It’s good to have friends who understand your struggles and challenges in life, and can face them alongside with you.
When you’re a young adult and teenager, it can be particularly helpful to have friends who are going through the same things you are.
The danger with friends for young adults, however, is the ever-present threat of peer pressure, and, in 2018, outside peer influence on the decisions young people make and the way they choose to identify has taken quite a wild turn.
A few years ago, most parents worried about children being exposed to inappropriate information about sex or exposure to drugs or alcohol in their peer groups.
Now, those threats have hardly gone anywhere, but added to them…parents have to worry about a phenomenon recently identified as rapid-onset gender dysphoria, when young adults experience sudden feelings of gender confusion after a member of their peer group identifies as trans.
To be fair, for three preteens in Texas who have recently revelated they, all biological males, will be “transitioning” together, it is not clear if they have influenced each other’s desire to live their lives as members of the opposite sex.
But after the research published by Lisa Littman of Brown University describing rapid-onset gender dysphoria, it is certainly worth arguing that these three young people are experiencing nothing but confirmation that permanently altering their bodies and stunting their puberty is the right decision to make, both by their peer group…and their parents.
Lily Maerz, Fiana Jefferson, and Zuri Jones have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, or a conflict between their gender identity and sex assigned at birth. With the support of their parents and each other, the children — all under age 12 — will undergo medical intervention to avoid the otherwise inevitable process of developing adult male bodies.
The girls told Bancroft TV that even as they had been bullied in school, their friendship helped them to accept their true gender and to feel less alone.
Their transitions will unfold in three main stages. They will start taking hormone blockers right away. At age 14 to 16, they will begin taking female hormones, aka hormone replacement therapy. And when they are 18, they will have gender reassignment surgery.
It is certainly stunning to consider that gender dysphoria is now so common that three children this young would all happen to move in the same social circles.
There is no telling what would happen to these young men if they did not live in a society that celebrated and encouraged such dramatic medical interference with the growth and development of young people.
Odds are, based on statistics, they’d grow up and forget their previous gender confusion, and hopefully, get the help they need to get to the root of the matter.
Instead, little boys are teaming up to walk down this dangerous path together, with the full support of their parents and a twisted and biased medical community.
Pray for these children, folks. Sometimes it feels like that’s all we can do.