The LGBT pressure group GLAAD attacked left-wing, pro-LGBT comedian Bill Maher over the weekend for a monologue that questioned the “trendy,” experimental nature of youth “gender transitioning.”
Fox News reports that during the Friday broadcast of his HBO show Real Time, Maher said that if “something about the human race is changing at a previously unprecedented rate, we at least have to discuss it. Broken down over time, the LGBT population of America seems to be roughly doubling every generation.”
He cited Gallup figures that put the American LGBT population at below 1% among those born before 1946, 2.6% of Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), 4.2% of Generation X (born mid 1960s-early 1980s), 10.5% of Millennials, (born early 1980s-early 2000s), and 20.8% of Generation Z (born late 1990s-early 2010s).
“I’m happy for LGBT folks that we now live in an age where they can live their authentic lives openly,” Maher said. “But someone needs to say it. Not everything’s about you. It’s OK to ask questions about something that’s very new and involves children. The answer can’t always be that anyone from the marginalized community is automatically right, trump card, mic drop, end of discussion, because we’re literally experimenting on children. Maybe that’s why Sweden and Finland have stopped giving puberty blockers to kids because we just don’t know much about the long-term effects, although common sense should tell you that when you reverse the course of raging hormones, there’s going to be problems.”
“This isn’t just a lifestyle decision, it’s medical,” he went on. “Weighing trade-offs is not bigotry […] This is a phenomenon we need to take into account when we look at this issue. Yes, part of the rise in LGBT numbers is from people feeling free enough to tell it to a pollster and that’s all to the good, but some of it is — it’s trendy.”
“If you attend a small dinner party of typically very liberal, upper-income Angelenos, it is not uncommon to hear parents who each have a trans kid having a conversation about that. What are the odds of that happening in Youngstown, Ohio? If this spike in trans children is all natural, why is it regional?” he asked. “Either Ohio is shaming them or California is creating them […] If we can’t admit that in certain enclaves there was some level of trendiness to the idea of being anything other than straight, then this is not a serious, science-based discussion. It’s a blow being struck in the culture wars using children as cannon fodder.”
Maher added that “kids do also have phases.” “They’re kids, it’s all phases. The dinosaur phase, the Hello Kitty phase, one day they want to be an astronaut, the next day you can’t get them to leave their room. ‘Gender-fluid’ — kids are fluid about everything. If kids knew what they wanted to be at age 8, then the world would be filled with cowboys and princesses.”
That was enough for GLAAD to tweet Saturday that Maher was “spout[ing] inaccurate, anti-trans rhetoric” and “targeting youth”: