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Sex Change Regret
Townhall.com ^ | June 21, 2014 | Michael Brown

Posted on 06/21/2014 1:50:12 PM PDT by Kaslin

While some might find the story laughable, I personally find it tragic: Don Ennis, an experienced TV news producer was fired from his job, allegedly for performance-related issues, after reappearing as Dawn Stacey Ennis, marking his third gender change since last year.

With little sympathy, one website reported, “A television producer who has changed his gender three times has now more time on his hands to know who she or he is.”

Worse still, the New York Daily News, apparently forgetting that Ennis had lived almost all of his life as a male, announced, “Dawn Ennis was canned weeks after her latest transition from her male persona, Don Ennis.”

What? It was not Don Ennis who was the “male persona”; it was Dawn Ennis who was the “female persona.” And Don is a he, not a she. In fact, before his wife left him when he became Dawn the first time around, they had been married for 17 years and had three kids.

It would appear that Ennis is quite troubled and in need of serious help, but even to suggest such a thing is to be branded transphobic and hateful.

To all who pull the “transphobia” card, I urge you to reconsider your rhetoric. Sometimes compassion causes us to ask the hard questions rather than simply to affirm someone in their gender confusion.

Let’s not forget that in May, 2013, when Don suddenly appeared at work in a black dress as Dawn, he claimed to have “an unusual hormone imbalance.”

And he wrote: “Please understand this is not a game of dress-up, or make-believe, it is my affirmation of who I now am and what I must do to be happy, in response to a soul-crushing secret that my wife and I have been dealing with for more than seven years, mostly in secret.”

Three months later, when he reverted back to Don, “He said that he had amnesia, claiming his wife dressed him in a wig and created a fake ID card bearing the name ‘Dawn.’

“‘I am now totally, completely, unabashedly male in my mind, despite my physical attributes,’ he said in an email to colleagues.

“Ennis said that while his memories of the past 14 years had returned, his female identity did not.”

And now he has reverted to Dawn.

Is it transphobic to say that this man needs help?

There was also the tragic story of sports columnist Mike Penner, who became Christine Daniels, only to revert back to Mike Penner, before taking his own life.

You can be assured that any coworker who did not welcome him as Christine would have been lectured or even disciplined, and yet questioning his new identity, with love and sensitivity, might have been the most compassionate thing to do.

Yet to do so would be to swim against the tide of political correctness. And it would be a dangerous swim at that. Just yesterday (June 18th), “the White House announced Obama will sign an executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Back in 2012, Brad (aka Ria) Cooper, was set to be Britain’s youngest sex-change patient at the tender age of 18. An October 28, 2012 headline in the Mirror read: “‘I was a boy.. then a girl.. now I want to be a boy again’: Agony of teen who is Britain's youngest sex-swap patient.”

The article, which still insisted on identifying Brad as Ria, noted that, “Her decision, which comes after two suicide attempts, calls into question whether she was too young to be allowed to swap sexes in the first place.”

Yet it appears that we have learned nothing from stories like this, stories which I cite not to demean or mock those who identify as transgender, nor to suggest that these experiences are the norm. Instead I cite them to urge us to seriously reconsider the direction in which we are heading as a society.

In recent days, in Canada, a 12-year old girl has received a new birth certificate identifying her as a boy, based entirely on her self-perceptions, while here in the States, millions have watched a viral video in which a family shares how they have embraced their daughter’s identity as a boy, despite the child being just 6 years old.

When Dr. Keith Ablow expressed a dissenting view regarding this little one, he was roundly condemned for his comments and labelled “a serial misinformer on LGBT issues.” Is there really no possibility that this girl actually is a girl and that she could be helped to embrace her female identity with proper treatment? Is this really a transphobic position?

Earlier this week, Dr. Paul McHugh, formerly chair of the Johns Hopkins psychiatric department and a longtime opponent of sex-change surgery, penned an Op Ed piece for the Wall Street Journal, arguing that “policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered” by not treating transgender “confusions ... as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.”

He cited a 2011 study from Sweden that followed the lives of 324 “sex-reassigned” persons over a 30-year period (from 1973-2003), noting that “beginning about 10 years after having the surgery, the transgendered began to experience increasing mental difficulties. Most shockingly, their suicide mortality rose almost 20-fold above the comparable nontransgender population.”

This confirmed a similar study McHugh had commissioned decades earlier at Johns Hopkins, and for opposing sex-change surgery, he is vilified to this day.

Is it possible that something other than transphobia is driving him?

Walt Heyer has lived through this himself, undergoing years of hormone treatments and then sex-change surgery to become a woman, only to realize over a period of years that he was, in fact, a man and that there were other issues he needed to address in his life.

To help others, he has launched the SexChangeRegret.com website, featuring articles like, “The insanity of hormone blockers for kids,” and “1,500 Sex Changers Request Surgical Reversals” (this was in one center in Belgrade alone), and “Regret Is Real—and Transgenders Are Going Back.”

And he too is vilified for his courageous and compassionate stance.

Is it too much to ask that we stop and reconsider our ways before embracing such radical societal change?

Is it only transphobia and ignorance that drives such a request?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: dawnennis; donennis; homosexualagenda; lgbt; lgbtq; sexchange; transgender
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1 posted on 06/21/2014 1:50:12 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The guy had a problem and his surgeon was not the one to go to first.


2 posted on 06/21/2014 1:53:26 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Kaslin

Twisted Mister Sister


3 posted on 06/21/2014 1:57:41 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Kaslin

When you get to the Slausin cutoff, get out of your car and cut off your Slausin.


4 posted on 06/21/2014 1:57:51 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Kaslin

I pity the people who had to work with him who were forced by HR to go along with his various crazinesses. That can be really stressful. I once worked with a crazy lady who insisted on wearing a paper napkin on her face because of “germs.” Talk about being distracted from my duties!

It took a year before they canned her.


5 posted on 06/21/2014 1:58:26 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Kaslin

I’m so confused over Don vs. Dawn vs. Don...crazy. How can someone even live like that? He needs some major mental health help.


6 posted on 06/21/2014 2:00:37 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: Fungi

Yes, I kept waking up with rumpled, smashed hair, so my first choice was the barber. Nice barbershop the next town over, sort of a Mayberry kind of atmosphere. Shortly, the floor was covered with hair.

The difference, of course, with lopping off hair is that it grows back.

Sex change surgeons can’t hang out a barber pole.


7 posted on 06/21/2014 2:00:44 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Kaslin

Idiots-—the genitalia they were born with is the gender that they are and no surgical operation can alter it other than leading to internal conflicts.


8 posted on 06/21/2014 2:01:01 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Kaslin

Wait a minute, it was a TV producer meaning it most likely worked for a bunch of Obama worshipping libs. And they fired it? Oh my, do I sense bias on the part of his lib employers who have no problem shoving the gay agenda in the face of the public 24/7?


9 posted on 06/21/2014 2:01:40 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: Kaslin

It changed its SEX, not its gender. Gender is between your ears, SEX is between your legs!! With the pun absolutely intended, why can’t writers get that concept firmly in their heads???


10 posted on 06/21/2014 2:03:03 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: DManA

Slauson.


11 posted on 06/21/2014 2:03:51 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: Fungi

***The guy had a problem and his surgeon was not the one to go to first.***

Which brings a compelling question into the discussion:

How many medical students list ‘sex change surgeons’ as their preferred specialty? Who is promoting these types of procedures? Which drug company first developed hormonal sex change accelerators? Follow the money!!!!!


12 posted on 06/21/2014 2:07:26 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
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To: T-Bird45

At least Tooter the Turtle had Mr. Wizard to help him reverse his desires of folly. Dr Surgeon has a far tougher assignment undoing the Tooter the Transgender’s.


13 posted on 06/21/2014 2:10:44 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: xzins
Just because you change your genitalia does not mean you have changed your sex. Your genitalia are determined by your chromosomes, namely the 23rd. xx=girl, xy=boy. Loping off a few things does not mean you have changed your sex, your chromosomes in every cell of your body remain the same.
14 posted on 06/21/2014 2:11:35 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Kaslin

This is so sad. Most of these people need serious help. Yet, when we dare to say so, we risk being vilified publicly and/or sued.


15 posted on 06/21/2014 2:13:50 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Fungi
Manly men are xyy.

They don't get body parts cut off.

/johnny

16 posted on 06/21/2014 2:18:08 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Fungi

Good point-—and you’ve heard the term ‘totally reversible vasectomy? Well if they ever perfect a totally reversible transgendering then expect a brisk business-—chromosomes notwithstanding, eheheheh.


17 posted on 06/21/2014 2:18:20 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Fungi

xx and xy doesn’t make the irreversibility of lopping off your equipment an easier pill to swallow. In fact, it makes it more sad....depressing, actually.


18 posted on 06/21/2014 2:27:42 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: tflabo
Ahhh... that one takes me back...

"Twizzle, Twazzle, Twozzle, Twome; time for this one to come home."

"Be just what you is, not what you is not. Folks what do this has the happiest lot."

19 posted on 06/21/2014 2:31:33 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: HangnJudge

I think they must generally be unhappy people who think that changing their genitalia will make them happier


20 posted on 06/21/2014 2:41:42 PM PDT by angry elephant (Endangered species in Seattle)
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To: T-Bird45
Thank you.

Words are gendered.

People are sexed.

21 posted on 06/21/2014 2:47:27 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: angry elephant
I think they must generally be unhappy people who think that changing their genitalia will make them happier

If Joy is not Indwelling,
No one and Nothing here can give it to you

Surrender to God and His Gifts
Be Grateful for All Things, at All Times
Honor His Commandments

All things come together for good,
to them who love God and are
called according to His Purposes

Gratitude is not only the Greatest of all Virtues,
It is the Parent of All the Rest.

Cicero

22 posted on 06/21/2014 2:50:50 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Kaslin

23 posted on 06/21/2014 2:57:21 PM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: Kaslin

So.....he/she has had two choppadicoffamies & one addadictomy?

Or is it the other way around?


24 posted on 06/21/2014 2:57:57 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: angry elephant
I think they must generally be unhappy people who think that changing their genitalia will make them happier

They have real mental problems and need serious treatment, probably involving therapy and drugs. Unfortunately, they fixate on their genitals as the source of their unhappiness. They want to be someone else; one's gender is a fundamental aspect of one's identity--by mutilating their genitals, they think they can become a different person.

Sadly, they remain the same person, but mutilated, after "reassignment" surgery. None of their problems have been solved, and they have only added more problems.

The surgeons who mutilate these people for money are despicable. Yes, therapy is probably not as lucrative as doing the mutilation surgeries, and it is probably difficult--but that is what these people need, desperately.

25 posted on 06/21/2014 3:51:48 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: Kaslin

tolerating and celebrating diseased minds/thinking does nobody any favors.


26 posted on 06/21/2014 3:56:25 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: angry elephant
I think they must generally be unhappy people who think that changing their genitalia will make them happier.

We knew someone in the early 90s who announced that he was going to become a woman. Well, he went through the surgery and found that being a "woman" wasn't what he thought it would be. Committed suicide within a couple of years. Very sad.

27 posted on 06/21/2014 4:13:48 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: Kaslin
It's a mental disorder. Image and video hosting by TinyPic
28 posted on 06/21/2014 4:29:04 PM PDT by MtnMan101
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To: tflabo

“Help, Mr.Wizard”.


29 posted on 06/21/2014 5:00:15 PM PDT by peteyd (A dog may bite you in the ass,but it will never stab you in the back.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Forcing me to affirmatively participate in another’s delusion will not cure their mental illness.


30 posted on 06/21/2014 5:30:54 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where?)
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To: Kaslin

dude changed his “gender” 3 times.... he is NOT and never will be happy like this


31 posted on 06/21/2014 5:36:52 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Kaslin

So a kid who thinks he’s a bull should find a plastic surgeon to graft horns onto his head? (I wouldn’t want to be called “species-phobic” or whatever the term might be.)


32 posted on 06/21/2014 5:40:17 PM PDT by Bob
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To: JRandomFreeper

Not only do they not get body parts cut off, they also only apply wax to motor vehicles, boats, and skis.


33 posted on 06/21/2014 5:44:29 PM PDT by Bob
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34 posted on 06/21/2014 5:50:41 PM PDT by narses (Matthew 7:6. He appears to have made up his mind let him live with the consequences.)
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To: P-Marlowe

Sounds like penis envy is a real condition.


35 posted on 06/21/2014 5:54:31 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Kaslin

What I find amazing is that no one does the medical workup needed for such an amazing statement. Blood estrogen and testosterone levels, cat scans for brain tumors, nothing. Just acceptance of delusional content.

My husband’s best friend had his appendix out at age ten. when they were scouting around the doc found two ovaries, as well as the previously decended testes. They snipped out the ovaries. We wondered what would have happened to nice Donnie if the ovaries were left in.


36 posted on 06/21/2014 5:55:33 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: exDemMom

I’ve been reading the threads on this illness and hadn’t commented until now. Here goes;
A dear friend of mine called a couple weeks ago, on the verge of collapse. Her brother had announced he was going all in with a sex change. Apparently he had dressed up previously and gone out in public as a woman. Now he has decided, at 54 years old, he is really a woman.

Now that is challenging enough for my friend to digest. What turned it on it’s head was finding out from a relative that said brother, had raped this relative decades ago. As that was revealed, others came forward with their stories of incidents with this brother.

All this clarified to me that yes indeed, those who seek this surgery are indeed very sick. My friend now fears her brother will eventually commit suicide as more of his past becomes public.

All of it makes my head spin. I know there has always been sick people amongst us, but these days their sickness is in our faces all day long.


37 posted on 06/21/2014 6:07:50 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: Kaslin

One has to wonder about the men who in their fifties as their testosterone wanes, all of a sudden wanting to become women. They would make an interesting study. What is going on hormonally with these guys.


38 posted on 06/21/2014 6:09:40 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: Kaslin

It is idiotic that a mental illness is treated this way.


39 posted on 06/21/2014 6:21:06 PM PDT by Fzob (Jesus + anything = nothing, Jesus + nothing = everything)
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There’s nothing humorous about gender related disorders. The greatest sickness is with those that exploit it — the same Leftwing fanatics that deem counseling on behalf of original anatomy to be hateful.


40 posted on 06/21/2014 6:31:09 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Kaslin

“transphobic”

This is the first time I have run across that neologism.

I reject it in all ways.

Let’s see, now...depression or rage?

Rage.

To everyone who uses this term without irony: get the hell off my planet. You are no longer welcome here.


41 posted on 06/21/2014 6:41:30 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Kaslin

Perhaps a new use for snap-on parts.

Snap on - snap off. What ever you’re in the mode for today.


42 posted on 06/21/2014 8:02:23 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: KosmicKitty

mode = mood

Grrrr


43 posted on 06/21/2014 8:05:14 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Fungi; GeronL; sickoflibs; GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; ...
The guy had a problem and his surgeon was not the one to go to first.

Indeed. A real life Mr. Garrison (South Park) except real life isn't a cartoon so no one can give him his junk back. These surgeons are exploiting the mentally ill, that sick genital mutilation surgery should not be allowed.

44 posted on 06/21/2014 10:29:34 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

bump


45 posted on 06/21/2014 10:38:23 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Impy; Fungi; GeronL; GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy
RE:”Indeed. A real life Mr. Garrison (South Park) except real life isn't a cartoon so no one can give him his junk back. These surgeons are exploiting the mentally ill, that sick genital mutilation surgery should not be allowed.”

Transgender is the ‘T’ in LGBT.

You will no longer keep us trapped in the chains of a body with sex that we don't feel like being today, its like the slaves that were chained in the South in the 1800s,

We need to change the constitution to make a sex change a right, the founding fathers were obviously bigots not recognizing this, making Americans live with the sex they were born in,

As Rand Paul said, we must ‘evolve’ EVOLVE cavemen!

I wonder if race could be changed what that would do to elections.

46 posted on 06/21/2014 10:42:06 PM PDT by sickoflibs (King Obama : 'The debate is over. The time for talk is over. Just follow my commands you serfs""')
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To: sickoflibs; GOPsterinMA; NFHale; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; Clintonfatigued; Fungi; Bender2; ...
I wonder if race could be changed what that would do to elections.

Much like Kyle Broflovski, I feel I am a 6'9 Black NBA star trapped in a scrawny Caucasian body. Obamacare should fund my hoop dreams.

47 posted on 06/21/2014 10:52:25 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Kaslin

I know one. She was a teen and wanted to be a boy. After dressing like a male and insisting on a male name, for a couple years, she started to beg her Beverly Hills parents to have her breasts removed. These parents are smart and kind people. They were great parents. They did the family shrink thing, they went over it a lot. Some might not do what they did, but some might: they ok’ed the operation. She became he, and took hormones and grew a wispy beard, and had the double mastectomy. She looked like a thin pretty teen boy.

Guess what? “He” wasn’t happy still. Found friends among the fringes of society. Stayed home a lot. Still needed all the shrinks and antidepressants. Didn’t feel complete and ready to go out, get a job or go to college, and make something of him/herself. Parents were distraught and felt they had been led in the wrong direction by the LBGT community. A few years of this and their “boy” never seeming happy or content or productive. Then “he” wanted to go back to being a girl. I think she is about 21 now and is having implants put into her chest. First they have to stretch out her new flat chest to get ready for the implants.

This whole thing is messed up. I really do feel for the young people whose gender identity is making them unhappy. I do believe that something in our environment is causing these sexual differences. Maybe plastics, maybe some other kind of neurotoxin. I don’t think we know best how to treat these people. Right now they are being treated like there is nothing wrong. Neither should they be treated as freaks. We need to see this as a brain / sex dysfunction in children and pubescents and HELP THEM but I don’t know the answer.


48 posted on 06/21/2014 10:54:43 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Impy; NFHale; Fungi; GeronL; GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; Bender2
RE:”Much like Kyle Broflovski, I feel I am a 6'9 Black NBA star trapped in a scrawny Caucasian body. Obamacare should fund my hoop dreams”

I saw a Maryland Dem governors primary commercial from a candidate saying that she wants to legalize pot here in Maryland.

Now think about this:

35 tax increases, speed and red light cams, more gun regulations,.....

But in return we get legalized (and highly taxed) gambling, same with pot and abortion, and same sex marriage, expanded all week voting in minority areas and a flood of immigrants, legal and illegal.

Keep the masses docile in serfdom or what?

49 posted on 06/21/2014 11:05:33 PM PDT by sickoflibs (King Obama : 'The debate is over. The time for talk is over. Just follow my commands you serfs""')
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To: sickoflibs; Impy; NFHale; Fungi; GeronL; GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy
Although I was born into a middle class family, I have always mentally FELT like I am filthy rich and have millions of dollars available. Wealth isn't merely determined by income, it is also a state of mind. Mentally I feel I was born into wealth like the Kennedy's or Rockefellers. I simply relate to other lifelong millionaires and NOT to people in my own income bracket.

I am a millionaire trapped into a non-millionaire's body. It is very hurtful to me when people won't let me into exclusive clubs or serve me Kobe Beef or provide me with a limo equipped with a swimming pool, simply because of physical income. I didn't choose not to be born a millionaire. It simply the way I am.

We need to stop discrimination and hate against unfortunate trans-income people like myself. If people want to respect the feelings of the trans-income community, they need to look beyond the surface and accept my true identity. No doubt progressives can help aide in this cause by always referring to me as "the millionaire" in publications and treating me as such whenever I go out in public. Eventually I hope to be able to have limousine liberals like Michael Moore provide income-reassignment treatments so I no longer have to live in shame knowing I can't be the person I've always seen myself as on the inside.

50 posted on 06/22/2014 12:39:09 AM PDT by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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