It never ceases to amaze me how far someone will go to stay relevant. Unfortunately, Paul Stanley, the frontman of KISS, is no exception to this.
Stanley has released a statement on Twitter stating he believes supporting a child, who is questioning their gender identity, is a “sad and dangerous fad”.
His statement talks about children wearing the clothing of their opposites and how we “lead them steps further down a path that’s far from the innocence of what they are doing.”
Here’s the full statement:
I want to unpack this for you:
- This statement is being made by a man who has capitalised on drag for the past fifty years.
- This statement comes from someone accused of being a Satanist at the height of the Satanist Panic in the 1980s and 1990s.
- This statement suggests he doesn’t want parents to accept and encourage children to be themselves.
- This statement implies that Trans people are the opposite of innocence, suggesting they are: Guilty, Blameworthy, at Fault, and – the big one – Evil.
It’s not uncommon for people to see children wearing opposite gendered clothes and branding the child as one thing or another. For example, as a child, I was labelled a Tomboy and was actively shunned for it – that didn’t stop me from coming out as Trans at age 17.
The idea that Trans people are encouraging parents to label their children as Transgender for wearing clothing that they wish to wear is purely sensationalised propaganda from Gender Criticals, TERFS, and Transphobes.
We encourage parents not to attack their children.
Let that sink in.
We are asking parents to stop attacking their children – no matter their identity – so they can wear what they want, present how they want, enjoy their interests, and still feel loved.
Clothing is only gendered because of the way we think of it.
If a boy wishes to wear a dress, he should be allowed to – without judgement.
If a girl wishes to wear a baggy sports jersey, she should be allowed to – without judgement.
If a child wishes to change their pronouns, their parents should listen and accept them for who they are – without judgement.
It’s a shame that Stanley would like children to continue receiving emotional, psychological, and physical abuse from their parents for their clothing choices, interests, and identity.
Anyone who thinks children shouldn’t have free reign over their clothing choices, interests, and who they are – doesn’t care about children.
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Date: 18 June 2019, 20:49:49
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