Associated Press Crosses the Line with ‘Tips’ For Identifying Transgender Kids

Illustrating once again that the modern left is nothing if not a race to the bottom for sanity, the Associated Press — you know, the supposed premiere source of hard news — has put out an article offering “tips” for “how to know if your child is transgender.”

The AP’s Jocelyn Gecker interviews a variety of so-called “gender experts” to provide answers for parents confused or curious about the subject. The results are informative, all right…but not in the way the AP intended.

Diane Ehrensaft of the University of California-San Francisco says that one way to tell whether you little boy is trans, as opposed to a regular kid who’ll simply outgrow the try-on-princess-dresses phase or grow up to be gay, is that the a transgender child would be “insistent, consistent and persistent” that his true gender does not match his biological sex.

We’ll tackle the idea of “insistent” trans kids in a second, but first it’s worth questioning the premise that children themselves are the ones initiating the lion’s share of gender confusion. Just last month we learned about the “non-binary” Canadian woman who gained notoriety for announcing that she’s waiting to see what gender her baby chooses to adopt. Let’s be real: someone doesn’t set out on such a project without some vested interest in the child “choosing” a gender other than his or her biological sex (which was unknown in the case of this particular baby).

It can also help for parents to get away somewhere with their child and allow the child to call the shots in terms of their gender, such as letting them use a different pronoun or wear a dress or other clothing of their choice, [Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles medical director Johanna] Olson-Kennedy says.

“Do it somewhere where you’re not going to see people you know, if that’s an issue for you,” she says. “Do a weekend as a different gender, and see what you learn.

“People have said this over and over again: ‘Oh, my God. I saw a side of my child I had never seen before.’”

That all sounds very nice and enlightened and everything…until one remembers that the whole point of parenting is to help children understand and navigate reality as it actually is, which includes overcoming countless assumptions and delusions informed by the ignorance, inexperience, and immaturity of childhood — even about one’s self, which is now unquestionable to liberal orthodoxy.

Olson-Kennedy is in effect arguing that parents should endorse rather than correct such delusions, but as TFPP recently covered, no less a real expert than American College of Pediatricians president Dr. Michelle Cretella thinks that approach amounts to child abuse.

For a particularly heart-rending example of how indulging trans delusions is anything but compassionate, consider this story about a young British man who’s not even 25 yet but is on his third sex-change surgery, and he hopes that this time “I will finally be happy.”

But the most revealing quote comes when Ehrensaft, despite giving a list of potential indicators (like boys not wanting toy trucks or wanting to wear their sisters’ regular clothes rather than girl costumes), admits “there are no set rules.” That’s really the Left’s worldview of science, parenting, and education in a nutshell, isn’t it?

The Washington Free Beacon’s Elizabeth Harrington notes a couple of big details about these “experts” the AP conveniently omitted from its story. Ehrensaft is a board member for Gender Spectrum, which argues that children should “never” be denied the “opportunity” to transition their gender on the basis of “age and maturity.” Olson-Kennedy, meanwhile, “specializes in providing puberty suppressers and cross-sex hormones to youth.”

These are not neutral observers who simply want what’s best for children; these are ideological fanatics with a vested interest in gender-confused kids reaching a particular answer, Frankensteins who think nothing of subjecting innocent children to life-altering drugs, abusive monsters exploit defenseless young in pursuit of a vision of the future.