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Camp unites transgender kids on outskirts: Few places transgender youth feel accepted.
Boston Globe ^ | September 2, 2012 | Bella English

Posted on 09/03/2012 5:16:44 AM PDT by billorites

On the volleyball court, a boy spiked a shot and his teammates cheered. Nearby, some campers lay on mats, doing yoga stretches. A girl executed a series of cartwheels. Over in drama, the kids performed a “cranky old lady” talk show; everyone cracked up.

Before the week was over, there were campfires, Capture the Flag, a skit night, and a talent show. Camp Aranu’tiq seemed like a traditional New England camp, complete with requisite lake, rustic cabins, and 65 shrieking campers.

Only when you see tags around campers’ necks, with the words “(HE)” or “(SHE)” under their names, do you realize something’s different here. It is the only camp of its kind in the country, a camp for transgender kids, where idle chatter on sports, music, school, and teenage crushes blends right in with talk about “coming out,” “transitioning,” puberty blockers — and bullying.

For privacy and safety reasons, Camp Aranu’tiq has never allowed media inside, but recently let a Globe reporter and photographer spend a day at its wooded Connecticut grounds during its weeklong session in late August. Campers, parents, and staff are required to sign a confidentiality contract, and the exact location is not revealed until the child is enrolled. “They know it’s a safety issue,” said founder and director Nick Teich. Related Photos Camp for transgender kids builds trust

Aranu’tiq, he said, strives to remove the fear and isolation that transgender children experience back home. According to a 2007 study by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, 90 percent of transgender youth report being verbally harassed and more than half physically harassed. Two-thirds of them say they felt unsafe in school. Many have changed schools. Some just upped and moved, to a new city or new state.

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1 posted on 09/03/2012 5:16:50 AM PDT by billorites
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To: billorites

Isn’t it just a wonderful world? sigh!


2 posted on 09/03/2012 5:21:45 AM PDT by bikerman (Obama lied,economy died.)
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To: billorites

Just encouraging this behavior for minors is doing them harm beyond what they’re doing to themselves.


3 posted on 09/03/2012 5:25:35 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The right thing is not always the popular thing)
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To: billorites

it is ironic that the people who tout for others to accept them, and their lifestyle, as they are (LGBT), are encouraging kids not to accept themselves as they are, but to change themselves to what they want to be...

confusing?

yes. but definitely not healthy.


4 posted on 09/03/2012 5:27:48 AM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: billorites

Accepted but it robs them of their true desire: To be an attention whore.


5 posted on 09/03/2012 5:28:00 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: billorites

They talked about baseball..... pitchers.....catchers.... and made signs for around their necks. Satan, their camp leader, taught classes on every type of perverted sex you could imagine. How lucky these kids are to have a camp of their own.


6 posted on 09/03/2012 5:28:00 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: billorites

As Arlo Guthrie once said at Woodstock:

“Lotta Freaks!...man.”


7 posted on 09/03/2012 5:30:19 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: billorites
Only when you see tags around campers’ necks, with the words “(HE)” or “(SHE)” under their names...

Actual labels. I thought labeling children was against the rules for liberals.

8 posted on 09/03/2012 5:30:36 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: billorites

A culture that embraces decadence cannot prosper.


9 posted on 09/03/2012 5:31:23 AM PDT by allendale
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To: billorites

Those that suffer mental illness rarely feel accepted.
Unfortunately for these children due to PC and diversity nonsense we no longer acknowledge that they have a mental illness and there for they do not receive the treatment that could might restore them to a normal life and less suicide......


10 posted on 09/03/2012 5:34:39 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: billorites

There are some sick Sons of bi7ch’s in this world.

Some 8 year old boy says he wants to be a girl and these insane people get out the knife and are ready to go cutting.


11 posted on 09/03/2012 5:36:42 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: billorites

there s no such thing as ‘transgender’, this is a mental illness... in this case the parents


12 posted on 09/03/2012 5:43:09 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Venturer

in Kalipornia the lesbian parents put an 8-year old boy on sex-change therapy drugs.

how is that legal??


13 posted on 09/03/2012 5:45:50 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: raybbr

Absolutely my first thought as well. Labels. So creepy.


14 posted on 09/03/2012 5:46:35 AM PDT by Rutabega (No one reads these anyway, right?)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
As Arlo Guthrie once said at Woodstock:

“Lotta Freaks!...man.”

And as Arlo Guthrie once said in Alice's Restaurant:

...And if two people, two people do it, in harmony,
they may think they're both faggots and they won't take either of them....

15 posted on 09/03/2012 5:51:14 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: GeronL

I guess they wanted a girl.

It’s a crazed world we live in today when queers can adopt kids they cannot breed.

They should be arrested for child abuse, but no one has the gnads to fight them.


16 posted on 09/03/2012 5:52:10 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: billorites

Wow—can’t wait until they can one day be bi-transgendered. That way one can be both male and female at the same time. Such a wonderful thing,,,,,);


17 posted on 09/03/2012 5:52:30 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: GeronL
To the left if the body and mind do not agree...change the body not the mind...they think what they want should be ...it a self centered belief system...
18 posted on 09/03/2012 5:55:22 AM PDT by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: billorites

I suspect many cases of “transgendered” kids actually result from the parents’ desires. Someone who has a boy but desperately wanted a girl would be very likely to encourage “feminine” behaviors. E.g., “Look, my boy is interested in cooking—must be his strong desire to be a girl coming to the surface!”


19 posted on 09/03/2012 6:03:25 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: tophat9000

From the article:
>Damien Gabriel, like some of the others, had been on hormone blockers to keep the estrogen at bay and last year started taking testosterone. Two months ago, he had chest surgery to remove breast tissue; he also had a hysterectomy, “which really hurt.”<

If Damien were a ‘he’, than ‘he’ could not possibly have undergone a hysterectomy.

Note to Boston Globe ~ get a proofreader!


20 posted on 09/03/2012 6:18:41 AM PDT by delcopatriot
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To: SECURE AMERICA

Bingo.


21 posted on 09/03/2012 6:23:21 AM PDT by Tax-chick (A meal without wine is like ... breakfast.)
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To: delcopatriot

Some doctor did a hysterectomy on a physically healthy, but mentally ill, girl of 15 (or younger). Shouldn’t this doctor lose his/her license?


22 posted on 09/03/2012 6:26:34 AM PDT by Tax-chick (A meal without wine is like ... breakfast.)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

Seems mommy & daddy are projecting their own homosexuality upon their kids.


23 posted on 09/03/2012 6:47:36 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Tax-chick
Sounds just like the forced sterilizations back in the bad old days when the eugenics crowd thought they could solve all human problems by dropping others from the gene pool.

Never once did the eugenicists see themselves as A PROBLEM TO BE PRUNED!

24 posted on 09/03/2012 6:48:23 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: billorites

Sounds like an open-air lunatic asylum. But hey, as long as they feel good about themselves ...


25 posted on 09/03/2012 7:16:55 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: billorites

Aranu’tiq

&&&
Is that some Arabic word that translates into the name of a place to put all of the young sodomy targets? I’ll bet the counselors are all referred by NAMBLA.


26 posted on 09/03/2012 7:19:19 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: billorites

So here’s something else that we’re supposed to be liberal about. We’re supposed to be liberal about “trans-whatever” youth.

What I never understand about this “gay/lesbian/bi-sexual/trans-gender” stuff, is why it’s being pushed towards or accomodated to children.

If somebody feels they are trapped in the wrong body and have wrong body parts and all that, this subject ought to be dealt with after they are adults, in my opinion. This should not have any place in dealing with children growing up.

But, as liberalism pervades this culture, we’re supposed to be liberal and accomodate “trans-gender” youth.

I’m sadly amazed at the depths to which we are sinking.


27 posted on 09/03/2012 7:41:39 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: billorites

How sad that these kids are encouraged along this line by throughly misguided parents.


28 posted on 09/03/2012 7:41:44 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Unam Sanctam

Yes, the parents are a big part of the problem, in my opinion.

If the parents didn’t accomodate their kids thinking that they are trapped in the wrong body and all that, then this sort of camp couldn’t exist. If the parents didn’t take their kids to liberal psychiatrists who encourage their kids in being trans-whatever, again, the issue isn’t there.

Not saying that I understand all the trans or gay stuff, because I don’t. What I am saying is that, this whole area of discussion/behavior has no place among children.

If these kids grow up and feel these strong pulls and all that, they can go to The Castro as adults and explore alternative lifestyles to their heart’s content, as adults making an adult decision about how to live their lives.

Parents aren’t doing their jobs properly if they enable their kids and indulge their kids bizarre thoughts in these areas.


29 posted on 09/03/2012 7:46:47 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Tax-chick; delcopatriot
Keep in mind that it's now illegal (in California, anyway) to offer any sort of counseling or therapy to a person under age 18 who WANTS to be more sexually healthy, i.e. to reduce unwanted same-sex attractions. For licensed psychologists and professional therapists to even suggest that such a change might be possible, is banned as a violation of professional ethics.

Castration --- that's OK, though.

30 posted on 09/03/2012 11:11:54 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
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To: Mrs. Don-o

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/09/04/3502637/apnewsbreak-mass-judge-oks-sex.html

We’re living in a crazy world. I don’t believe there’s more evil, per capita, than ever before, but I think there are definitely more totally insane people making decisions. In a tougher time, a lot of these folks just wouldn’t have lived to adulthood.


31 posted on 09/04/2012 1:19:28 PM PDT by Tax-chick (A meal without wine is like ... breakfast.)
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