Aussie celebrity and outspoken same-sex marriage advocate, Ruby Rose has spoken out about her childhood struggles with gender identity, concluding that she is glad she never underwent gender reassignment surgery. In a political landscape which encourages children to explore their sexuality – in some cases allowing children as young as 15 to have life-altering surgery – this message from a publicly recognised figure and vocal member of the LGBTI community is vital.
Rose, star of the hit Netflix series Orange Is The New Black, told The Edit that she was anything but a stereotypical girl in her childhood:
All I wanted was a boy's name growing up - Charlie, Billie, Max, Frankie. You just know my mum wanted a girly girl princess!
Everyone had Barbies; I had ninja turtles and Superman... I was crazy about Archie comics and I played footie with the boys.
Nevertheless, Rose grew out of this desire. She said that now she is happy being a woman.
I'm a woman… I want to have babies one day, so I'm glad I didn't make changes earlier in my life.
Rose has publically declared herself a lesbian, and is currently in a relationship with another Aussie celebrity, Jess Origliasso of The Veronicas fame. The pair have been very public about their relationship. While Rose has been described as “genderfluid”, she prefers a feminine pronoun and doesn’t think she should have been born with different body parts.
I think at this stage I will stay a woman but ... who knows. I'm so comfortable right now I feel wonderful about it, but I also fluctuate a lot.
Rose has been a hit among all women, regardless of their sexual orientation, with many proclaiming their love for her on social media, by saying that they would “go gay” for her. Some LGBTI activists took issue with this, saying it was based on the idea that sexuality was a choice, and was therefore – you guessed it – homophobic.
Rose took it more lightly. As she told Cosmopolitan:
“My sense is definitely more lighthearted and neutral on it," she explained. "I think people are just saying that to be complimentary. I don't think anyone's doing it to be derogatory or to take away from what it really means to come out and identify as a different sexuality than what people will think you are ... "
"I, personally, think that the moments we try to nitpick who can and can't say that they are genderqueer or gender-neutral or trans, or who's gay or who's bi — who are we to tell other people how they can live their lives and what they can tweet and what they can say?" she continued. "It's really none of our business. I think we should let people go and say what they want to." And after all, she argues, that's a show of support that should be something the LGBT community (and any straight/questioning allies!) should be happy to put out there.
Rose’s story is just another example of why society – in the name of “tolerance” – should not be too quick to allow or encourage young people to make lasting changes to their bodies.
In Australia, children as young as 15 have been allowed to have permanent surgery, with two cases of double mastectomies reported last year alone. Ruby Rose’s story shows that children who take these invasive measures may one day regret their decision. Rose’s honesty is a brave testimony to why we must ensure that decisions are made with a child’s long-term interests, and not ideologies being promoted by parents, schools or government officials, at heart. As Rose’s story illustrates, when children are not pressured to conform to radical gender agendas, they are able to learn who they are, and how to be happy with who they were born to be.
Across Australia, radical transgender ideology is becoming the norm – we must be vigilant to protect our children from this dangerous agenda. Find out more here.