liberal media opinion shapers do the transgendered harm by presenting their confusion as a right worth defending, rather than a mental disorder deserving of treatment. The transgendered are afflicted with a disorder of self-perception, a disorder of assumption, not unlike those unfortunates who are in the grips of anorexia nervosa, a fixation that convinces them that they are disgustingly overweight, even as they waste away to death.

Effeminate males and unfeminine females were not born in the wrong bodies; they are simply that unfortunate few who believe that their lives would be happier if only they could pass themselves off as someone of the other sex. These vulnerable people are susceptible to the seductive notion that if only they could change the way they appear to others then their unhappiness would fade away. This is magical thinking at its most insidious. This idea becomes a ruling passion in their minds. For transsexuals “feeling is believing.” To the transgendered, his feeling of gender is a subjective sensibility that, once entrenched, must never be questioned. Once the transgender person ceases to question his ruling passion, he insists that every other person on the planet also accept without question the authenticity of his chosen gender.

So, if Big Bob takes some female hormones and he tries his best to keep his penis out of sight, the rest of us are expected to not only tolerate his expression of “personal truth,” but to affirm it. The liberal bastions of California, New Jersey and Massachusetts now have laws prohibiting mental health professionals from any attempt to nurse gender-confused minors in the direction of normalcy. It’s a tribute to the LGBTQ absolutists that the government can now trample on the rights of parents who seek a pathway back to normalcy for their offspring.

The prevailing orthodoxy of the LGBT firebrands is that whatever gender fixation pops into someone’s head cannot be questioned. Disorders of consciousness are the domain of psychiatry. By placing such disorders “off limits” to psychiatrists, the LGBT lobbyists and their legislative handmaidens have effectively neutered the mental health profession. Here’s the truth: When children who expressed gender confusion were tracked without any medical or surgical interference, 70 to 80% of them spontaneously lost their gender confusion, according to studies by both Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic. These youngsters simple “grew up.” About a quarter of the kids had persistent gender confusion, possibly from the lingering presence of other co-existing stressors. Johns Hopkins University got out of the business of amputating healthy organs after follow-up interviews revealed that post-operative transgender patients were still deeply troubled.

A 2011 study at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden produced the most illuminating results regarding the transgendered. This long-term study of up to 30 years followed 324 patients who had submitted to sex-reassignment surgery. This study revealed that beginning at about ten years after having their surgeries, the transgendered began to experience increasing mental difficulties and their suicide mortality skyrocketed to almost 20 times that of average heterosexuals. This shockingly high suicide rate demolishes the notion that surgery is a wise prescription for gender confusion. No surgeon can change a person’s sex; he can only crank out masculinized females and feminized males, neither of which is an authentic man or woman.

Given that almost 80% of gender-confused prepubescent children will eventually outgrow their confusion, the practice of dosing them with puberty-delaying hormones is an act of child abuse. These hormones stunt the child’s growth and frequently cause permanent sterility. Dosing a child with these life-altering chemicals because of a one-in-five chance that he may be unalterably gender confused is a crime worthy of prosecution.

Repeated studies have found not the slightest evidence of any genetic or anatomical abnormalities among the self-proclaimed transgendered. Therefore, there is no evidence that transgenders are “born that way.” What researchers found is that most transgenders have at least one outstanding co-existing emotional disorder. Fully 30% of transgenders are afflicted by a lifetime diagnosis of dissociative disorder, previously called multiple personality disorder. Even the most astute mental health professionals often fail to correctly distinguish between gender dysphoria and dissociative disorder. When counselors get this diagnosis wrong and push patients toward drastic surgeries and disruptive chemical modifications, the consequences can be tragic.

The Creepy Origins of Transgender “Science”

The first transgender surgeries were performed in university-associated clinics back in the 1950s. Experimentation continued through the ‘60s and ‘70s. When the results were evaluated for their efficacy, these pioneers concluded that there was no evidence that sex-reassignment surgeries were effective for relieving patient distress and there was ample evidence that the surgeries were harmful to patients’ mental health. The universities stopped offering these body remodeling surgeries.

After that, the craft of sex-reassignment surgery was snatched up by profit-hungry private surgeons who have operated ever since without oversight or accountability. They do their body shop work behind the protective curtain of well-financed LGBT public relations offensives that keep telling us that transsexualism is a real thing. But is it?

Just because a thing has a name doesn’t make it real. Once upon a time, some people believed in unicorns. People can picture unicorns in their minds, but this animal is just an idea with a name. Unicorns are imaginary creatures, just like transmen and transwomen are creatures of the imagination.

The word “transsexualism” was invented by Dr. Harry Benjamin. When Dr. Benjamin was presented with the case of an effeminate boy who wanted to be a girl, he asked several psychiatrist doctors to evaluate the boy for possible feminizing surgeries. These doctors could not form a consensus on the ethics of such a radical procedure. Undeterred by commonsense or caution, Dr. Benjamin began dosing the boy with female hormones. The boy departed for Germany for partial surgery, at which time Dr. Benjamin lost all contact with him forever.

An associated founder of today’s transgender movement is the notorious Dr. John Money, a psychologist collaborator of Dr. Benjamin and the “anything goes” sexologist Alfred Kinsey. Dr. Money’s first transgender case came in 1967 when he was asked by the Reimers, a Canadian couple, if he could repair the results of a botched circumcision on their two-year-old son, David. With no medical justification whatsoever, Money told the Reimers that the best way to assure David’s happiness was to surgically remove their son’s genitalia and raise him as a girl. It would be an experiment that Money hoped would advance his theories about gender, though he kept that to himself. The consequences for David were tragic.

The Reimers followed “doctor’s orders” and two-year-old David was castrated and renamed Brenda. Dr. Money assured the Reimers that “Brenda” would adapt to girlhood and never suspect a thing. The Reimers were sworn to secrecy.

As long as Dr. Money remained the sole source of information about this case he appeared to be a brilliant pioneer. He became a media darling as he spun tales of the boy’s gender change to the medical community. He basked in the glow of public and peer approval for decades until the hideous truth was finally revealed. By age twelve David Reimer was severely depressed. In desperation, his parents told him the truth of his origins. At age fourteen David chose to reverse the gender change that had been imposed on him by the shameless Dr. Money.

In 2000, at age 35, David Reimer and his twin brother revealed the sex abuse that the depraved Dr. Money had heaped upon them. They told of how Dr. Money had taken photographs of them naked when they were seven years old. The pedophile doctor had forced the twins to engage in incestuous sexual acts with each other. In 2003, three years after exposing Dr. Money, Brian Reimer killed himself with a drug overdose. Soon afterward, David Reimer committed suicide. This is the true history of how the fantasy of transsexualism took root.

Dr. Money’s damage didn’t stop with the deaths of the Reimer twins. He recklessly forged ahead to become the co-founder of one of the first gender clinics at Johns Hopkins University, where sex-reassignments were performed. After several years of crafting other-sex simulations, the school’s director of psychiatry and behavioral science, Dr. Paul McHugh, became curious about whether all this cutting and stitching was producing positive outcomes for its patients. Dr. McHugh wanted to see the evidence. Were patients any better after surgery?

The task of evaluating outcomes was given to Dr. Jon Meyer, chairman of the Hopkins gender clinic. Dr. Meyer selected 50 patients for a follow-up evaluation. The results completely contradicted Dr. Money’s rosy assurances.

On August 10th, 1979, Dr. Meyer crushed the unicorn:

“To say this type of surgery cures psychiatric disturbance is incorrect. We now have objective evidence that there is no real difference in the transsexual’s adjustments to life in terms of job, educational attainment, marital adjustment and social stability.” He would later tell the New York Times that, “My personal feeling is that the surgery is not a proper treatment for a psychiatric disorder, and it’s clear to me these patients have severe psychological problems that don’t go away following surgery.”

Less than six months later the Johns Hopkins gender clinic closed. Other university-affiliated gender clinics across America did likewise. No positive results had been reported anywhere.

Dr. Charles Ihenfeld had worked with Dr. Harry Benjamin for six years, administering sex hormones to 500 transsexuals when he abruptly stopped and publically announced that 80% of the people who desire to change their gender should reconsider. “There is too much unhappiness among people who have had the surgery,” he declared. Too many end in suicide.” He quit dosing unhappy people with hormones and switched his specialty.

With the closing of the Johns Hopkins clinic and the revelations of Dr. Ihenfeld, the money machine behind the sex-change surgery business needed a new ring master. Drs. Benjamin and Money enlisted the enthusiasm of their friend Paul Walker, PhD, a homosexual and transgender activist with a passion for hormones and surgery. They convened a guiding committee that consisted of two plastic surgeons, a urologist, a psychiatrist – all of whom had a financial interest in keeping sex-reassignment surgeries chugging along, and went into business doing everything that the Johns Hopkins study revealed should not be done. But, hey, when you are a surgeon nothing but lots of surgeries will fatten your bank account. The patients who were recruited were never told of the Johns Hopkins study results. They were given a pitch that was all sunshine and blue birds.

Surgery is never a medical necessity for treating gender dysphoria and cross-gender hormones can be very harmful. But the modern-day followers of the three founding creeps of transgender activism – Kinsey, Benjamin and Money – are now positioned to squelch open inquiry and honest discussion simply by intimidating liberal media opinion shapers with the accusation of apostasy. All disbelievers are vilified.

The Wonderland of Transgender Healthcare

The transgendered have an unshakable problem: The biology of their birth is an unblinking watchman of the selves they truly are. As Exhibit A, I give you Eli Oberman who was born female but chose to begin dosing on male hormones at age nineteen. She never had surgeries – no breast amputations, no radical removal of her ovaries and uterus. At age 27, Eli got a diagnosis of breast cancer. It was a rude reminder that “he” was still vulnerable to all the ills that females are heir to.

“I was just overwhelmed on all levels,” Eli told the New York Times (10/17/16). Eli was “. . . overwhelmed about the irony of it being this part of my body that was already so fraught for me.”

When sex-specific ailments drive gender pretenders to the doctor’s waiting room the experience can be stressful. Clinic employees and trainees may not have been drilled in the obscure etiquette of addressing the self-identified transgendered. It’s hard to remember all those preferred pronouns. When the diagnosis is dire, gender pretenders are awkwardly thrust into a waiting room where everyone else isn’t faking their birth sex. They are instant objects of curiosity and sources of discomfort for both the clinic employees and the waiting patients. Many transgenders have no interest in surgical remodeling and therefore still have mammary glands, ovaries, uteruses, vaginas, prostate glands, penises, testicles, etc., none of which are appropriate to their pretended gender.

In the case of Eli Oberman, she wanted “top surgery,” but could not afford it. She wore chest binders. The cancer diagnosis was a prescription for breast removal followed by chemotherapy. “I felt guilty, able to get surgery . . . because I had cancer, and so many others wanted it and couldn’t get it,” said Eli.

It was a nasty awakening when Eli learned that mastectomies are more radical than cosmetic “top surgery.” Cosmetic body jobs preserve enough breast tissue to give the chest a male-looking contour. Mastectomies carve away all traces of breast tissue. Born-female transgenders are still at risk for breast cancer after top surgery because so much breast tissue was left in place. There is no natural-looking chest contouring after a mastectomy.

So-called transmen frequently find themselves uncomfortably the only “man” waiting to see a gynecologist. Likewise, transwomen attract stares and furtive glances when they wait to see a urologist. Biology is a stubborn thing; it doesn’t yield to magical thinking. At one appointment transman Eli Oberman took off her shirt, baring her very female anatomy, which provoked an authentically male technician to spontaneously exclaim, “Why would you do this to yourself? It’s disgusting.”

“Mister” Oberman had her first Pap smear at age 32 to screen for cervical cancer. It was 10 years overdue. One doctor had threatened to withhold her testosterone unless she complied. The New York Times quoted Eli’s gynecologist, Dr. Asa Radix. “Imagine if you’re a masculine-looking transman and you’re going to the gynecologist,” the doctor said. “You go to the front desk and you have to out yourself. Everyone can hear what’s going on. You just want to run out the door.”

We are supposed to feel sympathy for gender pretenders in the grip of their self-invented psychodramas, most of whom “out” themselves every day with their clownish impersonations of authentic men and women. Eli’s oncologist, Dr. Paula Klein, is urging this transman to knock off the testosterone dosing because it can fuel breast cancer in two different ways. Dr. Klein also recommended that “Mr. Oberman” have her ovaries removed. “It’s a slam dunk for someone like you, taking away all your female parts,” Dr. Klein told Eli, adding, “We thought you’d eat that up. A transgender gift.”

As though the scene of transwomen queuing up for their prostate examinations weren’t farcical enough, consider the surreal paradigm shift presented by pregnant transmen. The New York Post wrenched its readers into the alternate reality of transgenderism when it graced the front page of its April, 4, 2008 edition with a photo of two lesbians, one of whom sports a short buzz, mustache and beard and is demonstrably pregnant. The pregnant one is the “husband.” It’s a study in magical thinking and deep denial.

The Post article opens with, “It’s no hoax – this guy really is pregnant.” Well, the pregnancy is no hoax; the word guy is another matter. Here’s paragraph two:

“Thomas Beatie, the transgender man with the world’s most famous baby bump, appeared with his wife, Nancy, on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ yesterday – explaining the hows and whys of his bizarre journey. Beatie, 34, is six months’ pregnant and on target to deliver a healthy girl – which he is carrying in the womb he kept intact when he became a man 10 years ago.”

Thomas was born Tracy Beatie and she presented herself as a woman until her 20s. She even made it to the finals of the Miss Teen Hawaii USA beauty pageant. The pregnant Thomas told Oprah that, “When I was s teenager I had an attraction to women, but it wasn’t a sexual attraction.” Really?

Thomas sounds like a good girl who can’t admit to herself that she is a homosexual. She is presenting as a classic case of homophobia in the original meaning of that word before it became an article of gay hate speech to throw at critics like a brickbat. In its original clinical sense, only deeply repressed homosexuals could experience homophobia. The modern way for lesbian homophobes to get a girlfriend without feeling shame is to insist that they are not lesbians at all but something called a transman – a man trapped in a woman’s body – who wants to have sex with women.

“When I turned 14, I started to grow breasts . . . and that was kind of a shock to me,” said the now spectacularly unfeminine-looking former beauty contestant. At 24 she got a “top job” but chose to keep her female reproductive organs intact. She told Oprah that, “I wanted to have a child one day. I didn’t know how, and I had no plan laid out. It was just a dream.” Yup, and it was a very odd dream. “I see pregnancy as a process. It doesn’t define who I am,” said Thomas about the very process that is most defining of womanhood. Beatie then let drop that “he” had been pregnant before but lost what might have been a “multiple pregnancy.”

After about a half hour Oprah brought up “the question” – “Let’s get to the penis part. Did you have a penis implant?” To which the former Tracy responded, “No. Amazingly, hormones are an incredible thing.” Massive doses of testosterone had enlarged her clitoris. “It looks like a small penis . . . and I can have intercourse with my wife,” enthused the hairy lesbian.

Nancy Beatie, now 45, and the designated “wife” of this mash up, already has two grown daughters from a previous marriage. She says she has no qualms about her husband being pregnant because Nancy had her womb removed.

The vast majority of people claiming to be transgendered also have some co-existing and unresolved childhood trauma. Their other-gender obsession frequently vanishes when these co-existing issues are addressed in therapy. Does Thomas Beatie have such co-morbid issues lingering from “his” childhood? You be the judge. Here’s what Thomas told Oprah as recounted in the New York Post:

Beatie said he has a distant relationship with his father who he claims forced him into a modeling career when he was still a female. “He’s a very traditional man and growing up, he really wasn’t around the house,” he said. “My mom was a huge influence on my life . . . when she committed suicide, I was 12 and my father had to learn to be a father. “My father calls me intermittently . . . he still calls me ‘Tracy’ and ‘Mommy.’ I believe he loves me, but he can’t see me in that way – and that kind of hurts.”

Sex Change Regret

A wealth of studies confirms that painful regret after sex-change surgery is common. In 2004, The Guardian in the U.K. reviewed 100 studies and reported that fully one-fifth of post-surgical transgenders regretted changing their physical selves. That’s ten times more than the LGBT-friendly CNN was telling its American viewers. Suicides and mental illness among the self-identified transgendered is rampant, but it remains unreported because the liberal media will never contradict the LGBT dictate to always make all gender misfits “look good.”

Way back in 1999, Dr. Charles Ihenfeld, who had worked in close collaboration with Dr. Harry Benjamin for six years dosing 500 transgenders with “hormone therapy,” told a New York audience that, “There is too much unhappiness among people who have had the surgery. Too many of them end in suicides.”

A 2011 Swedish study reviewed the cases of every sex-reassigned person in Sweden from 1973 to 2008. That’s 191 male-to-female surgical simulations and 133 female-to-male simulations. This group was compared to a random control group. The cosmetically remodeled persons had substantially higher rates of death from suicide. And what is suicide, if not a glaring symptom of deep depression and persisting unhappiness. What these post-operative impersonators soon discovered is that, deep down, they were just impersonators – cross-dressers in a dress made of flesh, but just a dress nonetheless. Surgery cannot cure depression, anxiety or mental distress caused by childhood trauma.

A Dutch survey of 359 people treated for cross-gender identification disorder revealed that 61% of them were afflicted with other problems such as personality, mood, dissociative and psychotic disorders, according to the board-certified psychiatrists who authored the study.

In 2009, Case Western Reserve University, Department of Psychiatry reported that “90 percent of these diverse patients had at least one other significant form of psychopathology.” More to the point, 90% of these patients were afflicted by mental illnesses that could not be cured by a surgeon.

A 2013 study of 351 transgenders by the University of Louisville, found that their rates of anxiety and depression “far surpass the rates of those from the general population.” Almost half had symptoms of anxiety. These facts have been known for years and yet the liberal media echo chamber is still slavishly parroting the bogus boilerplate of the LGBT publicists. They will never break their mandate to always paint a happy face on the personal catastrophe of transgender obsession.

And yet, facts are stubborn things. Here are some facts: Twenty percent of post-operative transsexuals express regret, 41 percent attempt suicide, 90 percent have a “significant form of psychopathology,” 61 percent have other psychiatric disorders, 50 percent have depressive symptoms and 40 percent exhibit symptoms of anxiety. For the LGBT media style masters to just keep chanting the mantra that surgery will cure what ails those afflicted with gender dysphoria is to indulge in moral malpractice and to encourage medical malpractice. It is completely lost on these opinion shapers that they are killing people with their formulaic “compassion.”

What Parents Should Know

When children are distressed that their self-perception does not comport with their biological sex, they are exhibiting the classic symptoms of gender dysphoria, a condition that is purely psychological. No child is born with gender dysphoria; there is no underlying genetic cause. A 2014 study found no chromosomal aberration associated with male-to-female transsexualism. A 2013 study found no molecular mutations in the genes associated with sexual differentiation. No child was ever born in the “wrong” body. Children who express a desire to identify as the other sex have a 67% chance of having some other co-existing mental disorder, the leading three among them being depression (33%), specific phobia (20%) and adjustment disorder (15%).

If your child has depression, then he doesn’t need a fashion makeover, he needs psychological counseling. A survey of over 6,000 transgenders pegged their rate of attempted suicide sometime in their lives at 41%. Without psychological help, the risk of suicide remains high.

Transgenderism is usually an outward expression of an undiagnosed co-morbid disorder – something surgery and hormones cannot repair. That is why so many sadder, but wiser, transgenders have transitioned back to their original and authentic birth genders.

Co-morbid disorders typically develop during childhood. A few of the most common causes include: Sexual, physical or verbal abuse; domestic violence in the home; an unstable or unsafe home environment; separation from a parent by death, divorce or other misfortune; neglect, real or imagined; a serious illness afflicting the child or a family member; an acquired strong opposition to social norms. So, the first order of business for the parents of a gender dysphoric child is to identify the co-morbid disorder that is stressing their child. Parents are in the best position to do this.

It is of the utmost importance that parents seeking professional help avoid advice from advocates for gender change and all its attendant chemical and surgical remodeling. At this stage it is crucial to look beyond the diagnosis of gender dysphoria and take a deep dive into disorders, fetishes, phobias and adjustment disorders that are the common companions of gender dysphoria. Your child will be in total despair if, after radical remodeling, he comes to the realization that all that cosmetic surgery did not sweep away his sadness and discomfort. Remember: the majority of people labeled as transgender early in their lives will later reclaim their inborn biological gender identity or they will identify as homosexuals.

The parents of gender confused children simply do not have the benefit of trustworthy information about probable outcomes. They are not informed about the early years of sex-reassignment research that was confined to university-associated clinics. They are not informed that, after reviewing the results of sex-reassignment interventions, every university clinic abandoned sex-reassignment efforts forever because the results were so discouraging. After that, sex-reassignment remodeling was swept up by for-profit enterprises that showered parents with nothing but optimistic expectations after super-expensive surgical remodeling.

The greatest obstacle to reliable long-term research is the fact that up to 90% of post-operative transsexuals vanish from the research programs. In medical parlance, they are “lost to follow up.” The time-worn boilerplate of the LGBT propagandists is that only a tiny number of the gender confused regret having submitted to radical cosmetic surgical remodeling. We can’t accept this with assurance when 90% of post-operative patients simply melt away and drop out of sight. Have they returned home to their birth gender? Have they committed suicide? How many are consumed by shame and regret? We don’t know, and neither does the LGBT feel-good propaganda machine that encourages vulnerable parents to fling their confused children down the dark mineshaft of the unknown.

When former Hollywood actress Alexis Arquette died at age 46 few of the media tributes mentioned that Alexis, who had been born Robert Arquette, had re-transitioned and stopped posing as a woman. In 2013, the former Robert told a friend that “gender is bullshit.” He remarked that “putting on a dress doesn’t biologically change anything. Nor does sex change.” The former Alexis declared that “sex reassignment is physically impossible. All you can do is adopt these superficial characteristics but the biology will never change.”

That’s because maleness and femaleness is baked into the neural network of males and females very early in life. Testosterone and estrogen have radically different and lifelong consequences for personal qualities such as empathy, sociability, language facility, risk aversion and aggression. The physical construction of females gives them a distinctly female deportment, gait and poise. The female body has more elasticity and agility. To any questioning male considering having his body remodeled into a female simulation, please take note: your surgical re-tailoring is just the beginning. Effeminacy is but a crude and superficial approximation of authentic femininity, which is a goal no one born male has ever achieved.

First of all, every male-to-female-wannabee must receive intensive instruction in how to simulate female body language. This is not easily achieved because the female skeleton has distinctly different proportions – the female pelvic girdle is wider, female upper arms are proportionately shorter than male upper arms, etc. So, all you post-op gender pretenders must practice faking these not-so-natural movements. Then there is the matter of the male voice which is typically lower in tone because of the broader male vocal folds (chords). The male voice is also richer in harmonic tones. Women typically speak about 20,000 words each day, compared to the typical male who manages only about 7,000 words per day. In other words, your future girlfriends will expect you to be about three times as chatty as you are by nature. So get cracking and amp up your girl talk because your future conversations with real women will be mostly about the concerns of authentic women – their romances and their pregnancies and a thousand other female concerns that have no counterpart in your gender-pretender experience. You have a tenth-rate joke of a vagina; it’s just an inside-out scrotum. How sad! You have never experienced the challenges of emerging womanhood. You have never experienced female puberty or dating anxiety. You will never be pregnant or give birth.

You have a big secret to keep, which means that you will be “faking it” for the rest of your life. Authentic men seek the companionship of authentic women. The complementary natures of male and female intertwine to form the fundamental unit of human culture and human species survival. From this perspective, anything different is utterly pointless. It is simple self indulgence.

Robert Arquette, who was accepted and warmly embraced for many years as Alexis, finally made the decision to return home to his birth sex. He was, of course, not counted in any study; he is never mentioned in LGBT commentaries.

People obsessed by gender-confusion are easy prey for private enterprise sex-reassignment charlatans. When surgical remodeling fails to resolve their unhappiness they may seek therapy to resolve what is really causing their distress. Sadly, their enlightenment often comes after they have destroyed their careers, their finances and their marriages. The alienation of their families may be permanent.

The Menace of Trans-friendly Therapists

The accepted LGBTQ standard for being a “real” trans person is simply that person’s desire to self-identify as someone of the other sex. If anyone feels distressed by his or her birth gender, then LGBTQ ideology dictates that everyone else must affirm that person’s chosen gender identity – the one that exists nowhere but in the trans person’s feelings.

The problem with basing radical and irreversible treatments on the foundation of feelings is that feelings frequently change. Because of the nebulous nature of transgenderism, no legal standards or definitions of transgender exist anywhere in American law.

When folks feel that their biological sex does not comport with their internal sense of gender, they are usually diagnosed as gender dysphoric. This condition is solely the product of the patient’s feelings. In other words, the medical diagnostician’s only role is to affirm the patient’s self-diagnosis. It is an exercise in solipsism, in which the only reality is the one invented by the patient.

One life-threatening mistake trans people frequently make is asking their friends in the trans community to recommend a therapist, which raises the specter of therapist bias. Trans-friendly therapists are comfortingly affirming of patients’ self-diagnoses and ignore the warning signs of sexual fetishes. If the patient has been sexually, emotionally or physically abused or is addicted to masturbation, cross dressing or pornography, then he is afflicted by a sexual fetish disorder all of which are beyond the help of gender dysphoria treatments. Likewise, people diagnosed with bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, oppositional defiance behaviors, narcissism, autism or other disorders should be especially cautious when considering sex-change remodeling because these disorders can produce the symptoms of gender dysphoria. Treating the co-morbid disorder frequently makes the gender dysphoria fade away as well.

The greatest tragedy of sex-change remodeling is that the changes wrought by cross-gender hormones and radical surgeries are most likely permanent, while the emotions that prompted these extreme bodily disruptions may fade with time. Here’s a first-hand testimonial that I found on the website sexchangeregret.com :

“I transitioned to female beginning in my late teens and changed my name in my early 20s, over ten years ago. But it wasn’t right for me; I feel only discontent now in the female role. I was told that my transgender feelings were permanent, immutable, physically deep-seated in my brain and could NEVER change, and that the only way I would ever find peace was to become female. The problem is, I don’t have those feelings anymore. When I began seeing a psychologist a few years ago to help overcome some childhood trauma issues, my depression and anxiety began to wane but so did my transgender feelings. So two years ago I began contemplating going back to my birth gender, and it feels right to do so. I have no doubts – I want to be male!”

After counseling to cope with the damage of childhood trauma, the overwhelming feelings of his teenage years faded away. His psyche and his male biology achieved a harmonious reintegration. Unfortunately, the damage done to him by LGBT zealots, money-grubbing surgeons and the delusional trans community is irreversible. They can pull the bags of silicone from his chest; they can yank his scrotum down out of his sorry excuse for a vagina and pop in two fake testicles (neuticles); he can wipe off the lipstick and mascara; he can unlearn the long hours of voice training; he can once again “walk like a man.” But there is no way he will ever recover the sensitive and responsive and expressive penis that he was encouraged to amputate. That penis will forever remain a phantom limb – remembered fondly but lost until death.

Because an overwhelming 77 to 94 percent of gender dysphoric children do not grow into transgender adults, it is both child abuse and medical malpractice for anyone to push children toward lopping off or sewing on body parts. Cross-sex hormones destabilize prepubescent bodies and minds. Is it any wonder that the post-operative suicide rate for transgenders is 20 times higher than for non-transgender people?

Why So Many Black and Hispanic Transsexuals?

“Transgender” is an umbrella term that includes anyone whose gender identity or expression differs from the sex of their birth – whether they have had surgery or not. In a May 21, 2007 issue of Newsweek was an article titled “Rethinking Gender,” wherein the National Center for Transgender Equality is quoted as pegging the total population of American transgenders at somewhere between 750,000 and three million, or fewer than 1 percent, and perhaps as low as only 0.23%. An article in the July 1, 2016 New York Times titled “Estimate of US Transgenders Doubles” says that about 1.4 million American adults identify as transgender. With the 2017 U.S. population pegged at 324.5 million that would set the transgender population at a mere 0.43%, not the 0.6% the Times was touting. The density of transgenders varies by state from lows of 0.30 percent in North Dakota and 0.31 percent in Iowa and 0.32 percent in Wyoming to highs of 0.78 percent in Hawaii and 0.75 in Georgia and 0.76 percent in California.

“From prior research, we know that trans people are more likely to be from racial and ethnic minorities, particularly from Latino backgrounds,” explained Jody L. Herman, a scholar of public policy at the Williams Institute, a research group. “And they are also younger . . . So state demographics on race and age can impact the percentage of trans people in those states,” she added.

Now . . . if we accept the rigid stance of the LGBTQ ideologues who insist that all transgenderism is inborn and immutable, then these research results compel us to believe that there is something freakish about black and Hispanic genetic inheritance that inclines blacks and Hispanics toward transgenderism. If this is true, then we are headed deep into the fever swamp of human genetics. This is not unfamiliar territory for progressives; it was progressives who gave us the shameful and totally discredited eugenics movements of the 1920s and ‘30s.

If, on the other hand, we accept the wealth of evidence from hundreds of studies from around the world and across many decades that transgenderism is most often the consequence of co-existing unresolved stressors, then the driver of higher instances of transgenderism among minorities is the intimate social dynamics within minority communities. It is not rooted in their genetics.

Let’s review the short list of common unresolved childhood traumas that trouble most trans people and ask ourselves if these stressors just might be more common in minority households. How about separation from a parent by death, divorce or other misfortune? Well, homicide is rampant in minority communities and so is imprisonment. As for divorce, 70% of black children are born out of wedlock; they may never know their fathers. How about an unsafe or unstable home? How about an acquired opposition to social norms? The crime rate among minorities tells you all you need to know. Where crime is rampant, so is opposition to social norms. Crime is an opposition to social norms. In some communities, opposition to social norms is a culture all its own. As for sexual abuse, physical abuse and domestic violence, those things can happen anywhere, but they may be more prevalent in homes where poverty and drug abuse are more prevalent. As for sexual abuse, that’s a topic deserving of an essay all its own, but crime statistics and demographics give us some insight.

For example, the number of Mexicans who have come to America since 1970 equals the entire combined populations of Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Ireland. The rape of little girls isn’t considered a crime in Latino culture – a culture that is transforming our culture. Mexico is composed of 32 states. In 31 of those 32 states, the age of consent for sex is only twelve years. Only in Mexico State is the age of consent a shockingly low 14 years. A 2010 U.S. government study of 2,000 adult Latino women in America revealed that 8 percent of respondents admitted to being the victims of childhood sexual abuse. The rate of childhood sexual abuse among females raised in American culture is 0.1% according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Therefore, the rate of sexual abuse among young Latinas is eighty times greater than that for females raised in our Anglo culture. All of this is confirmed by the freakishly large number of extremely young birth mothers in Latin America.

For example, according to CNN, 318 ten-year-old girls gave birth in Mexico in 2011 and in the Mexican state of Jalisco alone, a whopping 465 girls between the ages of ten and fourteen gave birth! In the last quarter of a century, in all of America, there has only been one reported case of an American impregnating a girl that young.

The youngest birth mother in all of recorded history was five-year-old Lina Medina who delivered a 5.8 pound baby boy by caesarean section in May of 1939 in Peru. Lina had experienced precocious puberty soon after birth. Her father was the father of her child.

Since 1990, our media have reported 53 cases of girls ten or younger who gave birth in Latin America. During that same period there were only 4 reported cases in America of births to girls that young and three of those four were immigrants; two were fathered by Hispanics; the other father was Haitian. But for that one piece of dirt named William Edward Ronca, there would not be a single case of a white man in all of the Western Hemisphere impregnating a girl ten years old or younger. In fact, William Ronca has the distinction of being the one and only white man on the planet Earth who has impregnated a girl that young! In all of Western Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand combined there have been only eight reported births to girls ten or younger. Seven of those cases involved immigrant from alien cultures.

So, yes . . . we are justified in our suspicions that minority communities visit more sexual abuse on children. This abuse may later express itself as an increased incidence of transgenderism among those minorities.

Are They Crazy?

The most convincing aspect of anyone’s claim to be someone trapped in the body of the other gender is the steadfastness of their conviction over many years. They don’t grow out of it; nothing changes their opinion of themselves. Other persons evince the same conviction; they gather in groups and petition us for sympathy and accommodation. The mental health folks give them a name and cater to their needs. But are they really men trapped in women’s bodies or are they just gay guys who are too homophobic to admit to their own secret agendas. Is performing surgery on these guys ethical or just fantasy fulfillment for the deranged?

Perhaps we could see the “transgendered” with new eyes if we took a moment to look at another group of people who share many of the same outstanding features, people who are also convinced that they will never be truly happy until they too have longed-for surgeries.

In January of 2000, the Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary, in Scotland, stayed the hand of surgeon Robert Smith. Doctor Smith had already amputated the perfectly healthy legs of two of his patients and he was preparing to amputate the legs of a third patient. All three patients had requested that their legs be sliced off; all three were deemed mentally competent; the two men whose legs were tossed in the trash gave interviews and declared that they were now much happier people.

Doctor Smith’s patients are not alone in their desire to be rid of healthy arms, legs, toes and fingers. In May of 1998, a seventy-nine-year-old New Yorker paid ten thousand dollars for a black-market Mexican leg amputation; he died of gangrene in his motel room. A year later an otherwise sane man in Milwaukee chopped off his arm with a home-built guillotine and then declared that he would chop it off again if surgeons reattached it. A California woman who was denied a hospital amputation tried to induce gangrene in her legs by using tourniquets and ice packs; when that failed she lamented that she would now be compelled to lie with her legs over a railroad track.

When confronted, the Scottish surgeon announced that “It was the most satisfying operation I have ever performed. I have no doubt that it was the best thing for those patients.” The BBC produced a documentary about people who share the desire to be amputees; it is called Complete Obsession. This film includes a quote from psychiatrist Russell Reid of Hillingdon Hospital, London: “You can talk till the cows come home; it doesn’t make any difference. They’re still going to want their amputation, and I know that for a fact.”

Though you may never have heard of it, this obsessive state of mind is common enough to have a name: acrotomophilia. The “philia” part signals that it’s akin to other paraphilias – what the common folk call perversions. The apotemnophile’s greatest desire is to become an amputee, which is not to be confused with the acrotomophile’s desire to cuddle up to an amputee. Got that? Good.

The amputee-fetish community is a thriving subculture with its own nomenclature: the “wannabees” are seeking amputations; the “devotees” are seeking the amputees; the “pretenders” are physically healthy people who pretend to be disabled, using street-theater props, such as braces, crutches and wheelchairs. Indeed, this is something of a Golden Age for these freaks; the Internet is blossoming with memoirs, videos, books and chat rooms that cater to the amputation-fixation community.

It has not been lost on close observers how every aspect of the amputee-fetish folks is mimicked by an analogous aspect of the transgender community. Both groups employ the language of identity. “I have always felt I should be an amputee” is perfectly echoed in “I have always felt I was trapped inside the body of the wrong sex.” In both cases, the “true” self is one that can only be attained through surgical intervention.

The kinship of healthy-limb amputation to sex-reassignment surgery has been noted repeatedly by clinicians and patients. Psychiatrist Russell Reid observes: “Transsexuals want healthy parts of their body removed in order to adjust to their idealized body image, and so I think that was the connection for me. I saw that people wanted to have limbs off with equally as much degree of obsession and need and urgency.” The amputee pretenders are echoed by the cross-dressers who hover at the fringes of the transsexual community, a community built entirely around a desire.

So, is transgenderism “real” or is it a residual artifact of our popular culture? Here’s the problem: The very act of classifying a human being will alter that human – people alter their self-conception in response to how they are classified. This is called a “looping effect.” For example, if a therapist thought a patient might be harboring multiple personalities, some patients would seize the opportunity to begin expressing different personalities. Creating a new category of madness gives patients a new way to be mad. Today, the whole multiple-personality epidemic of the 1970s is remembered with embarrassment. To be blunt: psychiatrists contribute to the contagion of mental disorders by the very act of lending their stature as “experts” to the business of naming disorders, of specifying treatments, of inventing scales to measure derangement, by publishing speculations and by steering patients to “support groups,” which serve to deepen the patient’s identification with their disorder. At the end of World War Two, Americans would have laughed at the idea that thousands of their fellow citizens would someday clamor to have their genitals surgically removed, but that is our present reality, due in no small measure to the recognition of “transgenderism” by psychiatric “experts.”

Once the psycho-babble of “gender-identity disorder” and “sexual reassignment” was firmly fixed in the everyday language of the “educated” smart set, ordinary people were given license to reinterpret their life’s experiences in these new terms. People began to re-imagine their histories in previously unimaginable ways; they redefined themselves to conform to the newly defined categories. The very existence of a burgeoning clinical apparatus to serve these newly-defined identity groups greatly enhanced the likelihood that more people would imagine themselves to be members of those identity groups. As more people defined themselves as transgendered, their increasing numbers increased the likelihood that even more people would define themselves as transgendered. Every new conceptual category opens the door for people to fantasize that they too might belong to the newly discovered tribe of exotic people. The unthinkable becomes thinkable. Merely by giving a weird desire a name and then calling the satisfaction of that weird desire a “treatment,” the mental-health shamans have spun a cash cow out of thin air. This is the process by which elective amputation made the shift from self-mutilation to being thought of as a treatment for a mental disorder. This is the process by which closeted homosexuals became the transgendered, became “women” caged in male bodies and deserving of surgical intervention.

The inclination of our popular culture to look to psychiatry to explain what past generations understood to be sin, weakness, perversity, unhappiness, crime and deviance explains the current increase in all sorts of mental disorders. Old human complaints have been given new names in the godless, sin-free realm of post-Freudian liberal intellectualism. Specialists in the gender-confusion clinics must now contend with patients who have internalized the psycho-speak of gender dysphoria and are bent on gaming the system to get the surgeries they crave.

The collaboration of psychiatry and surgery in recent decades has been truly hideous. The profitable but stupid use of clitoridectomy to “cure” masturbation, the use of cosmetic surgery to “cure” an “inferiority complex,” the reckless employment of sexual reassignment surgeries on infants with ambiguous genitalia have all exposed the psychiatric/surgical collaboration for the clueless, bumbling, prideful misadventure that it is. The capstones of this enterprise were all those grotesque frontal lobotomies.

Despite the notorious history of this collaboration, money-hungry surgeons, with the blessing of psychiatrists, continue to operate in a shadow realm where stringent ethical oversight has yet to arrive. It is within this ethical vacuum chamber that homophobic gays in deep denial seek the darkest closet of them all: cosmetic surgical remodeling into an other-gender simulacrum. These desperately distressed homophobes are joined by those afflicted by a wide array of childhood traumas, sexual fetishes and other deeply-seated mental disorders for whom presenting as transgender is merely a symptom of their deeper turmoil. Because exploring these background issues so frequently makes the urge to present as transgender simply evaporate forever, we can say with confidence that transgenderism is neither inborn nor immutable. It is a creature of the imagination. It is a unicorn.

Thomas Clough
Copyright 2017
November 9, 2017