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CANBERRA OBSERVED: Beware the fine print in Asian trade agreements

ECONOMIC AGENDA: Does Australia export 274 per cent of its wine production?

EDITORIAL: High-profile scientists rebut climate change threat

SOCIETY: Gender agenda will confuse our children

POLITICS AND SOCIETY: Conservatives are wrong to disparage distributism

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Gender agenda will confuse our children

by Bob McCoskrie

News Weekly, April 26, 2014

There has been no shortage of media reports lately regarding gender change — even of children.

Last year, the parents of a seven-year-old girl living in Auckland made the decision to start a process which would culminate in medically stopping the onset of female puberty. The media report said she was “born into a girl’s body” — as though this was somehow an accident. At age six the little girl reportedly told her parents “I’m not a girl, I think I’m a boy.”

Bob McCoskrie, national director

of NZ Family First. 

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission has published guidelines to recognise the rights of children as young as five to use the changing room, play in the sports team, and even share bunkrooms on school camps that match their chosen gender identity.

In Australia, a threatened anti-discrimination lawsuit by a parent of a nine-year-old transgender child has opened the door to Queensland schools introducing unisex toilets, change rooms and sports teams.

UK school inspectors praised schools for supporting their cross-dressing students, with children as young as four being labelled as “transgender” and permitted to dress as the opposite sex without judgment.

In January, California became the first U.S. state to give rights to transgender students as young as kindergarten-age, requiring public schools to allow those students access to whichever restroom and locker room they want and to choose whether they want to play boys’ or girls’ sports — based on their “self-perception” and regardless of their birth gender.

Our children are being indoctrinated with the message “Gender refers to how you identify. Someone can identify as male, female, in between, both, or neither.”

New Zealand’s Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) has told secondary schools, “Gender identity refers to what a person thinks of as their own gender, whether they think of themselves as a man or as a woman, irrespective of their biological sex”, and added that schools must not only recognises these forms of diversity, but affirm them.

What has been noticeable in all of these media reports and government documents has been the deafening silence in terms of a critical analysis of whether this is actually in the best interests of children.

The current trend in treatment — changing genders — fails to take into account the possibility of deeply unresolved psychological issues that, when treated first, could avoid the need for any change in gender.

What the child really needs is affirmation of their unique personality and appropriate treatment for their unhappiness and other presenting emotional issues. To think that drugs and a surgeon and a knife can change gender is mythical. And to allow a child to make that type of decision is downright dangerous and ultimately harmful to the child.

A 2007 study conducted in the Netherlands found that 52 per cent of Dutch children diagnosed with gender-identity disorder (GID) had one or more diagnoses in addition to GID, including anxiety disorders and behavioural disruptive disorders.

The desire to become the opposite gender was not GID but was symptomatic of other psychiatric illnesses. Gender change does nothing to resolve these issues. One study suggested that most children with gender dysphoria will not remain gender dysphoric after puberty.

To then claim all gender changes as “successes” ignores the high prevalence of suicides, regret, disappointment and medical problems, not to mention adults who return to their original birth gender. It fails to acknowledge the psychiatric literature which demonstrates that it is possible to help these children learn to embrace the goodness of their gender.

Furthermore, when adults encourage children to turn up to school confused about their gender and which toilet to use, it confounds the whole school community.

A child’s gender at birth is an objective biological reality, and is entirely consistent and unambiguous. It’s either “It’s a boy!” or “You have a girl!”

Yes, there can be ambiguous genitalia, brought on by chromosomal imbalances. But these very rare and difficult cases are not at all similar to the great majority of gender-change cases which are paraded before us in the media.

Gender-change surgery will not change the chromosomes of a human being in that it will not make a man become a woman, capable of menstruating, ovulating and having children. Nor will it make a woman into a man, capable of generating sperm.

A professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University, Paul McHugh, whose studies of transgender surgery brought the procedures to an end at this institution, said: “Treating these children with hormones does considerable harm and it compounds their confusion. Trying to delay puberty or change someone’s gender is a rejection of the lawfulness of nature.…

“Children transformed from their male constitution into female roles suffered prolonged distress and misery as they sensed their natural attitudes. Their parents usually lived with guilt over their decisions, second-guessing themselves and somewhat ashamed of the fabrication, both surgical and social, they had imposed on their sons.”

He concluded, “We psychiatrists would do better to concentrate on trying to fix their minds and not their genitalia.”

The majority of children treated by those with expertise in this area are able to embrace the goodness of being male or female. Walt Heyer, author of Paper Genders: Pulling the Mask Off the Transgender Phenomenon (Carlsbad, California: Make Waves Publishing, 2011), felt he should have been a girl at the age of five. As an adult he underwent gender-change surgery, and lived as a female for eight years until he realised that surgery doesn’t change your DNA birth-gender.

He says, “The struggle with gender issues evolve out of psychological issues. The gender issue is only a symptom of something of a much deeper problem within children, as it was in me.”

The real question, which the media haven’t asked but which I do, is this: Are we happy to continue accepting the choose-your-gender approach with young children, and continue to compound the confusion?

As a parent of two girls and one boy, I am not.

Bob McCoskrie is national director of Family First NZ and spoke at the 2013 conference of the World Congress of Families held in Sydney. A slightly shorter version of the above article originally appeared in the New Zealand Herald, April 11, 2014. 


Italian MPs introduce bill to protect parents’ rights against ‘gender ideology’

ROME, April 9, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Italian Deputies Eugenia Roccella and Alessandro Pagano have introduced a bill in Parliament that would establish the rights of parents to make decisions about their children’s education, particularly on moral issues.

The move comes in response to increasing concerns by some deputies, parent groups, and civil rights organisations that the government is being co-opted by organised activists to push the so-called “gender ideology” in schools and other Italian institutions.

The purpose of the bill, Roccella said at a media conference, is to “reaffirm and ensure the fundamental right to educational choice of parents, as set out, inter alia, in the European Convention on Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child”.

Which means in practice, she said, that in all school activities that “relate directly or indirectly to the issues related to relationships, affectivity and sexuality education, and other ethically sensitive issues in general, the parents are informed, who must give [in the case of each student] their consent in writing”.

The schools must also provide alternative activities for those who choose not to take advantage of extra-curricular activities, “without giving rise to any form of discrimination”.

Roccella is a former feminist activist and past state secretary for health who has long been a champion of life and family causes in Italy’s Parliament, most recently against the proposed “anti-homophobia” law. She is a deputy with the newly-formed Nuovo Centro Destra party (NCD, “New Centre-Right”).

Extract from Hilary White, LifeSiteNews.com, April 9, 2014

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