I am publishing here a letter I wrote to the editor of the Abbotsford News to rebut an egregious hit piece the News published on Kari Simpson and Paul Dirks’ presentation on SOGI. The editor chose not to publish my letter, but instead published another pro-SOGI propaganda piece. Here is the text that he rejected:
I am writing in response to Kelvin Gawley’s October 6 article in which he “reported” on a talk given by Kari Simpson and Paul Dirks, which took a critical look at the Province’s new “Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity” (SOGI) curriculum for schools, a program designed in secret and implemented quickly without parental input. SOGI wanders brazenly into ideological areas the state really has no business addressing; specifically, teaching kids what is good or bad in terms of sexual identity. SOGI also launches a bizarre assault on language, such as discouraging the use of words such as “boys” and “girls,” as if these words are somehow “bigoted.” As a transgender adult myself, I have no idea when “transgender” became associated with lying to our children, but anybody with any sense knows that males cannot be females (how you dress is irrelevant in this regard)—and yet SOGI seeks to normalize and celebrate this lie in conjunction with “inclusion” policies that facilitate 13 year old boys changing with 13 year old girls in pool change rooms.
While Dirks does suggest the rise in children identifying as transgender could be “a social contagion,” an educated reporter would know this is a technical term not a slander. The Oxford Dictionary of Psychology describes a social contagion as “the spread of ideas, attitudes, or behavior patterns in a group through imitation and conformity.” So, for instance, it is well-known that when one member of a group begins smoking, frequently other members of the group will begin as well. When pop culture portrays that behavior as cool, the social effect is even stronger. In 2010, Tavistock’s Gender Identity Development Service had 97 children referred to them. In 2017, after the debut of TV shows like Caitlyn Jenner’s “I am Cait” and “I am Jazz,” referrals to Tavistock skyrocketed to 2,016! These increases are being replicated across the western world; that is what a social contagion looks like.
I share Simpson and Dirks’ concerns regarding SOGI, because it normalizes and celebrates child transitioning, while ignoring the fact that it can put kids on a path towards a lifetime of pharmaceutical dependence and possibly genital-mutilating surgery. SOGI also tramples the rights of parents (particularly religious parents) that do not subscribe to the reality inverting notion that males can be females. Transitioning is a serious life-altering decision, and many believe it is a form of child abuse. But instead of examining these important considerations, Gawley chose instead to simply defame the speakers.