By suppressing the voices of parents and detransitioners, social media companies are warping public discussion.
The number of transgender-identifying youth has nearly doubled in the last five years, with more than 300,000 children ages 13 to 17 identifying as a gender different from their biological sex. Among adults, the number has soared to 1.3 million, or 0.5 percent. Stories of these individuals have been spoon-fed to the public in cheerful, triumphant tones. From Disney Channel spinoffs to reality shows and even feature segments on Fox News, the idea of children changing their gender has been applauded, platformed, and promoted. On YouTube, videos celebrating child “gender transition” accumulate millions of views.
Yet these only tell part of the story about the phenomenon of youth flocking to trans identities in record numbers. Far from the public eye, dissenters from this movement have been relegated to websites such as Reddit, Substack, and the occasional right-leaning news outlet. Stories detailing the harms that gender ideology has inflicted on gender-confused children are essential to an honest conversation about how best to protect the long-term health and well-being of America’s youth, but rarely are they featured in Hollywood or on the nightly news.
Earlier this year, Independent Women’s Forum invested in a multi-part short documentary series featuring the stories of mothers whose daughters fell victim to gender ideology and of young women who made irreversible changes to their bodies, only to regret it a short time later. The often traumatic tales run contrary to the popular “affirmation” model being pushed by influential organizations and figures including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the nation’s largest teachers’ unions, and President Joe Biden. They put a face to the widespread concerns over the relentless push for “preferred” names and pronouns, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgeries for children. Yet, with each documentary we’ve released, Big Tech has censored our stories.