“My daughter was murdered by gender ideology.”
A California woman opened up on social media and shared the trauma of her daughter’s horrific suicide. She shares her story in the hopes that it will save another child and parent from the same fate.
The Reason Behind the Loss
The story starts with losing her daughter to Child Protective Services, otherwise known as CPS. The agency is responsible for the safety and well-being of children. It is often contacted in cases of suspected child abuse.
The California public school her daughter attended apparently contacted CPS to inform them of the daughter’s mistreatment at home. What was the mother’s crime exactly? She refused to “affirm her [daughter’s] trans identity”.
A school guidance counselor partnered with a local LGBTQ+ group and another trans student to get the child taken away from her mother.
“CPS took my daughter when she was sixteen years old,” the mother shared. “My daughter was taken from her loving home because the state of California claimed I was abusive.”
Labeled as a Bad Mother
The mother started to get choked up as she explained how she lost her daughter over “a name and a pronoun”. Despite the mother’s promise to call the girl by a male name, it wasn’t enough.
The gender ideology and the mother’s views did not align; therefore, she was labeled a bad mother.
“My daughter is not a boy trapped in a girl’s body,” the mother spoke through tears, “she had mental health issues.”
Without parental consent, the teenager was given access to testosterone injections. Testosterone is typically part of what clinics refer to as “masculinizing hormone therapy”.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, this therapy helps people “who are designated female at birth” achieve a more masculine appearance. Taking this medication leads to the development of secondary sex characteristics like “facial hair, more muscle mass, and a deeper voice”.
The daughter became a poster child for the LGBTQ+ organization, her mother told reporters. They allegedly used her to make money to further their self-interest and spread her story as an example of gender-affirming success.
The devastating result
But that’s not the whole story. Although the abuse claim against the mother was finally dropped, it was already too late. The girl was in tremendous mental and physical pain.
The mother struggled to speak as she shared the horror of what happened next. “My daughter knelt down in front of a train. She was murdered by gender ideology.”
She pleaded with listeners. “I beg you, stop pushing gender ideology. Affirmation is not good for the health, safety, and welfare of any child.” She begged the CA Senate not to pass a bill that makes gender-affirming a requirement for parents.
The Internet Reacts
All who heard the mother’s story were horrified. “That counselor should go to jail,” one commented. “This is f—— disgraceful. Look what they’re doing to our f—— children,” another wrote.
Some compared gender dysphoria (which is the term for the distress caused when a person experiences a conflict between the gender they were assigned and the gender with which they identify) to many mental illnesses.
“You can’t treat anorexia with liposuction because it’s dangerous for the patient but yet these ghouls [want] to treat so-called ‘gender dysphoria’ with surgeries.”
Others called it a “mental health epidemic” and begged for unbiased professionals to evaluate and treat patients.
“Why are we affirming these delusions?” users demanded. “You don’t give an alcoholic a bottle of liquor.”
Lack of Love and Support
Very few were sympathetic to the plight of trans people in the comments and considered the suicide another example of the dangers of a lack of support.
One such user wrote, “A majority of people who commit [suicide and] are a part of the LGBTQ community often kill themselves because they do not feel loved or accepted by the people they love the most. And no, a name alone is not enough.”
A Scar that will never heal
The pain of this mother and the loss of life is a tragedy, regardless of where anyone falls on the political spectrum. This mother and family will never recover.
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