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HomeEducationThorner: The Dangerous Game of 'Gender Make-Believe' with Children

Thorner: The Dangerous Game of ‘Gender Make-Believe’ with Children




By Nancy Thorner - 

Culturally, this nation seems to be in the midst of a transgender craze, which is resulting in an increase of child abuse among parents who think that ideological agenda is a way of life for their small children.

It was only four years ago when the Supreme Court paved the way for gay marriage. Having won this big fight, the mainstream media began to question what would be next for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement. 

Wilson Cruz, an LGBT activist, told CNN at the time:  “I really do believe [the Supreme Court ruling] is the domino that is going to tip over the rest of the dominoes.  Do not get in the way of this train, because it will run you over.”

Billionaire George Soros, to ensure things ran full-steam ahead dedicated at least $2.7 million to the cause that year, according to his tax returns, through his Foundation to Promote Open Society. 

The breakdown of American social norms is advancing at a lightning pace. The transgender lobby is out to drastically alter our society.  If a person shows even the slightest hesitation to embrace their cause, they are called a hateful bigot.  Not only are adults being told this, but school children are being taught the same. 

Parents are likewise receiving guidance from Planned Parenthood and other liberal bastions on how to talk to preschoolers about transgenderism and masturbation, as if at the tender age of three a child needs to know about transgenderism and masturbation.

Following is some advice from the guidelines of Planned Parenthood as reported in the Daily Wire

"Be mindful of how you talk around your kid, too. Talking to (or in front of) your daughter about growing up and having boyfriends or marrying a man (and vice versa) sends the message that girls are supposed to like boys, and boys are supposed to like girls, and that anything else is wrong or not normal. While kids this young don’t know their sexual orientation yet, assuming they’re straight could make them scared to come to you or feel bad about themselves later. This can lead to mental health issues, unhealthy relationships, and taking more health risks when they reach their teenage years." 

Planned Parenthood also provides a litmus test for determining whether or not your child is transgender.  If your child is “Consistent, Insistent and Persistent” with the idea that he or she was born the wrong gender, you have no choice but to run with it.  

Transgender propaganda impacting society

Michelle Cretella, M.D., president of the American College of Pediatricians, a national organization of pediatricians and other health care professionals dedicated to the health and well-being of children, wrote an article for The Daily Signal  in which she explained the effects of the transgender mania on children and the impact on her career.  As stated in Dr. Cretella's article:

"Parents are agreeing to have their children receive medication that could sterilize them for the rest of their lives, and some of these children are not even ten years old.  Parents are brainwashing their malleable children with transgender propaganda until they eventually believe it. Once they believe it, the parents are free to convince the child of participating in self-destructive behavior such as the use of puberty blockers. 

As to why doctors are bowing to transgender demands: The Left will stand outside clinics holding signs inferring that doctors who don't support their views are "transphobic". Fearful of losing their jobs if clinics are closed down, doctors are not fighting back.

Over the span of twelve years, nine years as a member of the board of the American College of Pediatricians and the last three years as its president, Dr. Cretella has witnessed what has now become the new normal.

  • Pediatric “gender clinics” are considered elite centers for affirming children who are distressed by their biological sex. This distressful condition, once dubbed gender identity disorder, was renamed “gender dysphoria” in 2013. 
  • In 2014, there were 24 of these gender clinics, clustered chiefly along the east coast and in California. One year later, there were 40 across the nation.
  • With 215 pediatric residency programs now training future pediatricians in a transition-affirming protocol and treating gender-dysphoric children accordingly, gender clinics are bound to proliferate further.
  • Last summer, the federal government stated that it would not require Medicare and Medicaid to cover transition-affirming procedures for children or adults, because medical experts at the Department of Health and Human Services found the risks were often too high and the benefits too unclear.  Undeterred by these findings, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health has pressed ahead, claiming—without any evidence—that these procedures are “safe.”
  • Two leading pediatric associations—the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Endocrine Society—have followed in lockstep, endorsing the transition affirmation approach even as the latter organization concedes within its own guidelines that the transition-affirming protocol is based on low evidence."

According to the transition-affirming protocol, parents are told to treat their children as the gender they desire and to place them on puberty blockers around age 11 or 12 if gender dysphoric. By age 16 if children still insist they are trapped in the wrong body, they are to be place on cross-sex hormones and biological girls may obtain a double mastectomy.

Scientific research and facts disprove transgender narrative

The transgender movement has gained legs in the medical community and in our culture by offering a deeply flawed narrative.  According to  Dr. Cretalla, scientific research and facts tell a different story.  

1. Twin studies prove no one is born “trapped in the body of the wrong sex.”

2. Gender identity is malleable, especially in young children.

3. Puberty blockers for gender dysphoria have not been proven safe.

4. There are no cases in the scientific literature of gender-dysphoric children discontinuing blockers.

5. Cross-sex hormones are associated with dangerous health risks.

6. Neuroscience shows that adolescents lack the adult capacity needed for risk assessment

7. There is no proof that affirmation prevents suicide in children.

8. Transition-affirming protocol has not solved the problem of transgender suicide.

Walt Heyer, an accomplished author and public speaker with a passion for mentoring individuals whose lives have been torn apart by unnecessary gender-change surgery, writes how children are encouraged, affirmed and assisted in “coming out” by their parents and the LGBTQ lobby as transgendered without one word about the consequences of the dangerous game of “gender make-believe.”   Such parental affirmation gives young people false hope that they can really become a different gender, a lie even if told with compassionate motives. 

According to Mr. Heyer: 

For a vulnerable young person, pursuing a dream that is physically impossible to achieve can lead to depression and suicide. The prevalence of suicide attempts among transgender or gender non-conforming youth is 45 percent, according to a 2014 report by the Williams Institute, University of California at Los Angeles School of Law and the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.  Moreover, doctors themselves admit they cannot tell who the “real” long-term gender dysphoric children are, whether a gender dysphoric child will feel the same way years later

Transgenderism is not a civil right

As Linda Harvey, speaker and author and founder of Mission America (www.missionamerica.com), a Christian pro-family organization tracking current cultural issues, noted in her article of July 19, 2017, Dirty 2 Dozen GOP Reps Bow to "Trans' Demands, "Peddling  sexual deviance to children and calling it a “civil right” is a gross distortion of American liberty and amounts to child corruption." 


"It is true that a few courts have interpreted existing law to give a green light to schoolgirls who want entry to boys’ restrooms, but this is an exception.  There is no “Federal law requires you to call boys who wear skirts by girl pronouns.”

Meanwhile, in July of this year New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill directing public schools to allow transgender students to use the restrooms and other facilities which correspond to their gender identity, which has many people wondering why the Republican Christie signed the Democrat-sponsored bill. 

This fall. the Minnesota Department of Education will be providing schools, public and charter, with the "tools" to support transgender and gender-nonconforming students. 

Does danger loom ahead?

Trump's Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, balked several months ago when asked to rescind Obama's unlawful 2016 Title IX bathroom order that boys had a right to shower with girls at school.  DeVos had to be ordered by Trump and Jeff Sessions to cooperate.

Secretary DeVos, who has become known as an avid supporter of homosexual/gender rebellion lifestyles, should be removed. She also hired Candice Jackson, an open lesbian, to head the DOE's Office of Civil Rights. A memorandum recently written by Candice Jackson indicates that schools must look out for the “rights” of transgender students and go along with the chosen pronouns of a gender-confused student or else face a possible federal investigation.

There is some good news. Congress is considering a bill to limit the rush to redefine gender in federal law. Recently introduced, H.R. 2796 would continue to define “male” to mean biological male, and females likewise, under existing law. Contact your congressional representative to support H.R. 2796.

As Dr. Cretella recently explained about medical outcomes that will result from our culture’s rush to embrace transgender change as normal.

“Today’s institutions that promote transition affirmation are pushing children to impersonate the opposite sex, sending many of them down the path of puberty blockers, sterilization, the removal of healthy body parts, and untold psychological damage. These harms constitute nothing less than institutionalized child abuse.” 

Part 1 published Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017:


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  1. What we need is a Sesame Street parody. After all, that USA subsidized PBS operation doesn’t see anything wrong with anything.
    Currently, isn’t PBS promoting gay, trans-gender and Muslim tolerance and inclusion?
    In the parody Elmo, or some other ” beloved character,” goes Gay, or trans-gender, and Sesame’s Muslim character, (maybe “Animal,” with a turban) goes berserk and beheads the other Sesame character.
    After all, if the Muslims obey Sharia law, isn’t that what would happen?

  2. If anything, it’s the homosexual (along with all the other perversions) agenda that not “can” but will “lead to mental health issues, unhealthy relationships, and taking more health risks when [children] reach their teenage years.”
    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out.

  3. Common sense and science tells us gender is the sex of an individual. Gender confusion is a disorder similar to a dangerously thin person suffering anorexia that looks in the mirror and believes they are overweight. Why is it anorexics are thought to have a mental disorder and are of need of a mental health professional but the gender confused don’t. The Obama administration wanted us to believe what has never been proven, that the genders confused are born that way. There is no scientific proof of that being remotely true! Studies from Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic concluded 70-80% of children who had transgender feelings, over time, spontaneously lost those feelings. It is very much indeed a mental health disorder! The suicide rate is extremely high among transgenders, because what they needed was intensive therapy, not mutilation of their bodies! After they undergo the “surgery”, they realize that it didn’t fix the problem. The problem is that liberal counselors and psychologists encourage and celebrate this!

  4. I didn’t know there was a gene that determines your cisgender identity, but not your transgender identity, as one of the commenters suggests, a probing how little most people understands what is to be transgender.
    At best, this is a bias opinion, supported by biased “professionals”. with unfounded factoids.
    Transgender people exists since the beginning of times… and shunned after Christian colonization of the world and the spread of their values of guiltiness and shame that they keep preaching, and for their cure their prescription is more of the same: shamefulness and guiltiness.
    I was born with the Christian “gene”, and I like to thank my then Christian peers to help me remove it. None of their prayers worked, nor none of my prayers worked, but their quest to make me feel miserably shame, guilty and sinful was unrelenting, and continues to be. Thanks God, I’m a newborn atheist. The sons and daughters of God just hate scoria like me, proven.

  5. Very few people are born with male and female genitals. A few more people are born with XXY chromosomes but the majority function quite normally as males. We are talking one in a thousand or less with any real sexual identity problem other than the usual perversions we used to quaintly call “sin”.
    To our socialist/Marxist enemies, these people are so precious all of society must bend to their existence. But those born with other abnormalities, like Down’s syndrome, must be exterminated in the womb.
    It is really sad that even on conservative site, we must deal with this insanity. “Science” from psychology to climate to sociology to economics has become a facade for the social and political prejudices of the Left. Lysenko, move over. You have nothing on these fanatics.
    Thank God the thought police haven’t forced us to recant—yet. Thank you, Nancy, for trying to spread the facts despite those determined to close their eyes to them.
    The hidden agenda is to make sexual perversion normal. Men as women, women as men no problem. Pedophilia and bestiality, no problem. You are just a hater and “unscientific” if you bring up the facts that these people need help, not bathrooms. Reminds me how liberals refuse to believe that abortion is more dangerous that live birth, despite the evidence. So is homosexuality (average age of death of a practicing homosexual is about 50), but again, facts have to be denied with a stream of abuse.

  6. Read the “Hidden Hitler”. You will learn about the National Socialist party Homosexual life style. Nearly all of the high ranking members were Homosexual. The first book burning location was medical treatment center curing people of Homosexual life style. These books were burned because members of the National Socialist party had gone there for treatment.
    We all know two atheists Josef and Adolf started the second world war. Every leader of communist country was/is an atheist.
    God Bless America
    Carl Lambrecht

  7. I’m glad to see we agree that gender can be definitively defined by neither genitalia nor chromosomes. Combine that with the brain scan evidecence showing similarities between trans people and their identified gender and it seem like we’ll just have to leave it up to the individual.
    Not sure I get your point about “perversion” or how anything can be rigorously defined as such. That’s usually something I leave up to the old agate, “Kinky is something I’m into that you’re not. Perverted is something that you’re into that I’m not.”
    I guess I don’t really get the connection between Marxian economic theory and gender identity. I wasn’t aware he had written much on the subject.