The Boy Scouts of America, an institution where boys were allowed to be boys, is now going to accept transgender kids.
Will they still be called ‘Boy Scouts’? Will they eliminate the single-gender programs and just be called ‘Scouts’ as they are in Canada and the United Kingdom when feminists pushed to include girls in the boys-only programs?
The organization had formerly used the gender listed on the child’s birth certificate to determine the program they would enroll in, but have decided to change with the times. They will accept whatever gender is listed by parents on the enrollment form.
Rebecca Rausch, a spokeswoman for the organization, emailed a statement Monday.
She said the organization’s leadership had considered a recent case in Secaucus, New Jersey, where an 8-year-old transgender child had been asked to leave his Scout troop after parents and leaders found out he is transgender, but the change was made because of the larger conversation about gender identity going on around the country.
‘For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs,’ the statement said.
‘However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state.’
Read more: Daily Mail
The transgender lobby has pushed for children to be accepted as the gender that they identify with as opposed to their biological sex.
The high rates of suicide and mental health issues that go with gender dysphoria, and the fact that most children outgrow these feelings are inconvenient truths.
Here is an article by a woman who is now a sex researcher, but was gender non-conforming until her late teens. She has a ‘controversial’ point of view:
Popular opinion suggests that early intervention is the necessary approach in order to remedy a child’s gender dysphoria. This consists of early social transitioning followed by hormone blockers to prevent the otherwise irreversible changes of puberty, contra-sex hormones, and, if desired, eventual sex re-assignment surgery. Denying a child these interventions is viewed as antiquated and cruel.
But research has shown that most gender dysphoric children outgrow their dysphoria, and do so by adolescence: Most will grow up to be happy, gay adults, and some, like myself, to be happy, straight adults. There is a small proportion of trans kids whose dysphoria will persist and who would benefit from medical intervention, but the tricky part remains predicting whom these ideal candidates will be.
For a young child whose gender dysphoria would have desisted without intervention, these procedures amount to a needlessly challenging process to undergo — and that’s without considering the implications of choosing to transition back. Even a social transition back to one’s original gender role can be an emotionally difficult experience for children.
Waiting until a child has reached cognitive maturity before making these sorts of decisions would make the most sense. But this is an unpopular stance, and scientists and clinicians who support it are vilified, not because science — which should be our guiding beacon — disproves it, but because it has been deemed insensitive and at odds with the current ideology.
Read more: Pacific Standard
It is still baffling to have parents and other adults in authority accept how a child feels as though it is fact. Sometimes feelings don’t coincide with reality.
A pre-pubescent child cannot understand the repercussions of the decision to ‘become’ the opposite gender. How can they comprehend the magnitude of such a change with relation to interpersonal relationships, sexuality, marriage, having children?
And yet, they are socailly ‘transitioned’ from a very young age to the gender that they identify as.
Organizations, like the Boy Scouts, are supporting this transition.
What about the many that don’t persist in their gender dysphoria into adulthood?
…gender dysphoria in childhood does not inevitably continue into adulthood, and only 6 to 23 percent of boys and 12 to 27 percent of girls treated in gender clinics showed persistence of their gender dysphoria into adulthood.
Read more: US National Library of Medicine
Ah, that doesn’t matter.
Because transgenderism is the new cause célèbre.