At the age of two, Matthew and Klara’s daughter Stormy told family members that “I’m not a girl, I think I’m a boy.” The parents sat down with This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield to talk about the road to this realization, and the change of heart they had. “18 months ago, two years ago, if I had heard this story from somebody else I wouldn’t have believed it,” said Matthew. “I though it was all made up. I though it wasn’t real. I though the whole thing was made up by parents.” Matthew added that now having learned about and lived through the decision and process, that he “absolutely supports what Stormy has decided to do.” “And thats the thing, isn’t it. As a society, we tend to want to put people into a girl or a boy box. That just fits with what we know,” replies Willoughby. “It makes sense. It makes us feel comfortable. But that’s not reality actually, is it?” Matthew advocated for people to unlearn that “biological sex and gender is the same thing,” so that they too can “celebrate” the decisions that these children are making.
Gender & Sexuality
Planned Parenthood-backed Democrats in Illinois are pushing legislation – Senate Bill 2190 – aimed at circumventing parental rights by repealing existing laws that mandate parents be notified before their underage daughters undergo abortions. For now, under the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act, abortionists are still legally required to notify at least one parent or legal guardian two days before committing an abortion on a minor. However, Senator Kelly Cassidy (D- Chicago) would like to change that. In 2019, Cassidy unsuccessfully backed HB 2467, sponsored by Representative Emanuel Chris Welch (D) which sought to strike down the parental notification requirements. The bill was never signed into law. Cassidy would like to revisit the fight, arguing that the existing law is an impediment to reproductive “freedoms.” The parental notification requirement “is one of the last barriers to access we have in Illinois,” said Cassidy. Referring to the state’s passage of other pro-abortion laws, Cassidy said, “We have intentionally set ourselves out as an example for the country to follow with regard to reproductive justice freedom,” so “this barrier needs to go, too.”
On Monday, the Biden administration’s Health and Human Services department, headed by Secretary Xavier Becerra, announced that the Office for Civil Rights would throw out the Trump administration’s view that sex is biological and “interpret and enforce Section 1557 (of the Affordable Care Act) and Title IX’s prohibitions on discrimination based on sex to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and discrimination on the basis of gender identity.” The Biden Administration rolled back the June 2020 final regulations implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act by the Trump administration, which eliminated the general prohibition on discrimination based on gender identity and sex-stereotyping that the Obama administration had instituted. The Trump administration wrote: This final rule eliminates certain provisions of the 2016 Rule that exceeded the scope of the authority delegated by Congress in Section 1557. The 2016 Rule’s definition of discrimination ‘‘on the basis of sex’’ encompassed discrimination on the basis of gender identity (‘‘an individual’s internal sense of gender, which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female’’).
The American media is obsessed with gender dysphoric kids transitioning via puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones despite evidence that such treatments are potentially life-altering for minors. From boosting actors to slamming state laws, the American media encourages the use of drastic surgery and hormones on kids, even though it’s dangerous, to perpetuate the narrative that being transgender requires a few simple and easy medical treatments. In reality, gender transition creates lifelong medical patients. Though Elliot Page seemed frail and unassured in the actor’s recent interview with Oprah about coming out as transgender, the media lauded it. Page told Oprah that getting “top surgery” helped Page relieve his previous depression before Page became Elliot. When Page announced his transition, media was effusive with praise. In April, Arkansas became the first state to ban the use of puberty blockers in minors. Rather than celebrate what appears to be a responsible, sound decision by state lawmakers, this story in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette bemoaned the “difficult road” transgender children will have to walk in order to alleviate their anxiety now.
Tomorrow Trudeau’s chief of staff Katie Telford will appear in front of the House of Commons defence committee to answer about a purported cover-up in military sexual misconduct. According to Global News, it was a contentious situation where the Conservative committee members brought up this proposition last week, only to be “filibustered” by Liberal MPs. Fast forward to Monday a Defence Committee meeting was cancelled outright by the chair. This meant a further delay in knowledge and insight about how one of the highest ranking military officials was able to keep their job and even get a raise amidst scrutiny. It was last month that Trudeau’s former senior adviser Elder Marques told the committee that either Telford or Telford’s assistant asked him to “pass” along an allegation that was made against General Jonathan Vance onward to officials. People who then quickly opened and then “abandoned” the investigation. The state of the situation was described by James Bezan to Global News: “For a week, the Trudeau Liberals have blocked Katie Telford from testifying on her role in this cover-up. Now she’s suddenly available. What’s changed?”
Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, who took home the gold in the 2019 Pacific Games, will likely continue to break records at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Hubbard is a trans woman who would be competing in women’s categories at the international sporting event. Due to the new rules put in place by the IOC for COVID, Hubbard is basically guaranteed a spot on the New Zealand women’s weightlifting team, in the super heavyweight category, because so many competitions were lost during the pandemic year. Hubbard, who at 43 would be the oldest weightlifting Olympian competing, hasn’t yet been named to the team, but “an International Weightlifting Federation insider confirmed to the Guardian that she would automatically qualify because of amended rules approved by the International Olympic Committee.” That insider told the Guardian that “while teams did not have to be named until 5 July, under the new qualification rules, which had come into effect after several competitions were lost because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Hubbard was sure of a place in Tokyo if fit.” Hubbard transitioned after entering adulthood as a male for 35 years and retained all the advantages of having grown up male.