Number of teens seeking treatment for gender dysphoria has increased tenfold since 2010
Children’s clinics specializing in treating transgender patients have seen exponential growth in clientele over the past six years.
A study of nine Canadian clinics from Trans Youth CAN! shows that from 2010-2016, annual referrals went from under 100 to well over a 1,000 in 2016.
Going back further to 2004, the growth of transgender patients is even more explosive, increasing 100 times over from nearly single digits to over a 1,000 per year.
Dr. Stephen Feder, the co-director of the gender diversity clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, told the CBC that the clinic has gone from 2 patients to 89 over the past decade.
Dr. Greta Bauer, one of the authors of the report and a Professor of Epidemiology and Bio-statistics at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University, told The Post Millennial:
Numbers of referrals have increased over the same period that both public awareness of trans issues and numbers of clinics providing care have increased. These increased referral numbers still represent a small proportion of the youth who know they are trans and who will need access to gender-affirming care.Dr. Greta Bauer
These increases in referrals can be seen right across the country. In B.C., the B.C. Children’s Hospital received 240 referrals last year, compared to only 20 in 2013. SickKids in Toronto had 100 referrals in 2013. That number has since doubled.
Dr. Debra Soh, a neuroscientist and sex science writer, told The Post Millennial that a greater public awareness of trans issues was not the only reason for this exponential rise in transgender patients.
This exponential growth cannot be due solely to greater awareness about gender diversity. The number of American adults who identify as transgender has doubled in the last ten years to 6 in 1000. The fact that the numbers pertaining to children are showing a tenfold increase or higher in a shorter span of time speaks to other factors being at play.Dr. Debra Soh
From a scientific standpoint, transitioning can be beneficial to some adults and children who are post-puberty, but clinicians in the field aren’t able to do their jobs properly anymore, due to the current political climate. Without a proper psychological assessment, many children who are suffering from other mental health conditions—like autism, borderline personality disorder, and trauma, as well as suicidal ideation—are transitioning instead of getting the appropriate support they need.
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For trans ideology to truly spread, it needs to become an inherent part of our core belief system. As natural as the sky being blue, and the earth being round, we must all have the truth of trans as a foundational element of our understanding about the world for it to thrive. Convincing adults is one thing, but to really make this wash, it’s children that need to taught the dogma of multiple gender identities and the ability of humans to swap their sex for its opposite. The purported goal behind teaching children that male and female are nothing more than feelings is compassion, empathy, and anti-bias.
The work to bring children into the trans fold is pervasive and growing, and we’ve seen it in the US and Canada. In Sweden, the government is pouring money into an educational program for drag queens to read to children with disabilities. Meanwhile, in the UK, where trans advocates have a major head start, the BBC is airing educational programming to teach children that there are as many genders as stars in the sky. Both of these programs bring new dictates on gender to young kids. And kids, malleable as they are, typically believe what adults tell them.
Presumably, both the Swedish government and the BBC believe they are doing the right thing, a good thing, taking a positive step in the education of their nations’ children. But why does the Swedish federal government and the BBC want children open to the idea that gender and biological sex are different entities, and that biological sex differences are not meaningful with regard to anything at all?
The Swedish program, implemented on a federal level, is funded by a cache of cash left behind by those Swedes who died without any heirs, and is administered by Kulturforenigen Mums, which has brought in drag storytelling outfit Among Dragons and Drag Queens to create the curriculum. Among Dragons and Drag Queens’ plans is to rewrite those staid, boring, cis heteronormative fairy tales and replace them with stories where perhaps damsels rescue themselves, and handsome princes realize they’d rather fight for their right to be princesses than aspire to true love and responsibility.
The idea behind drag story hour is that children’s concepts of gender are uprooted and questioned by having grown men dressed fantastically and comically as women. While they’re at it, Among Dragons and Drag Queens should bring in some women and men and who have truly bucked gender stereotypes, like dads who prioritize raising their kids over a full-time career, or women who build bridges. Wardrobe is fashion, but life choices are what actually matter.
In the BBC video, children read questions about gender, such as “What are the different gender identities?” The answer is that this is a “that’s a really, really, exciting question to ask.” And another specialist tells children, in a voice rich with wonder and discovery, “do you know there are so many gender identities. So we know we’ve got male and female, but there are over a hundred, if not more, gender identities now. So we know that some people might think they are two different genders, so people might think they are bigender, and then you’ve got some people who might call themselves genderqueer, who are just like I don’t really want to be anything, in particular, I’m just going to be me.”
If this is all so innate, as male and female were considered to be only a few short minutes ago, why do kids need specialized education to understand it? If the goal is compassion, empathy, and instilling an egalitarian mindset, drag story hour and blatant televised lies about there being over 100 genders are not the answer.
So why do the BBC and the Swedish federal government want to make sure children know that men who don’t feel like adhering to male stereotypes and women who don’t want to adhere to female stereotypes are necessarily something other than male and female?
Is this about making sure kids are not prejudiced against people who present and act differently from the expected stereotype? Is the goal to make sure that kids know that they personally do not have to adhere to these stereotypes? Maybe the goal is to break down sex-based stereotypes altogether so that kids know that their capabilities are not limited by their sex?
What these educational programs actually do is solidify and entrench different expectations other than the traditional ones. While these programs have the tinge of compassion, consideration, and inclusiveness, that is actually an illusion. Instead of breaking down the limiting factors of socially constructed sex-based stereotypes and leaving that space open, it fills it with new rules about how not adhering to stereotypes means you are the opposite gender from that which your sex determines you are.
The message behind telling children there are people who are bigender, or multi-gender, or people who “just want to be me,” is that children must choose their gender, not that some people do, but that everyone must. Affirming these delusions is confirming them. What child doesn’t want to “just be me?” And if the way to “just be me” is to say “I’m different from my body,” then that’s what kids will do. These are guidelines to rebellion against the body, they are not telling children “here are some paths,” they are saying “this is the path, walk down it.”
The reason for indoctrinating children early in the ways of society is to make sure they know exactly what concepts and constructs cannot be questioned and must be adhered to, both in thought and action. If trans ideology were about acceptance, something more along the lines of “people are different, don’t judge people for those things about themselves that they can’t control,” we would be in the realm of anti-bias initiatives. If the message were “you don’t have to be limited by traditional gender roles,” that would be about breaking down stereotypes.
In the current merry multi-gender climate, the way that gender stereotypes are bucked is by showing men in dresses, and women speaking up for themselves. This is a strange dichotomy where what male gender warriors are fighting against is wardrobe, and female gender fighters are railing against traditional gender roles. But the thing is, those roles have already been turned on their heads. Women and men have far more freedom than they used to and are free live as they choose. The fact that adults want to transition and live as the opposite sex, or perform drag shows for other adults, has been pretty well accepted. The problem here is that children are being told lies to uphold adult desires.
Eric Duncan, a newly-elected Conservative MP, says his party should change its approach to LGBTQ issues to resonate with more of the electorate.
“I think we need to work on how we make ourselves a modern Conservative party, and that includes being more inclusive on that issue,” said the new MP for Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry to CTV.
“I’m looking forward to playing a role in that and helping shape that a little bit more in the coming months and years,” said the Conservative MP, who is gay himself.
Numerous political pundits have said that CPC leader Andrew Scheer’s ambiguity on issues such as same-sex marriage hindered his chances of election.
Kory Teneycke, a former director of communications for former prime minister Stephen Harper and campaign manager for Ontario Premier Doug Ford, said that Scheer will have “big problems” with voters if his position on same-sex marriage remains unclear and “associated with bigotry.”
“In terms of actually being successful in being elected to be the prime minister of the country, I think it’s a deal-stopper,” he said.
Former Conservative minister Peter MacKay said many women turned away from the Conservatives because of Scheer’s “social conservatism.”
When asked if he still supports Scheer remaining as party leader, Duncan said he wants to hear Scheer’s explanation of the election results and how the Conservatives can gain power.
Toronto City Councillors voted 20-1 in support of a review of policies governing community spaces in the city, following a large protest at Toronto Public Library’s Palmerston branch over feminist Meghan Murphy’s controversial talk on “Gender Identity: What does it mean for society, the law and women?”
The review was proposed by Councilor Kristyn Wong-Tam and will involve the consultation of LGBTQ+ stakeholders, many of whom were aghast at the Toronto Public Library’s pro-free speech stance.
Councilors will now investigate whether third party use of the city’s community spaces are in line and uphold the city’s policies supporting equity, diversity, and human rights, as well as those polices against discriminatory behaviour and speech.
Only one councillor present voted against the review, Stephen Holyday, who believes in “respect[ing] the autonomy of the library board to create its own policies and doesn’t like to see the council “wading into this.”
Ostensibly, Murphy’s event garnered more outrage than support, with hundreds coming to condemn Murphy for her opinion that “men cannot be women, even if they identify as trans”. At the event, Murphy said that she was astounded that so many came out to oppose that stance, “as if a strong majority of the population doesn’t agree with it.”
“Pride Toronto strongly opposes the Toronto Public Library’s decision to host and support an event with guest speaker Meghan Murphy to take place in a publicly funded space,” an open letter from Pride Toronto reads.
“It is well known Meghan Murphy asserts publicly and repeatedly that Trans women cannot be women and will always be men. This is a denial of the lives, experiences and identities of Trans people. It is a crude, hateful and hurtful assertion…”
They go on to deny the validity of Murphy’s concerns, primarily that as Trans rights are propagated, they will begin to infringe upon the rights of biological women—such as the right to women’s only bathrooms and sports. Pride Toronto responded by saying that, looking through an intersectional lens, this is simply not the case, as if Trans women, being real women, win more rights, then so do biological women by extension.
Other notable detractors of the Library were Fay and Fluffy, two drag queen readers of “Fay and Fluffy’s Storytime”, who have chosen to terminate their relationship with the Library.
With the motion to review policies surrounding community spaces, free speech, and hate speech, it is likely that this event will be the last time that the Toronto Public Library can come out unambiguously in favour of promoting free speech.
“As a public library and public institution, we have an obligation to protect free speech. When Toronto Public Library (TPL) makes meeting rooms available to the public we serve, we need to make them available to all on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use,” wrote the Toronto Public Library in a statement on October 15.
The Post Millennial interviewed Murphy last month to ask what she thought of all the controversy following her ban from Twitter and similar outrage she generated for speaking at an event in Vancouver.
In the interview, Murphy says that, in many ways, she depends on social media as a self-employed writer and speaker, and that her banning, as well as the controversy she generated, came as a total shock.
Murphy says that she didn’t realize any of her views were hateful or offensive, or even controversial, until she had been banned on Twitter. However, due to changes in Twitter’s terms of service, which were updated to include a policy on misgendering, Murphy’s trans-exclusionary feminist stance that only biological women are real women was supposedly sufficient for removing her account.
Although Lindsay Shepherd was banned for the same reason, Twitter reversed its decision in that case.
While Toronto dealt with its own Meghan Murphy-related drama, back in her home city of Vancouver, controversy is well underway regarding the third #GIDYVR Still Talking event, entitled “How Media Bias Shapes the Gender Identity Debate,” on November 2nd at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre campus.
Murphy will join Quillette Canadian editor Jonathan Kay and The Post Millennial’s Anna Slatz to discuss the ways media bias affects the public discourse on gender identity issues in a talk moderated by free speech activist Lindsay Shepherd and co-hosted and organized by Amy Eileen Hamm and Meghan Murphy of feministcurrent.com and SFU professor of anthropology, Mark Collard.
In a city where talks critical of gender ideology draw more protesters than Jordan Peterson or Ben Shapiro, Collard, no stranger to hosting hot-button events, says sex is “one of the most important variables to consider in relation to [evolutionary history],” but that he’s concerned about how the media have covered it.
“A lot of journalists now seem to be very confused about key issues … and some of them seem intent on denying the importance of sex as a category, period,” he said in an interview with The Post Millennial. “Given this combination of interests and concern, collaborating with the Feminist Current people on a panel looking at the media’s treatment of sex/gender was an obvious thing to do.”
Collard believes one of the roles of a professor is to facilitate public discussion about controversial issues. “I also believe that we haven’t been doing a very good job of this in recent years,” he added.
On September 25th, SFU Vice-President Academic Jon Driver released a statement defending Collard’s academic freedom to organize the event: “Universities operate on the principle that freedom of expression is a core component of intellectual enquiry and central to the pursuit of knowledge,” it read. “As such, we support the right of faculty and other SFU community members to engage in free speech within the limits of the law.”
Though SFU’s administration has stood fast, criticism has come from within the Simon Fraser Student Society. Out On Campus, an SFSS group that supports the university’s LGBTQ+ community is one of the groups organizing a protest outside the Harbour Centre campus the night of the event. The Coalition Against Trans Antagonism, which is not affiliated with SFU, is also planning to protest.
Out On Campus and the Coalition Against Trans Antagonism, a more radical group, conflict in their preferred methods of protest. According to their Facebook event listing for the protest, OOC strongly discourages “any action that would breach any laws or the Student Conduct Policy, including preventing entrance into the building, intimidating or threatening event attendees, damaging property, and engaging in violent behaviour.”
A supporter of CATA calling herself Hailey Heartless wrote a piece on Medium criticizing what she calls “an organising style rooted in academia and the protection of individuals with the ability to access it, which leaves important voices behind and may expose individuals to harm.”
OOC also liaises with police, a tactic CATA and Hailey Heartless strongly oppose—especially their work with Tim Marron, a former sergeant at The Evergreen State College who was involved in lobbying in 2008 to procure AR-15s for the campus police. Marron seems to be represented by the initials “TM” in OOC’s minutes for their first meeting about a protest, where he is said to be “experienced with protests” and advocates that OOC work to “keep protestors focused and out of trouble (e.g., obstructing entrance, sidewalks, or road, or intimating entrants).” Marron’s involvement is repeatedly mentioned in Facebook comments on OOC’s page from CATA supporters and specifically called out in Hailey Heartless’s Medium article.
The minutes also designate CATA’s messaging and approach as potentially “incompatible” with theirs.
“Neither group has reached out to me to ask me about the event,” Collard says. “Nor have any of the SFU faculty members behind the petition that calls for the event to be shut down. Not a single one.”
The event takes place November 2nd at 5:30 pm at SFU’s Harbour Centre campus. Tickets are sold out.