A heartbreaking story emerged last week from Arizona when national media outlets seized on a story originally uncovered by the Drudge Report that highlighted a family of four that have collectively announced that they all – every single one of them – are transgender. The Washington Times reports:
Daniel Harrott, 41, and fiancée Shirley Austin, 62, captured the national limelight on Friday after the Drudge Report linked to their unique story out of the Grand Canyon State: Not only are Daniel and Shirley transgender, so are their kids. “The whole family is in transition,” Ms. Austin told a local NPR member station on Monday for a piece titled “Growing up Transgender.” Siblings Mason, 11, and Joshua, 13, also came out as transgender for the station’s story. “It feels like you’re getting to live for the first time,” Mr. Harrott said for the Queen Creek interview. “And my children are getting to be who they’ve always wanted to be.” Mr. Harrott told reporter Stina Sieg that the internal family dynamics are “very traditional,” despite what strangers might think.
Very traditional? Given that words don’t really mean anything anymore, I suppose there’s no reason to question the use of this term. But, of course, the traditional understanding of “traditional” would not include a man (who thinks he’s a woman) being engaged to a woman (who thinks she’s a man) 21 years his senior, already with a teenager and preteen in their home.
But with as confused as Harrott and Austin may be, the real tragedy of this story focuses on those two kids, both of whom are so isolated from reality and a normal, healthy development, they are logically following the path of illogic. In a very real way, it’s child abuse – not because the parents are teaching things I don’t believe in (that’s a dangerous slippery slope to advocate). It’s child abuse because transgenderism has proven to be a physically and psychologically damaging pattern of behavior for young people to embrace.
Recently 14-year-old Noor Jontry added her name to the growing list of kids that society encouraged down this path of transgenderism only to be left empty and scarred. After three years of believing she was a boy, her mom lovingly researched with her the effects of transgender hormones and surgery. Thankfully it opened her eyes to the confusion being peddled as normal:
“I learned that being female isn’t a feeling. It’s a biological reality and I could feel however I feel without it meaning I was male…I used being trans to try and escape being scared about being small and weak. I thought that if I presented myself as a man I’d be safer.” She says she now understands that testosterone is a powerful drug that can damage female organs, and puberty blockers negatively affect brain development.
When asked about dysphoria, Noor says, “It is definitely a real feeling! But being uncomfortable is part of being human. If you can’t cope with those feelings, then you need help learning better ways to cope. My psychologist understood I had dysphoria and we worked through the trauma that caused it.”
What made the difference for Noor was a mom and a psychologist that lovingly dealt with the reality of dysphoria, confusion, and addressed the reality of what pop culture offers as the answer. Anyone with a heart should be praying Mason and Joshua in Arizona are confronted with the same.