By Kevin Burke, LSW
California’s Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D – Los Angeles) introduced a bill AB 2218 that would provide transgender-identifying minors and adults with tax-payer funded transitioning drugs and surgeries.
The California Family Council reported the bill has made its way through the legislative process and is set for final votes in the Senate and the Assembly at the end of this week:
Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) condemned the bill saying it incentivizes doctors to “rush” immature children to make “life-altering and irreversible” decisions about their bodies.
Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden appears to disagree.
Biden tweeted in January 2020:
Gender Identity and Autism
Dr. Kathleen “Kelly” Levinstein, PhD, is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan, Flint. Her research and advocacy work includes human and civil rights violations against the autistic community.
Dr. Levinstein shares a cautionary tale about the vulnerability of children with autism to the trans-propaganda now prevalent in the youth culture, promoted on social media, and in the entertainment industry.
Dr Levinstein shares:
“My daughter, who is on the autism spectrum -When she was 16, she began watching a TV show called “Degrassi,” which featured an FtoM (female to male) character. After a few weeks, she announced that she was not actually…lesbian, as she had previously said, but was in fact trans.
She started attending a local [support group] where she met many trans people, including a number of FtoM trans teenagers who were raving about a certain “gender therapist who gave my daughter the go-ahead to have a bilateral mastectomy after only two sessions…Healthy organs were amputated…
It is a crime not just against women, but particularly against disabled women. So many of these young women who are “transitioning” are also autistic.”
Parents of children experiencing what is called Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria (ROGD) are coming together to advocate for their children.
From their website:
“We are a group of parents whose children have suddenly—seemingly out of the blue—decided they identify strongly with the opposite sex and are at various stages in transitioning…it is epidemic among our most vulnerable youth.
…We are skeptical of the current Standard of Care, the “Affirmative Approach,” which only seems to confirm and solidify our children’s misguided, externally-influenced sense of self.
And we are horrified at the growing number of young people whose bodies have been disfigured, their physical and mental health destroyed by transitioning, only to discover—too late—that it did little to relieve their dysphoria. Please read our stories. See the devastating impact ROGD has had on our children and our families.”
Keeping Parent’s in the Dark
Rod Dreher reports how the public schools in Montgomery County Maryland will facilitate gender transformation with minors entrusted to their care – while systematically deceiving parents about their actions.
Dreher warns parents:
I can tell you from personal conversations with moms and dads who are going through this, it usually hits you out of the blue. Your middle-schooler or high-schooler is cross-pressured intensely from online culture and peer culture to adopt a gender-transgressive identity. You almost always don’t know what’s happening until it has seized your kid’s mind in an obsessive way. What’s more, it’s common to learn that you won’t find any help anywhere, because many in the medical profession, the media, and among other parents consider you to be the enemy.
A Democratic White House and Congress will work to ensure that “gender identity” becomes a protected class in federal civil rights law. The proposed California law will likely go national meaning tax payers will help fund this madness.
What does this mean for parents?
You will be powerless to protect your children influenced by a trans-friendly culture and media, abetted by compliant educators and school districts.
Your children will be able to make life-changing, body-altering decisions with lifelong medical and psychological complications – without your consent.
After all, as Joe Biden reminds us, not even parents can deny children their basic civil rights:
“Transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time. There is no room for compromise when it comes to basic human rights.”