Politically motivated student groups have always been part of college life, but they have also become much more pervasive at high schools and middle schools over the past decade. Long gone are the days of 4-H and the Debate Club. Today, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) groups are taking hold in schools across America and they’re pushing a politically motivated psychological agenda. While it’s important to have student groups that promote diversity, it’s a slippery slope when it comes to non-professionals counseling vulnerable teens who may be questioning their sexual or gender identities.
Parents around the country are complaining on social media that their teens are becoming more confused when it comes to gender, thanks to the transgender social agenda cropping up in public schools and the media. While these groups are student run organizations, many of them are actually funded by left wing political groups run by adults.
I recently spoke with the mother of a 16 year old girl who had problems fitting in and so she joined an after-school LGBTQ group, after meeting some kids who made her feel accepted. At first the mother thought it may be a good thing for her daughter since although she liked boys, she was questioning her sexual identity. Within a few weeks, the teenager suddenly decided she may not be a girl at all, but she was also very confused and torn. Now she’s dealing with severe depression and is even more withdrawn than ever.
The mother feels as if her daughter had been brainwashed to believe her normal teenage problems might come from being born in the wrong body. Make no mistake – this was a girl who told her mother everything including her potential feelings for girls and her mother was fine with it, but she never mentioned being transgendered. So this sudden announcement took her mother by complete surprise.
The mom feels that discussing heavy psychological issues with her confused teenager should have not been done without professional oversight. Moreover, all the transgender promotion in the news has also confused many American teens, making them even more vulnerable to gender confusion than ever. The fight over gender neutral bathrooms in particular, has taken the mainstream media by storm for a group that makes up less than 1% of the population. Yet as a vulnerable teenager, you might think everyone’s transgender based on media coverage.
If public schools are going to allow groups to discuss sensitive psychological subjects with vulnerable students, there should be some sort of professional adult supervision present so the most troubled teens can get solid professional advice. Teenagers naturally question all their urges and thoughts from 12 years up and they are easily influenced by what they see and hear – especially when it comes to sexual issues and gender identity. Whether a teen is gay, straight or transgendered isn’t the issue. Un-trained politically motivated wannabe psychologists should not be messing with the psyche of vulnerable teenagers.