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The march of transgender rights: Is this the next civil rights frontier?
Globe and Mail ^ | 08/03/2014 | MARGARET WENTE

Posted on 08/03/2014 7:52:34 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

As a child, Lindsay Leigh Bentley desperately wanted to be a boy. She refused to wear dresses and adored going hunting with her dad. She loved sticks, guns, motorcycles and monsters. She chopped the hair off her Barbies. Her parents had to cut her own hair short because she refused to let them brush it. Her best friends were boys. In childhood pictures, she looks fierce, and tough as nails.

These days, her worried parents would probably hustle her off to the nearest gender-identity clinic. But Lindsay grew up in a more backward age, when such things did not exist. So she had to struggle on as best she could. Her parents let her be herself. Today she is a (strikingly feminine) wife and mother who still loves hunting and football. “Had my parents decided, at age 5, that I was a boy, I can not imagine the confusion that I would have experienced during my teen years,” she writes on her blog.

Ms. Bentley decided to tell her story after Ryland Whittington, age 6, became a child celebrity this spring. Ryland, too, was desperate to be a boy. After consulting a therapist, Ryland’s parents cut her hair, began to call her “he,” and informed their friends and family that their daughter was now their son. They made a video showing Ryland’s transformation into a little man in a suit. It went viral.

“There are huge benefits of doing this earlier in life,” gender therapist Darlene Tando told ABC News, which publicized Ryland’s story on Good Morning America. “It’s really just like they have been given this gift that everyone around them starts seeing them for who they are.”

The Whittingtons were widely applauded for their total acceptance of their transgender son.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: culturewar; gaybcdisney; gaynewsrooms; homosexualagenda; lavendermafia; pinkjournalism; rights; sexpositiveagenda; transgender
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1 posted on 08/03/2014 7:52:35 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

and then the Trans-Neuters, Trans-Packers, Trans-Species and all sorts of crazy stuff will all want official recognition


2 posted on 08/03/2014 7:54:48 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

Im taking the treatments to Free My Inner Border Collie!!


3 posted on 08/03/2014 7:55:42 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: SeekAndFind

They belong in mental institutions


4 posted on 08/03/2014 7:55:42 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: Viennacon

All leftists do


5 posted on 08/03/2014 7:56:03 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Viennacon

parents and child


6 posted on 08/03/2014 7:56:11 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: MeshugeMikey

lolz


7 posted on 08/03/2014 7:56:24 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: SeekAndFind
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8 posted on 08/03/2014 7:56:33 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Call me a bigot. These are seriously disturbed people and in need of counseling, not putting on a pedestal as exemplars of an unjustly oppressed class. I’m serious. The proggies think they’re helping, but these people are suiciding anyway.


9 posted on 08/03/2014 7:57:43 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: GeronL

I have so MANY personality traits that simply being a border collie may not be enough to allow me to express the REAL ME!

whats a moonbat to do....


10 posted on 08/03/2014 7:57:47 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: SeekAndFind
since FDRQ makes up ~1.6% of the population, these things must make up less than .01%, but they are the new frontier... delenda est
11 posted on 08/03/2014 7:59:03 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: SeekAndFind
Bah! Every want, wish and desire of govt largesse is now a civil right. Typical Lety's.

How did their god Kennedy put it? "Ask not what you can do for your country, ask instead what your country can do for you!!" or something like that.

I'm positive that President Kennedy would be proud of what his party has devolved into. NOT!

12 posted on 08/03/2014 8:02:32 PM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica (An army of deer led by a lion is more to be feared than an army of lions, led by a deer.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Transgenders. First to decry gender stereotyping while being the first to utilize gender stereotypes to decide their “true” gender.

Because a girl like hunting and rough housing it doesn’t mean she must hate her uterus and wants testicles.


13 posted on 08/03/2014 8:03:48 PM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Last night for grins I watched Ed Wood’s Glen or Glenda. He tries to make the case that dressing up like a woman is completely normal, that nature makes mistakes sometimes. Men who should be born women and are born men.

“The transvestite is not interested in those of their own sex. The clothing is not worn to attract the attention of their own sex, but to eliminate themselves from being a member of that sex.”

Then he shows this guy who’s going to marry a woman and is holding this secret, he likes to dress up as a woman. Ugliest woman you ever saw. His problem, he must tell this to his fiancé. But how? Blah blah blah.

They show the guy in woman’s clothes often, and to tell the truth he comes off like a lunatic. The movie ends with the woman marrying him and understanding him, helping him to move on from this behavior. A point the ‘transgender’s would not like. After all, it is not a mistake, it’s normal, (today’s philosophy, presented as ‘scientific fact’).

Ed Wood did do this. He would dress in woman’s clothing. His wife divorced him for it.


14 posted on 08/03/2014 8:04:07 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: GeronL
Ah, Ah, Ag, you're forgetting the transgender aliens!

Well, space aliens anyways. :)

15 posted on 08/03/2014 8:04:47 PM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica (An army of deer led by a lion is more to be feared than an army of lions, led by a deer.)
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To: Billthedrill

You’re right on the money, bigot!

(Well... you asked me nicely to call you a bigot, so there you go.)


16 posted on 08/03/2014 8:05:40 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Chode
1) You can't change your gender: Have you ever heard of Body Integrity Identity Disorder? Long story short, there are people out there who believe they're "supposed to" have less limbs. Maybe they want to get rid of an arm or a leg. The "problem" these people run into is that surgeons consider it unethical to remove a healthy, functioning body part and refuse to saw off their limbs. Instead, they just refer these people to a psychologist. That seems to make sense, doesn't it?

Yet, when we have people who want to mutilate themselves to "change their sex," we don't treat that as a mental disorder. Instead, we take it seriously. So seriously in fact, we have 9 year olds getting hormone treatments so they can pretend to be another gender.

If a client went to a doctor and said he thought he was a cow, we wouldn't send him to a surgeon to get horns and udders attached. Yet, you can no more change your sex than you can change into a cow. Even if you have a "sex change," your sex hasn't actually changed. A man who mutilates himself to look like a woman, still isn't female. He can't have a child. Very few men are going to knowingly date a man who's surgically mutilated himself to look like a woman. This is a terrible, horrible thing we're doing as a society to these mentally ill people. Instead of getting them the mental help they need, we're catering to their pathology. It's cruel, it's wrong, and a more compassionate society wouldn't wallow so deeply in political correctness that we'd allow people to do this to themselves.

17 posted on 08/03/2014 8:07:15 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: SeekAndFind
“There are huge benefits of doing this earlier in life,” gender therapist Darlene Tando told ABC News, which publicized Ryland’s story on Good Morning America. “It’s really just like they have been given this gift that everyone around them starts seeing them for who they are.”

There's a benefit to untreated mental illness?

It's a gift? If everyone around them is sharing their delusion that's called mass psychosis - not Christmas.

18 posted on 08/03/2014 8:08:14 PM PDT by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The Ends)
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To: Bogey78O

Just so.

Sexuality/gender/etc. is a continuum, they tell us...until Sam wants to be Shirley and only dresses and heels will suffice.


19 posted on 08/03/2014 8:09:33 PM PDT by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The Ends)
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To: SeekAndFind

The rocks on my garden have declared themselves to be gold nuggets.

I keep taking them to the gold exchange places to exchange the for money. I tell the gold exchange people that they are no longer rocks but ounces and ounces of gold.

For some reason this does not work. I don’t know why.


20 posted on 08/03/2014 8:10:24 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (NO MORE IRS!)
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To: Beowulf9

A transgender is not the same thing as a transvestite.

FWIW: Ed Wood was a heterosexual, and so are most transvestites.


21 posted on 08/03/2014 8:11:01 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: GeronL
and then the Trans-Neuters, Trans-Packers, Trans-Species and all sorts of crazy stuff will all want official recognition
Lets see, bestiality, pedophilia,polygamy am I missing any perversions? That's what's next.
22 posted on 08/03/2014 8:13:12 PM PDT by Aut Pax Aut Bellum (It's only a matter of time now before SHTF.....)
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To: Nervous Tick

LOL! Call me a cab.


23 posted on 08/03/2014 8:14:02 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Chode

That was GOOD.

On a less serious but definitely related note — did you ever see the South Park episode where Randy (Stan’s dad) has “dolphinoplasty” to change him into a porpoise? It was masterful fun-poking at all this perverse gender-changing nonsense.


24 posted on 08/03/2014 8:15:23 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Arthur McGowan

Yes I know but the point is the transgender considers themselself in need of a sex change. He goes on to discuss this in the film and the operation.

This is what he termed as ‘nature’s mistake’ and should be accepted by society as so.

He also compares that ‘normal’ behavior to the ‘normal’ behavior of dressing up as a woman as a transvestite does. They both s/b considered normal, according to the film.

Yet the film shows he is in need of therapy which eventually his wife provides with her understanding.


25 posted on 08/03/2014 8:24:50 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Nervous Tick

LOL! yup... http://southpark.cc.com/clips/154792/dolphinoplasty


26 posted on 08/03/2014 8:25:16 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: SeekAndFind

Turn the TV off. And leave it off. In fact, get rid of it. Cancel the newspapers. Children should not be exposed to this cultural depravity.


27 posted on 08/03/2014 8:28:58 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: Chode
A man who mutilates himself to look like a woman, still isn't female.

Bingo....he'll still have that damn Y chromosone.

28 posted on 08/03/2014 8:29:47 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: SeekAndFind; x_plus_one; Patton@Bastogne; Oldeconomybuyer; RightField; aposiopetic; rbmillerjr; ...
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Add me / Remove me

Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of general interest.

29 posted on 08/03/2014 8:31:20 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: SeekAndFind

Usually being a trannie is the manifestation of serious mental illness, at least judging by all the ones wandering around the streets.


30 posted on 08/03/2014 8:34:49 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: Beowulf9

I saw “Glen or Glenda?” almost 40 years ago, and don’t remember much. I don’t think Ed Wood has been a very influential voice in the political realm, anyway.


31 posted on 08/03/2014 8:36:28 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: SeekAndFind

either that or polygamists


32 posted on 08/03/2014 8:39:16 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Chode; All

XX, XY, people who need treatment.


33 posted on 08/03/2014 8:39:55 PM PDT by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: SeekAndFind

Idiot psychiatrists, the phrase is Tom Boy and it’s normal. The little boys who are not into boy things is also normal (not that they aren’t in for some difficulties). In the teen years, Tom boys are generally liked by boys but not by other girls. Effeminate boys are often liked by girls. Teen girls look at Justin Bieber and don’t feel threatened like they do with a rough kid. Boys can relax around Tom boys. It’s all part of human nature. Butt out.


34 posted on 08/03/2014 8:44:07 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: lightman; gura
high school biology...
35 posted on 08/03/2014 8:45:26 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: SeekAndFind

Monty Python “I want to be woman” skit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFBOQzSk14c


36 posted on 08/03/2014 8:54:08 PM PDT by garjog (Obama: bringing joy to the hearts of Terrorists everywhere.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Just another example of how amazingly stupid and hypocritical liberals are. They want to ban therapy and treatment for people who have same-sex attractions and don’t want them supposedly because they should be “forced to accept who they are”, yet don’t believe people who are fully genetically, hormonally, and anatomically a male or female necessarily are that gender and may actually be the other gender trapped in another’s body. Unbelievably stupid. Kids go through rebellious phases...nurturing that into a permanent reality makes those who do that to their children unfit parents.


37 posted on 08/03/2014 8:58:16 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: SeekAndFind
“There are huge benefits of doing this earlier in life,” gender therapist Darlene Tando told ABC News, which publicized Ryland’s story on Good Morning America. “It’s really just like they have been given this gift that everyone around them starts seeing them for who they are.”

No, it encourages them NOT to be who they are and NOT to let everyone around see them for who they are. What utter nonsense. This "therapist" needs mental health therapy herself.

38 posted on 08/03/2014 9:00:03 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Arthur McGowan

No, not at all. But the points he made were likely opinions of the time.

Btw, I’m pretty open minded. Regarding how they say Glen or Glenda was awful, well, I found it pretty expressionistic of him in a time when no one would dare come out with those thoughts.

I think it was rather a real work of art from that perspective. He used that film to actually ‘paint’ from his soul, expressing himself.

I know one could or would disagree with him, the subject very at odds with a ‘50s audience. He was really an original artist in film in that movie.

I was surprised at how strongly he presented his case. I felt his film was honest, and not deserving of the remarks made about it.


39 posted on 08/03/2014 9:02:43 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Viennacon
Margaret, learn something about a topic before you start writing. You're confusing "sex" and "gender" throughout the article. I realize that people use the terms interchangeably but sex and gender are not the same thing (and neither necessarily corresponds with sexual orientation). Sex is biological (i.e., what "plumbing" someone is born with) whereas gender is a cultural thing. Sexual orientation is an entirely different matter again.

This is a comment on her article at the link. Can you believe this total stupidity? How can someone be this stupid to not only think, but take the time to write something this moronic?

40 posted on 08/03/2014 9:10:44 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

the stupidity of rats, especially on the internet, has ceased to amaze me. Its par for your corpse of the nation these days


41 posted on 08/03/2014 9:44:32 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: Chode

Very good posts, thanks.


42 posted on 08/03/2014 9:50:31 PM PDT by ForYourChildren (Christian Education [ RomanRoadsMedia.com - a Classical Christian Approach to Homeschool])
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To: Billthedrill

Bigot. Ok, now you call me a racist transhomophobe.


43 posted on 08/03/2014 9:52:28 PM PDT by deadrock (I am someone else.)
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To: Republican Wildcat

These people who are encouraging children in perversion are evil. Nobody is born in the wrong body. The notion is absurd.


44 posted on 08/03/2014 10:31:06 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: Beowulf9

He had nothing to lose!


45 posted on 08/03/2014 10:55:03 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: SeekAndFind

At bottom, the refusal to acknowledge a fact of nature as certain as the law of gravity: that men and women are different.


46 posted on 08/03/2014 11:26:37 PM PDT by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: SeekAndFind

There is no “frontier”. There are only tactics being used again.


47 posted on 08/04/2014 1:56:48 AM PDT by Salman
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To: ForYourChildren
welcome
48 posted on 08/04/2014 4:25:59 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode

Reminds me of a book “I’m OK, You’re OK”...

I was instructed to read it by my boss and didn’t like either one, my boss or the book.


49 posted on 08/04/2014 5:27:08 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: SeekAndFind
People have sex: male or female. Nouns and pronouns have gender: masculine or feminine. So there!
50 posted on 08/04/2014 8:40:51 AM PDT by JoeFromSidney ( is)
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