Halifax Pride forced to pull promotional material after “facekini” panic
When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail. This month’s Halifax Pride was pressured to apologize for a photo which appeared in both their online promotional material and the July 18th-28th 2019 Pride schedule of events booklet.
Page 58 of the brochure features an image of a white individual wearing a black facekini covered in fake jewels. The individual was also wearing a white ball cap with the word “Aloha” and a small purple tutu around their neck.
In a speech delivered to his congregation, Canadian Muslim cleric Younus Kathrada denounced every single candidate participating in the federal election.
It isn’t clear from the video how many people Kathrada was speaking to or how convinced they were by the cleric’s speech.
He began with the intent of dissuading Muslims from voting in the election, saying that they will be judged by Allah for voting for “evil” candidates who support homosexuality and Jewish sovereignty over Israel.
“With regards to these elections,” Kathrada begins, “let me say
“This voting is a testimony and it will be recorded.”
“On Judgment Day, you will stand before Allah and be asked about it. If you plan on voting… Ask yourself, prepare the answer first – what am I going to tell Allah when Allah asks me: “You voted for that filthy non-Muslim. Why?”
Calling non-Muslims “filthy” is a common motif throughout Kathrada’s rhetoric, specifically, he targets those who support LGTB activities, as well as those in support of maintaining diplomatic relations with Israel.
“He or she approves of homosexuality,” Kathrada continues, “which Allah declared forbidden from above the seven heavens.
He concludes with a final denouncement, saying that voting will not aid Muslims in any way.
“There may be some rare circumstance, where we would say, “Okay, voting may benefit us.” This is not one of them,” Kathrada says. “They are all evil and filthy.
“Do you know that every one of them, without exception, supports Zionists against Islam and the Muslims?” he finally asks.
Sheik Younus Kathrada has previously been under an investigation after allegations of hate crimes were put forward over racial slurs against Jews.
CNN hosted a town hall dedicated specifically to LGBTQ issues last night. It featured all of the candidates of note running for the Democratic presidential nomination (except, of course, Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard because the folks at CNN are corporatist shills). By now, the alphabet soup of identities should be well-known to anyone that’s paying attention. While L, G, B, and T are pretty clear, though also different, Q is perhaps the least understood of the identities. But it was entirely the Q that was on display last night.
Q stands for queer, and while queer could encompass all of the other letters, what differentiates it is that it is entirely a political identity, and not a sexual orientation or gender identity. Speaking to Toby Young on the Quillette podcast, author Douglas Murray defines queer. “People who say they’re queer … think that being attracted to members of their own sex is just the first stage in a wider political campaign, such as bringing down … cis heteronormative patriarchy.” Queer is the political arm of LGBT, and it often fights its battles with pitchforks and torches.
A black transwoman named Blossom jumped out of the audience, and said, “I don’t want to take this away from you” before grabbing the mic away from Lizette Trujillo, mother of a transgender son, and yelling false facts about the high murder rate of black trans women.
Writing for The Stranger, Katie Herzog dug into these numbers and found that they were derived from murder rates in Central and South America, not the US at all. That didn’t stop Blossom, or Don Lemon, from taking these figures as facts. “Look at me, please look at me,” Blossom said. Lemon replied, “the reason that we’re here is to validate people like you.” Facts don’t matter when feelings are sashaying down the aisle.
Kamala Harris noted that she was performing gay marriages way back in 2004. Joe Biden talked about how he wasn’t super thrown off the first time he saw two men kissing. Pete Buttigieg was asked a question in the style of David Sedaris, by Andrew Beaudoin. “As a Christian, can you point to any teachings in faith which say things like thou shalt not serve the gays meatloaf in a diner?” Buttigieg basically said love is love.
CNN host Nia Mikayla Henderson introduced a black transgender audience member to Julian Castro and accidentally mispronounced her name. The woman, Shea Diamond took offence (Henderson pronounced it like the butter, but instead it was meant to be pronounced like a Chia Pet) and stated: “It’s violence to misgender or alter the name of a transgender person, so always get that right first.”
Castro just nodded and smiled as if that wasn’t the most preposterous thing anyone has said ever. Nevermind that “Shea” is normally pronounced like the butter, the notion that we are expected to read people’s minds or always ensure to lock down the pronunciation of people’s names is next-level batshittery. The point is that we must always be on the lookout for how to be as inoffensive as possible. We must ensure that we do not make a single mark out of line, unless, of course, we have some intersectional selection of identities that make it okay. The sad thing is, if Castro had simply told Diamond that she was crazy, he just may have won some votes.
Elizabeth Warren was asked how she’d reply to a guy on the campaign trail who said his religion taught him to believe that marriage was between one man and one woman. “Then just marry one woman, I’m cool with that,” she replied to the hypothetical guy, “assuming you can find one.” Of course, this question was about a hypothetical guy, because they didn’t actually have someone who would ask this question present in the audience. The night wasn’t that kind of inclusive.
Warren was also posed a question by a nine-year-old transgender boy. When the boy announced that he was a transgender American, Warren and the audience burst into applause.
Giving a child this kind of platform, upholding this false narrative, allowing them to have the idea that there is a right and wrong way to express themselves in appearance and activity, is abusive and traumatizing. It is not brave for a nine-year-old to express a gender preference, it is a reiteration of what the authority figures in their lives have told them to believe and accept. Warren has it right on gay marriage, but wrong on trans youth. If a little girl likes to play dress up in a suit and tie, that doesn’t make her a boy. Girls need to be affirmed in the reality of their own bodies, no matter what they’re fashion choices. (We used to know this.)
Detransitioners, those who believed themselves to be trans in youth, and were affirmed as such, complete with unnecessary cosmetic surgeries and long term use of untested drugs, are showing us just how dangerous the practice of affirmation can be. This kid is likely to find herself in pain and unhappiness after decades of encouragement by parents and authority figures.
But perhaps the most telling moment of the night happened over what is the most insignificant of linguistic matters: pronouns. In a vibrant display of virtue signalling, Kamala Harris announced her pronouns, even though everyone is pretty clear on how she identifies, and Chris Cuomo said, “me too.” It was a lame moment, sure, but there was no malice involved. It was just an off-hand comment. You know, the type of comment we used to not police and destroy people’s lives over?
For this, Cuomo got blasted. His remark was considered glib, tone-deaf, ignorant. And of course, not wanting to lose his job, he apologized.
Often, when engaging in online debate, progressives will claim that these extreme cases are imaginary—some sort of made-up boogeymen that conservatives cook up to scare the greater population into questioning woke LGBTQ orthodoxy. Yet here it all was–on full display for the world to see.
The entire three-and-a half-hour debacle played out like a parade of intersectional cliches, each more preposterous than the last. From Blossom and her “Imma let you finish” Kanye moment to a nine-year-old trans boy being held up as some sort of hero to Chris Cuomo’s pronoun problems to the violence of mispronunciation, the CNN LGBTQ town hall had it all.
This is all about how political identity trumps individual rights on the left these days. It’s reflected in the fear in the eyes of the hosts, candidates, and even the questioners when faced with a potential challenge to their status as woke citizens.
Biden’s old-timey capitulation was motivated by fear. Cuomo’s grovelling apology on Twitter was motivated by fear. Trujillo giving up the mic, lowering her eyes, hanging her head, cowed by and deferring to Blossom was motivated by fear. Don Lemon’s attempt to normalize Blossom’s raving lunacy was motivated by fear. The mothers who think it’s appropriate to let their children get indoctrinated into gender fashion cult are motivated by fear.
In the world of intersectionality, you must comply or you will be excommunicated. Never has the incoherence and unsustainability of it all been clearer. For that, we should be thankful that CNN took the time to show us all.
If there’s anyone trans advocates don’t want to hear from, it’s detransitioned people. Detransitioners are those who believed themselves to be of the opposite sex, embarked upon the process of socially or medically transitioning, and at a certain point, realized this was not the right path for them. They turned back.
This is not an easy course of action. To believe you are something, so fully and completely, that you undertake drastic changes to physical self in order to become that thing, is hard enough. But changing your mind once surgeries and drugs have been introduced, and once you’ve gone through the difficult task of coming out as trans, must be exceedingly daunting.
Yet, a new detransitioners group has arisen in Manchester, UK. Joining the Pique Resilience Project, a group of young women who have reversed course on transitioning, the Detransition Advocacy Project is determined to make people aware of the reality that not everyone who sets out upon the trans journey is happy with where they end up.
Charlie Evans, a 28-year-old woman who has detransitioned, is the founder of the Detransition Advocacy Project, which launches officially in Manchester on November 30th.
Evans identified as male for nearly a decade, but then changed her mind. And Evans is not alone. She says she has been in touch with hundreds of other young people who have detransitioned, mostly people in their early 20’s. Some of these individuals have had full gender reassignment surgery, and regret it. All are trying to figure out how to move forward and live happy, healthy lives.
The mission of the Detransition Advocacy Project is to help those “who have either decided not to transition or have stopped transitioning.” There is insufficient data on how many people desist or detransition, and if trans advocates had their way, these people would be silenced.
The need to prop up the ideology that gender transition creates happy rainbow people who sail to the end of their transition on a sea of lollipops and pigtails is so strong that desisters and detransitioners are shamed and defamed. Trans advocates worry that the vocal presence of these groups in the movement will set back social acceptance gains made by the trans community.
Though these groups have connected people who have shared their real experiences of dysphoria not abating once transition has been completed, or feelings of depression and anxiety getting worse once transition has begun, this view is too threatening to trans advocates. They prefer to discredit rather than engage or address real concerns.
Those who have undergone medical transition have been something like guinea pigs in an experiment with no control group. Drugs like puberty blockers were untested, there were no clinical trials to gauge the effect of estrogen on boys, or testosterone on girls. Surgeries like double mastectomies have been performed because the patient wanted them. For reasons having to do with a fear of suicide, these operations have been deemed medically necessary. Note that no young woman who threatens to kill herself if she can’t have a breast enlargement is given one on that basis alone.
Now that we are at least a decade into the trans trend, those individuals who were subjected to these medical procedures, without enough information about long term effects to make an education decision, are speaking out. And the trans community doesn’t want them heard because they disrupt the just-fix-your-body-and-everything-will-be-bunnies-singing-love-songs narrative.
Speaking on the podcast Love & Radio in 2017, comedian Carey Callahan spoke about her transition to live as male. She wanted to live and look male, but found that nothing could actually transform her womanly body. As time wore on, she came to the realization that she might want to detransition. One of the hardest parts was reversing her position among her friends and family.
Callahan went to the Michigan Women’s Festival because they were having a detransition workshop. She speaks of the showers as a turning point for her.
“I remember the first shower that I took … it was open air showers and you waited in a line with a bunch of naked women … and it’s women of all ages. I realized that I had never been around that many naked women and especially that many naked women of all different kinds of ages… you’re with women in their 40s and 50s and 60s and 70s. And it tripped me out in this huge way. Oh my gosh, I’ve been looking at pictures from magazines of what women’s bodies look like, and those pictures are not in any way what women’s bodies look like. I swear like it really blew my mind, I was like, whoa, all these things that I feel about my body are wrong and freakish, cellulite all over my thighs, and saggy boobs… they’re so normal, they’re the norm.”
The Michigan Women’s Festival came under attack for not being inclusive enough to transwomen, and shut down. Places where women gather to experience womanhood are a threat to an ideology that says woman is a feeling because bodies are not great liars.
That there should be any individuals who end up on this path and then find that the irreversible damage done to their bodies is not what they wanted is devastating. But the push in both the medical and the trans advocacy community is that those who seek gender transition should be fully affirmed, not questioned. The practice of “watchful waiting” is not considered viable. Instead, this idea that those who are not given the drugs and surgeries they want right when they ask for them will kill themselves is preached like gospel.
Those who desist or detransition need to be heard in this movement, because if there are desisters, the movement is failing to ensure that those who set out on this path really should be there. Surgeries like mastectomies, vaginoplasties and phalloplasties are irreversible, as are hysterectomies. Puberty blockers are untested, and the long term effects of cross sex hormone use is unknown. Detransitioners show us the danger of social and medical experimentation on living subjects, and the error of treating a mental condition with physical solutions.