The Tragedy of Transhood

By Jonathon Van Maren

The fight to legalize same-sex marriage in America was a decades-long culture war. The transgender revolution has been an overnight blitzkrieg. In less than a decade, the Democratic party, the media, the entertainment industry, and much of academia have thrown their weight behind the transgender agenda, and this has profoundly changed childhood. There was once girlhood or boyhood. Now, as director Sharon Liese highlights in a new HBO Max documentary, there is also “transhood.”

Transhood follows the families of four gender-confused children in Kansas City over five years. It is presented as a beautiful story of children exploring their gender identity in an evolving culture. But what it actually showcases is the tragedy unfolding in homes across America as the rates of children and teens who claim they are “trapped” in the wrong gender—and then socially or medically “transition,” often with the support of their parents—skyrocket. A few years ago, .002–.003 percent of girls in the U.S. identified as transgender; now, that number is 2 percent and rising fast. And much of the harm being done to young people via puberty blockers and hormones—which cause infertility and damage vocal cords, reproductive organs, and bone density—is irreversible.

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