Pride Month has become Pride Year. And I will spare you the usual “consenting adult can do whatever they wish” disclaimer. You all know this by now. The Post Millennial tells the story of the Annual Magic Pride Festival, which took place in Wisconsin last Sunday.
There were many activities, including a tent for “Queer and Trans People of Color” only. Any trespassers would have to be stopped from entering the gate. A booth sponsored by Integrated Counseling, LLC was also present. They were not giving out free bottled water or candy bumper stickers or pens. Although they might have been, the booth’s main purpose was to give out “letters of readiness”, which are available for transgender people. This is supposed to be an ongoing process. Insurance companies often require psychological and medical evaluations. The process usually takes 12 months. These letters can be used to end the process. Elaina Meir, a licensed counselor, founded Integrated Counseling. She stated, “For Trans and gender expansive folx,” in her Psychology Today profile.
It should be obvious that once a process is complete, it can be very difficult to reverse. In fact, it may not even be possible to reverse the entire process. These are permanent changes and it is not a bad idea to take 12 months to reflect on the situation. The Mayo Clinic recommends having an honest discussion with your doctor about gender identity, current and past medications, medical procedures, sexual activity, anxiety, and depression. The Mayo Clinic also recommends the following:
- Age-appropriate screening of breast and cervical cancers
- Screening for prostate cancer at an age-appropriate level
- Screening for colon cancer at an age-appropriate level
- Age-appropriate vaccinations
- Screening for mental health conditions
- Screening for substance abuse
- Screening for HIV
- Screening for hepatitis
These screenings, regardless of gender, are good for anyone.
The American College of Pediatricians warns against using puberty-blocking drugs in children and teens. Puberty blockers, when combined with cross-sex hormones, may lead to cognitive issues, mood disorders, seizures, osteoporosis, and other health problems. You are also at higher risk of developing diabetes, strokes, heart attacks, blood clots, or heart attacks later in life. Pride Week can be a difficult time if you’re in an ICU bed.
If this is not enough to convince, Walt Heyer, a de-transitioner, spoke at a Heritage Foundation panel back in 2019. The Blaze has the story:
Walt Heyer, a trans activist, recently stated that doctors and the media misled him into believing that a transition was the solution to gender dysphoria. He warned children about the dangers of encouraging transitions too early.
Heyer, who used to be a woman, said that many people who want to change their gender have been sexually abused in childhood.
Heyer said that more than half of the people he’s worked with, hundreds of people, were sexually abused boys at a young age. He also noted that many of these men believe that cutting off their genitalia will make them female.
Heyer added, “We are manufacturing transgender children.” “We are manufacturing their depression and their anxiety and made [it] into an industry that people can profit from after their lives are torn apart.”
There are people who truly suffer from gender dysphoria. For some, transitioning might be the solution. It isn’t compassionate to encourage drugs and surgery, without knowing all the possible risks and consequences. It is selfish.
Anyone who snaps up one of these letters should remember the old maxim: Act quickly, repent later.