TRENTON, Ontario, July 5, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - At their graduation prom on June 22, attendees at Trenton High School voted an 18-year-old man who now lives as a woman to be this year’s prom queen.

Connor Ferguson, who said he was “really surprised” at being made prom queen, told the Trentonian, “I’ve lived as I am for four years now, so I believe the ‘shock value’ is gone and most people just accept me for me.”

He had high praise for his school which he said is very tolerant of homosexual and transgendered students, attributing this to the anti-bullying campaign the school holds annually. “It took some time for quite a few people, but the school and staff definitely helped with that, and my group of friends was endlessly supportive. I think people accept you a lot more when you stick up for yourself and have enough confidence to be yourself,” Ferguson said.

Asked what he would advise people who he described as “trans-phobic,” Connor said, “I would want to tell them I really am like any other girl.”

But Gwen Landolt of REAL Women of Canada told LifeSiteNews she saw the situation as a case of “self-deception.”

“It indicates that the staff at the school are not that intellectually perceptive,” Landolt said, suggesting that celebrating a young man as a prom queen is deceiving the students under their care and themselves.

Landolt pointed out that “sex reassignment therapy” remains a highly controversial practice among the psychiatric community. One prominent psychiatrist, Dr. Paul McHugh, the University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry 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.

“I have witnessed a great deal of damage from sex-reassignment,” wrote Dr. McHugh, in an article titled Surgical Sex in 2009. “The children transformed from their male constitution into female roles suffered prolonged distress and misery as they sensed their natural attitudes. Their parents usually lived with guilt over their decisions — second-guessing themselves and somewhat ashamed of the fabrication, both surgical and social, they had imposed on their sons.”

“We psychiatrists… would do better to concentrate on trying to fix their minds and not their genitalia,” he concluded.

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Contact information:

Trenton High School
15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton, Ontario
Canada K8V 5N4
Phone: 613 392-1227
Fax: 613 392-7118
Email: ths@hpedsb.on.ca

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
Rob McGall, Director of Education
156 Ann Street, Belleville, Ontario
Canada K8N 1N9
Phone: 613 966-1170 ext 2201
Fax: 613 961-2003
Toll-free: 800 267-4350
Email: directors.office@hpedsb.on.ca