What's Driving the Transgendered Movement and Why
May 13th, 2016 was the day when everything changed. On that day, former President Barack Obama told school districts across the nation that from that day forward, students who considered themselves transgendered were permitted to use the restroom of their choice. He made this change without passing a single law or changing a single school charter, rather instead using the overreaching power of the Federal Government to plant the seeds of fear into any school considering non-compliance. His administration quietly but forcefully made the veiled threat that Federal funding was tied to following this new proclamation. It amounted to simple extortion, yet schools felt helpless to fight against the powerful administration, especially one with armies of Social Justice Lawyer’s in their employments.
One state chose to step up and fight the battle and when North Carolina passed a state law which prohibited individuals of any age or stature from using a public restroom which didn’t match their biological sex, the nation turned their eyes to Washington to gauge the reaction. As expected, the White House immediately deemed this to be a Civil Rights violation and had former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the weight of the Justice Department go after them. In a series of strategic moves, the LGBTQ and Social Justice communities pushed businesses and event organizers to boycott the state. Dozens of businesses pushed for the law to be repealed under heavy pressure from those against it. Several businesses changed plans to expand their operations in the state, attention-seeking celebrities spoke long and loudly about it and multiple entertainment events were cancelled and artists virtue-signaled to their fans.
Right versus Left or Something More
Since the initial salvo fired by former President Obama and the high-profile story of former Olympian Bruce Jenner transitioning, the transgendered movement has grown rapidly, not only in the United States, but throughout much of Europe and other nations. Also, the number of genders has grown; recent internet searches identify 112 separate genders as of early 2019. The list is fairly exhaustive, but appears to still be growing. One question that no one seems to be able to answer is why. Unlike many other movements, transgenderism doesn’t seem to have a real spokesperson. Historically, there have been individuals who pushed for transgendered rights dating back into the 1950’s, but they were very limited in their success.
Deep Dive to Search for Understanding
Looking deeper into the movement we can identify several things which might be indicators of why the movement is growing. Most of the people identifying as one of the 112 genders are young; some are elementary school aged. The world’s youth are the most self-absorbed and attention focused generation the globe has ever seen. They have been told since birth that they can be whatever they choose to be – this was meant to mean something altogether different than what actually emerged. Technological advancements and global access to jobs, skills, and education were supposed to offer the youth the opportunity to do anything they wanted. It wasn’t about changing biology. What everyone failed to see was how important emotions are to this generation; perhaps more important than anything else.
When Emotions Outweigh Scientific Facts
While biological sex is based on logical and scientifically documented measurements (DNA, chromosomes, hormones, and anatomy) the new social constructs of gender are based on feelings. Most people who now identify as transgender cite that they didn’t feel right as their biological sex. This feeling is known by the Psychological and Medical community as Gender Dysphoria, which is defined as a deep and abiding discomfort over one's assigned birth sex and their psychological emotional experience of gender. The cause for Dysphoria is unknown at this time, but many in the research community have connected it to the brain-sex theory. It’s also unknown what the longer-term effects of transitioning will be, especially since individuals who surgically transition are required to take hormones and other drugs for the remainder of their lives. It’s understood right now that these puberty-blocking drugs and other hormones are carcinogenic and potentially toxic, yet it’s unlikely that medical practitioners who are performing gender reassignment surgeries are fully informing their patients of the risks. It’s likely they are afraid of any negative publicity which would be associated with being “against” this “new normal.”
Rather than counsel our youth on acceptance of their bodies, kids today are given the option to make permanent changes. What’s odd is that most kids can’t decide on where they want to attend college, or not attend what they want to do as an occupation when they grow up, or even what they want to do next week. How can we expect them to make a decision of this magnitude at such a young age? It’s obvious that someone or some organization is influencing them. Historically, 70-80% of people who experienced gender dysphoria grew out of it. Also those who have had the surgery have a suicide rate that is twenty times what people who aren’t transgendered have. And yet, the movement keeps surging forward. We are now seeing pressure put on the medical community that basically amounts to a gag order.
When in Doubt, Follow the Money
As a brief summary, we have Psychologists and Psychiatrists with tied hands on trying to stop young people from shifting into this lifestyle, we have the media, the government, and several high profile organizations that support LGBTQ rights all aligned with the same message. Religious leaders have basically kept quiet, even though this seems to go against everything they teach. Usually when we come to an impasse where “we the people” are no longer allowed to question something without facing the wrath of the combined Social Justice engine, it’s because some organization or person with extremely deep pockets is calling the shots from the shadows. In this case, following the money leads us to the “usual suspects,” namely the drug companies.
Are the Drug Companies Behind It?
The surgeries cost anywhere between thirty thousand and forty thousand dollars; some websites claim it only costs ten thousand dollars, but they aren’t able to prove that. That’s a fixed cost, but the real money comes from a lifetime of drug-dependency. It’s very expensive. Many websites that support the process will tell you differently, or that insurance will cover the costs, but that isn’t the case. Hormones therapy (designed to stop the effects of puberty completely) costs about $1,500 per year, plus the cost of a monthly doctor’s visit, plus the cost of the monthly testing that is required . Those costs will continue for the rest of a person’s life. There’s still more. When transitioning from a man to a woman, most individuals will require facial feminization surgery, which amounts to reconstructive surgery. This procedure can cost anywhere between twenty-five thousand to sixty thousand dollars. Breast augmentation for women transitioning to men costs between five thousand and ten thousand dollars.
Each of these surgeries and procedures requires a lot of medication; pain medication, antibiotics, anesthesia, hormones, and many other drugs. The final costs are staggering. Once an individual starts the process, it’s like a bank machine with unlimited funds for the drug manufacturers. These people are struggling with acceptance and appearance is the most important way they can get acceptance. If they can blend in with the sex they ultimately want to be, it’s considered successful. But unfortunately it’s usually not the case and the person needs to make multiple visits for plastic surgery to change the size of their buttocks, calves, or to have liposuction or other body sculpting processes done. This amounts to more money for the drug companies and less regard for the patient.
Now we can circle back to the original question and with more clarity, can see who is driving the push for growth in the transgendered community. Look at the politicians who support transgenderism and correlate it with how large the campaign donations they get from major drug companies. You’ll be shocked, but not surprised. If the politicians are behind it, then it’s easy to get their associated media outlets to champion it. Once the media takes the bait and gins up the emotions of America, they can then export it to the rest of the world. Lawmakers pass the laws that disallow questioning the entire process and Social Justice Warriors blindly support them on the streets. The only real player with a vested interest in the entire process is the LGBTQ community. They have been fighting an uphill battle for decades to strengthen their cause and reduce violence against LGBTQ people. Unfortunately they are being used by big-Pharma as pawns on a global battlefield for money and power.
© 2019 Ralph Schwartz