The Bruce Jenner phenomenon: Is this really right for America?

The ABC Diane Sawyer interview with Bruce Jenner was riveting. It was impossible to look away as images of Jenner as a manly, muscled athlete competing and winning in the Olympics flashed across the screen, and then cut to his oddly feminine face today. It was creepy and fascinating at the same time.

Even before the show ended, the Twitter-verse was in nuclear mode over Jenner's transgender announcement. And it was mostly all positive: He was brave, he was a hero, he was a champion all over again, he was a trail-blazer, etc. The only negative was an interesting one, and it was quite dominant on social media: Jenner had come out as a Republican -- and that doesn't gel well with the Republican party ... at least not yet. 

In the old days (just a few years ago), transgenders were considered to be disturbed individuals, suffering from a psychological crisis. Of course the LGBT crowd was always OK with it, but the majority of Americans were troubled by the very idea of women becoming men, men becoming women, genitals being surgically removed, genitals being surgically created, etc. This was weird, off-putting stuff.

Today, it's still weird and off-putting, but it's very politically incorrect to say so. Even Time Magazine has declared that transgenderism is the new civil rights movement.

A few facts to lay out for the reader: A person can never change their sex. There is no such thing, technically speaking, as a man becoming a woman or vice versa. A man can take all the estrogen in the world, surgically castrate himself, undergo plastic surgery and put on a dress, but genetically he is a man. And so will Bruce Jenner ever be.

From a biblical perspective, becoming a transgender is not just wrong, it is a sin. Bruce Jenner wants to believe that God gave him this affliction to see how he would handle it, but there is only one way to handle it -- don't do it.

Then there are the children. In a family (the Kardashians) which is about as messed up as a family can be (remember, Kanye West is now a member), Jenner is just adding to the dysfunction. His two younger girls don't have a chance of normalcy after enduring this. Even if Bruce was certain that he was a female inside, he should just suck it up for the sake of his kids. It's called sacrifice, Bruce. 

Walt Heyer, a man who used to be a woman who used to be a man, was convinced that he had to become a woman to be happy. After he had the surgery, he realized that becoming a woman never solved the real underlying problems that plagued him. Eventually, he went back to being a man -- and in the process all this transitioning back and forth wreaked havoc in his life. He now devotes himself to helping people whose lives have been torn apart by this unnecessary surgery. Here is the link to his story.

Heyer said after the interview that "Jenner wants to change the world; he would do better to change his mind."

Below is another article written by the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital that provides another viewpoint on the transgender phenomenon. It is a much-needed response to the knee-jerk reactionaries who support every aberration that is offered from the LGBT lobby.


By Michael W. Chapman

( --  Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospitaland its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.

Dr. McHugh, the author of six books and at least 125 peer-reviewed medical articles, made his remarks in a recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal, where he explained that transgender surgery is not the solution for people who suffer a “disorder of ‘assumption’” – the notion that their maleness or femaleness is different than what nature assigned to them biologically.

He also reported on a new study showing that the suicide rate among transgendered people who had reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people. Dr. McHugh further noted studies from Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic of children who had expressed transgender feelings but for whom, over time, 70%-80% “spontaneously lost those feelings.”

While the Obama administration, Hollywood, and major media such as Time magazine promote transgenderism as normal, said Dr. McHugh, these “policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.”

“This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken – it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes.”

The transgendered person’s disorder, said Dr. McHugh, is in the person’s “assumption” that they are different than the physical reality of their body, their maleness or femaleness, as assigned by nature. It is a disorder similar to a “dangerously thin” person suffering anorexia who looks in the mirror and thinks they are “overweight,” said McHugh.

Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry. (Photo: Johns Hopkins Medicine)

Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry. (Photo: Johns Hopkins Medicine)

This assumption, that one’s gender is only in the mind regardless of anatomical reality, has led some transgendered people to push for social acceptance and affirmation of their own subjective “personal truth,” said Dr. McHugh. As a result, some states – California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts – have passed laws barring psychiatrists, “even with parental permission, from striving to restore natural gender feelings to a transgender minor,” he said.

The pro-transgender advocates do not want to know, said McHugh, that studies show between 70% and 80% of children who express transgender feelings “spontaneously lose those feelings” over time. Also, for those who had sexual reassignment surgery, most said they were “satisfied” with the operation “but their subsequent psycho-social adjustments were no better than those who didn’t have the surgery.”

“And so at Hopkins we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a ‘satisfied’ but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs,” said Dr. McHugh.

Time magazine, June 9, 2014, cover story, The Transgender Tipping Point: America's Next Civil Rights Frontier." (Photo: AP)

Time magazine, June 9, 2014, cover story, The Transgender Tipping Point: America's Next Civil Rights Frontier." (Photo: AP)

The former Johns Hopkins chief of psychiatry also warned against enabling or encouraging certain subgroups of the transgendered, such as young people “susceptible to suggestion from ‘everything is normal’ sex education,” and the schools’ “diversity counselors” who, like “cult leaders,” may “encourage these young people to distance themselves from their families and offer advice on rebutting arguments against having transgender surgery.”

Dr. McHugh also reported that there are “misguided doctors” who, working with very young children who seem to imitate the opposite sex, will administer “puberty-delaying hormones to render later sex-change surgeries less onerous – even though the drugs stunt the children’s growth and risk causing sterility.”

Such action comes “close to child abuse,” said Dr. McHugh, given that close to 80% of those kids will “abandon their confusion and grow naturally into adult life if untreated ….”

“’Sex change’ is biologically impossible,” said McHugh. “People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”

Published on by Marty M.