Parents: don’t jump to “gender” conclusions for your children

Marriage-Alliance-Australia-Parents-Gender-Jump.jpgChildren have a natural curiosity about everything, including themselves. Sadly, due to the promulgated beliefs of the LGBTI lobby, well-meaning parents have interpreted normal childhood behaviours as manifestations of transgenderism. 

Gender experts such as Dr Steven Stathis have agreed that most children grow out of feelings of gender dysphoria. But the opinions of experts at the coalface is tragically silenced by LGBTI activists, who are hell-bent on encouraging kids to experiment with gender.

The results of this pressure and gender indoctrination results in young children being enabled and even encouraged to taking drastic lifestyle changes that will invariably affect them as they grow, and quite frankly, for their entire lives. As the below video highlights, such children are then hoisted by the LGBTI lobby as poster children. But looking past the nicely-edited footage and pleasant music, we see a worrying trend where concerned parents are encouraged by “experts” to put aside their parental instincts, and let even their three-year-old child take lead and make decisions on things as important as gender:

As one mother penned in the Washington Examiner after seeing the video above, children asking questions about their gender is normal – not a cause for hormone injections and drastic lifestyle overhauls:

Recently MSN reported about a boy who came out as transgender at a staggeringly young age. "One day, three-year-old Emma came to her parents with a question: ‘Why do people call me a "he" when I'm a "she?"'" MSN goes on to say Emma "protested her assigned gender" and now, at age six, continues to live as a girl. Emma looks cute in the video now and the story of family acceptance and love sounds warm and fuzzy -- but it's not healthy, nor will it be warm and fuzzy as Emma ages.

Sexuality can be a complicated, but often a coming-of-age thing. As a mother of four, my 10-year old is still barely noticing the opposite sex (thank God) -- or questioning anything about his own sexuality -- though I'm sure that will change soon enough.

On the other hand, a few weeks ago, my three-year-old boy found all his sisters dress-up clothes and subsequently slipped on a purple, frilly tutu.

Is he transgender? Gay? No. He's a boy observing the world around him and copying what he sees his sisters wear. After showing me his outfit, I laughed, reminded him he was a boy, and told him to put on his cape. (I know, I'm such a monster for enforcing traditional stereotypes. A Paypal button is located below for their future therapy.)

Too often, parents and teachers jump to the conclusion that a child is transgender when they are simply displaying normal behaviour such as imitation.

It all goes back to basics:

These “transgender” children may just be exploring the world around them, trying to get attention, or trying to “be different”. Experts have confirmed that this can often be the case. After all, children are not cognitively capable of crossing the street until they are 14 years – how on earth can we expect them to be able to navigate the complexities of sex and gender?

Don't get me wrong: Gender dysphoria is very real -- but also very treatable. It's not a physical issue but a psychological one, much like anorexia. The problem with an anorexic isn't that she's too thin, it's that her mind is fooling her into thinking she's too fat. Just like we don't just tell the anorexic it's okay to starve herself, we shouldn't give into the gender dysphoric toddler and tell them to simply "change" their gender via clothes, surgery, a new name or hormone blockers.

Yet that's exactly what parents are doing -- particularly with very, very young children. The lack of accountability and age appropriate guidance is mind boggling. In a hyper-vigilant society, most parents wouldn't let their kids under the age of 10 ride a city bus alone or ride a bike to a local convenience store for milk. Heck, I don't let my three-year-old cross a busy street without an adult or older siblings, but parents should wholeheartedly accept a child "knows" if he is a different gender?

In the frantic march toward acceptance, it is all too easy to throw reason out the window. Parents have two options: they can either agree with the child that they are transgender, or use their practical judgment to determine whether the behaviour is simply normal.

The LGBTI lobby militantly pushes the former, but it is the latter that ultimately protects the child’s wellbeing above all else.

Read next: Schools are creating – not treating – gender dysphoria

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