I have long publicaly supported and intellectually accepted gays and lesbians, but the current sympathetic trend toward transgender people has me baffled. Believing that you are a female in a male body, or vice versa, must certainly be as challenging as discovering that you are sexually attracted to a person of the same gender; but trying to make that fantasy into a reality by making superficial changes to your appearance, sounds to me more like a mental disorder than a sexual preference.
Being gay or lesbian in 2016 and beyond has few social implications outside of your circle of friends or your family, but choosing to disguise yourself as a person of the opposite sex (implicitly lying to everyone you meet or pass on the street) strips you of your individuality as well as your perceived honesty.
That brings us to kids like “Jane Doe“, an 11 year-old student in the Highland Local School District in Ohio. Jane Doe is a child with male genitalia who truly believes he is a girl in a boy’s body. “Jane” and his family are on a campaign to allow “Jane” to use the girls bathroom at school. Well that was going over as smoothly as a lead balloon until Federal Judge Algenon Marbley agreed with him (based on President Obama’s edicts and on a Title IX interpretation) and granted him his wish. The ensuing outcry by parents of girls who this ‘pretend’ girl would be sharing a bathroom with is still reverberating. The school district is still not allowing “Jane” to visit with real girls in their school bathroom and lawsuits are still flying.
The saddest part of this story is: Jane Doe and John Doe are, almost without a doubt, homosexual males and females who, in this enlightened age will be fairly easily accepted in society as they are. They are handicapping themselves and encouraging rejection by the use of disguises, self-deception and public dishonesty.
NOTE: I know this is a highly volatile subject right now but I am as much a believer in intellectual honesty as I am in personal freedom. When I imply that transgenderism is social dishonesty that does not justify the implicit lie (the public use of “disguises”), that is how I see it.
As for young “Jane Doe” in Ohio, with lots of drugs, years of counseling and many surgical procedures Jane Doe may eventually resemble his imaginary princess and I truly hope that it works out well for him.