Frequently people ask ‘why are there so many transsexuals, in southeast Asia, for example, or Latin America?’ But this is to ask the question from a minority viewpoint. The real question is ‘why are there so few in the West?’ When we look at the global prevalence of HSTS and its rich history, we see that perhaps the greatest surprise is its almost complete invisibility in the West, at least until recently. It seems likely that in the future, the levels we see elsewhere will become the norm in the West.
There remain, however, many hurdles and we cannot rest. The future remains uncertain and HSTS are children and young adolescents with little voice and we must speak up for them, against the forces that would destroy them, even today.
With the high-profile surgical transition of Coccinelle and later Christine Jurgensen (USA) and April Ashley (UK), it might have been thought that, by the mid-1960s, a veritable HSTS explosion would have taken place. Cross-sex hormones were by then readily available. The first, PreMarIn, had been launched in 1941, and the female contraceptive pill, then containing high dosages of oestrogen, was becoming popular. But this explosion did not happen. It would not be for another 50 years that HSTS prevalence in the West would begin to rise to levels comparable to those found elsewhere and even now, at time of writing, it is far lower than in say, southeast Asia.
We still don’t know why this is.
Until about five years ago I thought the future was rosy indeed for transsexuals the world over, but most of all in the West. Now I’m less sanguine.
We had arrived at a point where medical and psychiatric professionals and other carers were becoming aware of the reality of transition, even if they didn’t fully understand the reasons for it. Remember that as late as 2010, some doctors in the US were still prescribing massive doses of testosterone to ‘cure’ transsexualism. This tone, of ‘curing’ a disorder, was manifest through paper after paper published in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
Then, a breakthrough seemed to have occurred; now we were to listen to the young people involved and do what they wanted. This appeared to be progress. We had the case of Kim Petras, a young German HSTS, who had her surgery at 16 and is now living a successful life as a woman. There were many others.
We were naive; a backlash was inevitable. In the West, the narrative had been comprehensively hijacked, not by pretty, smart girls like Petras, but by old men in dresses like Bruce ‘Caitlyn’ Jenner. Nobody seemed to recognise — or be prepared to say — that these were autogynephilic transvestites, fetishistic crossdressing men, who had no relationship whatsoever to True Transsexuals.
To be transsexual, two conditions must apply: you must be same-sex oriented from childhood — that is, homosexual with regard to birth sex; and cross-sex identified. These parameters must be exclusive. You can’t be a bisexual transsexual — but you can certainly be a pseudo-bisexual transvestite. That in itself is not a problem, but when the latter claim the identity of real transsexuals, the ones they harm are those transsexuals.
We have recently seen a huge increase in the number of referrals to gender clinics. In the UK this has been of the order of more than 4000%, over eight years.
As society becomes less intolerant, especially the Anglo-Saxon culture with its relentless hostility towards male femininity and public acceptance of sex while assiduously pursuing clandestine pederasty, (the British way), then we should indeed expect to see many more HSTS come forward. Why would they endure a miserable life as ‘gay men’ when modern techniques can allow them to live complete lives as women?
There is a problem. Historically, there have been at least twice as many Male-to-Feminine (MtF) transitions as Female-to-Masculine (FtM). The new figures more than invert this, with the overwhelming majority being FtM. Further, Homosexual Gender Dysphoria, the clinical cause of HSTS, in its most observed form, sets on in childhood and will be indicated for years both before and after puberty. There is nothing rapid about its appearance.
The forms of Gender Dysphoria
The non-homosexual forms of Gender Dysphoria can appear almost overnight. There is, simply, no similarity between homosexual and non-homosexual Gender Dysphoria, except that both make the subject desire to transition.
The homosexual form is a natural progression of an innate sexuality in which an individual is attracted to members of the same sex and identifies as a member of the opposite one. Universally, they desire to play the opposite-sex role in sexual relationships; that is, males to be penetrated and females to penetrate.
Non-homosexual Gender Dysphoria in males is caused by a condition called Autogynephilia. This is a narcissistic personality disorder that caused the individual to fetishise the idea of himself as a woman. While the female form is less well understood, it is clear that it shares many similarities. It is non-homosexual; it evinces weak self-ideation, of not knowing whom one really is; it sets on rapidly, perhaps almost overnight, with no warning; and, perhaps most worryingly of all, and especially in the female form, it can vanish just as quickly.
This phenomenon has been called ‘Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria’ or ROGD, which is plausible. The rapidity of its onset, however, it shares with the male form, so perhaps we should just call it ‘female non-homosexual Gender Dyphoria’ although that would yield a less pleasing acronym.
The evidence is that the majority of this uptick in FtM transition, which is occurring in adolescence and early adulthood, is the result of a social contagion. That contagion, in my opinion, is a feminist cult that has taught young girls to believe that ‘gender is a construct invented by men to suppress women’ and that it can therefore, simply be changed. But this is a lie; gender is a function of sexuality and, while that does crystallise over childhood, very soon after puberty, it is fixed. Gender is not a construct; it is the primary interface that humans use to relate to other humans. It cannot be dispensed with or changed.
Today, HSTS, always the most innocent and vulnerable in society, face being used as pawns by unscrupulous people who have no interest in them, but in promoting their own political agenda. These include gender-conforming homosexual males, feminists and others. They call themselves the ‘gender-crits’.
A balance has to be struck between protecting the interests of genuinely HSTS children and those of young women who have been hopelessly confused by a sociophagic political cult. HSTS, especially males, need to transition in their teens, in order to maximise their chances of living full lives as women. People with non-homosexual Gender Dysphoria, especially women, should not transition at all.
If these latter are adults, then it is their choice. But neither they, nor the unholy alliance of ‘gender-crits’ have the right to interfere in other people’s lives or to deny them the opportunity to lives as they want to.
We must protect the innocent and that means standing up to gender-crit bullies and insisting that, while non-homosexual transition is indeed questionable, homosexual transsexualism is well-understood. We know what it is, we can identify it and we must support the young people who have it.
It’s not all doom and gloom
Despite the activities of the gender-crits, for whom I have little time, and the concerns of parents, for whom I have the deepest sympathy, I cannot see the clock turning back.
I am lucky enough to observe the development of trans people in Asia. There are no gatekeepers here. Instead there is a support network that sustains young people and passes to them the wisdom of older ones. A young HSTS’ future is explained to him or her by others who have walked the same path.
An equivalent network now exists in the West, through social media and the Internet. This site is a part of that. Through it, young HSTS can find out what and who they really are and learn how to protect themselves from reactionaries. They can protect their future.
I do not believe that the gender-crits will succeed in their aim of denying all transition therapy to young people, but we must remain vigilant and challenge them at every turn. We must reassure parents of boys that it must be preferable for them to have a happy daughter than a miserable ‘gay’ son, and the opposite for girls. We must show them the HSTS success stories. We must show them that their children can have a future, as HSTS.
At the same time, we now have a body of experience, developed amongst HSTS, that would allow them to circumvent the medical profession in order to get the treatment they need. Nobody wants to see them do that, least of all medical professionals, so we must hope that in the future common sense will prevail and young HSTS will be helped, not hindered.
I believe it will.