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Pauline Moreno and Debra Lobel, a lesbian couple from California, claimed their 11-year-old son Thomas didn’t want to be a boy. Thomas, who prefers to go by “Tammy,” wanted to be a girl. So his mothers gave him hormone treatments to delay puberty so that he could fully “transition” into a female through surgery when he is old enough.
Yes, you read that correctly.
This is an old story, from 2011, but it marked the beginning of what is now becoming a more common practice among “transgender” children.
When the story about Thomas (AKA Tammy) broke, the Daily Mail published an article called The Little Boy Who Started A Sex Change At Eight Years of Age Because His Lesbian Parents Always Knew He Wanted To Be A Girl:
The lesbian parents of an 11-year-old boy who is undergoing the process of becoming a girl last night defended the decision, claiming it was better for a child to have a sex change when young.
Thomas Lobel, who now calls himself Tammy, is undergoing controversial hormone blocking treatment in Berkeley, California to stop him going through puberty as a boy. Pauline Moreno and Debra Lobel [the lesbian parents] warn that children with gender identity disorder forced to postpone transitioning could face a higher risk of suicide.
The mothers say that one of the first things Thomas told them when he learned sign language aged three – because of a speech impediment – was, ‘I am a girl’.
At age seven, after threatening genital mutilation on himself, psychiatrists diagnosed Thomas with gender identity disorder. By the age of eight, he began transitioning. This summer, he started taking hormone-blocking drugs, which will stop him from experiencing puberty.
The child expressed the “desire” to be a girl at age THREE? Give me a break.
When I was three, I said I wanted to be a unicorn. Needless to say, my parents didn’t rush me to a plastic surgeon to have a horn implanted on my head.
It is also important to note that Thomas was being raised by two women, so of course he would say he wanted to be a girl. Naturally, the boy wanted to fit in with his family members and he had no male role model to look up to in his household.
A 3-year-old child (or an 11-year-old child, for that matter), is not capable of making mature, permanent decisions. Nor do they fully comprehend sexuality or identity. It was completely irresponsible for the two mothers to indulge Thomas, letting him dictate the decision to become a girl. That is a “forever” decision and cannot be taken back.
Now, I just want to clarify that this story has nothing to do with gay rights (which, as a libertarian myself, I am in support of). Rather, this is about childhood and forced identity. What Pauline Moreno and Debra Lobel did to little Thomas was, indeed, child abuse. They altered the boy’s body forever.