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New study finds transgenderism is contagious among the young

On August 16, 2018, the peer-reviewed PLoS One journal published the findings of a study by Brown University behavior and social sciences professor Lisa Littman on the social contagion of “gender dysphoria” among adolescents and young adults.

Gender dysphoria is defined as an individual’s persistent discomfort with their biological sex or assigned gender.

From the article’s Abstract:

In on-line forums, parents have been reporting that their children are experiencing what is described here as “rapid-onset gender dysphoria,” appearing for the first time during puberty or even after its completion. The onset of gender dysphoria seemed to occur in the context of belonging to a peer group where one, multiple, or even all of the friends have become gender dysphoric and transgender-identified during the same timeframe. Parents also report that their children exhibited an increase in social media/internet use prior to disclosure of a transgender identity.

Littman found two striking phenomena:

  1. An association and likely causal relationship between mental/developmental disorder and gender dysphoria: As many as 62.5% of the adolescent and young adults in Littman’s survey had been diagnosed with at least one mental health disorder or neurodevelopmental disability prior to the onset of their gender dysphoria.
  2. Gender dysphoria contagion: In 36.8% of friendship groups with one or more so-called transgenders, the majority of the group’s members who had not been gender dysphoric in their childhood became transgenders.

Littman gave some examples of sudden-onset gender dysphoria contagion:

  • A 14-year-old girl and three of her female friends were taking group lessons together with a very popular coach. The coach came out as transgender, and, within one year, all four students announced they were also transgender.
  • Another 14-year-old girl is part of a friend group that spends much of their time talking about gender and sexuality. After three girls in the group all announced they were trans boys and chose similar masculine names, the 14-year-old girl also announced that she was a trans boy.

You can read Littman’s article here. If the journal takes down the article, it is archived here.

Joy Pullmann reports for The Federalist that Littman’s “study was quickly yanked from Brown’s news releases after a transgender activist feeding frenzy, and the journal it was published in is reconsidering the publication.”

The dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, Bess Marcus, issued this apology:

Brown community members express[ed] concerns that the conclusions of the study could be used to discredit efforts to support transgender youth and invalidate the perspectives of members of the transgender community.

The spirit of free inquiry and scholarly debate is central to academic excellence. At the same time, we believe firmly that it is also incumbent on public health researchers to listen to multiple perspectives and to recognize and articulate the limitations of their work.

Sudden-onset gender-dysphoria contagion would account for the rapid recent growth in “transgenders” and transgender treatment centers in the UK and the United States:

  • In the UK, the National Health Service has seen an increase of 700% over the past 5 years in transgender referrals and children wanting to change genders. (Daily Mail)
  • The graph below shows the increases in the number of transgender referrals in the U.S. since 2010. Note how the numbers sharply increased after 2014, especially for girls. (Source: The Federalist)

Gender dysphoria contagion is fueled by media propaganda and the flood of transgender books for children (and adults). As examples:

Here’s another example of gender dysphoria contagion.

Dorothy Stringer School is a secondary school in Brighton, East Sussex, England, with about 1,600 students, ages 11 to 16. The school is praised by Tatler magazine as “the coolest state secondary in town” for its “liberal vibe” and for having the “perfect balance between work and fun”.

As reported by the UK Daily Mail on November 25, 2018, a recent council survey found that Dorothy Stringer School has the highest number of gender dysphoric students of any school in the UK:

  • 76 students at Dorothy Stringer are gender dysphoric.
  • Of those, 40 do not identify with their sex at birth, 36 say they are “gender fluid”.

Given Dorothy Springer’s total student enrollment of 1,650 (according to Clash Daily), 76 gender dysphoric students mean 4.6% of the school’s students are transgender or “gender fluid” — a much higher percentage than the percentage of transgenders in the general population. A 2016 study by UCLA’s Williams Institute, using CDC data, found that only 0.6% of U.S. adults identify as transgender.

A Brighton teacher said: “What’s happening is worrying and many of us know it, but nobody wants to speak up and get shot.”

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12-year-old "transgender" boy changes his mind two years after "transitioning"


Yes, it was a mistake. Hope this young man gets the real medical/mental treatment he obviously needs.
From news.com.au: Patrick Mitchell just wanted to change everything about himself. Uncomfortable in his own skin, the young schoolboy felt like he didn’t quite fit. He was just seven years old when he felt like he first heard the phrase “trans”.
It was the start of an emotional journey which, five years later, would see him diagnosed with gender dysphoria, and beg his mother to let him transition into a girl.
“You wish you could just change everything about you, you just see any girl and you say ‘I’d kill to be like that’,” Patrick tells reporter Ross Coulthart in an interview to air on 60 Minutes on Sunday night.
But two years after taking estrogen hormones and growing his hair long in an effort to address the condition which put him at odds between his biological gender and his own identity, Patrick has changed his mind.
He’s stopped taking the oestrogen hormones which transformed his body and is preparing for surgery to remove the excess breast tissue to transition back into a boy, Woman’s Day reports.
Patrick was just 12 when he first voiced his mental torture to his family. It had been five years since he’d first heard the word ‘trans’, he says “and because I’d always identified with girls thought, well, this makes sense, I probably am a girl”.
As his conflict grew — both internally, and externally thanks to hitting puberty and being bullied at school — he’d stay up late at night researching trans people and what could be done to look more like a female.
“It was so hard to wake up every morning and see something new on my body, or that I’d grown. It was so depressing — I hated looking in the mirror. I didn’t know who the person staring back at me was.”
His mother, Alison, tells 60 Minutes she could see her son struggling. Finally, having seen a television story about transgender people, she gently broached the subject with her son. “I hadn’t even finished the sentence and he had the biggest smile on his face. I hadn’t seen him smile for months,” she said.
With a doctor’s diagnosis, she gave the go-ahead for Patrick to begin his transformation. “When he was young he would dress up in girls’ clothes and at one stage he did say to me could he be taken to the doctor to be made into a girl,” she said.
But at the start of this year, when teachers started referring to him as a girl, Patrick started feeling different. “I began to realise I was actually comfortable in my body. Every day I just felt better,” he says.
He again turned to his supportive mum. “He looked me in the eye and said ‘I’m just not sure that I am a girl’,” Alison says.
It was a massive twist in an emotional journey, and Alison has only admiration for her son.
“That moment … when you know it’s taken every drop of courage for that child to speak up … I didn’t know what the coming days would bring, but I knew his thoughts had caught up with his body,” she says.
h/t Weasel Zippers
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American College of Pediatricians speaks truth on transgenderism

The American College of Pediatricians (ACP) is a not-for-profit national organization of pediatricians and other healthcare professionals, for scientific and educational purposes. Founded in 2002. ACP’s mission is promote the health and well-being of children with sound policy and assisting parents and influencing society with the best available research. ACP currently has members in 47 states, and several countries outside of the US.
Among ACP’s core values is this — that the ACP “recognizes that there are absolutes and scientific truths that transcend relative social considerations of the day.”
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True to that core value, the American College of Pediatricians has issued the following statement of position on transgenderism, the Left’s political fad de jure, making it clear that transgenderism is a psychological disorder that has no basis in biology. Whatever “transgenders” imagine themselves to be, they remain biologically fully male or female.
(Note: ACP supplied the bold emphasis; I supplied the red color and the bracketed comments.)

Gender Ideology Harms Children

The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality.
(1) Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: “XY” and “XX” are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder. The norm for human design is to be conceived either male or female. Human sexuality is binary by design with the obvious purpose being the reproduction and flourishing of our species. This principle is self-evident. The exceedingly rare disorders of sexual differentiation (DSDs), including but not limited to testicular feminization and congenital adrenal hyperplasia, are all medically identifiable deviations from the sexual binary norm, and are rightly recognized as disorders of human design. Individuals with DSDs do not constitute a third sex.
(2) No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex. Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one. No one is born with an awareness of themselves as male or female; this awareness develops over time and, like all developmental processes, may be derailed by a child’s subjective perceptions, relationships, and adverse experiences from infancy forward. People who identify as “feeling like the opposite sex” or “somewhere in between” do not comprise a third sex. They remain biological men or biological women.
(3) A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking. When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such. These children suffer from gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria (GD), formerly listed as Gender Identity Disorder (GID), is a recognized mental disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V). The psychodynamic and social learning theories of GD/GID have never been disproved.
(4) Puberty is not a disease and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous. Reversible or not, puberty- blocking hormones induce a state of disease – the absence of puberty – and inhibit growth and fertility in a previously biologically healthy child.
(5) According to the DSM-V, as many as 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.
(6) Children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. Cross-sex hormones are associated with dangerous health risks including but not limited to high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer. [Note: cross-sex hormones are more often referred to as “sex-change hormones,” which of course do no such thing because one’s sex is determined by one’s XX or XY chromosomes.]
(7) Rates of suicide are twenty times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery, even in Sweden which is among the most LGBQT – affirming countries. What compassionate and reasonable person would condemn young children to this fate knowing that after puberty as many as 88% of girls and 98% of boys will eventually accept reality and achieve a state of mental and physical health? [Note: “Sex-reassignment surgery” is another misnomer because that surgery does not “reassign” or change one’s sex, which is determined by a person’s XX or XY chromosomes. All that the surgery does is body mutilation.]
(8) Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse. Endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents, leading more children to present to “gender clinics” where they will be given puberty-blocking drugs. This, in turn, virtually ensures that they will “choose” a lifetime of carcinogenic and otherwise toxic cross-sex hormones, and likely consider unnecessary surgical mutilation of their healthy body parts as young adults.
Michelle A. Cretella, M.D.
President of the American College of Pediatricians
Quentin Van Meter, M.D.
Vice President of the American College of Pediatricians
Pediatric Endocrinologist
Paul McHugh, M.D.
University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School and the former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital
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Nepal to issue passports for third gender

Here’s your WTF news of the day.
Nepal is a small (497 mi long and 124 mi wide), poor ($743 per capita GDP) country of 27 million people in the Himalayas, wedged between China and India.
But the Nepalese government is adding a third gender category to its passports.
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Gopal Sharma reports for Reuters, Jan. 7, 2015, that Nepal will issue passports to sexual minorities, adding a third gender category, an official said on Wednesday in a sign of the conservative Hindu-majority country becoming more liberal since the end of a decade-long civil war.
“We have changed the passport regulations and will add a third category of gender for those people who do not want to be identified as male or female,” Lok Bahadur Thapa, chief of the government’s passport department, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The Himalayan nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are identified as either male or female in passports, despite a 2007 Supreme Court ruling ordering authorities to amend laws to include a third gender.
Nepal joins a handful of countries that recognize a third gender: citizens of Australia and New Zealand can choose from three genders for their passports – male female or indeterminate, marked by an “x” in the passport.
India’s Supreme Court last year recognized the third gender, which lawyers say would apply to all identity documents, including a birth certificate, passport and driving license.
In Nepal, activists said the third gender recognition on passports would help tackle widespread discrimination against the country’s sexual minorities. Pinky Gurund, the transgender (man to woman) founder and head of Blue Diamond Society, a leading gay rights group in Nepal, said, “It is a very progressive move, and we welcome it.”

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Pinky Gurund
Gurung called on authorities to also amend legislation, such as inheritance laws, to include the third gender as currently inheritance rights are only awarded to either “sons” or “daughters”.
Nepal emerged from a decade of conflict against Maoist rebels in 2006, after which the country began to acknowledge the rights of the LGBT community. Today, the Maoists, who say one of the objectives of the conflict was the protection of the rights of sexual minorities, are the main opposition group in parliament.
(China’s late Chairman Mao Zedong must surely be gobsmacked in Hell.)
Same-sex marriages have taken place in public in Nepal though they still remain unrecognized by law, and gay pride parades and beauty contests have also been held in the capital Kathmandu.

However, gay sex remains illegal with a maximum sentence of one year imprisonment, and gay rights activists say the LGBT community continues to face discrimination.

Nepal is preparing its first constitution after the abolition of the 239-year-old Hindu monarchy in 2008. The charter due to be adopted this month is expected to ensure greater rights to minority groups such as the LGBT community.

A person’s gender or sex is determined at conception by one’s chromosomes.

A female results if the sex chromosomes are identical XX; a male results if the sex chromosomes are XY. There is no chromosomal combination for transgenders. Period.
That is why psychiatrist Joseph Berger, M.D., board certified as a specialist by both the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, has stated there is no scientific basis for transgender.
In a statement against the Canadian federal government’s Bill C-279 (popularly known as the “bathroom bill”) giving special protection to transgenders, Dr. Berger stated that from a medical and scientific perspective there is no such thing as a “transgendered” person, and that terms such as “gender expression” and “gender identity” used in the bill are at the very least ambiguous, and are more an emotional appeal than a statement of objective scientific fact.
“I have read the brief put forward by those advocating special rights, and I find nothing of scientific value in it,” Dr. Berger said in his statement. “Words and phrases, such as ‘the inner space,’ are used that have no objective scientific basis. There seems to me to be no medical or scientific reason to grant any special rights or considerations to people who are unhappy with the sex they were born into, or to people who wish to dress in the clothes of the opposite sex. The so-called ‘confusion’ about their sexuality that a teenager or adult has is purely psychological. As a psychiatrist, I see no reason for people who identify themselves in these ways to have any rights or privileges different from everyone else in Canada.”
In other words, transgenderism is a psychological, not biological, disorder, which would explain why gender dysphoria (aka gender identity disorder) fluctuates over time.
Transgenderism being a psychological, not biological, disorder also means no amount of “sex reassignment” surgery can make a male with XY chromosomes into a female. “Sex reassignment” surgery is surgical mutilation. Period.
Which would explain why increasing numbers of post-op “transgenders” now regret their “sex reassignment” surgical mutilation. See “Trouble in Transtopia: Murmurs of Sex Change Regret” (H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV and Anon) and “Transsexual, 44, elects to die by euthanasia after botched sex-change operation turned him into a ‘monster’“.
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