If you would like to be put in touch with a group of people concerned at the promulgation of gender identity teaching in NZ schools then contact ask @ publicgood.org.nz.
This document provides more information about what is happening in New Zealand’s schools and why this is a concern.
There is increasing evidence that the transgender lobby has achieved “institutional capture”. What this means is that transgender voices are being elevated above other voices in policy making on transgender issues even where this impacts other groups. This is happening internationally as seen in this article about an initiative supported by the international law firm Dentons and publishing company Thomson-Reuters. To understand what is happening in NZ see Another Unfortunate Experiment written in August 2019. Or look at the article See the Murray, Hunter,Blackburn article titled
Losing sight of women’s rights: the unregulated introduction of gender self-identification as a case study of policy capture in Scotland
on the situation in Scotland which is similar to NZ.
Closer to home NZ’s Rainbow organisations have been handsomely funded by governments for years to go into schools and teach gender identity ideology in a supposedly compassionate and curriculum-aligned course to entire classes and also to teachers and parents / carers.
Schools too are dedicated to allowing children to transition in the classroom (inlcuding dress / name changes /preferred pronouns). In NZ This is enforced through union codes of practice. In the UK such approaches are sometimes carried out while keeping the information from parents. (The basis on which this happens is a decision that was made about something entirely different – related to allowing children access to abortion facilities where the criteria is harm minimisation.)
In addtion New Zealands’ public health system is dedicated to an extreme form of “support” to any child presenting with gender identity concerns that now leads inexorably to social transition and often to medical and surgical transition. Without attending to surrounding issues such as homophobia or prior abuse this is effectively a form of conversion therapy favouring a transgender identity.
Differing views of gender
Until a very few years ago gender was understood as the stereotypical styles and preferences generally adopted by men and women. The transgender lobby and its advocates are changing this idea of gender away from its origins and into a semi-mystical linking of personal preferences with a ‘gender identity’. There is talk of a “spectrum of gender’ from extremely male to extremely female despite the historical and scientific understanding that not only are humans binary – male and female but so are almost all mammals, vertebrates and most plant and animal phyla.
But until recently (and more broadly understood) most people think that (aside from sex – being born male or female, the physical differences that relate to size, ability or ethnicity and those differences related to class and wealth like opportunity) the other differences between people, including children, are best understood as personality. So freedom for children is to have free rein to develop their personalities, including their preferences as they wish without it being tied to a gender identity. In particular this means without undergoing a social transition to another “gender identity”. The changes proposed include a social transition for even very young children / name change / different pronouns/ or more extremely submitting to medication and surgery. Medical and surgical transition of course includes features that are irreversible including loss of fertility, sensation, body parts as well as submitting to lifelong medication in order to live “according to a real self”.
Natural variety in personal expression.
Like adults, children and young people are very diverse. They may prefer to wear certain clothes or play with certain toys or enjoy certain pastimes including those that have a gendered (meaning a sterotypically male or female stereotype) aspect. Doing this does not mean they are the opposite sex or that they have a different gender or were ‘born in the wrong body’. But when funding is directed towards encoding gender identity in the educational and medical systems then some children will be tempted to think of gender change as a possible route. And for NZ’s educational and medical regimes such preferences are now part of the process by which children supported by their teachers, as well as medical staff and increasingly by parents and care-givers come to understand their location on the gender spectrum.
Also many children channel their current dissatisfaction into an imaginary escape route – leaving home, having different parents. Childhood and adolescence is a turbulent and emotional period of life. But surely there can be no bigger or damaging escape route than thinking you can transcend your physical body and literally become someone else. But our culture is now embedding in a semi-mystical fashion a belief that gender is separate from sex and that some people are ‘born in the wrong bodies’. For some this belief will lead to a lifetime of surgery and medication with serious health impacts including loss of fertility, nerve and joint damage and greater risks of heart and other diseases.
There is only poor quality evidence that these interventions lead reliably to good long term outcomes. There is much research including recent research evidence gleaned from the UK Gender Identity Service show that the results are very poor indeed and were moreover hidden from research results.
Even for those who when classes of children are told they can be a different gender, or even when they see other on a form asking for boy/girl it can be a topic for rumination and self-doubt. Self-conscious questioning about whether you sit somewhere on the ‘spectrum of gender’ or that you or others have been born in the wrong body or whether you might be trans is a problematic approach. Some of those children’s lives will be marred by the belief that some interests, and behaviours are wrong if they exhibit them as their born sex and only right if they change gender.
What is common about children who think they are ‘trans’?
Often children who think they are in the wrong body have pre-existing mental health conditions, have autism spectrum conditions, are suffering from abuse including sexual abuse. No wonder they are happy to think there is an escape from their current unhappy reality. Many will (or these days more likely given the number who are presented with “transition”) would have grown to be lesbian or gay teenagers and adults. However there is some evidence of what is being called “rapid onset gender dysphoria” or ROGD. This is not a recognised medical condition yet but a situation observed in the research of Laura Littman.
Legal Reviews and court cases
In the last few months government investigations have begun into the practice of transgender medicine as it impacts specifically on Children and young people in the UK, Australia and Sweden because of concerns about overly enthusiastic and affirmative only approaches. The UK GIDS service is the subject of a High Court case by former staff, a parent of a transgender child and a young detransitioned woman. These are clear signs that gender identity medicine has gone too far and its affirmative only approaches have been reckless. In NZ however there has been very little coverage of these broader concerns. Our small and risk averse media is part of the problem.
A balanced view on gender identity
For a balanced view on children and young people with gender identity issues check out these websites
Fourth Wave Now
Click here for a set of resources for the parents of thildren who are uncomfortable in their bodies that do not want to jump immediately to the conclusion that they are ‘born in the wrong body.”
Let kids grow up in their own bodies without life-long medicalisation
Listen to UK woman Keira Bell speak about how at 16 she persuaded herself that being a man would be the cure to all her problems. At 22 she realised she had been conned and wished that instead of a mastectomy and testosterone she had been given counselling.
Detransition Advocacy Network and Pique Resistance Project
Read about the new organisations being set up by people who thought they were the opposite sex but realised they were not in the US, UK, NZ . There are already thousands of detransitioners online. Many of them are proud and defiant despite the damage done to them. Presumably many more are quiet, shamed, hurting and recovering and still too traumatised or depressed to be public.
Find out why Puberty Blockers are an untested experiment.
Read about New Zealand’s untested and experimental use of puberty blockers and social transitioning has changed the children and young people with gender confusion. Research shows that 85% would resolve their confusion. But with puberty blockers and early social transitioning almost all are continuing to medical and surgical treatment.
Understand the reasons why breast binding is damaging
Read about the impacts on girls and young women who wear chest binders that damage their breasts. More than 100 young New Zealand women are reportedly waiting to have binders fitted. And these are the kinds of health problems that are caused.
Attacks on researchers whose results counter the trans narrative.
Read about the pressure applied to the researcher who named Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria – a condition where young women mainly come to believe they are men because of social media grooming.
Read about the billionaires behind transgender medicine.
There is big money behind transgender ideology and transgender medicine in particular. And how transgender medicine’s life long patients are providing a growing and lucrative market.
Jennnifer Bilek has been writing about how the same big money is behind the supposedly liberal cause of supporting trans gender people and also the enormous investments in the big pharma and medical device companies that stand to gain if more and more children lose the relationship with their own bodies. She wrote that normalising body alterations is not for the benefit of those who face surgery. She said there is.
A clear money trail from the pharmaceutical lobby to the construction of a legal lie that supports, newly constructed medical identities that override biology.
This experiment is being run by the richest, global corporatists.
The laws being constructed are not to protect people who wish to express themselves differently than gender stereotypes allow, but to legalize changes to human biology.Jennifer Bilek The 11th Hour Blog
And New Zealander Professor Michael Biggs, a sociology Professor at Oxford has shown that the money made available for TransGender Remebrance Day comes from the foundations of billionaire philanthropists not from community efforts.
In summary there is much reason for concern about teaching transgender ideology in schools and its uncritical adoption by the medical profession
A group of people are forming to draw attention to the problems associated with treating gender change as a normal and expected variant. Contact them on the email address above.