This Man Received 167 Sex-Change Surgeries. He Lives in a World of Regret.

Recently I interviewed a person whose experience with gender change surgeries was so extreme, it gained him entry in the Guinness World Records book for the most gender reassignment surgeries for an individual person.

Blair Logsdon’s story is a cautionary tale for anyone today who is considering the use of cross-gender hormones and gender change surgery to feel better about themselves.

Blair underwent 167 surgeries from 1987 to 2005 in his quest to resolve gender dysphoria with surgery. On a cold, snowy December morning in a Maryland coffee shop, he shared with me his story.

In 1987, at the age of 26, he underwent the first of many cosmetic surgeries to change his gender/sex appearance from male to trans-female. Within a few months, he said he deeply regretted becoming a trans-woman.

For the next five years, he struggled in his life as a woman before undergoing a genital surgical change to restore his original male self.

But peace with his gender eluded him.

With gender dysphoria still present and feeling unsettled, Blair underwent yet another gender change and returned to self-identifying as trans-female.

Doctors, apparently with total and reckless disregard for Blair’s emotional, psychological, and sexual well-being, ignored his obvious distress about previous cosmetic surgeries and indulged his requests for more.

Blair said he continued to have regrets about the feminizing surgeries, even as he strongly felt the need for more, caught in a cycle of hope followed by disappointment.

By 2005, seven cosmetic surgeons had performed 167 gender-affirming surgeries on his body, filling their bank accounts to the tune of more than $220,000 and leaving him, in his words, “disfigured.”

Blair says he regrets all 167 surgeries. No longer turning to the surgeons to discover his “true self,” he has found his true male self in following Jesus Christ.

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I do not blame Blair one bit in his case. The doctors and surgeons failed him in their responsibility to “first, do no harm”—as the Hippocratic Oath says—and wrongfully profited from the 167 disfiguring surgeries. Yet they will not be held accountable or responsible for gross medical misconduct or malpractice against this good man.

At some point, these surgeons should have refused requests for more surgery and protected Blair from harming himself further. Instead, they chose to take advantage of his emotionally, psychological, or sexually unhealthy and unstable psyche.

Transgender People Could Benefit From Hearing the Truth

As a society we, too, fail transgender people by withholding the truth from them in the belief that telling the truth is somehow offensive and hateful. No—following the evidence is not hate speech, it is the foundation of the scientific research.

Several core truths have been relegated to the category of hate speech. For example:

  • There is no objective evidence to show that transgender people even exist, beyond the person’s own feelings and gender-dysphoric imagination.
  • Strong persistent feelings of being the opposite sex are not based in biology (“born this way”), but stem from emotional, psychological, or sexual factors.
  • Ignoring the protocols of effective psychological diagnosis harms trans-people because it guarantees they will not get effective treatment for co-existing disorders.

The Truth: Psychotherapy Is Important

For the last 50 years, the transgender ideology has grown progressively more deadly and destructive as it takes lives via suicide, destroys marriages, rips family relationships apart (including my own), and now expects the whole of society to reject the physical truth about sex and gender in public places and in social interactions, under the threat of ostracization and legal prosecution.

Transgender people are provided only one remedy: to wholeheartedly embrace an alternative gender/sex ideology that attempts to redefine their gender/sex and promises healing.

When the cross-gender hormonal and surgical protocols and lifestyle changes fail to bring relief those experiencing gender dysphoria, as Blair found, often what remains is depression, despair, and regret, leading some to attempt suicide.

Doctors should focus on uncovering the parallel disorders that often lie at the root of the trans-person’s distorted self-identity. These often include alcohol abuse, drug usage, chronic depression, and personality disorders.

Uncovering these disorders results from engaging in effective psychotherapy, not surgery.

Providing psychotherapy first in the treatment of gender dysphoria could be a key factor in reversing the staggering 41 percent rate of suicide attempts among transgender individuals.

It could also reduce the number of people who seek out self-mutilation in an attempt to find inner peace, and thus prevent these people from digging deep wells of regret.

I’m sure I will catch some heat for publicly sharing the truth here. But saving one life is worth the heat.

If you’ve seen the 1992 film “A Few Good Men,” you’ll remember the pivotal courtroom scene where Colonel Nathan Jessup (played by Jack Nicholson) shouts at the cross-examination lawyer (played by Tom Cruise) the now-famous line, “You can’t handle the truth!”

The same can be said today to those who declare that the only treatment for gender dysphoria is to affirm it, to give patients cross-gender hormones, and to perform gender-change surgeries: “You can’t handle the truth!”

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Group Advises Those ‘Fed Up With the Liberal Assault on … Decency’ to Boycott Target

You may not know what to buy for your family, but we know where to buy! #AnywhereButTARGET is the holiday rallying cry of our friends at 2nd Vote, who want to keep the heat on the retailer for its radical agenda.

“Fed up with the liberal assault on common sense and decency in our schools and workplaces?” they ask. “Tired of corporations carrying the water for a radical agenda that undermines our values and safety? Our campaign to send Target a message continues as we’re still shopping #AnywhereButTARGET, because we don’t think conservatives should fund Target’s radical social agenda.”

Of course, the company has done everything in its power to rescue its falling profits—everything but reversing the one policy that’s resulted in a 1.5 million-person boycott (and plenty of episodes of criminal activity). Christmas is the one time a year that Target could make up a lot of financial ground. Don’t let it. Watch the video below and get on board with 2nd Vote. If you’re still not convinced, check out the American Family Association’s three reasons to shop elsewhere this month.

This was originally published in Tony Perkins’ Washington Update, which is written with the aid of Family Research Council senior writers.

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In the Pronoun Wars, Be Thankful for the Founding Fathers

It is sometimes astounding the kind of foresight the Founding Fathers had in protecting future generations from tyranny.

The current international push to criminalize free speech in the name of various social movements should make us thankful that we have the First Amendment. Most other nations, even in the Western world, don’t have nearly the codified protection of speech that we in America have.

For instance, French President Emmanuel Macron recently called on his country to address the fact that France had no age of consent law (oh, France) and the more common global issue of sexual harassment. These were worthy goals, yet his proposal was a low that would have taken an ax to free speech rights.

Macron suggested his country criminalize gender-based offensive statements.

“Let’s seal a pact of equality between men and women,” he said. “It is essential that shame changes camp. Gender-based insults will be punishable by law. Offenders will face a deterrent fine.”

So if you say that Macron does tyranny like a girl, it seems you may be in hot water with the law.

According to The Daily Caller, France is also considering making cat-calling illegal.

To be sure, cat-calling is a particularly boorish and ungentlemanly behavior, yet one can see how such a law can be immediately abused. Additionally, similar measures in other countries haven’t been particularly effective.

The individual rights of citizens get curtailed, but the social pathology continues. The worst of all worlds.

Government control of speech in relation to gender has perhaps even deeper implications in the transgender debate, as some Western countries have taken to passing laws that effectively force citizens to use the pronoun of a person’s choice under the threat of fines, or even jail time.

One of the most far-reaching of these laws was passed in Canada earlier this year. It threatens people who refuse to use preferred or gender-neutral pronouns with legal punishment.

The law’s authors contend that it was created to prevent discrimination based on gender identity. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called it a “critical extension of human rights.”

Of course, it’s really a bald assault on the individual right of free speech. As The Weekly Standard’s Max Diamond wrote:

Those who refuse to use gender neutral pronouns such as ‘they’ or ‘zi’ and ‘zir,’ or who oppose the notion that gender is subjectively determined, may find themselves facing the full force of federal law.

Alas, Canada has nothing like the First Amendment that would have cut off such a law at the knees. Such laws criminalizing speech are much more difficult to enact in the United States because of the First Amendment.

Of course, getting smacked down in court hasn’t stopped some states from pushing the envelope. The New York City Commission on Human Rights adopted legal guidance in 2016 that threatened employers with fines of up to $125,000 for refusing to use a person’s preferred pronoun, and up to $250,000 for such “violations that are the result of willful, wanton, or malicious conduct.”

In October, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that criminalizes using the wrong pronoun to identify a transgender person in a nursing home. This law even puts jail time on the table for repeat violators of the law.

But as Hans Bader, an attorney for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, wrote, laws that force individuals to use pronouns will likely be ruled in violation of the First Amendment by the Supreme Court.

One of the greatest gifts that the First Amendment and the culture of free speech has given the United States is our ability to deconstruct lies through free debate and dissent.

The Founders didn’t write free speech protections into the Constitution because they thought all speech would be good, or even truthful. No—the goal was to allow us all to rigorously pursue the truth. They placed more confidence in the people to find the truth out of a cacophony of views than in the government to be neutral in enforcing speech laws.

These latest Orwellian attempts to force people to use certain pronouns is exactly the kind of governmental overreach the Founders feared.

Laws designed to crack down on speech, or compel individuals to say things they don’t believe out of punishment, are not simply oppressive—they obscure reality itself and the possibility of debating, and finding, truth.

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