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Transsexual Activists, the Real Conservatives

Ah, spring! A time to be born; a time to plant; a time to heal and build up; most of all, a time to laugh. Forget about the dying, the “plucking up”, the killing, weeping and mourning. Spring is a time to dance and embrace, the season for love. Never mind that April is autumn here in Australia. We celebrate Christmas in December, Independence Day on July 4, and Easter in April (when it doesn’t fall in March). Whatever the weather may say, the Cadbury bunnies arrive in the shops in March and are eaten (or thrown away) by April. Or as the University of Sydney motto has it, sidere mens eadem mutato: though the stars may change, students still have just one thing on their minds—and it isn’t differential equations. Spring it is.

Here in Sydney, love has been in the air since February 17, and the city couldn’t be prouder. The city is, in fact, WorldProud. Or at least, it has been hosting WorldPride 2023, the eighth edition of the global festival sponsored by the International Association of Pride Coordinators (“InterPride” to friends). Well, the festival wasn’t exactly held in Sydney. To be more precise, WorldPride took place (in the words of the organisers) “on the lands of the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin”. According to the WorldPride 2023 website, “Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people … will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community”.

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Strangely, there seems to be no record of actual Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Tharawal, or other Aboriginal peoples celebrating WorldPride’s arrival on their lands. The first three peoples seem not to maintain official websites. The Darug Custodian Aboriginal Corporation devotes most of its website to the preservation and promotion of the Darug language. The Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation, notwithstanding the fact that their name has been misspelled by WorldPride, is similarly silent on LGBTQIA+ issues. Their website focuses instead on Aboriginal health. In fact it is difficult to find any evidence that any official Aboriginal representative organisation took any cognisance of WorldPride 2023 whatsoever. Cultural appropriation indeed.

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has, however, filed its first-ever indigenous Reconciliation Action Plan, though only at the “Innovate” (that is, “inexpensive”) level; see the March 2022 Philistine for further details. In this document (though not on its main website) the Mardi Gras describes itself as an LGBTQIA+SB rights organisation. For the uninitiated, SB here stands for “Sistergirl and Brotherboy”, not “Salvatore Babones”. Moreover, the official rainbow of WorldPride is now the “solidarity rainbow”, which consists of the conventional prismatic rainbow, with brown and black appended underneath (to represent indigenous peoples and African-Americans, whether they like it or not), all undergirded by the pink, baby blue and white of the transsexual flag.

The inclusion of the transsexual flag in the WorldPride rainbow is even more … problematic. Obviously (unlike “SB”) “T” sits squarely in the middle of LGBTQIA+. But like Stalin at Yalta, it doesn’t sit so easily in the middle of the pride alliance. Transsexuals may not be “straight” in any conventional sense of the word, but they often go to great lengths to emphasise that they are not gay, either. Gay may not be straight, but it is now straightforwardly “cis”: homosexual men and women are firmly accepted as ordinary men and women throughout the Western world. People of the same sex can marry each other, adopt children, and even rise to become US Secretary of Transportation. It’s just not a big deal. Lesbian women are cis-women; gay men are cis-men. There is no longer anything poofy about being gay. If anything, it’s a bit old-fashioned.

Moving down the alphabet, bisexual people of either sex are similarly cisgender, just with more fun. Bisexual women are particularly in demand. If you don’t believe me, check Tinder. Skipping the T, queer is also mostly cis: it is a highly contentious term (in certain circles) that has no fixed meaning other than an implied opposition to straightness. When you need something a bit shorter and less specific than LGBTQIA+, “queer” will do.

Intersex people are what they sound like: people whose genital and chromosomal biologies are unambiguously ambiguous. That may be a distressing medical condition for those who experience it, but it is rare, and generally evokes sympathy. Like being born with an extra finger, it’s just an unfortunate fact of life. Medicare will cover the surgery without much controversy. And no one questions the cis-genderedness of asexual people. There are lots of people who don’t desire—or who choose not to engage in—sexual relations of any kind. Not as many people as there used to be, granted, but still a lot.

That leaves the pluses. The “+” in LGBTQIA+ is of course a catch-all for a wide variety of sexual identities, most of them “cis”. For example, it seems reasonable to assume that most Quadrant readers are womasexuals (“a sexual orientation describing exclusive attraction to women”), with a smattering of masexuals (“a sexual orientation describing exclusive attraction to men”) thrown in to spice things up a bit. There doesn’t seem to be a term for cis-men who much prefer to experience the company of two or more (preferably younger) cis-women at the same time, but there is a term for just about everyone else. The point is that the pluses, whether straighties or sissies, are generally cisses.

Not so the T’s. If gay life in twenty-first-century Australia is cis-gender but homo-normative, trans life is (obviously) trans-gender but (not-so-obviously) heteronormative. Trans may be queer, but in many ways it’s the anti-gay. Consider the changing rhetoric: people born with male genitalia who are attracted to other people with male genitalia used to be classified as gay men. Today, they’re more likely to be “affirmed” as trans-women whose sex was “incorrectly assigned” at birth. The current societal (and, it must be added, medical) consensus is that children who engage in “make-believe or fantasy play, toys, games, or activities and playmates that are typical of the experienced gender rather than the assigned sex” are transgender, not gay, or (for that matter) simply open-minded. This, from the World Health Organisation.

The implication is nothing short of a gay and lesbian genocide. In 2019, a transnational organisation called the LGB Alliance was formed in part “to protect children who may grow up to be lesbian, gay, or bisexual … [by working] to protect children from harmful, unscientific ideologies that may lead them to believe either their personality or their body is in need of changing”. In response, transsexual rights organisations have sued to have the LGB Alliance’s charity status revoked, called the group “transphobic” (of course), and labelled the LGB Alliance a “far-right extremist hate group” (the phrase “far-left extremist hate group” apparently constituting a contradiction in terms). As a result, the LGB Alliance—which in Australia has criticised the ABC for classifying people “with penises” and people “who love cock” as lesbians—has been placed among the Proud Boys, the Ku Klux Klan, and Quadrant. Well, at least they’re complaining about the ABC.

Who cares if a child born with male genitalia likes to wear dresses, play with dolls, and put on Mum’s make-up? Twenty years ago, a more progressive Australia came to accept such behaviour as being firmly within the extended range of boyhood. Sure, the boy might turn out to be gay, but what’s wrong with that? Gay men are men, not fags or fairies, and nearly all of society accepts that. It took a little longer for lesbian women to gain the same level of recognition, probably because so many over-ambitious men retained sexual fantasies of lesbian reform. But those debates are over—or at least they were. There’s a rainbow sticker in the window of every cafe, and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is sponsored by Optus, Coles, American Express, Deloitte and Oreo cookies. Homosexuality has gone mainstream.

Yet today, Australia’s not-right-wing establishment is trying to put gays back in the closet—or on the operating table. The same medical community that in a previous generation prohibited gay conversion therapy (talking to patients to help them overcome unwanted same-sex attractions) has now embraced medical transition (operating on patients to remove unwanted sexual organs). Call it “the Iranian solution”. In Iran, homosexuality is banned, but sex-reassignment surgery to turn would-be homosexuals into pro-forma heterosexuals is subsidised by the government. What could be more “right-wing” than that? Boys will be girls and girls will be boys, but is the Australian establishment’s wholehearted embrace of transsexuality really just a return to reactionary conservatism? Only an April fool could say.

13 thoughts on “Transsexual Activists, the Real Conservatives

  • Salvatore Babones says:

    Happy April Fools!

  • Another Richard Harrison says:

    “Boys will be girls and girls will be boys …”

    Yep: It’s a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world, except for Lola.

  • Blair says:

    What percentage of transwomen are lesbian? The same percentage as ciswomen?
    What percentage of transmen are gay? The same percentage as cismen?

  • STD says:

    And only a fool makes the same mistake twice, signed yours foolishly.

  • STD says:

    As for all this transgendered refuse embedded in the alphabetical baby noises phonic library, LBGTIQA+ = UNICORNS – that since the days of antiquity have been known as a beast with a single, large spiralling (make – believe DNA) horn projecting from the frontal lobe of the forehead .

    Because all of this nonsensical garbage only ever exists in the psychological REALM (fairy tail)of the mind; the reality is that the DNA (in this deoxyribonucleic acid) dictates physical chromosomal form and sexuality, the procreative building blocks being the power of 4 letters, A,T,G and C (Adenine,Thymine, Guanine and Cytosine, that results from life giving procreative love and results in true life which has a form, that has an omnipresent origin and nature.

    The other DNA – deoxyribonucleic abomination is com-prised of a temptation or a (fallen) diluted phosphate (pronounced, PHOS-FATE )- a bazaar( temple) backbone, whereby the nucleotides are of a worldly (deluded) origin and construct, the composition of which is LBGTQIA+ – Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Gay, Transgender, Queer or / Questioning, intersex, Asexuality, and finally the plus, or should that be the cross X- the continuum of spiritual death – this covers the rest of the diversity spectrum on this expansive continuum, which quite rightly should be referred to as “diversity in perversity”, that is of course if words still possess true meaning.
    The fore mentioned spectrum is in my opinion a disordered state whereby brain chemistry (neural plasticity) has the potential for temporality – these dispositions surface as psychological diseased isomers , states of delusional disorder, whereby the physical state is divorced from the mental ( psychological ‘well’- being).

    John1: 1-5.
    “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.
    He was in the beginning with God. All thing’s came into being through him; AND APART FROM HIM – nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it”.

  • gilmay97 says:

    There is no such thing as a ‘transgender’.
    We are born with a pair of chromosomes that determine if we are male or female, if we have two X chromosomes (XX) we are female; if we have one X chromosome and one Y chromosome (XY) we are male — ‘Vive la difference’.
    People can use surgery to change the external characteristics and appearance of their genital area, and what they do with it: But it does not change their sex chromosomes — they are still male or female. Stop the misuse of language, there is no such thing as ‘trans-gender’ — unless by some unknown means they can change chromosomes.
    You are what you were born with, nothing can change that — what you do with it is your choice, no different to trans-facial or trans-tits. Some remove all external genitalia and say they are neutral; they are not — the are still Male or Female as determined by their chromosomes.
    At puberty male testicles produce testosterone that changes their child body into a man with heavy muscle structure 15 to 20 percent more mass, fibre, and strength than a female that can never be changed — they are and always will be male as determined by their chromosomes. It is impossible for them to ever be chromosomally a female. It is a total untruth for them to claim they have by some unknown mysterious means changed their chromosomes to female and what is worse, some fools in sporting management accept such ‘taurus excreta’ — displaying extreme ignorance identifying they are totally unsuitable for such position. When in doubt do a chromosome test, that will tell the truth.
    Those of one sex who behave like the opposite sex and prefer mating practices with their own same chromosomally sex people, do so because the gender epicentre of their brain wired them into the opposite or partial sexual thinking, and behaviour. This is caused when during the early part of their mother’s pregnancy, the mother produces an increased amount of opposite sex hormone to that of the developing foetus, that partially or completely changes the foetus into the opposite sex — the reasons are well known, usually stress or illness.
    With total inversion we have more robust females who tend to prefer masculine colours and clothing and males tend to be gracile with an appreciation of colour, music and art — with many variations therein.

  • john mac says:

    Well , my head’s spinning , but at least I can call them “Queer” now , Gay just not befitting them , and the Q as SB said , sits squarely in the middle ! As long as the Mardi Gras is going , the painfully obvious is evident , they don’t want to “fit in ” or be accepted , but want to stand out , slap society in the face repeatedly , thumb their noses at us and play perpetual victim in the process . That we tolerate , chuckle (not me) at the theatrics and displays of the deviancy of their “Lifestyle” , while they pillory conservatives is a sad indictment . Is it too much to expect them to be discreet , as the rest of us are ? And “Pride” season” now ? not a day or week , but a month to celebrate what ?? Biological and mental aberration ? Am I proud to be hetero ? Am I allowed to be proud ? That answers itself . How to be proud of something you have no control over – Your skin colour, sexuality , Height , bone structure , hair ? Am I a homophobe ? Nope , once again language is owned and controlled by the left – you can’t fear what you don’t respect .

  • lbloveday says:

    Quote: There are lots of people who don’t desire—or who choose not to engage in—sexual relations of any kind. Not as many people as there used to be, granted, but still a lot.
    That’s the opposite of what I read in generally well-regarded sources, eg:
    Scientific American:

    People Have Been Having Less Sex—whether They’re Teenagers or 40-Somethings
    A recent study evaluating what is happening in the U.S. has added to the pile of evidence, showing declines from 2009 to 2018 in all forms of partnered sexual activity, including penile-vaginal intercourse, anal sex and partnered masturbation. The findings show that adolescents report less solo masturbation as well.
    “Our study adds to a growing body of research that has reported on declines in sex”, said Tsung-chieh “Jane” Fu, a research associate at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington who co-led the study. “The declines in partnered sexual activity seen in our study are consistent with findings from studies in the U.K., Australia, Germany and Japan””
    Why Young Adults, Especially Men, Are Having Sex Less Frequently
    A young man summed it up to me: “If women knew how good a wank was, they’d be scared shitless”.

  • lbloveday says:

    Re: LGBTQIA+
    I’m with Mark Latham “Back when they had common sense and the alphabet went ABCDE … not LBGTIWTF”

  • STD says:

    Good to see old maté lbloveday, making his good presence felt,by mustering up the the stragglers from the rear.

  • STD says:

    None the less- a gotcha moment- a good whine.

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