Introducing: ‘Transgender Trend’ an international organization for parents skeptical of the “trans kids” narrative

November 20, 2015

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A group of concerned parents has announced the formation of ‘Transgender Trend’, an international organization that aims to educate the public, support families and youth, and provide an alternative to the medical “transgender children” trend.

From their website:

 

Welcome to Transgender Trend

We have set up this website with the aim of providing an alternative source of evidence-based information which questions the theory, diagnosis and treatment of ‘trans kids.’ The mainstream media has been uniformly and uncritically accepting of the transgender diagnosis of children and in the absence of any public scrutiny the number of children referred to gender clinics has risen exponentially over the last few years.

We question who gains from this lifelong medicalisation of children, and whose vested interests are fueling the promotion of transgender ideology. We ask why it has become impossible to debate the subject without being labeled ‘transphobic.’

We’re not ‘anti’ transgender; those who suffer true ‘gender dysphoria’ need access to treatment, understanding and support, but we have serious questions about the current treatment paradigm. In particular we think there needs to be extreme caution before treating children. The theory of gender as an identity which overrides biological sex is just that: a theory. It is new, untested, and its application to children who are in the process of developing their identities contradicts all we know about child and adolescent development and psychology.

There are very different reasons why a four-year-old may insist they are the opposite sex compared to a teenager making the decision after searching online; there are also different reasons why boys and girls may want to transition. We will be differentiating between the ages and sexes of children as we build the content of this site, rather than lumping all kids together as a homogeneous group under the ‘trans’ umbrella. Much more research needs to be done regarding these distinct groups.

This site is not a forum for debate about our position, so please respect the fact that we are not interested in hearing arguments ‘for’ the transgender diagnosis of kids. Any such comments will not be published. That view is extensively available online already and is not the point of this site. However, we welcome contributions from supporters, please email us at the address at the top of the page.

Huge thanks to the feminists who have been documenting the rise of transactivist ideology for years, it would have taken a lot longer to get this far on the site without your work.

We hope that parents, the media and policy-makers will all make use of this site as a source of information, as well as young people and anyone who would like to know more about the subject and is frustrated at the one-sided view currently promoted.

Everyone is very welcome.

 

‘Transgender Trend’ Spokesperson Stephanie Davies-Arai is a specialist in teacher training and the author of “Communicating With Kids”

Please take a few moments to forward this information to media contacts, particularly those with an interest in covering the “transgender children” trend.

http://www.transgendertrend.com/

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21 Responses to “Introducing: ‘Transgender Trend’ an international organization for parents skeptical of the “trans kids” narrative”

  1. GallusMag Says:

    Here’s the press release with contact information. Please contact media and circulate widely:
    http://www.transgendertrend.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/PRESS-RELEASE-Transgender-Trend.pdf

  2. disarmingly astute Says:

    Thank gawd. This is sorely needed! Despite their request that they not be inundated by reactionaries screaming “bigot!”, you just know that men are going to get their nuts in a twist over this and start their boohooing over this website’s logical conclusions and try to piss all over it. Let’s make sure we give the site our verbal support!

  3. Elle Says:

    What a well-reasoned, well-written introduction to this organization! I wish them the best.

  4. MaryMacha Says:

    Is it just my connection? None of the links are working.

    • GallusMag Says:

      No it’s not you. I got other messages about it. It’s a server issue. Both links must be on the same server. Possible DOS attack by our laydee-brained friends in IT. Sites are still there, just super slow.

  5. Brunhilda Says:

    Trans is not a theory, as theories have facts/proof to back them up. Trans is a hypothesis at best.
    Furthermore, technically trans has been tested, first when it was made up in America (by that guy who had a hospital and actualy did the surgeries/etc., starting in the 1960’s), and then later in Sweden. Both of the studies that tracked their trans populations, both those who had surgery and those who didn’t, showed that the suicide rates were the same on either side of the transition. Ergo, trans is a FAILED hypothesis (if we presume that the hypothesis is something like ‘if a man who considers himself to be a woman is given surgery to appear physically as a woman, he will be less likely to commit suicide than a similar man who does not transition/have surgery.’)

  6. gaydude50 Says:

    My favorite kind of backlash – fact based, calm, non-threatening.

    Of course they will be accused of ‘literally murdering’ trans kids. My hope is that they save a few femme queers and butch dykes from becoming freakish medical experiments.

  7. Meg Says:

    Great site.

    “Why can’t you just support trans people if you’ve got nothing against them?”

    Do people really say stuff like this? Wait, don’t answer that. There’s no question that MEN and male identified women can expect, no DEMAND that other people affirm their warped view and their choices. I don’t support cosmetic surgery, unless it’s to fix a clear disfigurement. Biological sex is not a disfigurement. Not having big enough boobs is not a disfigurement. Ect. I do not support anyone making medically unnecessary and life altering decisions regarding their body in the name of heteronormativity and conformity. Nor should I (or anyone else) be guilt tripped into supporting a medical practice that is both destructive to the human body and homophobic. Nope, nope, nope.

  8. Dorothy Says:

    Thank you, Gallus, for spreading the word of this new site. Parents sorely need this information, they are too easily picked up on the bandwagon of the medicalization of their so called “transgender” kids. I especially worry about the girls since I think that they are stuck in a patriarchal society that doesn’t allow them to be free of its shackles. Instead of seeing a problem coming from the outside of their bodies, they think their own bodies are to blame.Claiming to be “transgender”, for them, is an escape. So sad and I have a daughter myself that has fallen for it. It’s painful to watch and have no control over it. Most of society supports it 100%. I have to call my daughter “he” when talking to staff in her school for fear of being called abusive. What a fucking world we live in.

    • GallusMag Says:

      That is horrible. I’m so sorry. There is something especially disturbing about a minor child wielding the power of the state to abusively force her mother to pretend not to recognize her actual sex, and by extension deny her vulnerability to male violence, domination, and predation. Disturbing.

    • Janetwo Says:

      It really disheartening to hear this kind of story Dorothy. You would the school would support you instead of undermining you. I imagine that most of the teachers secretely side with you but the policies come from some loonies from hr. Maybe starting building alliance with liked minded parents in your area could help. All we hear about is the parenta proudly prancing around the T kids and fuelling their delusions, but some are starting fighting back. http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/blog.html?b=news.nationalpost.com//news/canada/parents-suing-vancouver-school-board-over-new-transgender-policy-that-lets-students-use-any-washroom

      • Dorothy Says:

        Unfortunately, that article is from last year. I wonder what happened. I have written to my school district as a parent of a daughter who identifies herself as a “transgender” and I said that I am NOT in support of allowing students to chose what bathroom and changing room they feel comfortable with. I said that the girls should not have to share these safe spaces with born males. I still haven’t gotten a response.

        I’ve been trying to find like minded parents, but haven’t found any in the area. Thanks to 4thWavenow’s blog I have felt more support and I have found Gallus’s blog too which also helps. Parent’s support groups here are for the zombies who have already swallowed the gender pill and I can’t waste my time with them anymore.

        Also, at a parent teacher meeting, a couple of the teachers referred to my daughter as “she” and then quickly apologized. I was certainly happy to hear them say she, but my daughter was with us, so I couldn’t tell the teacher that she didn’t need to apologize. We’re all walking on egg shells.

      • GallusMag Says:

        @Janetwo- Your link is over a year old and that failed challenge was filed by right wing conservatives. We need to stop the media from presenting opposition to the issue of replacing sex-based protections for women with “sexist feelings folks have” (gender identity) as a conservative vs. liberal issue or a religious vs. secular issue. Replacing the hard-fought sex-based protections for women with “gender identity” is a women’s issue. It is a politically liberal, progressive issue. Anti-gay religious conservatives only help these measures pass with their opposition. We need women, feminists, lesbians, gays, liberals and progressives challenging the removal of legal protections for women under the guise of sexist “gender identity” laws.

      • MWM Says:

        @Gallus Mag

        So, I am a broadly religiously conservative though economically just short of Marxist male, which is why I read you all the time but basically never comment; it’s not my space and I want to respect the conversation you’re trying to have.

        But I want to ask you: are you opposed, in principle, to allying with social and/or religious conservatives when it comes to pushing against the trans narrative? As noted above I’m not a “progressive,” but I do care deeply about maintaining the hard-fought protections for women in the public sphere.

  9. MaryMacha Says:

    The link broke again.

    Transgender Trend | parents questioning the trans narrative
    parents questioning the trans narrative
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    It looks like nothing was found at this location. Maybe try one of the links below or a search?

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  10. 4thwavenow Says:

    Site is back up again. Has been experiencing technical problems but please try now!
    http://www.transgendertrend.com/

  11. Livvie Says:

    This is wonderful news for all the parents and children struggling out there. Thank you for spreading the word, Gallus, and thanks to the women who created this website in order to protect kids. I’m grateful to all of you.


  12. This new website has a lot of up to date information.

    Happy Thanksgiving day to all the courageous women on this blog.

  13. kbnyc Says:

    Website is very inform. There are hundreds of websites on the internet with loads of stories about people who “transitioned” and now regret it. They realized to late that once you give up your breast or penis, it’s NEVER coming back and cannot be replaced.


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