A Gutsy Person Takes on “Gender Identity” Policies

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A Gutsy Person Takes on "Gender Identity" Policies

I met Rene Jax last week, and I’m lucky I did. Not many peo­ple could be full of good humor after a 24-​hour cross-​country plane/​train/​bus trip, but Rene was. That’s all the more remark­able con­sid­er­ing that she was in town to talk about “gen­der identity.”

Not from any aca­d­e­mic view­point, either: Rene is a trans­sex­ual, born male, who under­went “reas­sign­ment” surgery in 1990 after liv­ing as a woman for more than a decade. She has come to regret that deci­sion, and she’s alarmed at how trans­sex­u­al­ity has been “weaponized by the left.”

She has a mes­sage she’s will­ing to travel across the coun­try to deliver. “The debate around sex changes is per­sonal, because I am a trans­sex­ual. I lit­er­ally have flesh and blood in this debate.” She has writ­ten about her expe­ri­ences, but now she’s will­ing to travel to speak out. Why? “I’m here to be an advo­cate for our chil­dren.” When Rene sees puberty block­ers being pre­scribed for kids, and when she sees teenagers seek­ing surgery to ampu­tate healthy body parts, she can’t be quiet. She’s funny, and she doesn’t blud­geon any­one with words, but she means business.

Her trip to my cor­ner of the coun­try coin­cides with a bill in my state cap­i­tal that would cre­ate “gen­der iden­tity” as a pro­tected class under civil rights law. This fol­lows an exec­u­tive deci­sion, uni­lat­er­ally imposed by the state’s Com­mis­sioner of Health and Human Ser­vices, to add “gen­der reas­sign­ment” to the list of cov­ered ser­vices for adults and chil­dren alike under Med­ic­aid. (The Com­mish made his deci­sion effec­tive July 1, a month before a pub­lic hear­ing on the change. He’d rather ask for­give­ness than per­mis­sion, and the gov­er­nor seems to be indulging him.)

Dur­ing Rene’s few days here — too few, I might add — she spoke to groups large and small. The largest event was a forum where she was on a panel with a ther­a­pist and an attor­ney, each offer­ing sto­ries and exper­tise about gen­der iden­tity and its per­sonal, cul­tural, and legal impli­ca­tions. All the speak­ers were excel­lent. Rene’s talk was the linch­pin of the whole thing, though, in my hum­ble opinion.

It takes nerve to talk about per­sonal expe­ri­ence and regrets to a room full of strangers. I respect that. Rene broad­ened my out­look, and I respect that, too.

Here’s her 20-​minute pre­sen­ta­tion from the forum.

https://​youtu​.be/​l​N​0​s​T​6​bHjR8

Ellen Kolb is a writer and pro-​life activist liv­ing in New Hamp­shire. She blogs at ellenkolb​.com and Leaven for the Loaf.

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I met Rene Jax last week, and I’m lucky I did. Not many people could be full of good humor after a 24-hour cross-country plane/train/bus trip, but Rene was. That’s all the more remarkable considering that she was in town to talk about “gender identity.”

Not from any academic viewpoint, either: Rene is a transsexual, born male, who underwent “reassignment” surgery in 1990 after living as a woman for more than a decade. She has come to regret that decision, and she’s alarmed at how transsexuality has been “weaponized by the left.”

She has a message she’s willing to travel across the country to deliver. “The debate around sex changes is personal, because I am a transsexual. I literally have flesh and blood in this debate.” She has written about her experiences, but now she’s willing to travel to speak out. Why? “I’m here to be an advocate for our children.” When Rene sees puberty blockers being prescribed for kids, and when she sees teenagers seeking surgery to amputate healthy body parts, she can’t be quiet. She’s funny, and she doesn’t bludgeon anyone with words, but she means business.

Her trip to my corner of the country coincides with a bill in my state capital that would create “gender identity” as a protected class under civil rights law. This follows an executive decision, unilaterally imposed by the state’s Commissioner of Health and Human Services, to add “gender reassignment” to the list of covered services for adults and children alike under Medicaid. (The Commish made his decision effective July 1, a month before a public hearing on the change. He’d rather ask forgiveness than permission, and the governor seems to be indulging him.)

During Rene’s few days here – too few, I might add – she spoke to groups large and small. The largest event was a forum where she was on a panel with a therapist and an attorney, each offering stories and expertise about gender identity and its personal, cultural, and legal implications. All the speakers were excellent. Rene’s talk was the linchpin of the whole thing, though, in my humble opinion.

It takes nerve to talk about personal experience and regrets to a room full of strangers. I respect that. Rene broadened my outlook, and I respect that, too.

Here’s her 20-minute presentation from the forum.

Ellen Kolb is a writer and pro-life activist living in New Hampshire. She blogs at ellenkolb.com and Leaven for the Loaf. 

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