Gender and Sexual Orientation
Does any of this really matter?
Gender Identity Services and Kids
The presence and impact of non-gender mental disorders.
Mothers of transgender kids
Woman or man
The ‘professor’ of transgender studies
Impact on legislation
Conclusion (or why you should care)
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“A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.”
Before delving in to some of the details concerning transgender issues, let’s get something very clear. The aim of (or ‘agenda’ behind) this article is to address the propaganda and misinformation that has become popular myth and spread through society like a virus, to such an extent that people have abandoned common sense and objective analysis through fear of being judged as discriminatory.
This is not an attack on people who are experiencing genuine psychological distress because of confusion about their gender identity – which (ironically) has been made much worse by the relative minority of pressure groups who spread misinformation for their self-interest.
In denying fact and evidence people experiencing gender identity issues are not receiving proper diagnosis of their problems and consequently are not receiving treatment that is appropriate to help them. As will become clearer later on, misdiagnosis and mistreatment is a big problem in the area of gender identity, resulting in many people facing further turmoil and distress as their internal problems are not addressed or eased through following a course of ‘transitioning’.
Governments are damaging the health of citizens, imposing restrictions on the majority of society based on false perceptions and misinformation, and are failing in their basic duty of ensuring policies are based on accurate and objective information. Unfortunately, politics is a game of popularity, which significantly impacts the decisions of government.
Child abuse taking place because of ignorance of parents who believe popular myth, and by medical practitioners administering (or rather experimenting with) toxic chemicals with unknown long-term effects without the informed consent of their ‘patients’.
Sometimes fact and evidence are not what people want to hear – or want others to believe – but they remain the truth of reality none the less.
We currently have a situation where radical self-interested groups have infiltrated the establishments of medicine and education to such a degree that people working within them are doing so in a culture of fear. It has become virtually impossible for someone to break through the fog of misinformation without incurring some personal penalty, whether that is losing their employment or being bombarded with abuse.
It is time for change where truth becomes the basis for all decisions in society for the good of everyone and not just self-interested lobby groups who prefer propaganda to fact.
If a man or woman who is able to make informed choices decides that they wish to live as a member of the opposite sex then they should be able to without fear of rejection by society – the same as everyone else. However, it is important they understand the reasons for their perceptions and the personal responsibility they have to ensure their choices do not adversely affect society as a whole.
Males living as females and females living as males has been part of human culture and most human civilisations for as long as history has been recorded. It is far from a modern phenomenon with references in Ancient Greek writing, and some sources citing various forms of males acting as female activity as far back as 3000 – 2000 BC in Assyria.
In more recent times there were the Molly Houses of 18th and 19th Century England where homosexuals would meet socially and where cross-dressing was an integral part. There is also speculation that they were often used for male prostitution.
During the 20th Century and into the 21st Century there are numerous examples of sexes living as their opposite sex, although in the UK public display was mainly limited to lesbians dressing as men because there was no legislation against lesbianism, but there were severe penalties for gay men until 1967.
In most democratic societies today, men living as women and women living as men is accepted.
The vast majority of people who identify as ‘transgender’ live within society and get on with their lives much the same as anyone else. They live as valid members of their communities and are accepted as such.
The term ‘transsexual’ was a term used by campaigners and others to describe those who identified as the opposite sex, and is still used today by the ill-informed.
There can be no such thing as a ‘transsexual’ in the human species. It is a term that is illogical, inaccurate, and infers a false impression of people who identify as the opposite sex as ‘transitioning’ from their birth sex to the opposite sex.
The human species can not change from one sex to another under any circumstances – it is impossible, unlike Clownfish that can change sex at will.
Even with chemical treatments (such as hormones) and surgery, the changes are only cosmetic, and if chemical treatment is stopped the person will rapidly return to the natural state of their birth sex.
There are only two sexes in the human species, male and female. Even those who are born with both male and female biology who are referred to as ‘Intersex’ are predominantly male or female.
Some pressure groups and campaigners have claimed that Intersex people and transgender people are the same in principle. This is totally false. People considered as ‘transgender’ do not have male and female biology and gender dysphoria is a psychological disorder.
People with gender identity issues are often referred to by campaigners as being ‘assigned’ sex at birth. This is total and utter nonsense. A person’s biology determines birth sex, not some arbitrary process of assignment.
In being sexually attracted to other humans a human can only be heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or asexual. There are only two sexes in the human species to which a person can be sexually attracted, male and female.
Heterosexual people are attracted primarily to the opposite sex. Homosexual people are primarily attracted to the same sex. Bisexual people are attracted to both the same and opposite sexes to varying inconsequential degrees. Asexual people have no interest in (or feelings of) sexual activity or sexual attraction.
The numerous new terms generated by people who claim to have some other sexuality are junk. Terms such as ‘pan-sexual’ mean nothing whatsoever and are merely attempts by individuals to gain attention – to try and make themselves ‘special’ in some way.
Even though someone may identify themselves as heterosexual or homosexual does not mean that they are solely sexually attracted to the same or opposite sex all of the time in all circumstances. It means they are predominantly attracted to the opposite or same sex.
Gender is one of the most contentious terms used in society at the current time, with claims of numerous gender possibilities by some campaigners.
Gender is different to sex. Sex concerns the biological, and gender concerns the self-perception of a person within society’s generally accepted definition male and female roles.
For example, a biological male who perceives themselves as female could be described (or self-identify as) female gender. They identify with the roles of females in society.
This is where the term ‘transgender’ comes from. It is a more accurate way of referring to people who primarily wish to live their lives as members of the opposite sex than the term ‘transsexual’.
Gender identity is a personal psychological construct that is based on the person’s feelings and perceptions.
At the current time there is no correlation between gender identity and any biological influencer.
There have been claims by some campaigners that there is a link between biological differences in transgender people and gender identity. These claims are false and based on factual information concerning a much wider range of society with mental health conditions being taken out of context and manipulated. This will become clearer later on.
Gender dysphoria is the clinical diagnostic term for the psychological disorder where someone feels they identify with the concept and behaviour of the opposite sex as defined by the society in which they exist.
Before DSM-5, transgenderism was referred to as Gender Identity Disorder. The change to Gender Dysphoria was made after pressure on the American Psychiatric Association when lobby groups demanded it was changed.
It is in the range of psychological disorders known as personality disorders.
In brief, personality disorders are where a person’s attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours cause problems for them or/and others in society. The person’s perception of their problems is often externalised as being because society (in general or specifically) does not accept them (for whatever reason they formulate in their minds). Personal interactions are generally dysfunctional or difficult to maintain. The person exhibits attention seeking behaviours that create chaos to some degree.
Personality disorders range from the relatively mild and harmless to extremely harmful disorders such as antisocial personality disorder (in which the person exhibits pathological psychopathic traits) and narcissistic personality disorder.
All personality disorders are formed from the person’s dysfunctional analysis of their world through which they create their own delusion that is significantly different to reality.
Gender and Sexual Orientation
Gender identity does not necessarily dictate sexual orientation. A person with an opposite gender identity to that of their birth sex can be sexually attracted (or not) to the same or opposite sex in the same way as anyone else. A male who identifies as female may still be sexually attracted to females, and so on.
Remarkably, at the current time there is insufficient reliable data to indicate the percentage of people who have undergone ‘sex reassignment surgery’ and who have sought to reverse the procedure, although there are those who do seek reversal surgery.
The same situation is true of people who have stopped ‘transition’ treatment who have not had surgical procedures. There is no reliable data although there are people who stop or drop out of medical processes whether in the short or long term.
There is information from official sources concerning the number of ‘sexual reassignment’ surgeries that have been performed, and the number of people seeking medical treatment to ‘transition’.
Gender dysphoria/transsexualism can only be diagnosed after an in-depth period of assessment using defined measures by suitably qualified professionals in the fields of psychiatry and psychology. The criteria for diagnosis are defined in the ‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ Version 5 (DSM–5) produced by the ‘American Psychiatric Association’ (APA) – primarily used in the United States – and the International Classification of Diseases version 11 (ICD-11) produced by the World Health Organisation (WHO) – used globally. Both publications are updated as and when necessary.
Before it’s introduction in 2013 proposed changes for DSM-5 was widely criticised by professionals in the field of mental health and representative organisations, and criticism continues.
One of the more contentious criticisms is the medicalisation of mental health conditions and natural human experience. The APA has been accused of creating diagnostic criteria which serve the organisation’s own interests, including it’s relationships with the drug industry, the financial interests of DSM panel members, and a lack of cultural consideration or flexibility.
Dr. Allen Frances, psychiatry professor emeritus at Duke, and chair of the previous DSM-4 task force at the APA, described the DSM-5 as a ‘sad day for psychiatry’. In an article on the website ‘Psychology Today’ Frances states “My best advice to clinicians, to the press, and to the general public – be sceptical and don’t follow DSM 5 blindly down a road likely to lead to massive over-diagnosis and harmful over-medication.” He goes on to state that over fifty mental health professional organisations petitioned for a review independent of the APA to evaluate the APA’s evidence and to evaluate the risks and benefits of recommendations derived from the DSM-5.
It is important to note the controversy of the DSM-5 in relation to transsexualism. Medical professionals still cite the DSM-5 as their primary source of reference relating to gender dysphoria and treatment routes, despite warnings from their own professional licensing organisations, such as ‘The British Psychological Society’
In using a flawed or inappropriate classification system clinicians are failing to look objectively at their patients’ problems and needs, instead ‘shoehorning’ their patients in to inappropriate diagnostic categories rather than fitting the ‘category’, or diagnosis, to the patient. This is neither a recent problem, nor is it limited to the diagnosis of gender dysphoria. Misdiagnosis in mental health by psychiatrists is a perpetual problem, particularly with the inappropriate diagnosis of people as suffering from schizophrenia. Once diagnosed with a condition it can be extremely difficult to be reassessed and get a real diagnosis. Psychiatrists rarely go against or challenge the diagnosis of a colleague.
Does any of this really matter?
In the scheme of worldly matters, the details of why or how someone chooses to live their lives may seem inconsequential. The world consists of individuals all with their own perspectives and quirks living their lives within their own version of reality in which ever society they exist in.
Whether someone wants to live as some form of analogue of the opposite sex or as something else, provided they cause no harm to others then there is a strong argument that it is not the task of a modern society to interfere with their personal decision.
However, the freedom to live as one wishes comes with personal responsibility and is not unconditional.
Whether we like them or agree with them or not, society is formed through mutual agreements and an understanding that fundamental principles are maintained by it’s members. In most progressive modern societies there is a general agreement that people can live as they want provided they do not have a negative impact on society as a whole or it’s individual members.
Some individual actions that could result in harm to others are dealt with through a legal framework of some kind (such as laws against taking human life) which can vary from society to society. Other rules or expectations are subtler and based on natural human interaction and accepted traditions – such as politeness, queuing in line, and so on (again, variable depending on the particular society).
Individuals are expected to comply with these societal norms to be able to live their lives as they wish – society expects the individual to contribute to the greater good.
Problems and conflicts arise when individuals (or groups) fail to consider the wider implications and ramifications of their choices and actions on society as a whole, and remain focused on their own interests – such as the issue of ‘transgender kids’.
Here we enter into an area that is in direct contravention of biological and psychological fact, let alone common sense and societal norms.
According to the Gender Identity Development Service at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, the number of referrals to the service has massively increased, from 97 in 2009 to 2,519 in 2018.
Significant concerns have been raised within medical professions concerning their members who actively engage in facilitating gender changes in children. The interventions used by these clinicians completely ignore fundamental factual science concerning human biological and psychological development.
Humans start to develop a conscience between the ages of nine and ten (or thereabouts). A conscience is necessary for the analytical process we all have which makes sense of the world we live in through informed decision making. It is impossible to make decisions or to understand concepts that affect us or others without a conscience being in place.
At such a young age a human is just beginning to understand some aspects of their existence, such as the basic difference between right and wrong. This is provided that the child is developing in a psychologically and biologically healthy manner and environment. This is why the age of criminal responsibility in most developed countries is set to around ten years of age, with leeway depending on the individual and their development.
A child’s perception of gender is NOT based on their own internal analysis and processing of informed data concerning themselves. It comes from a very basic perception based on the psychological environment they are exposed to. Children develop perceptions of themselves and the world through being mentored, mimicking, and learning which actions please other people in the child’s life they seek approval from – such as parents and peers. Children do not have the capacity to process or understand the complexities of gender and sexual identity, they only understand what gains approval and validation and what does not.
Children are in a continual state of experimentation within their environment. This is one of the most basic learning functions of a human being. As well as experimenting to see what gets them approval and what does not, children also experiment through play and interacting with their physical environment, and with other children where they start to develop basic social skills.
In common with many other species, human young will try things in order to learn what the outcome will be. Touch fire – ouch, it hurts – don’t touch fire again. A similar process is: child does something – child gains approval/attention – child repeats to get attention/approval.
A child that displays behaviour that may seem to parents to indicate some kind of gender conflict is not necessarily so, and is highly unlikely in younger children. Their behaviour is most likely to be because they like some particular aspect of their interaction, or because of perceived or actual conflicts with their peers.
As a hypothetical example, if a male child perceives some kind of conflict with (or rejection by) the groups of male peers they normally interact with (perhaps because of a bully in the group), they will probably be reluctant to engage with that same sex group. If they find they are readily accepted by a female group of peers, their natural reaction will be to interact more with the female group. This has nothing whatsoever to do with any kind of gender identity. This kind of preference to interact with the opposite gender is more prevalent in girls who display ‘tomboy’ behaviour. It neither means the female child has a gender identity issue or that they may have lesbian inclinations – it is merely based on their preference for the male group’s activities at that time.
The most influential factor in a young child’s life is it’s parents. The child relies on the parents to fulfil it’s physical and emotional needs. The parents affect the child’s behaviour through establishing boundaries, teaching the child what is right and wrong, and develop the child’s view of themselves, others, and the society in which they exist.
In general, a child who is brought up in a dysfunctional environment will become dysfunctional themselves, and vice versa.
Parenting is a huge responsibility in modern society and there are serious ramifications for the parents, the child, and society if the parents fail to mentor and teach the child in an emotionally well-balanced home.
Although a child should be free enough to make their own discoveries through exploration and play, part of the parent’s duties is to help the child understand their role within society, both in terms of behaviour and by helping the child to understand the role of the sexes both biologically and within the norms set by society.
Allowing a child to explore their society without appropriate guidance will result in the child becoming confused and finding it difficult to put aspects of their life experience in to context. The child becomes overloaded with information about experiences that they do not have the fundamental skills to process and analyse as they get older.
A child overloaded with unresolved information will take whatever explanations they find and use them to process the information. This could be from peers, or as we see in this digital age, information from the internet. The child does not have the life skills to decide which information is correct or applicable, or which could be wrong or damaging.
If the parents are dysfunctional and lack the basic understanding of their role then the child will could be exposed to unhelpful and damaging mentoring and guidance. This is particularly the case where parents do not engage with their children and set appropriate boundaries. A big part of a child’s learning is understanding the boundaries within different relationships and society.
In essence, it is the parent’s job to instil survival skills in the child so they can cope with the challenges they will face throughout life and to ensure the child can cope with personal responsibility.
The role of the parents plays a huge part in the child’s understanding of gender. The child does not have an intrinsic knowledge or life experience to understand what ‘gender’ means in the real world. They are in a world of play and discovery – a world of fantasy that they use to filter information, learn behaviour, and to understand learning.
If a parent is unaware of their child’s social learning and mentoring needs, they can wrongly attribute the child’s interactions with the opposite sex (or objects normally associated with the opposite sex) as some kind of ‘gender identity’ problem rather than being a natural response to other influencers.
This kind of ignorance will have disastrous consequences for the child. Children shoehorned in to ‘gender identities’ are being forced (whether intentionally or not, and whether overtly or not) into a situation where they will comply with the wishes of those they want to please. Children will even magnify their behaviour and expression to ensure the approval of parents and others they perceive as important in their lives.
Children are hugely suggestible and extensive research into instilling false memories and concepts into children is well documented.
Children need to be allowed to be children with the safety and sensible guidance of parents who do not cosset (which is another form of child abuse) or read their own perspectives in to their child’s behaviour based on misleading or false information – which is available in abundance, especially from campaigners and organisations desperate to ‘normalise’ their own dysfunctional perspectives.
Campaigners will claim that the rise in children being presented with ‘gender dysphoria’ is the result of increased ‘awareness’ though media exposure. There is no evidence to support this claim.
It is much more likely that propaganda campaigns and the compliance of popular media outlets in covering the subject for fear of being seen as ‘prejudice’ in some way, combined with the vast array of misinformation on the internet, is responsible for parents and older children developing fantasies while looking for reasons for their feelings and/or perceived internal conflicts – particularly from the age of around ten when the conscience starts to develop.
A pivotal period in all humans’ lives is puberty.
Puberty is the only time in a human’s life where there are drastic biological and psychological changes that will determine the human’s sexuality and gender identity (regardless of any other factors, including societal constraints or influences) for the rest of their existence.
Although there are common traits we can identify in puberty across the majority of the human species, puberty is still an individual experience and can be a time of self-doubt, psychological turmoil, experimentation, uncertainty about one’s place in the world, and so on.
For some human’s puberty comes and goes without too much drama, while for others it can be an incredibly disruptive and confusing experience, both for the young person and those around them. It is the natural biological process of moving from childhood to adulthood.
Puberty is essential for a human development and for understanding the self.
In gender identity clinics there is a ‘treatment’ option which involves blocking the natural onset of puberty in males with chemicals as an aid to prevent the body from developing it’s natural male characteristics. The body also includes the brain, which will be prevented from developing naturally.
When we consider that a human’s sexual orientation and gender identity CAN NOT be naturally established until after puberty (and sometimes several years after the confusion of puberty has subsided), it is illogical that puberty prevention interventions are used to assist in maintaining a presumption of something that has not yet occurred.
With the limited knowledge and perceptions a child has of themselves pre-puberty, parents and medical practitioners who place a child in to a ‘gender identity problem’ category and administer such ‘treatments’ are abusing the child both physically and psychologically.
It is interesting to note that this is the only psychological disorder where the complicit actions of parents and medical professionals are permitted, and in some circumstances encouraged.
Gender Identity Services and Kids
Of particular concern in the UK (there are similar services around the world) is the ‘Gender Identity Development Service’ provided by the ‘Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust’ located in London – a publicly funded service for children and adolescents and their parents, who claim the child is experiencing difficulties with their gender identity.
One of the problems with this kind of service is that they are based on a presupposition that gender identity issues experienced by young people (or perceived by their parents) are something other than serious mental disorders, and become complicit in reinforcing delusions before the child has had the opportunity to fully develop their sexual and gender identity as a natural human being.
These services plough ahead within their own narrow perspective regardless of wider held professional research and evidence that is incongruent with their methodologies, and regardless of concerns expressed by professionals and the wider public.
A major criticism of these kind of services is that they fail to compete a full analysis of the child, their parents, and the environment the child exists in and rush to the conclusion that the child is having an experience based on some kind of natural disparity within themselves.
Something of major concern is the way children are being experimented on in these clinics where there is no known outcome or known long term effects of the treatment being administered, particularly in the area of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones. Many children are given drugs whilst logically being unable to consent to such treatment or understand the effects or ramifications. This would not be permitted in any other area of medicine where there is not an immediate threat to life.
There is also evidence that health professionals are complicit in the delusions of parents through fear of being seen as discriminatory. In the High Court of Justice in the UK in 2016 the court found that a mother had caused “significant emotional harm” to her child by putting pressure on him to identify as a girl. The judge stated that rather than protecting the child, professionals involved in the child’s care had “accepted wholesale” that the boy should be regarded as a girl. The judge was highly critical and regarded that the professionals involved in the child’s case had failed to put the child’s wellbeing first.
The professionals criticised in the judgement were the medical practitioners, social services, and the child’s school, all who just accepted the mother’s statements and reinforced her delusional beliefs.
Puberty blockers (also known as hormone suppressors) are chemicals (such as gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH)) that were original developed to treat very rare and potentially serious conditions that resulted in the abnormally early onset of puberty (precocious puberty), which has occurred in children as young as 5 or 6 years-old. They work by supressing pituitary hormones that result in sex steroid production.
Once chemical treatment is ceased, normal puberty resumes (or starts) between 3 or 12 months later. Long term use has the risk of causing osteoporosis, triggering cancers, and a high risk of compromised fertility. Other effects are largely unknown, but there is some evidence that prolonged use can cause problems with brain development.
The presence and impact of non-gender mental disorders.
Extensive research has been conducted in to people presenting with gender identity disorders and those diagnosed with gender dysphoria, and the presence of non-gender related mental conditions.
The presence of other disorders will influence a person’s perception of the society they live in, their views of themselves, the causes of their perceived problems, their relationships with others, and will influence future development.
Disorders develop early on in a person’s life through the child’s experience in their environment. There is some evidence to suggest that there may be genetic contributors, but this has not been reliably confirmed at the time of writing.
Although there are different types of disorder, each with their own diagnostic criteria, there are some common factors that could contribute to disorder development. These include:
- A chaotic family life.
- Family members (particularly parents) with mental health problems.
- Family members (particularly parents) with substance abuse issues.
- Poor social support from parents.
- Poor social support from peers (particularly at school).
- Poor social support from organisations such as schools.
- Experiencing a traumatic event.
- Verbal, sexual, psychological, or physical abuse.
- Over-protective parents or environment.
- Lack of boundary setting by parents or within environment.
- Limited or restricted social interactivity.
Personality disorders are a personal experience in that each person will have developed the disorder through their own personal experience and analysis of that experience. The way the disorder affects the person also depends on their experience.
A person with a personality disorder may be disruptive and display antisocial and attention seeking behaviour, or they may be in constant internal conflict and distress to some extent and attempt to disengage from society. A person’s behaviour depends on the type of personality disorder they have.
In most instances, the person will:
- Have difficulty forming or keeping close relationships.
- Have difficulty engaging with others in general society.
- Have difficulty engaging with friends or family members.
- May be prone to get into conflict and trouble, sometimes leading to criminality.
- Have difficulty controlling feelings or behaviours.
- Have difficulty listening to other people, particularly those who may challenge aspects of the person’s perceptions.
- May feel unhappy or distressed.
- May be upset often.
- May harm other people or living creatures.
Important note: The symptoms of mental health conditions can exist across a range of psychological, neurological, and biological conditions. Diagnosis can only be made by appropriately trained and experienced health professionals.
Research throughout the 1990s up to the present day has shown a significant relationship between people diagnosed with gender dysphoria (or gender identity disorder (GID) as it was previously known) and personality disorders.
In their paper ‘Psychiatric comorbidity in gender identity disorder’, (2005, U. Hepp, B. Kraemer, U. Schnyder, N. Miller, A. Delsignore, Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland) researchers concluded ‘Lifetime psychiatric comorbidity in GID patients is high, and this should be taken into account in the assessment and treatment planning of GID patients’
Their research found that 41% of people diagnosed as having GID met the criteria for current and lifetime personality disorder or multiple personality disorders, with 71% meeting the criteria for mood disorders overall. This is high.
The prevalence of personality disorders in the general population ranges from around 7% to around 12%.
In another research paper, ‘Personality Disorders in Persons with Gender Identity Disorder’ (2014, Duišin, Batinic, Barišic, Djordjevic, Vujovic,Bizic, Clinic of Psychiatry, Clinical Centre of Serbia, Belgrade.). As with the previous research, the authors concluded ‘The authors of the study stressed the great importance of including personality assessment in standard GID diagnostic procedures, as presence or absence of PD [personality disorder] comorbidity is one of the contributing factors to the successful or unsuccessful SRS [sex reassignment surgery] outcome’.
The findings of this research were very similar to the previous study. 46.66% of people diagnosed with gender identity disorder met the criteria for multiple personality disorders. The authors also conclude that people diagnosed with gender identity disorder ‘…have higher presence of PDs, particularly Paranoid PD, avoidant PDs, and comorbid PDs. In addition, MtF (transwomen are people assigned male at birth who identify as women) persons are characterized by a more severe psychopathological profile.’
In the study ‘The frequency of personality disorders in patients with gender identity disorder’, (2014, Mazaheri Meybodi A, Hajebi A, Ghanbari Jolfaei A., Iran University of Medical Sciences) the researchers conclude ‘The findings of this study revealed that the prevalence of personality disorders was higher among the participants, and the most frequent personality disorder was narcissistic personality disorder (57.1%), and borderline personality disorder was less common among the studied patients.’
In July 2018 an article entitled ‘Gender Dysphoria Differential Diagnoses’ on the medical professional website Medscape Mohammed A Memon MD (Psychiatrist/Geriatric Psychiatrist, Carolina Center for Behavioral Health and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine) states ‘Lifetime psychiatric comorbidity in this disorder is high, and this should be taken into account in the assessment and treatment planning of gender dysphoria. Twenty-nine percent of the patients had no concurrent or lifetime-associated disorders; 39% percent fulfilled the criteria for current and 71% for current and/or lifetime-associated disorders. Forty-two percent of the patients were diagnosed with one or more personality disorders.’
There are many other researchers who have found definitive links between gender identity conflicts and personality disorders. Any argument that the presence of other psychological disfunction is a result of the person’s experience of gender dysphoria is false. The research clearly shows that personality disorders existed before the diagnosis of gender dysphoria and before the person expressed gender identity conflict.
Apart from personality disorders, there are other conditions that can contribute to gender identity conflicts.
According to the Gender Identity Development Service autistic spectrum conditions can be hugely influential in adolescents. They state:
‘There seems to be a higher prevalence of autistic spectrum conditions (ASC) in clinically referred, gender dysphoric (GD) adolescents than in the general adolescent population. Holt, Skagerberg & Dunsford (2014) found that 13.3% of referrals to the service in 2012 mentioned comorbid ASC (although this is likely to be an underestimate). This compares with 9.4% in the Dutch service; whereas in the Finnish service, 26% of adolescents were diagnosed to be on the autism spectrum (Kaltiala-Heino et al. 2015).
Why there is a higher prevalence of ASD in GD young people is still unknown. A review of the literature by Van Der Meisen et al (2016), groups underlying hypotheses into biological, social and psychological assumptions.
- Biological: Extreme Male Brain Theory – ASD as a result of Extreme Male Brain. Prenatal testosterone may not only lead to a higher disposition towards ASD but also GD as an expression of extreme male characteristics- explains why girls with ASD would be more susceptible to develop GD.
- Social: Poor understanding of social relationships, which is a characteristic of individuals with ASD, suggests that GD could develop as a consequence of difficulty in social interactions. E.G boy with ASD who had been bullied by other boys might have developed a feeling of belonging to female sex out of aversion to male gender. Parkinson (2014) described 2 birth-assigned men who had feelings of being different and interpreted these feelings as GD and therefore requested gender reassignment therapies.
- Psychological: ASD – link with GD. From the literature review, we can conclude that knowledge on the co-occurrence of GD and ASD is far from complete. More research is needed to find out which factors are important in this co-occurrence. Despite the limited current literature on GD and ASD, there is now some replicated evidence of an over-representation of co-occurring GD and ASD compared to what would be expected by chance based on the prevalence in the general population. It is plausible that not only one suggested hypothesis but multiple suggested hypotheses may play a role in the GD-ASD co-occurrence. Alternatively, of course, the two may be present without being related to each other (Ristori and Steensma 2016).’
In addition, there could also be biological contributors such as hormonal difficulties or abnormalities.
Mothers of ‘transgender kids’
Research has been conducted into the way family dynamics influence a child alleged to be experiencing ‘gender identity’ issues.
In a study on mothers of children who were diagnosed with gender identity disorder (‘Mothers of boys with gender identity disorder: a comparison of matched controls’, 1991, Martantz and Coastes, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) researchers found that 53% met diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder (compared to only 6% of the control group) or clinical depression
The study also found that the parenting style of the mothers with ‘transgender’ children discouraged the development of autonomy and encouraged interdependence.
Campaigners on transgender issues claim that there is a high rate of suicide in people who have gender identity disorder, and that this is the result of prejudice transgender people experience in society because of their gender choices. There is no evidence whatsoever to substantiate these claims.
There is evidence that people diagnosed with gender dysphoria have a higher rate of suicide attempts than the general population, but there has been no reliable research into the causes, and claims of cause are anecdotal subjective, and unverified.
The suicide rate of 40% is thrown about ad hoc by the media and gender identity campaigners. This is misinformation.
The fact is that studies (such as ‘Transgender Adolescent Suicide Behavior’ (2018, Toomey, Syvertsen, Shramko, American Academy of Pediatrics) have found that around 40% of adolescents between the ages of 11-19 years-old with gender identity issues self-reported that they have attempted suicide at some point in their lives.
Claims that there is a suicide rate of 40% among people with gender identity issues as a group is incorrect. This rate is for adolescents who self-reported between he ages of 11-19 years old.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death in children and adolescents in the general population and occurs at a higher rate than in any other age group.
In the ‘Annual Research Review: Suicide among youth – epidemiology, (potential) etiology, and treatment’ (2017, Cha, Franz, Guzman, Glenn, Kleiman, Nock, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry) state that the prevalence of suicidal ideation in adolescents ranges from 19.8 to 24.0%, starting after the age of 10 years and rapidly increasing up to age 17 years. Those who experience suicidal ideation during adolescence are 12 times more likely to attempt suicide by the age of 30 years. Suicide attempts typically occur after the age of 12 years-old and increase in prevalence during mid to late adolescence. The rate of suicide attempts in this group is between 8% to 11% depending on difference in research methodology between different studies.
The presence of mental disorders significantly increases the risk of attempted and actual suicide.
Research conducted in 2006 showed that the rate of suicide attempts in adolescents diagnosed with borderline personality disorder is around 70%. (‘Non-suicidal self-injury among adolescents: diagnostic correlates and relation to suicide attempts’, 2006, Nock, Joiner, Gordon, Lloyd-Richardson, Prinstein, Department of Psychology, Harvard University, United States).
Although any suicide rate is too high, in the context of age and mental disorders the attempted suicide rate quoted in adolescents with gender identity issues is about average moving towards the low side.
Claims that the ‘suicide rate’ among the ‘transgender’ group by campaigners is higher than any other societal group is false and misleading.
Woman or man
The claim that people who have had some kind of cosmetic alteration should be called ‘man’ or ‘woman’ to reflect that alteration is contrary to the meaning and origin of the words.
The origin of ‘woman’ comes from the Old English word wifmann which means ‘female human’. It has nothing whatsoever to do with ‘womb’. The word ‘man’ comes from the Old English word Mann (or monn) and was gender neutral, meaning ‘human’ in the context of ‘person’. The Old English world for man was wēr (meaning ‘male human’). In later Norman times ‘man’ came to mean ‘male human’.
Contrary to the claims of some campaigners, there is no relation between gender identity issues and transvestism. Transvestism is where people like to dress as members of the opposite sex for pleasure – not because they have gender identity issues or wish to change their gender. It is often a fetish, but can also occur for cultural, religious, or entertainment reasons. Although some people may gain sexual pleasure from the activity, some do not.
The ‘professor’ of transgender studies
The radical political agendas of campaigners have infiltrated the world of education. One of the most concerning examples is that of Nicholas Matte (not to be confused with the Canadian hockey player of the same name), a lecturer in ‘transgender studies’ at the University of Toronto.
Matte claims that there is no such thing as biological sex (link to YouTube video) and that it is a ‘popular misconception’.
Being involved in ‘transgender studies’ it would be reasonable to assume that Matte is suitably qualified to make such statements through possessing extensive experience and qualifications in the areas of psychological dysfunction – or at least some area of medicine.
The fact is that Matte possesses ZERO qualifications in anything related to medicine or mental health. He is in fact a ‘doctor’ of – well that is difficult to pin down. The University of Toronto profile of Matte seems to go to great effort specifically not refer to his qualifications with just a vague reference to him being an ‘interdisciplinary historian’. Further research in to Matte’s qualifications were equally vague at the time of writing.
What we can ascertain of Matte is that he is a radical campaigner for ‘transgender rights’ with a history of being totally intolerant of any opposing viewpoints from students (in particular), even those based in factual evidence (let alone common sense and objective thinking). Matte prefers to create confusing fluff and nonsense to mask the fact that he constantly fails to explain any evidence for his viewpoints.
Although Matte makes many claims none of them stand up to scrutiny, with most based on misrepresentation of fact out of context within his own subjective framework to reinforce his own deluded thinking.
The list of ‘research publications’ Matte is alleged to have produced or contributed to are nothing more than essays for very minor publications with virtually no academic readership or credibility, including mostly gay, lesbian, and transgender publications.
What is concerning (and suspicious from the author’s perspective) is that there seems to be very little information concerning Matte and his past academic involvement. Matte seems to have done a good job of ensuring any information concerning ‘him’ has been erased. Perhaps there is good reason for this or perhaps Matte is hiding something he doesn’t want the public to know about.
This kind of indoctrination style of teaching in educational establishments is wholly unacceptable., yet it is becoming more common as universities collude with the politically correct fascist radicals.
It is one thing presenting alternative viewpoints based in fact and evidence from suitably qualified people that give students useful information on which to form their own viewpoints, but totally another when universities are pushing nothing more than some individual or group delusion or agenda.
Impact on legislation
Something that affects everyone in society is legislation. Most developed societies have legislation concerning discrimination and rights, many with specific references to groups deemed ‘minorities’ or ‘at risk’ of perceived disproportionate discrimination. Depending on the society being referenced, these may include specific references to people who identify as ‘transgender’.
One of the problems with legislation is that it treats (or considers) people who identify as ‘transgender’ as being in the same general group as lesbian and gay people, yet they are totally different. As we established earlier, sexuality has little importance in criteria for someone identifying as ‘transgender’, who could be primarily heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or asexual – much the same as sexuality in other groups. Although there may be greater numbers of people who identify as ‘transgender’ who happen to be homosexual, there are also numbers who identify as heterosexual, bisexual, or asexual.
Placing people who identify as ‘transgender’ under the same umbrella as people who identify through their sexuality is an error.
Sexuality may be of very little importance to a person experiencing gender identity issues, yet there is a presumption by governments that because a person may identify as the opposite to their birth sex it automatically follows that they are sexually attracted to the same sex that is the opposite of the sex they identify with. This is an error.
Because self-appointed groups based on sexuality claim to represent people who identify as ‘transgender’ because the majority of their ‘transgender’ supporters or members happen to be similarly sexually orientated is not representative of ‘transgender’ people as a whole.
We again find a situation where misinformation and propaganda are influencing decision makers in society because self-appointed representative groups lobby and protest hard spreading their own distorted interpretations of evidence and junk science.
Legislation and public policy affect every aspect of society, including the provision of healthcare, education, social care, and so on.
Governments are not addressing real gender identity issues when they implement such legislation and policies based on these false perceptions of people who are experiencing a severe mental disorder.
Conclusion (or, why you should care)
The evidence is very clear. Gender identity disorders are psychological constructs formed as a result of the person’s experiences and perceptions – there is no other reason.
To reinforce what gender identity problems are – they are disorders in a person’s thinking – not a mental illness.
The disorder can be formed from an early age based on the environment the child is raised in. In particular, parents play an essential role in the development of the child, and if parenting is dysfunctional, so this will affect the child. The mother’s role is very influential in the child’s life, and if the child is involved in an overly interdependent relationship with the mother, this can lead to serious problems for the child in developing autonomy. This can occur unintentionally, where the mother is unaware that their protection and/or dominance over the child is causing problems in the child’s psychological development.
Superficially, it may seem as though the child is in a caring and nurturing environment, but somewhere there will be problems in the family dynamics. Some research has indicated that there may be a genetic disposition to developing personality disorders, although this is still being research and there are no conclusive results at the time of writing.
The child may grow into adolescence, or even adulthood, before gender identity issues start to materialise or be expressed. Even so, the same basis for the disorder exists and careful in-depth analysis of the person’s life will reveal interpersonal and behavioural problems from an early age.
Rather than getting the help they need, a person expressing gender identity issues is steamrollered into a course of medical intervention that fails to properly assess their psychological condition, or explore their feelings and emotions and the real reasons for them.
In fact, the current system for the assessment and treatment of transgender issues reinforces the delusional thinking of people with very genuine and often debilitating problems.
This is further reinforced by institutions such as education, who out of ignorance and political correctness, plunge the child into an environment where their delusions are further reinforced.
Society has lost all sense of objectivity, rational analysis, and the reality of gender identity issues, instead taking on the misinformation of radical groups and their accomplices who have their own agendas to push on to society.
Mainstream media are also complicit in reinforcing the lie of gender identity issues, and are probably responsible for the huge increase in the number of children and young people being referred to specialist transgender clinics and services. They are promoting a convenient excuse for far deeper issues, which also appeals to those with personality disorders based in narcissism desperate to be perceived as being ‘special’ in some way.
Although gender identity issues may seem insignificant – or even a novelty or an interesting ‘quirk’ confined to a small group to most people going about their daily lives – the way they are perceived and addressed, and the wider damaging ramifications for society as a whole, are significant.
When we see public policy altered based on misinformation, or we see valuable resources being ploughed in to services that are inappropriate, it affects everyone. Pandering to the lobbying of small radical groups because of a fear of being targeted as discriminatory is of benefit to no one. Perhaps the confusion young people (in particular) feel in our society today is because we have failed to maintain truth and evidence as the basis for moving society forward.
As previously mentioned, there is nothing wrong with people living their lives as they wish provided they are aware of the personal responsibility their choices entail, and provided they do not negatively impact on society as a whole.
It is time that we realised that radical campaigners are very often agenda driven and use tactics to push those agendas that are not always based in fact or truth. We need to get away from the culture of fear and challenge them when needed.
Transgender issues have received a lot of attention in recent years, with a noticeable acceleration in the infiltration of radicals into fundamental institutions within our society.
We need to clear the clouds of misinformation and manipulation covering the truth.
If you want to know more about the tactics of radical groups you can read our article ‘The Rise of the Radical Fascist Idiot’.