How the transgender bullies exploit our silence — and what to do about it

How the transgender bullies exploit our silence — and what to do about it
Andraya Yearwood (Image: YouTube screen grab)

Fifteen year-old Andraya Yearwood is fast — really fast. This high school track star is so fast that he recently claimed the titles for the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes at the Connecticut state championship.

The secret to his success? He’s a boy who competes against girls. That’s it. This kid “identities” as a girl and no one is willing to say that he’s not. He runs against girls and beats them every time, which is quite fortuitous considering the fact that he would have placed last in the Connecticut state championships if he had been competing against other boys.

Andraya is not slight or effeminate. Andraya is not undergoing hormone “therapy” and he has not had his member lopped off — not that any of those things would render him female. He’s endowed with the physique of a dude and even has a mustache. (It’s a cheesy high school mustache but a mustache all the same.) Andraya will likely return to the state championships for the next three years and he will no doubt be significantly stronger and faster than he is now which is already stronger and faster than the girls he’s competing against. They don’t have a chance.

“It feels really good,” he said. ”I’m really happy to win both titles. I kind of expected it. I’ve always gotten first, so I expected it to some extent…. I’m really proud of it.”

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Yeah, he’s really proud that he left a bunch of girls in his dust. It’s no wonder he’s so proud — the media area predictably heralding this fraud for his “courage.”

What’s perhaps most interesting about this story is the reaction of the second place runner, Kate Hall, who is a devoted student athlete from Stonington, Conn. As far as I’m concerned she was the real winner of the 100-meter race and she has legitimate grounds to complain about being robbed of that victory. Yet she refuses to air her gripes publicly. Said Ms. Hall to the Hartford Courant: “It’s frustrating. But that’s just the way it is now.… I can’t really say what I want to say, but there’s not much I can do about it. You can’t blame anyone.”

She can’t say what she wants to say? She can’t blame anyone? Why not? Who’s going to stop her?

I think we all know the answer to that. Transgenderism is the newest frontier in “civil rights,” the long awaited “T” in that LGBT acronym everyone’s been using for about fifteen years. Every inch of progress that this movement has made has been gained through intimidation. First, they soak dissidents with shame, then they make them feel isolated, then they bombard them with dispiriting propaganda. Their opponents are left believing that they can do nothing to stop this movement’s inevitable forward motion. They learn to keep their heads down and their mouths shut. Nearly everyone sees that this is utter madness but no one will stand up and declare that the emperor has no clothes.

Kristen Quintrall Lavin is a fairly good example of this. She’s the resident blogger at “The Get Real Mom”, a blog about motherhood. This liberal, 30-something West Coast mother prides herself on being tolerant, which might explain why she began her post about a man she encountered in the ladies room at Disneyland by assuring her readers that she’s not one of those “homophobic mothers lashing out at Disney.” Transgender people don’t bother her at all, you see.

Except when they’re in the bathroom with and her and her young son and when they don’t look sufficiently feminine. The particular man who wandered into the ladies room that day caused Lavin alarm because he made no effort to adopt feminine accouterments; ergo, he must not have been truly transgender. “Ok there is definitely a very large, burly man in a Lakers jersey who just walked in here. Am I the only one seeing this?” she thought.

Actually, she wasn’t the only one who noticed the man, and she wasn’t the only one who was distressed. But no one made a peep. She wrote:

We were all trading looks and motioning our eyes over to him…like ‘What is he doing in here?’ Yet every single one of us was silent. And this is the reason I wrote this blog [post]. If this had been 5 years ago, you bet your ass every woman in there would’ve been like, ‘Ummm what are you doing in here?’, but in 2017? The mood has shifted. We had been culturally bullied into silence. Women were mid-changing their baby’s diapers on the changing tables and I could see them shifting to block his view. But they remained silent. I stayed silent. We all did. Every woman who exited a stall and immediately zeroed right in on him…said nothing. And why? [Because] I and I’m sure all the others were scared of that ‘what if’. What if I say something and he says he ‘identifies as a woman’ and then I come off as the intolerant asshole at the happiest place on earth?

How satisfying it is to hear about a liberal getting a small taste of her own bitter medicine. Now she knows what it feels like to be “culturally bullied into silence,” something that I experience on a near daily basis. It seems obvious that this incident at Disneyland was the first time she had ever been on the receiving end of this kind of silencing tactic, and she clearly didn’t like it.

But her writing also makes clear that she’s accustomed to using the same tactic against others. The lengthy disclaimer at the front end of her blog post tells me that she still thinks it’s appropriate to label and shun actual “homophobes” and “transphobes.” She just doesn’t want to be treated that way because her concerns aren’t a phobia. They’re real, they’re grounded in something, and they’re legitimate…to her. After all, this wasn’t a trandgender woman, this was an honest-to-goodness man! I wonder if it occurs to her that men who want access to the ladies’ room might simply claim to have woken up on the feminine side of the bed that morning. Would Lavin have been more comfortable if he had applied some mascara before he prowled the ladies’ room?

Still, it’s difficult to imagine this woman’s predicament without sympathizing with her just a little bit. She makes a very good point — that our culture has changed so rapidly in recent years that women are now left feeling helpless when burly men enter their private spaces. The women feel as if they have no backup because, let’s face it, they don’t. Everyone’s been cowed into submission, including Disney and probably including their husbands. Years ago that man in the Lakers jersey would have been knocked upside the head with a dozen or so heavy purses. But these days that’s a “transphobic” “hate crime.” Literally. If a woman tried that today she would probably serve jail time and have her face plastered all over MSNBC.

If we’re ever to roll back this insanity we’re going to have to show some solidarity with the victims of homofascism and transfascism. We’re going to have to let people like Kristen Quintrall Lavin and Kate Hall know that they are not alone. It would make all the difference in the world if they knew that they wouldn’t be left to twist in the wind when the bullies attack. People can’t be “culturally bullied into silence” when their communities have their back.

Consider for a moment how the Connecticut state track championship might have played out differently if Kate Hall had known that she had the support of her coach and her parents. I think she might have told that reporter the truth — that an ineligible boy had stolen what was rightfully hers. But that would require her parents and her coach to have some courage too, which they clearly don’t. In their defense, it’s probably more difficult for them to speak up because they have jobs and can be fired. Going after people’s livelihoods is a favorite tactic of homofascists. So her parents and her coach would need to know that they too would have the support of the community, particularly their employers, if they were besieged by the tolerance bullies. And on and on it goes, moving outward in concentric circles of mutual support away from the person who needs it most.

But we don’t do that for each other. When someone says that a boy is a boy is a boy, no matter how that boy feels about it, that person is almost guaranteed to get pummeled. Too often we turn our backs on that person lest we get pummeled too. Our silence enables them. And that is why the bullies always win.

Benny Huang

Benny Huang

Benny Huang is a lonely conservative in the very liberal Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. Born in Taiwan, he came to the United States at a young age. He also blogs at Patriot Update.