It’s straight out of an episode of the British sci-fi cable series “Black Mirror.” You awake one morning, gaze in the mirror, and find to your sheer horror and dismay that you have no reflection. In brief, you have ceased to exist.
This is the horrific picture, at least if you’re transgender, painted by an article in today’s New York Times article that warns:
The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a government-wide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law.
The move, the next paragraph reveals, would roll back “a series of decisions by the Obama administration” that “loosened the legal concept of gender in federal programs, … recognizing gender largely as an individual’s choice and not determined by the sex assigned at birth.”
And what did the nation gain by dint of this forward-looking decision? By the Times’s own lights:
The policy prompted fights over bathrooms, dormitories, single-sex programs and other arenas where gender was once seen as a simple concept.
A few paragraphs later the Times writers lament:
The new definition would essentially eradicate federal recognition of the estimated 1.4 million Americans who have opted to recognize themselves — surgically or otherwise — as a gender other than the one they were born into.
That estimate comes from the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy at UCLA School of Law, which, as you may have guessed, is left-leaning. Ditto for Catherine E. Lhamon, who led the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights during the Obama years, and is quoted a paragraph later as saying that the new policy “takes a position that what the medical community understands about their patients — what people understand about themselves — is irrelevant because the government disagrees.”
But the “medical community” is at least divided on the subject of gender fluidity. Dr. Paul R. McHugh, Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University and one of the nation’s leading researchers on transgenderism, has said it is a scientific fact that “transgendered men do not become women, nor do transgendered women become men.”
So what do these people become? They become what they always have been: individuals with a mental disorder that tells them they are someone other than who they are. Believing you were born into the wrong body in no different from believing you were born to be deaf, blind, or an amputee. Such people exist. They are called “transabled” and will go to heroic lengths to remove an “offending” arm or leg or pour drain cleaner in their eyes to induce blindness.
Does the Left believe these people should be encouraged to indulge their illness, too?