"Political language," wrote George Orwell, "is designed...to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." Nowhere is this truer than in the realm of transgender advocacy, particularly where "transgender" children are concerned. Case in point: This week the media have been positively glowing over the appearance of "Gabrielle Union [and] Dwyane Wade's daughter Zaya" making an appearance at a red carpet event in Los Angeles.
But Zaya Wade is not a daughter — he is a son. Significant media attention has been lavished on the Wade family since they announced that their son decided he was a girl, requesting a new name and female pronouns. The young boy — only 12! — had previously decided he was gay before subsequently deciding that he was a girl; Wade and Union announced that they were "proud" of this decision, declaring themselves "allies" of their son's newfound cause and identity.
Zaya Wade is not a girl; he is a boy. A boy's deciding that he "identifies" as a girl does not make him one. It speaks profoundly to the success of LGBT activism that this has become a contentious position to take. But in truth it's not even a matter of opinion: Biology — the incontestable and uncontroversial facts of carbon-based, genetically distinct, sexually-differentiated life forms — is not subject to mere whim. If you're born a boy, you can't be a girl, and vice versa.
The explosion of transgender culture has had a number of deleterious effects on vulnerable populations, namely people who labor under the unfortunate delusion that they can change their own sex simply by deciding to do so. And this tragedy is particularly apparent in the children who adopt this ideology and its attendant lifestyle. There is a decent chance that, sometime in the very near future, Zaya Wade will begin taking GnRH agonists — puberty blockers — in order to shut down his body's normal developmental functions, after which he may begin ingesting synthetic estrogen to stimulate pseudo-feminine bodily developments such as breast growth; at some point he may even have his genitals removed.
Encouraging your kid to disrupt, poison and mutilate his own body does not make you an "ally" of your child; it makes you something closer to an enemy.
This is a terrible trend with genuine victims, many of them children who simply don't know any better. Some day not very far into the future, our society will pay the steep price of this zeitgeist, as more and more young adults come to realize that the "social transitions," the hormones and the surgeries were not only awful decisions but in some cases irreversible. They will look to everyone — their parents, their doctors, and the media — to ask why such a thing was allowed to happen. What will we tell them?