Recently, the Obama administration issued a decree instructing schools to adjust its policy to accommodate transgender students. The mandate was received with mixed reactions as some feel it is an important victory for the LGBTQ community while others believe it is an illegal federal intrusion into matters which overstep the President’s authority. The push for transgender students’ rights has sparked a backlash and the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) has voiced its position by calling transgender advocacy child abuse. The question many are asking is, “Who has it right, Obama or the ACP?”
By ordering schools to normalize “transgender confusion” in America’s youth, President Obama is harming more children than helping, according to the ACP. The organization believes the new decree will worsen the minds of children who are confused and still struggling with their biologically driven gender identity. The college agrees that although temporarily confused, nearly all children eventually learn to accept the reality of their physical bodies. The ACP added:
A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking. When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind, not the body, and it should be treated as such. These children suffer from gender dysphoria.
According to the ACP, transgenderism is a kind of mental illness and allowing it to flourish in young minds is child abuse. The College believes this politically motivated agenda, which it refers to as the transgender programming of children, is nothing more than an acceleration in distorted gender identities and confusion among society. The ACP maintains that this type of confusion is rooted in a superfluous mental illness of a society that is delusional.
Transgender advocacy is not new; it has been at the center controversy for years. In 2003, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NTCE) was founded to help push transgender equality. This is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization for the transgender community. The NCTE works at the local, state, and federal level to change laws, policies, and society; it has provided a powerful presence in Washington, D.C. According to the NCTE, the recent decree issued by Obama is not child abuse, but a victory of freedom for an entire community.
The ACP says when society coddles gender-confused children by encouraging them to change their biological sex through surgical mutilation and/or chemical castration it is abuse. This mentality deprives children of the opportunity to explore, learn and grow beyond any confusion they may experience early on. The ACP explains the abuse as follows:
Never has it been more scientifically clear that children and adolescents are incapable of making informed decisions regarding permanent, irreversible and life-altering medical interventions. For this reason, the College maintains it is abusive to promote this ideology, first and foremost for the well-being of the gender dysphoric children themselves, and secondly, for all of their non-gender-discordant peers, many of whom will subsequently question their own gender identity, and face violations of their right to bodily privacy and safety.
One teen that would disagree with this theory is Jazz Jennings. As a 15-year-old transgender, she is very active as a spokesmodel, author, television and YouTube personality and a highly recognized LGBTQ rights activist. Born a male, Jennings had already begun to lean towards a feminine side by 15-months old, according to her parents. Although some argue the possibility, by the age of two Jazz started saying she was a girl.
As one of the youngest to ever be diagnosed with gender dysphoria, by five-years-old she began the transition process. With strong support from her family, Jennings began transitioning from a boy to a girl as a kindergartener. She was teased and victimized. Her transition has not been easy, but this young transwoman managed to maintain a positive outlook on life and did not allow anyone to alter her confidence or the connection to the gender she identified with.
However, the College considers transgender advocacy child abuse. According to the ACP, it is not only a form of mental abuse, but a violation of nature to teach a child that their existence is a contradiction to the body they were born in. Instead, the ACP states, children should be encouraged to connect to their bodies and accept the hardware they were born with. Who has it right, Obama or the ACP?
In the effort to promote transgender equality, Obama’s new agenda is demanding that public schools adjust several policies and allow the transgender community the freedom to use the restroom, locker room and participate with sporting teams of choice without repercussion. Has he crossed the line? Some are outraged with claims that a war is being waged against America’s youth while others celebrate another win for the LGBTQ community.
Adding to the firestorm of frustration and confusion, Obama has threatened to remove federal funding from schools that refuse to adopt the sex-segregated decree. According to the President, the new order it is part of the obligation America has as a society to make sure that everybody is treated fairly, all children are loved and protected, and their dignity is affirmed. Yet, the American College of Pediatricians calls transgender advocacy child abuse. The question remains, “Who has it right, Obama or the ACP?”
By Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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