I stay rather shocked that people within the transgender community don’t see the contradictions and inconsistencies in the activism and advocacy that’s taking place. Or maybe I’m wrong and they do, but their actions are intentional to make their cause the leading ideology.
Let’s look at some examples.
“The Kentucky case alleges that various abuses suffered by the plaintiffs violated provisions of the U.S. and Kentucky civil rights acts, state and federal labor law, and also the Americans With Disabilities Act. According to Weiss, the ADA comes into play in this case because Schawe-Lane’s status as a transgender woman was perceived her employers as a disability.”[Citation]
Are transgender people fit for military service, or is being transgender a disability? The military clearly isn’t interested in people with disabilities going into their services.
“Policies, like the one the Army announced this morning, that categorically withhold hormone therapy violate clearly established standards of care for the treatment of Gender Dysphoria as well as clear constitutional proscriptions against deliberate indifference to the serious medical needs of individuals in government custody. Gender Dysphoria (formerly known as gender identity disorder or GID) is a serious medical condition, and hormone therapy is part of the accepted medical protocol for treating this condition. Without the necessary treatment, Gender Dysphoria can cause severe psychological distress, anxiety and suicidal ideation. According to the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), the leading medical authority on the proper standards of treatment for people with GID, “hormone therapy…is a medically necessary intervention for many transsexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming individuals with Gender Dysphoria.”[Citation]
When the ACLU correctly points out that gender dysphoria causes severe psychological distress, anxiety and suicidal ideation in order to get Chelsea Manning trans medical care in a military prison, they are also pointing out how unfit for duty someone like this is.
“Cis women are never asked what it feels like to be a woman because their cis supremacy is never questioned.”[Citation]
As I’ve previously pointed out, cis women have been publicly asked to describe “what it feels like to be a woman?” And these actual cisgender women couldn’t do it, because there’s no such thing. So it’s clear that trans women can’t possibly describe what it feels like to be a woman for them.
“There is no evidence that there have been any occurrences of inappropriateness by transgender persons in bathrooms.”[Citation]
“A 15-year-old male special education student reported being coerced into a shopping mall food court for a sexual encounter.”
“Police said Isaiah Johnson, 20, of Stamford, and “two other males dressed as females in the area of Veteran’s Park Bus stop” coerced the teenage boy into the bathroom of the food court of the Stamford mall on April 26, where a sexual encounter took place.”[Citation]
Then there’s the oft used “no trans person has ever done anything wrong in a bathroom or locker room or fitting room. This is an outright lie, but yet it’s repeated all over the Internet.
“Hormone Therapy is Lifesaving — But Why is No One Studying Its Long-Term Effects?”[Citation]
“Browne has decided to postpone a medical transition until he’s done playing in the NWHL, and he’s not changing his legal name right now for visa reasons. Browne says he is “not closing the door” to transitioning to the men’s side of the sport one day depending on how his body changes.”[Citation]
“‘Trans Health Care Is Necessary. If We Don’t Get Our Treatment, We Die’”[Citation]
One should ask if hormone therapy is being marketed as being “lifesaving” for the trans community by some trans folks, then how do trans athletes do without it to continue playing sports? Clearly it’s not lifesaving for everyone. So we have to recognize that this is part of the game in getting insurance companies to pay for it for those that want it.
“He’s the smallest (5 feet 4) and least-skilled player on the team, but when he tucks his blue cap low over his curly hair and pulls his pant legs low on his cleats, he looks and feels like a ballplayer.”
“When he can’t make the throw from second to home, the catcher takes a few steps toward the infield. When he’s struggling at the plate, they rock the dugout fence and yell tips.”
“Jake loves being out there, being part of the team, this is a degree of validation for Jake,” Steinhaus said. “It’s all very empowering.”[Citation]
As a community we like to pretend that what we’re doing in sports isn’t effecting these sports.
“There is no published medical data on precisely how long it takes to negate the athletic advantages of a lifetime of testosterone exposure. But one athlete has tackled the question in a personal way. Medical physicist Joanna Harper, 55, who was born male, began hormone therapy in order to transition to female in August ’04. Harper had been competing as a male age-group distance runner for years, and she carefully documented the impact that suppressing testosterone and taking estrogen had on her running. “I thought I would get slower gradually,” Harper says. Instead she started losing speed and strength within three weeks. “I felt the same when I ran,” she says. “I just couldn’t go as fast.” In February, Harper won the 55-to-59 age group at the women’s national cross-country championship in St. Louis, but she is a shadow of her former athletic self.“[Citation]
There’s nothing more priceless than the testosterone debate for trans women who compete in women’s sports. Because there’s the endless selling of the idea that blocking testosterone and switching to estrogen makes everything equal. But there’s always that glaring little detail of how these trans women routinely win these events. And even if they finish second or third, we’ll never know that they didn’t do it intentionally to distract attention from their biological advantages. Oh the joys of being a shadow of your former self and still being able to trash women in running events.
“Worley, who had ambitions to compete in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics in track racing, was the first Canadian and first cyclist anywhere to go through the Stockholm verification process, winning approval in 2006.”
“But, says her human-rights complaint, removal of gonads meant she was producing no sex hormones and the lack of testosterone and other “androgens” — which women generate naturally in their ovaries — resulted in an “extreme” post-menopausal state, muscle atrophy, decreased energy, accelerated bone loss and other harms.”
“Over the years, I have felt my body become unwell and unable to function as it once did,” her tribunal submission says. “As an athlete, I saw my performance deteriorate.”
“Testosterone supplements are banned as performance enhancing, but Toronto-based Worley — unable to produce any sex hormones naturally — says she needs them just to stay healthy and not fall behind other cyclists.”[Citation]
But as these things go, while one end of the Internet is bragging about how it’s fair to compete because of not having any testosterone, the other end of the Internet is complaining about the lack of.
“The message this legislation sends leads to the terrifying statistics we see for trans people. About 40 percent of transgender individuals attempt suicide at some point in their lives.“[Citation]
And while some trans advocates endlessly play the suicide card and tout horrible statistics to make their case, they seem ignorantly bliss about what other trans advocates are saying elsewhere. Where they admit suicide attempts are often staged events to achieve some goal. Again, this isn’t making a case that we’re fit for military service. To the contrary, it’s harming us.
“After a week, she fashioned a noose from bedclothes and made what she told me was a “halfhearted attempt” at suicide.“[Citation]
“CHILDREN HAVE CUT themselves. In some cases, 9- or 10-year-old kids have staged suicide attempts. The little boys sob unless they’re allowed to wear dresses. The girls want to be called Luke, Ted, or James.”[Citation]
So it’s fair to say that all of these contradictions coming from people who claim to be activists and advocates are starting to catch up to us. Because like an elephant, the Internet remembers everything.