In America, trans activists are turning to vandalism
A Utah ban on 'gender-affirming care' for children has prompted a fierce backlash
An American politician appears to have been targeted by transgender activists intent on imposing their beliefs on the country. Mike Kennedy, a Utah state senator, reported that his house had been daubed with graffiti on Friday evening.
The vandal, or vandals, left messages in red spray paint across the senator’s garage: “fash” — presumably meaning fascist — and “these trannies bash back”. Kennedy shared the images on his Facebook pages, telling the perpetrators that “I will not be deterred by your cowardly actions.”
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Earlier this year, Utah banned so-called “gender-affirming care” for trans youth. A better term might be “experimental treatment that can lead to permanent and irreversible changes, with unknown long-term consequences on both physical and mental health”. Less catchy, perhaps.
Senate Bill 16 prohibited giving “hormonal transgender treatment to new patients who were not diagnosed with gender dysphoria” before the bill went into effect, as well as banning “sex characteristic surgical procedures on a minor for the purpose of effectuating a sex change.”
Utah was right to exercise caution. But that’s not the way that some transgender activists see it. To them, drugs and surgery are the answer to what — until recently — was regarded by the World Health Organisation as a mental health condition: gender identity disorder of childhood. The latest version of the International Classification of Diseases might have changed the language — it’s now “gender incongruence of childhood” but the condition remains the same. And one where we need to tread carefully.
In England, the Cass Review of Gender Identity Services for Children and Young People has found that “there is a lack of consensus and open discussion about the nature of gender dysphoria and therefore about the appropriate clinical response.” In America it seems that the discussion has now been overtaken by more direct measures, with an act of vandalism against a politician.
Gender identity ideology presents an open door to abusive men who want to usurp the rights of women. It also offers a shield for anarchists, trouble makers and those looking for a fight, if they can paint themselves as allies of what some consider to be the most vulnerable and oppressed group in society. They seem to think they can act with impunity.
But it is not fascism to protect children from harmful medical interventions. Ironically, one definition of fascism is “a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control”. Those with the red paint might not be in government but their actions suggest that they are out to control the narrative.
Meanwhile, transsexuals like me are not “bashing back”. We want nothing to do with this. We transitioned to be able to get on with our lives in peace, not to impose ourselves on other people, nor to change the way they think and regulate the language they use.
Gender identity ideology presents an open door to abusive men who want to usurp the rights of women. It also offers a shield for anarchists, trouble makers and those looking for a fight, if they can paint themselves as allies of what some consider to be the most vulnerable and oppressed group in society.
Very well said. This is precisely what’s happening.
After seeing the material highlighted by the excellent Graham Linehan, I am beginning to find myself wondering if, in a couple of years, we’ll be dealing with trans terrorism. Its extremists do seem to have the wholly one-dimensional world view that sooner or later leads to violent action.
Like eco-terrorism. Extremists often go to violent means. These people have a lot in common with the 1930’s KKK.
We are already dealing with it. The ‘manifesto’ of the Nashville shooter has been supressed for a reason.
Transfascism: jackboot tactics reveal their inner “man” – violent, repressive, absolutist, anarchist. These are SICK human beings. They must be resisted at every turn.
Abusive men often resort to violence when they cannot get their way.
I would bet a great deal of cash that not a single transsexual person was among the idiots that vandalised that house.
Well perhaps they hadn’t committed to the extent of castration but they may well have died their hair pink or purple in order to prove their femininity. Surely pink hair and make up is enough?
Fascist has come to mean a name you call someone you don’t agree with when you can’t think of a civilised counter-argument.
I agree. I was in a pub the other night for the first time in ages, and happened to mention that I didn’t Trump was any better or worse than the average politician. The barman, sporting a hipster beard, told me they didn’t tolerate fascism there. The mind boggles.
I am still waiting for the release of the trans school shooter’s manifesto by the authorities. Expect more violence over this debate in the coming years.
The term “fash” has got to be one of the cringiest, most infantile words ever created. It reeks of sweaty teenage hormonal angst and I can almost hear the 17-year-old pimpled anarchist say it with such an excited shrill, like a young child swearing for the first time. Go home a listen to your punk music in the confines of your cockroach infested bedroom in your upper-middle-class neighbourhood. Your mother is worried about you.
We had post-punk, in 1979. Punk has been dead for 45 years.
Trans is a cult proliferated by social contagion.
I am alarmed by the growing authoritarianism worldwide. The trans ideology is leading all the countries they’ve captured with all the hallmarks of authoritarianism.
My former lodger was a trans rights activist. She shouted at me for wearing a t shirt bearing the slogan “I stand with J.K.Rowling”. So I evicted her. Words have consequences.
Well done you. Viva the Bristol fightback!!
There is a hit list, and I’m on it.
Ms. Hayton – Your clear, rational, and direct approach to this important issue is to be admired…
I blame toxic masculinity for what these transactivists are doing.
Weird that you have 7 downticks and John’s quote below, saying exactly the same thing gets 14 upticks. Maybe some people got triggered by the phrase ‘toxic masculinity’ and stopped using their brain at that point.
Why so many down votes for something so obviously true?
I think it may be sense of humour failures. Many of our American cousins struggle with irony.
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