A recent article published by Catholic news outlet LifeSiteNews alleged that the drugs used to treat gender dysphoria in some transgender children are linked to “thousands” of deaths.
The story went viral on right-wing news websites such as the Christian Post and the Daily Wire. According to CrowdTangle, a social media metric platform, these posts — including shares by Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro and commentator Matt Walsh — are currently some of the top performing LGBTQ-related content on Facebook and Twitter.
The problem is: the “thousands” of people who die while taking these drugs are likely the terminally ill cancer patients who receive hormone blockers to fight hormone-sensitive cancers, like prostate cancer, according to experts.
A group of 29 inmates in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s only transgender unit are calling for outside investigation of the facility, which they say fails to provide livable conditions for its LGBTQ detainees.
When early twentieth century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein wrote the above quote, he was cautioning readers that the words we use can act like mental barriers that close us off to alternative ways of thinking, stunting personal and societal growth. Wittgenstein saw philosophy as a tool uniqely capable of freeing us from those limitations. In the age of social media, such limiting and divisive language has reached a zenith. In LGBTI discourse, personal identity labels have emerged as a nearly all-encompassing system of thought, actively walling in discussions of sex, sexuality, gender, and relationship models. As a consequnce, LGBTI culture is trapped in a singular, dominating perspective that erases individuals and too often treats us as little more than microcosms of group identities. This trend toward ever more narrow defintions is constraining society, preventing us from fully exploring our sexual and romantic social freedoms.
Out of her 14 million followers, Rowling herself follows less than 700
people on social media, so it’s safe to presume her perspective aligns
with that of the well known transphobe whose account is solely committed
to espousing misinformation and dangerous rhetoric toward transgender
women. This clearly isn’t another middle-aged moment. Instead, it seems
more like Rowling unapologetically pulling back the curtain and finally
ending what little left there was to speculate about with any optimism.
NEW YORK, June 12 (Reuters) – According to LGBTQ legend it was Marsha P. Johnson, a black transgender woman, who threw the first brick at the Stonewall Inn 50 years ago, sparking the modern gay liberation movement.
Whether her act of rebellion was truly the first in the rioting is debatable, although she was “almost indubitably among the first to be violent,” writes David Carter in “Stonewall,” his 2004 book about the police raid on a New York gay bar that became a historic moment.
What is certain about Johnson’s role, at least for today’s transgender community, is that the stone she cast packed the most thunder.