A CHILD’S RIGHTS MUST COME FIRST
More and more, our public life is divided between those who want to score a political point and those who want to make a practical difference to people’s lives. Take two different developments this week: in Tasmania, working with ultra-Left activists, Labor and the Greens want to remove gender altogether from birth certificates. In NSW, Families Minister Pru Goward wants to make it far easier for kids in trouble to be adopted into a loving and stable home.
To me, admittedly a conservative commentator, one is playing games with nature; while the other is transformational for children and families.
To the activists pushing for change, though, abolishing gender is a strike against “heteronormative control”, while supporting adoption risks more “stolen generations”. Maybe this ideological chasm is a sign of how divided our society has become. Or maybe it just testifies to how far some people have departed from common sense.
I can respect the courage of people who want to change their gender because I can’t imagine anything more wrenching. But from those I have met facing this issue, their plea, once over the many hurdles to alter their gender, is to be recognised as real women and real men — not to be consigned to some special category where you’re neither one thing nor the other.
This latest culture wars push is not about respect for people who want to change their gender but about abolishing the concept of gender altogether. I doubt that these anti-gender lobbyists represent most transgender people,