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6-year-old girl living as ‘transgender’ boy

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MARYLAND, July 15, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Maryland couple is allowing their six-year-old daughter, Kathryn, to live as a boy, and are preparing her for eventual hormone therapy  after they say that she demanded the change and it was sanctioned by a psychiatrist.

The Washington Post reports that Kathryn's parents, Jean and Stephen, became worried when, at two years old, Kathryn began telling them she was a boy. When the little girl's mother tried to convince her that she was a girl by showing her pictures of the difference between boys and girls when she was three, the toddler reportedly replied, “When did you change me?” 

When Kathryn was five the parents took her to see Michele Angello, a "clinical sexologist" who specializes in "transgender issues" and whose practice "is made up of people who identify as transgender, gender-variant, genderqueer or a variety of other self-identifications." 

Angello told the parents that Kathryn, who had been allowed by this time to call herself Tyler, had "gender dysphoria" and that she should be allowed to live as a boy. 

Gender identity disorder (GID) is recognized as a psychiatric condition by the American Psychiatric Association. 

The APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders was revised in May to replace the term "gender identity disorder" with "gender dysphoria." 

The APA’s manual states that only a very small number of children with gender dysphoria maintain the symptoms into later adolescence or adulthood.

Rather than seek psychological help for their daughter, Jean and Stephen decided to follow Angello's advice, and are encouraging their daughter in her belief that she is a boy. 

The parents have started considering things like school enrollment, sports, and bathroom use as their daughter comes to school age. They are also considering finding a doctor who will give their daughter drugs to block her natural progression to womanhood when she approaches puberty. 

One such doctor is Norman Spack, co-founder of the Gender Management Services Clinic at Children’s Hospital in Boston and an advocate of early gender changes. 

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In 2011, a front-page story in the Boston Globe highlighted Spack's work. The Globe reported on how the endocrinologist had blocked and altered the development of one young boy’s body to match his self-identification as a girl. 

Wyatt Maines is the identical twin of brother Jonas - but thanks to the powerful hormone blocking drugs Spack gave the boy starting at age 11, he is now five inches shorter and several pounds lighter than Jonas, sports more feminine features, and goes by the name “Nicole.” 

According to the story, "Nicole" planned to begin taking estrogen to develop hips and grow breasts, an irreversible change that will cause permanent sterility. The last stage - what the Globe called the young boy's “final step on her journey to womanhood” - would be surgery to remove his male genitals and create an imitation female-like structure. 

Spack was quoted to say that he likes to work with gender-confused children when they are still young and their gender perception is more pliable. 

“I bet I could go to any fourth or fifth-grade class, cut the hair of the boys, put earrings on various kids, change their clothing, and we could send all those kids off to the opposite-gender bathrooms and nobody would say boo. We can do wonders if we can get them early,” Spack said. 

Sex reassignment therapy, however, remains a highly controversial practice among the psychiatric community. 

Dr. Paul McHugh, the chairman of the Johns Hopkins psychiatric department at Johns Hopkins University, famously concluded that to perform such changes on a gender-confused individual was to “cooperate with a mental illness rather than try to cure it.” 

Johns Hopkins closed its gender clinic after McHugh found in follow-up evaluations that most transgendered patients’ psychological functioning had not improved.

"We psychiatrists, I thought, would do better to concentrate on trying to fix their minds and not their genitalia," McHugh wrote in a First Things article titled ‘Surgical Sex.’

Walt Heyer, a former transsexual who embraced his male identity after years of attempting to live as a woman, said attempts to change the biological sex of a child's body was only a temporary fix that didn’t have the child’s best interests in mind. 

“They are only looking at the short term ‘solution.’ But in ten, fifteen, twenty years out there is tremendous regret, invariably accompanied by alcoholism, drug addiction, and even suicide attempts,” Heyer, who attempted suicide after his own gender-reassignment surgery, told Brian Camenker of Mass Resistance, a pro-family action organization in Massachusetts. 

Sarah Allis Yang of Los Angeles, another former transsexual, has stated in public testimony that she learned to embrace her femininity after 19 years feeling like a man - even though she says her first words as a child were, “I’m a boy.” 

“If anyone could claim that they were ‘born this way,’ it was me,” said Yang, who now says she is happily married to a man. “I thought I had no choice but to either get surgery or continue dating women as a man trapped in a girl’s body. 

“I became suicidal not because of societal pressures or lack of understanding or acceptance from others, but because I personally didn’t want to live this way, because it was a detrimental and painful lifestyle and no one offered me any other choice or option but to be this way.” 

In a straightforward statement to the Canadian government when it was debating a private member’s bill (Bill C-279) earlier this year that would afford special protection to so-called "transgender" men and women, prominent Toronto psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Berger said that from a medical and scientific perspective there is no such thing as a "transgendered" person. 

Dr. Berger, who is a consulting psychiatrist in Toronto and whose list of credentials establishes him as an expert in the field of mental illness, stated that people who identify themselves as "transgendered" are mentally ill or simply unhappy, and pointed out that hormone therapy and surgery are not appropriate treatments for psychosis or unhappiness. 

"The so-called ‘confusion’ about their sexuality that a teenager or adult has is purely psychological," Dr. Berger stated, adding that cosmetic surgery will not change the chromosomes of a human being. 

The Washington Post reports that when Kathryn overhears her mother talk about her change from Kathryn to Tyler, she "fumes" with indignant language uncharacteristic of a 6-year-old, “I’m not transgender, I am a boy." 

Related: 

Heart-broken grandmother refuses to think of five-year-old ‘transgender’ grandson as a girl

6-year-old ‘transgender’ boy must be allowed to use girls’ bathroom: Colorado officials

Boy, 12, Given Questionable Sex-Change Therapy after "Diagnosed" as Transsexual

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Under pressure for showing the pro-abortion documentary "After Tiller" on Labor Day, PBS' "POV" affiliate has defended the decision in response to an inquiry from LifeSiteNews.

The producers of the film say their goal with the documentary, which tells the stories of four late-term abortion doctors after the killing of infamous late-term abortionist George Tiller, is to "change public perception of third-trimester abortion providers by building a movement dedicated to supporting their right to work with a special focus on maintaining their safety.” 

POV told LifeSiteNews, "We do believe that 'After Tiller' adds another dimension to an issue that is being debated widely." Asked if POV will show a pro-life documentary, the organization said that it "does not have any other films currently scheduled on this issue. POV received almost 1000 film submissions each year through our annual call for entries and we welcome the opportunity to consider films with a range of points of view."

When asked whether POV was concerned about alienating its viewership -- since PBS received millions in federal tax dollars in 2012 and half of Americans identify as pro-life -- POV said, "The filmmakers would like the film to add to the discussion around these issues. Abortion is already a legal procedure."

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"This is an issue that people feel passionately about and will have a passionate response to. We are hopeful that the majority of people can see it for what it is, another lens on a very difficult issue." 

In addition to the documentary, POV has written materials for community leaders and teachers to share. A cursory examination of the 29-page document, which is available publicly, appears to include links to outside sources that defend Roe v. Wade, an examination of the constitutional right to privacy, and "a good explanation of the link between abortion law and the right to privacy," among other information.

Likewise, seven clips recommended for student viewing -- grades 11 and beyond -- include scenes where couples choose abortion because the children are disabled. Another shows pro-life advocates outside a doctor's child's school, and a third is described as showing "why [one of the film's doctors] chose to offer abortion services and includes descriptions of what can happen when abortion is illegal or unavailable, including stories of women who injured themselves when they tried to terminate their own pregnancies and children who were abused because they were unwanted."

Another clip "includes footage of protesters, as well as news coverage of a hearing in the Nebraska State Legislature in which abortion opponents make reference to the idea that a fetus feels pain." The clip's description fails to note that it is a scientifically proven fact that unborn children can feel pain.

The documentary is set to air on PBS at 10 p.m. Eastern on Labor Day.

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He defended ‘real’ marriage, and then was beheaded for it

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A Christian man was executed during the night by a high-profile ruler after making an uncompromising defense of real marriage.

The Christian, who was renowned for his holiness, had told the ruler in public that his relationship with his partner was “against the law” of God. The Christian’s words enraged the ruler’s partner who successfully plotted to have him permanently silenced.

John the Baptist was first imprisoned before he was beheaded. The Catholic Church honors him today, August 29, as a martyr and saint.

While John’s death happened a little less than 2,000 years ago, his heroic stance for real marriage is more pertinent today than ever before.

According to the Gospel of Mark, the ruler Herod had ‘married’ his brother’s wife Herodias. When John told Herod with complete frankness, “It is against the law for you to have your brother’s wife,” Herodias became “furious” with him to the point of wanting him killed for his intolerance, bullying, and hate-speech.

Herodias found her opportunity to silence John by having her daughter please Herod during a dance at a party. Herod offered the girl anything she wanted. The daughter turned to her mother for advice, and Herodias said to ask for John’s head on a platter.

Those who fight for real marriage today can learn three important lessons from John’s example.

  1. Those proudly living in ungodly and unnatural relationships — often referred to in today’s sociopolitical sphere as ‘marriage’ — will despise those who tell them what they are doing is wrong. Real marriage defenders must expect opposition to their message from the highest levels.
  2. Despite facing opposition, John was not afraid to defend God’s plan for marriage in the public square, even holding a secular ruler accountable to this plan. John, following the third book of the Hebrew Bible (Leviticus 20:21), held that a man marrying the wife of his brother was an act of “impurity” and therefore abhorrent to God. Real marriage defenders must boldly proclaim today that God is the author of marriage, an institution he created to be a life-long union between one man and one woman from which children arise and in which they are best nurtured. Marriage can be nothing more, nothing less.
  3. John did not compromise on the truth of marriage as revealed by God, even to the point of suffering imprisonment and death for his unpopular position. Real marriage defenders must never compromise on the truth of marriage, even if the government, corporate North America, and the entire secular education system says otherwise. They must learn to recognize the new “Herodias” of today who despises those raising a voice against her lifestyle. They must stand their ground no matter what may come, no matter what the cost.

John the Baptist was not intolerant or a bigot, he simply lived the word of God without compromise, speaking the word of truth when it was needed, knowing that God’s way is always the best way. Were John alive today, he would be at the forefront of the grassroots movement opposing the social and political agenda to remake marriage in the image of man.

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If he were alive today he might speak simple but eloquent words such as, “It is against God’s law for two men or two women to be together as a husband and wife in marriage. Marriage can only be between a man and a woman.” 

He would most likely be hated. He would be ridiculed. He would surely have the human rights tribunals throwing the book at him. But he would be speaking the truth and have God as his ally. 

The time may not be far off when those who defend real marriage, like John, will be presented with the choice of following Caesar or making the ultimate sacrifice. May God grant his faithful the grace to persevere in whatever might come. St. John the Baptist, pray for us!

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German homeschoolers regain custody of children, vow to stay and fight for freedom

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One year to the day since a team of 20 social workers, police officers, and special agents stormed a homeschooling family’s residence near Darmstadt, Germany, and forcibly removed all four of the family’s children, aged 7 to 14, a state appeals court has returned custody of the children to their parents.

The reason given for the removal was that parents Dirk and Petra Wunderlich continued to homeschool their children in defiance of a German ban on home education.

The children were returned three weeks after being taken, following an international outcry spearheaded by the Home School Legal Defense Association.

However, a lower court imposed the condition on the parents that their children were required to attend state schools in order for them to be released, and took legal custody of the children in order to prevent the family from leaving the country.

In a decision that was still highly critical of the parents and of homeschooling, the appeals court decided that the action of the lower court in putting the children in the custody of the state was “disproportional” and ordered complete custody returned to the parents, according to a statement by the HSLDA.

The Wunderlichs, who began homeschooling again when the court signaled it would rule this way, said they were very pleased with the result, but noted that the court’s harsh words about homeschooling indicated that their battle was far from over.

“We have won custody and we are glad about that,” Dirk said.

“The court said that taking our children away was not proportionate—only because the authorities should apply very high fines and criminal prosecution instead. But this decision upholds the absurd idea that homeschooling is child endangerment and an abuse of parental authority.”

The Wunderlichs are now free to emigrate to another country where homeschooling is legal, if they choose, but they said they intend to remain in Germany and work for educational freedom.

“While we no longer fear that our children will be taken away as long as we are living in Hessen, it can still happen to other people in Germany,” Dirk said. “Now we fear crushing fines up to $75,000 and jail. This should not be tolerated in a civilized country.”

Petra Wunderlich said, "We could not do this without the help of HSLDA,” but cautioned that, “No family can fight the powerful German state—it is too much, too expensive."

"If it were not for HSLDA and their support, I am afraid our children would still be in state custody. We are so grateful and thank all homeschoolers who have helped us by helping HSLDA.”

HSLDA’s Director for Global Outreach, Michael Donnelly, said he welcomed the ruling but was concerned about the court’s troubling language.

“We welcome this ruling that overturns what was an outrageous abuse of judicial power,” he said.

“The lower court decision to take away legal custody of the children essentially imprisoned the Wunderlich family in Germany. But this decision does not go far enough. The court has only grudgingly given back custody and has further signaled to local authorities that they should still go after the Wunderlichs with criminal charges or fines.”

Donnelly pointed out that such behavior in a democratic country is problematic.

“Imprisonment and fines for homeschooling are outside the bounds of what free societies that respect fundamental human rights should tolerate,” he explained.

“Freedom and fundamental human rights norms demand respect for parental decision making in education. Germany’s state and national policies that permit banning home education must be changed.

"Such policies from a leading European democracy not only threaten the rights of tens of thousands of German families but establish a dangerous example that other countries may be tempted to follow,” Donnelly warned.

HSLDA Chairman Michael Farris said that acting on behalf of the Wunderlichs was an important stand for freedom.

“The Wunderlichs are a good and decent family whose basic human rights were violated and are still threatened,” Farris said.

“Their fight is our fight," Farris stressed, "and we will continue to support those who stand against German policy banning homeschooling that violates international legal norms. Free people cannot tolerate such oppression and we will do whatever we can to fight for families like the Wunderlichs both here in the United States and abroad. We must stand up to this kind of persecution where it occurs or we risk seeing own freedom weakened.”

Visit the HSLDA website dedicated to helping the Wunderlich family and other German homeschoolers here.

Contact the German embassy in the U.S. here.

Contact the German embassy in Canada here.

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