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Daniel Andrews’ conversion laws: swimming against the tide

2 February 2021

6:00 PM

2 February 2021

6:00 PM

As the Victorian government stands poised to pass new laws based on LGBTI ideology, our global community is telling us something is terribly wrong. 

Beneath the ongoing legal progression of LGBTI rights in Australia, an underground tide is emerging, travelling in the opposite direction.  

Kiera Bell recently made headlines when she won her court case against Britain’s Tavistock Centre, an ‘affirmative’ gender clinic just like the ones the Victorian government is advocating.  

Starting at 16 years old with puberty blockers, Bell opted for male hormones, then “top surgery” (a double mastectomy). Now 23 years old she says, ”The vision I had as a teenager of becoming male was strictly a fantasy and it was not possible.

“I felt like a fraud and I began to feel more lost, isolated and confused than I did when I was pre-transition.”  

Charlie Evans, who detransitioned in 2018, said she “had been contacted by “hundreds” of people seeking help”. She’s started a charity, The Detransition Advocacy Network. 

The man who had the first gender transition operation in the world, Walt Heyer, now leads ’Sex change regret’. His homepage reads,  

Up to 20% have regrets about their sex change. Sex change procedures are not effective, say researchers. More than 40% attempt suicide after the operation. Here we reach out to those considering detransitioning.” 

Above the statistics are the words, “Take back your life. Others have. You can too.” 

Online chat groups are springing up. r/detransdetransition. One group on Reddit has over 17,000 members. One writes: I will forever pay for the biggest mistake in my life… I lost half of my teens… I went through years of treatment and three surgeries. These have left me with big scars and numbness on my chest but worse it made me sterile.” 

Another reads, “Help. I need opinions. I was on testosterone for a year. I’m three weeks off. Do you think I can look female again? I’m so scared. I’m only 15… I realised what made me transition was the fear of man because of being sexually assaulted when I was 8 and 11.”  

These people are not ‘ex-gays’ or victims of groups that tried to change their sexual identities. These are self-diagnosed kids who believed LGBTI ideology. 

While some may feel an effervescent moment in ‘coming out’, LGBTI ideology does not provide lasting enlightenment, freedom or joy. Embracing this ideology is becoming a transitory point in the journey, from which one must leave and travel on, not an endpoint.   

James Parker, former LGBTI activist says, “Coming out needs to work in both directions.” 

Mr Parker describes experiencing a second and even a third “coming out” when he married a women and “became my truest self in line with my biology and fertility.” 

Another man writes in a personal testimony, ”Growing up “gay” I heard the phrase, ‘It’s going to get better’. As a gay male I went about trying to live my ‘true self’… Yet the phrase ‘It’s going to get better’ never came to reality.” 

James Parker writes: “Today, I walk alongside many vulnerable Australians, both young and old, who struggle with unwanted sexual attractions and questions about gender.” 

People are coming out of the LGBTI community. They are dealing with the same issues but in a radically different way. And LGBTI activists fear them. 

In an NBC article, Liam Knox warned readers that stories about detransitioning included “misinformation”, were “fuelling hate” and that the numbers detransitioning were small. 

However, Lisa Marchiano, an analyst in private practice wrote in response: “Though the NBC article asserts that detransition is not common, we actually have no idea how widespread the phenomenon is—and we need more research to find out.” 

She continues, “most (of the women) I work with are still likely counted by their transition doctors as examples of “successful” transition stories, since they have simply stopped reporting for treatment.” 

Studies show attractions can change up until a person’s late 20s and even in mid-life. An article in AARP reporting such stories says these “point to how imperfectly behavioural scientists understand what attracts us to a certain person at one time in our lives, but to a completely different kind of person at another.” 

Even betterhealth.vic.gov.au by the Victorian government states, “your sexuality can change over time”. 

If there is such a thing as detransition and sexual attractions can change, what is the Victorian government doing legislating laws that permit puberty-blocking hormones being given to a 8-yearr-old with gender confusion? Or double mastectomy of a teenage girl?  

What possible benefit can there be in offering irreversible bodily treatments to a child whom everyone knows, it seems, could change its feelings or thoughts about their sexuality in just a few years time? And in direct opposition to the child’s parents, who in many kid’s lives are a frontier of protection against those in the outside world who would wish to exploit them.  

The evidence is clear: more harm can come by believing an ideology that says a woman can become a man through bodily suppression than by not believing it.  

Could it actually be that the therapy that’s wrong is not the ‘conversion therapy’ which supports those seeking to embrace their biological body, but the therapies in gender clinics seeking to ‘convert’ the body’s biology. At the very least there is strong evidence to suggest that transition therapy is not always right.  

The Victorian government’s Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Bill is being hailed, applauded and praised around the country. 

But the bill is based on LGBTI ideology which is being exposed as tendentious, exclusively supporting gender transition or the ‘affirmative’ approach to gender questioning.  

And right now there is a social “phenomenon” moving away from transition. Voices are telling us something is not quite right. Transition can lead to more pain. 

Late last year the American Journal of Psychiatry issued a correction to an article that previously advocated gender-affirming surgeries. The correction reads, “that neither “gender-affirming hormone treatment” nor “gender-affirming surgery” reduced the need of transgender-identifying people for mental health services.” 

People dealing with questions about their sexuality should have the freedom to believe what they want and seek the support they want.  

An underground tide of voices is telling us just that.  

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