Just when you think you’ve heard it all, something even more bizarre and disturbing occurs, and you can only scratch your head and wonder, “What’s next?”
Consider these recent news stories.
1) September, in Georgia. The “father” of a 7 year-old girl (who gave birth to her before undergoing sex-change surgery) announced that he/she was suing the McIntosh County Public School system in rural Georgia in an attempt to force his/her daughter’s school to allow her to use the boy’s bathroom. The father/mother claimed that his/her daughter had begun to identify as a boy at the age of 18 months (!) and insisted in the law suit that she be able to use the boy’s bathroom.
The school had initially agreed to let the girl use the boy’s bathroom when it was unoccupied, then, when that was deemed unsatisfactory, the school made arrangements to let her use the faculty bathroom, but the father/mother wasn’t satisfied, announcing legal action.
And is it just a coincidence that a child raised by her-mother-who-became-her-father is herself suffering from gender confusion?
2) October, in California. It was reported in the news that the adoptive lesbian mothers of an 11 year-old boy have put him on hormone therapy to block the onset of puberty with the goal of having him undergo sex-change surgery as soon as possible. His lesbian parents claim that he began to say that he was a girl when he was just three years-old, and they began to “transition” him into becoming a girl when we was only 8. Mental health professionals have rightly called this child abuse.
And is it just a coincidence that a boy raised by two lesbians (who might not have the healthiest view of men) thinks that he is a girl?
3) October, in Colorado. In this, the most recent story, the mother of a 7 year-old boy who likes to dress like a girl asked that he be allowed to join the local Girl Scouts.
Initially, the mother’s request was turned down by the local troop leader. This, however, was quickly reversed by Girl Scout officials, who issued this statement: “Girl Scouts is an inclusive organization and we accept all girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade as members. If a child identifies as a girl and the child's family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout. Our requests for support of transgender kids have grown, and Girl Scouts of Colorado is working to best support these children, their families and the volunteers who serve them.”
Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He is the author of 25 books, includingLine of Fire. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.