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Encouraging Trans Kids a ‘Dangerous Fad’ – The Hollywood Reporter



Kiss member Paul Stanley waded into the trans youth debate with an Instagram assertion calling the encouragement of children to gender transition “a sad and dangerous fad.”

“There is a BIG difference between teaching acceptance and normalizing and even encouraging participation in a lifestyle that confuses young children into questioning their sexual identification as though some sort of game and then parents in some cases allow it,” the singer-guitarist wrote in a publish titled “My Thoughts On What I’m Seeing.”

“There ARE individuals who as adults may decide reassignment is their needed choice but turning this into a game or parents normalizing it as some sort of natural alternative or believing that because a little boy likes to play dress up in his sister’s clothes or a girl in her brother’s, we should lead them steps further down a path that’s far from the innocence of what they are doing,” he continued. “With many children who have no real sense of sexuality or sexual experiences caught up in the ‘fun’ of using pronouns and saying what they identify as, some adults mistakenly confuse teaching acceptance with normalizing and encouraging a situation that has been a struggle for those truly affected and have turned it into a sad and dangerous fad.”

Stanley’s publish has been criticized for, amongst different issues, conflating gender identification and sexuality.

Some identified that Kiss, which was co-founded by Stanley in 1973, was pioneering in breaking down the taboos surrounding males sporting make-up and female clothes.

Offspring guitarist Noodles (aka Kevin Wasserman) wrote on Twitter: “This is a very disappointing take, especially from someone who wore high-heels, makeup, & teased up hair his whole career. As a young kid your band helped teach me that I could be whatever I wanted to be. I guess it was just gimmickry after all.”

Stanley’s remark comes amid a livid debate over laws in lots of states that seeks to limit gender-affirming care.

Final week, the Division of Justice filed a lawsuit aiming to halt a brand new Tennessee legislation banning such therapy for minors, claiming it denies “necessary medical care to youth.”

“The right to consider your health and medically-approved treatment options with your family and doctors is a right that everyone should have, including transgender children, who are especially vulnerable to serious risks of depression, anxiety and suicide,” mentioned Assistant U.S. Lawyer Common Kristen Clarke in an announcement.

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