By Steve Woodward
It’s suicide prevention month. We’ve got a lot of work to do. How, as a society, a community, or members of a family, do we intend to prevent suicide when before us is a minefield specifically concocted to compromise the joy of living while trampling gender norms?
We face an education industrial complex obsessed with gender grooming and pronoun pandering. They can’t start the head games soon enough, it seems. And the perpetrators become furious when parents and religious organizations expose their intentions.
In California last week, lawmakers, elected no less, decided they’d seen enough of parents intervening in their children’s decisions to “change” sexes. The Democrat-dominated California Senate passed a bill linking child custody to transgender “rights”.
It specifies that parents who refuse to participate in transgenderism (pretending that their child is a different gender) could be guilty of failing to provide for the “health, safety, and welfare” of their child—therefore losing custody to another parent or the state. (The Daily Signal, September 8, 2023)
These Marxists push the trans agenda despite studies finding high rates of suicide attempts, and suicide deaths, within transgender populations. And you’ll never guess how they react. They defend gender affirming procedures (mutilation) and flatly dismiss their impacts on mental health. Instead, they blame the suicides on the awful people who bully and berate the transies, playing the victimhood card that has served them so well in the gay marriage arena. Which is to say, the Left will accept a certain amount of collateral damage (deaths) to keep the trans train rolling.
New Jersey-based HCP Live, a medical news aggregator, cites a report by “researchers” who conclude that grooming and gender transitioning in all forms is good for mental health. It’s the curious rejection of truth — that gender is determined at birth and by God — that’s costing lives via suicide.
“Transgender and nonbinary youths have particularly high rates of poor mental health outcomes compared with their (natural gender) counterparts. … (This is) a consequence of social rejection, lack of support from parents, bullying and discrimination,” a team of epidemiologists at the University of Washington concludes.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, in his most egregious veto of a Republican-supported bill, went all-in last month on expanding the chasm between parents’ rights and and the cults of child manipulators. The Youth Protection Act — later restored by a GOP legislative override — prevents minors from receiving puberty blockers, hormones, and surgeries, and aims to treat gender confusion through alternative therapies, reported a North Carolina watchdog, Education First Alliance.
The Alliance also broke news this past summer exposing toddler grooming clinics coming online within healthcare networks tied to Duke University and East Carolina University.
“As ECU doctors prepared to open its Pride Clinic, they applied to the Fenway Institute’s Pediatric Trans Echo program for training on diagnosing and treating ‘transgender’ children,” reported Alliance founder Sloan Rachmuth.
“Among the ‘doctors’ involved in the training was Dr. Michelle Forcier, a professor of pediatrics at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School. … Forcier claims that even infants know that their gender “identity” is separate from sex and that it is never too early to start transgender treatments.”
The delusion is even more pronounced at Duke, where the lead doctor at its Child and Adolescent Gender Care claims that gender identity is not only the preferred basis for determining sex, but “the only medically supported determinant of sex.”
“It is counter to medical science to use chromosomes, hormones, internal reproductive organs, external genitalia (emphasis added), or secondary sex characteristics to override gender identity for purposes of classifying someone as male or female.”
It is counter to common decency and every fiber of our God given human compassion to believe that this evil mission does not end well. On the not too distant horizon, suicide prevention month will lower its bar to become suicide reduction month and, ultimately, suicide acceptance month.
How did we arrive at this dark moment in history where quality of life is hijacked by those committed to protecting the quality of the lie? Babies were born to be transitioned. Climate change is setting the planet ablaze. Government decides when a health crisis arises and how to mitigate it. Shut down. Lock down. Mask up. Take a jab or lose your job, your pension and — oh, just by the way — maybe your life.
The world inhabited by normal people did not need “studies” to conclude that the Left’s reorienting of society in recent years under the false pretense of COVID-19 “safety measures” would trigger a spike in mental illness, depression and suicide.
But one study among many found precisely that. Researchers at the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that, in the United States, youth suicides increased during COVID-19, with significantly more suicides than expected among males, non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaskan Native youth, and non-Hispanic Black youth. The study was published in February 2023.
Predictably, legislators, governors, education administrators, and their ilk, now are looking for scapegoats as the damage they have done is exposed.
Reports the Carolina Journal, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board is suing major social media companies for contributing to a “mental health crisis” among American children. The board filed its 184-page complaint on (September 7) in U.S. District Court for North Carolina’s Western District.
The suit targets owners of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and YouTube. Defendants include Meta and Google.
This board might be onto something, but not for the reason upon which it is suing. Charlotte-Mecklenburg will fail if it tries to prove that parents were defenseless against the lure of social media. That’s a ridiculous premise. If parents and other adult influencers simply accepted responsibility, as did their parents and grandparents, social media would be on par with unprotected sex and drunk driving.
Where social media is complicit is in its blatant censorship of content that would otherwise expose gender grooming and the overthrow of medical liberties. Even now we see it. Make COVID Great Again.
Suicide Prevention Month is a quaint notion. The Left’s war on societal norms and Judeo-Christian values is killing our culture and killing our kids. Who is suicidal?