THE LGBTQ MOVEMENT HAS EXTREMISTS TOO

You can be for transgender rights and still acknowledge that there is an extreme end to the movement. For instance, Transport for London (which runs the London Tube) has banned the use of the phrase “ladies and gentlemen” and is instead encouraging employees to use gender-neutral phrases such as “good morning everyone”.

This over the top political correctness probably isn’t surprising in Europe, but the social justice insanity has crossed the pond as well. Last week, Cosmo published an article titled: Dear Parents-to-Be: Stop Celebrating Your Baby’s Gender, claiming the gender reveal parties devalue mothers and reinforce harmful social constructs about gender identity.

According to the author Diane Stoprya, “My discomfort with the gender-reveal party goes beyond my standard objection to fanfare surrounding gestational markers — which is primarily that, because we don’t celebrate non-pregnancy-related milestones with the same enthusiasm, we’re reinforcing the archaic notion that a woman’s value rests squarely in her ability to grow tiny humans. The issue with gender-reveal parties in particular is: Aren’t they potentially damaging to said tiny humans?”

She goes on to point out that worldwide 1 in every 1,000 to 1,500 children is born worldwide is born with a difference of sex development, and 150,000 American teenagers identify as transgender.

Whether or not gender dysphoria is biological (which I happen to believe), mental, or a simple choice, people deserve to be treated with dignity, respect, and equal rights regardless of what gender they identify with (or if they are inter-sex or a-sexual). But that does not mean that society needs to throw away cultural norms (like the simple joy of parents revealing the gender of their baby because of the 1 in 1,500 chance their child will be born inter-sex).

Advocating for civil rights and equal treatment is something we should all strive for. But while censoring free speech and destroying cultural norms might be socially acceptable in Europe, it’s not what this country is about. We should be allowed to have gender reveal parties for our babies without being judged as bigots and neanderthals.