Autistic Kids ‘Tricked’ by Transgender Ideology

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by Anita Carey  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  November 21, 2018   

They are just young people with mental health problems who want to be part of a group

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UNITED KINGDOM (ChurchMilitant.com) - A British teacher is warning autistic kids are groomed into believing they are transgender. 

Speaking anonymously to the Daily Mail, a British teacher claimed a whopping 17 students at one British school are in the process of transitioning. Under the pseudonym Carol, she said most of those children are autistic and aren't suffering from gender dysphoria. 

Carol has been a teacher for decades and notes that a lot of teachers are afraid they will be fired or sued for being "transphobic." She said the schools have swallowed "hook, line and sinker," the "fallacy" of gender ideology. She was told not to notify the parents if a student identified as transgender.

In 2014, Carol was approached by a female student who wanted to be identified as "non-binary" — having no specific gender. Carol helped the girl find a transgender support group, and the teachers agreed to refer to her using male or female pronouns depending on how she felt that from hour to hour.

"Once she was involved with that group there was no turning back," Carol added. "It was decided that she was transgender and that was that, it was never challenged and I blame myself for that."

The girl has since left the school and is planning to have a double mastectomy. Carol said she bitterly regrets how she handled that case, saying:

That child was diagnosed as autistic at the age of 14 and certainly was not transgender. She had other complicated mental health problems. It is a tragedy her claim was accepted so readily. Now she is going to mutilate her body.

Carol noted in the past four years, 17 students in the school now identify as transgender and have become a powerful clique. 


"I've seen girls who've changed gender groom younger ones to do the same ... and in nearly every case they are autistic," she said.  

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) varies greatly in the severity of symptoms but it is defined by deficiencies in social communication and interactions. For kids with high-functioning autism, they look and act pretty much the same as others but have a difficult time with social skills that make it hard for them to find friends. 

"They are just young people with mental health problems who have found an identity and want to be part of a group of like-minded people," Carol said.

Dr. Michelle Cretella, the executive director of the American College of Pediatricians, told Church Militant, autistic children are at higher risk for "being indoctrinated into the transgender cult."

"They are very aware of being different from their peers and/or isolated by them at a very young age. Consequently, when autistic children are exposed to transgenderism, it has a two-fold appeal," Dr. Cretella said. These kids are being led to believe that their problems are because they are trapped in the wrong body. "Once they declare a transgender identity, they suddenly have a group of 'friends' the likes of which they have never experienced," she explained. 

 

Bob Withers, a psychotherapist interviewed by the Daily Mail, agrees, saying, "The attraction of popularity should not be overlooked."

He warned that surgery should be a "last resort" and that mental health professionals should be helping "the mind fit better with the body before we start altering the body to fit the mind." 

He said transgender activists' rush to label anyone who challenges gender ideology as "transphobic" has many therapists afraid to properly question a patient and ultimately help them. They could also be accused of attempting "conversion therapy" and face lawsuits or lose their license.

"The media and politicians have been using the term 'conversion therapy' for any therapy that claims to modify sexuality from homosexuality to heterosexuality," said Dr. Joseph Nicolosi Jr., the son of the founder of reparative therapy, the late Joseph Nicolosi.

In an interview with Church Militant earlier in the year, he explained that vilifying and banning "conversion therapy" actually restricts the patient from setting their own therapy goal. With a ban in place, a person cannot ask their therapist to help them reduce unwanted same-sex attractions or overcome gender dysphoria in any other way than to become homosexual and/or transgender. 

A third of youngsters referred to the NHS's only gender identity clinic for children showed moderate to severe autistic traits.

"If radical LGBT activists were so concerned about unethical practices in therapy, they would seek to ban therapeutic methods, like any method that uses shame, pain or coercion to try to change someone's sexuality," Dr. Nicolosi Jr. said.  

Carol said she came forward out of concerned for the well-being of the students. She is aware of one autistic teenager will be having a double mastectomy soon and believes many others may already be taking the puberty-blocking drugs. If puberty-blockers are followed by cross-sex hormones, this cocktail of drugs can lead to permanent sterilization. Cretella pegged this as "chemical castration" and "child abuse." 

Dr. Michael Laidlaw, an endocrinologist, spoke with Church Militant about those hormones. He wrote in an editorial that he "could not in good conscience recommend" life-long hormone treatment for gender dysphoria. He was surprised when he learned that patients and their families are not told of the risks of hormone therapy.

Laidlaw noted that the large doses of cross-sex hormones can lead to serious medical conditions, and there have not been any long-term studies on their use. 

"It is very likely that if such rigorous studies were performed on transgender hormonal therapy and surgery, then these therapies would never be approved for use because of the severe health outcomes, including death," he said. 

Sex-change regret is another phenomenon on the rise. Prominent sex-change surgeon, Professor Miroslav Djordjevic, told The Telegraph that he has had many more requests for gender reassignment reversal. He said the average age of his patients has gone from 45 to 21 and he is afraid to surgically treat minors. 

"I'm afraid what will happen five to 10 years later with this person. It is more than about surgery; it's an issue of human rights. I could not accept them as a patient, as I'd be afraid what would happen to their mind," Djordjevic said. 

A 2016 study by the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center found that 30 percent of young transgender youth attempt suicide. Walt Heyer, a former transgender woman and founder of Sex Change Regret, notes the suicide rates for transgendered people have been steady for about 100 years. 

Heyer de-transitioned after eight years and said the hardest thing a transgender person must address is not the initial wounds or the admission of the mistake, but the deep regret they feel when they "recognize that their body parts are so mutilated, the damage is so complete, that they cannot live the way they now want to."  

Withers warned that young kids are only seen six times to asses whether or not they are transgender. He was told that many staff members of gender identity clinics that they are "appalled that, too often, no psychotherapy is offered before they start medical treatment."

The Daily Mail noted, "Earlier this year, The Mail on Sunday revealed that a third of youngsters referred to the NHS's only gender identity clinic for children showed 'moderate to severe autistic traits.'"

Dr. Cretella said this number is consistent with the findings on a recent study by Dr. Lisa Littman. In her study, she found: "62.5 percent of adolescent and young adults with gender dysphoria had been diagnosed with at least one mental health disorder or neurodevelopmental disability prior to developing gender dysphoria." 

"It surely can't be long before more difficult questions will be asked by a new generation," Withers said. "They will ask why nobody stopped them, told them treatment could destroy their sex life — or warned them that it would make them infertile and might not make them happy after all."

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