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LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual & Transgender) issues have been a major debate in our society the last two decades of the 20th Century and continues to be in the first two decades of the 21st Century. Whether it is marriage, child rearing, bullying or hate crimes there isn't a topic that doesn't include some element of LGBT. Contrary to media and some political talking heads, most Americans want everyone to be who they are. It only becomes a problem when militant activity overrides the civil rights issue. We have much to agree with on this subject if we would not let the very small militant groups dominate the conversation. Separating political agendas and fringe militancy from the honest social debate on this issue is needed. Follow the debate below.

Responding to the transgender moment

12/10/17
by Ryan T. Anderson,
from Legatus Magazine,
12/9/17:

28 years ago, the release of When Harry Met Sally highlighted one big debate: whether men and women could really be just friends. That question may still be up in the air, but now we are being forced to confront a more fundamental debate: whether men can really become women. America is in the midst of what has been called a “transgender moment.” In the space of a year, transgender issues went from something that most Americans had never heard of to a cause claiming the mantle of civil rights. But can a boy truly be “trapped” in a girl’s body? Can modern medicine really “reassign” sex? Is sex something “assigned” in the first place? What’s the loving response to a friend or child experiencing a gender-identity conflict? What should our law say on these issues? These shouldn’t be difficult questions. Just a few years before When Harry Met Sally hit theaters, Dr. Paul McHugh thought he had convinced the vast majority of medical professionals not to go along with bold claims about sex and gender being proffered by some of his colleagues. And as chair of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School and psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, McHugh put a stop to sex reassignment surgery at Hopkins. Once the elite Johns Hopkins did this, many medical centers across the nation followed suit. But in recent years we have seen a resurgence of these drastic procedures—not in light of new scientific evidence, mind you, but as a result of a growing ideological movement. Such is our transgender moment.

The people increasingly in the spotlight of this moment are children.

Never mind that according to the best studies — the ones that even transgender activists themselves cite — 80 to 95 percent of children with gender dysphoria will come to identify with and embrace their bodily sex. Never mind that 41 percent of people who identify as transgender will attempt suicide at some point in their lives, compared to 4.6 percent of the general population. Never mind that people who have had transition surgery are 19 times more likely than average to die by suicide. These statistics should stop us in our tracks.

In my new book, ">When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment, I argue that Dr. McHugh got it right.

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