Before Olympic gold metal-winning decathlete Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn in the summer of 2015, the term “transgender” was an unfamiliar one. It was boldly introduced with a Vanity Fair magazine cover of a sultry Jenner, the father of four and step-father of four others, in a white, form-fitting swim suit. Dark, shoulder hugging tresses and professionally applied makeup caused Americans to do a double take scanning the magazines in the check out line. The photo was captioned “Call me Caitlyn.” Jenner was 65 at the time.
Over the past couple of years, the words ‘transition’ and ‘gender fluidity’ have been debuted by the LGBTQ community If that acronym is unfamiliar, count yourself as antiquated.
In the wake of this “awakening,” pronoun police emerged, demanding an end to personal pronouns denoting gender. ‘He’ and ‘she’ are doomed to extinction, replaced with ‘they’ and ‘them.’ But it gets even more convoluted as the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) Office for Diversity and Inclusion reveals with this chart consisting of an entirely new, unpronounceable, gender neutral vocabulary.
The issue took off in Target stores, with protests over unisex dressing rooms and restrooms allowing men to use the urinals with girls in plain sight. The stores also eliminated labeling toy and bedding sections as appropriate for girls or boys. An economic boycott ensued and the stock plunged.
“Misgendering,” another previously unknown word, can be the cause of transgender activists’ outrage as noted in this Phoenix New Times report.
Now we are being introduced to children barely past toddler-hood, whose parents are encouraging them to be “who they are,” boys who want to be girls and vice versa.
The issue has spawned a library of books aimed at “Pre-K” children, barely out of diapers — titled, “Teaching Kids About the Fluidity of Gender and the Importance of Acceptance.”
It’s against this backdrop we read an Arizona Republic article by parent Robert Chevaleau, “My transgender daughter was forced to leave her school.” It begins with the words, “My daughter is lucky” — and ends with the same four words. He is describing his five-year-old kindergartner, “determined to learn to learn to lace up her own shoes” — who was previously his son.
Supportive and open-minded Dad, in his capacity as president of the Arizona Trans Youth and Parent Organization — AZTYPO — is making the rounds. Here is an article in the Phoenix New Times describing the family dynamics and — to no one’s surprise — his “major disappointment” when Donald Trump was elected.
It’s not much of a surprise that left-lurching politics is the back story to this sad tale.