Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he strongly supports children as young as 8 to be allowed to change their gender on Thursday during his town hall event on ABC.
A woman who said to be the mother of an 8-year-old “transgender daughter” stated the Trump administration “has attacked the right of transgender people.”
She asked Biden, “How will you, as president, reverse this dangerous and discriminatory agenda and ensure that the lives and rights of LGBTQ people are protected under U.S law?”
The former vice president responded, “I would just flat-out change the law. I would eliminate [Trump’s] executive orders, number one.”
Biden ‘s response was a seemingly unrelated story about seeing two gay men kiss when he was younger when he got out of his dad’s car.
“I turn to my dad and my dad looked at me and said, ‘Joey, it’s simple. They love each other.’”
Biden, once known as a more moderate Democrat, expressed his full support for young children undergoing gender transition dogmas and experiments.
“The idea that an 8-year-old child or a 10-year-old child decides you know, I decided I want to be transgender. That’s what I think I’d like to be,” Biden said.
“It’d make my life a lot easier. There should be zero discrimination.”
Biden then turned his comments toward “transgender women of color.”
“And what’s happening is too many transgender women of color are being murdered. They’re being murdered,” Biden added.
Biden ‘s response to children who “decide” to become transgender has provoked rebukes from people on both sides of the issue online.
“Relatable” host Allie Beth Stuckey: “Joe Biden tonight said 7 and 8 year olds should be given the authority to be ‘transgender,’ despite data proving that the vast majority of kids with gender confusion outgrow it by puberty. We’re talking life-altering, body-harming decisions made by 1st graders.”
Political commentator Liz Wheeler noted, “Here’s the science: 90% of kids who suffer from gender dysphoria outgrow it by the time they’re adults if they do NOT transition. Puberty blocking drugs are NOT FDA approved for children or for gender dysphoria. Yet, Joe Biden wants to let 8yos decide if they’re transgender.”
Psychologist Debra Soh has written:
Research has shown that most gender dysphoric children outgrow their dysphoria, and do so by adolescence: Most will grow up to be happy, gay adults, and some, like myself, to be happy, straight adults. There is a small proportion of trans kids whose dysphoria will persist and who would benefit from medical intervention, but the tricky part remains predicting whom these ideal candidates will be.
For a young child whose gender dysphoria would have desisted without intervention, these procedures amount to a needlessly challenging process to undergo—and that’s without considering the implications of choosing to transition back. Even a social transition back to one’s original gender role can be an emotionally difficult experience for children.
Waiting until a child has reached cognitive maturity before making these sorts of decisions would make the most sense. But this is an unpopular stance, and scientists and clinicians who support it are vilified, not because science—which should be our guiding beacon—disproves it, but because it has been deemed insensitive and at odds with the current ideology.
In a recent issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM), the Endocrine Society’s leading journal, a group of endocrinologists who specialize in gland and hormone disorders give a starkly different view of gender-affirmative treatment. “There are no laboratory, imaging, or other objective tests to diagnose a ‘true transgender’ child,” the endocrinologists write in their letter to the editor, adding that “there is currently no way to predict who will desist and who will remain dysphoric.” They explain that “the consequences of this gender affirmative therapy (GAT) are not trivial and include potential sterility, sexual dysfunction, thromboembolic and cardiovascular disease, and malignancy.”