Biden State Department’s ‘Radical Gender Imperialism’ Targets Friends and Allies

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ANALYSIS – In a letter to the State Department’s ‘Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Persons’ (yes – this is a real diplomatic position under Team Biden!) – Republican lawmakers accused the State Department of “radical gender imperialism” and of seeking to coerce other nations to “normalize and encourage transgenderism among youth.”

This is a significant move by the GOP that deserves all our support.

The State Department’s new policy is that any country that provides what they call ‘conversion therapy’ rather than hormone treatment and/or surgery to confused under-age children with possible gender dysphoria is violating their human rights.

However, pressuring kids to become ‘trans’ isn’t considered ‘conversion therapy and is therefore ok.

As the lawmakers write:

The State Department’s memo defines conversion therapy as any effort to “suppress or change an individual’s…gender identity.” This definition implies that counselling minors against gender transition is akin to electrically shocking minors to “cure” same-sex attraction. It also condemns all potential treatments for youth suffering from gender dysphoria aside from the two most extreme and irreversible options: transition surgery and hormone therapy.

This is something I have been watching for some time, as Biden’s insane, radical LGBT and ‘trans’ agenda alienates sane, traditional-minded allies such as Poland and Hungary, and even gives Russia an excuse to oppose the U.S. and the West on the grounds of ‘cultural imperialism’ – a phrase once used by the Soviet Union and the left against America for entirely different reasons.

But now Biden’s radical ideology may make even progressive allies such as Sweden, Finland, and the UK into ‘human rights abusers’ to the U.S. State Department.

The medical authorities in these countries have concluded that there’s little scientific support for under-age “gender affirming care” (life altering surgery and hormones) are (as Finland’s official medical body put it) “experimental” … Sweden has banned gender surgeries for minors—surgeries that are practiced in the United States.

As the Daily Signal notes:

…members of the Republican Study Committee point to a leaked memo reportedly circulated by Secretary of State Antony Blinken indicating that the Biden administration may begin pushing other countries to endorse youthful “gender affirming care”—a euphemism used by the media, activists, and Democrats to describe the more grisly-sounding transgender surgeries, hormones, and puberty blockers. 

The City Journal explains that:

The memo represents an effort by Secretary Blinken to carry out President Biden’s Executive Order 14075 from last June. That order instructs agencies of the federal government to do what they can to stop “conversion therapy” for “LGBTQI+” people. Following its release, Biden appointed Jessica Stern as Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons, a position created by the Obama administration but left unfilled under Donald Trump. Stern, who goes by “all pronouns” …has borrowed arguments against “conversion therapy” for sexual orientation (where the evidence against the practice is strong) and applied them, unscientifically, to “gender identity” (where studies have consistently shown that cross-gender identification in children is, for the vast majority of those who experience it, a passing phase). This strategy of piggybacking off public ignorance about the difference between homosexuality and transgenderism is by now familiar.

The Daily Signal continues:

The lawmakers describe the memo as “a form of radical gender imperialism that threatens our relationships with other nations and harms our standing in the world,” warning that “the first consequence of this policy is to undermine our allies’ regard for the United States’ moral authority on human rights issues.”

Such strict U.S. measures would ostracize countries that have banned “gender affirming care” or transgender surgeries, hormones, and puberty blockers for minors, the lawmakers said.

“Many countries in Europe, including the United Kingdom, Finland, and Sweden, employ either ‘last line of defense’ policies on ‘gender affirming care,’ or have banned gender surgeries for youth altogether,” the letter noted. “These more restrictive policies now risk making Western European nations ‘human rights abusers’ in the eyes of the State Department, putting them on similar footing as the People’s Republic of China (PRC), which has committed genocide of the Uyghurs, or the Maduro regime, which has utilized arbitrary detentions and torture against regime dissidents in Venezuela.”

The GOP letter notes that:

First and foremost, normalizing and encouraging transgenderism among children has no place in American society, especially when it is done by the federal government. Children in America and abroad shouldn’t be exploited to advance a radical agenda. 

The lawmakers add that the damage of this ‘gender imperialism’ isn’t just to our relations with European allies, but extends globally:

The initiative also threatens the relationships the United States enjoys with countries in which, unlike parts of America and Western Europe, transgenderism does not enjoy government support. In Africa, the Middle East and much of the developing world, for example, where the U.S. enjoys key strategic relationships.

And adds that: “This initiative will give anti-American leaders ammunition to further propagate anti-American sentiment and policies.” 

The City Journal explains how insidious this policy is in practice:

The Blinken directive effectively turns American consulates and embassies into global “gender affirming” spies. Embassies are instructed to “submit robust information on the so-called ‘conversion therapy’ practices” of host countries “as part of the annual Human Rights Reports.” Jessica Stern’s office will then devise an “action plan to combat the practice across foreign policy and foreign assistance lines of effort.”

But this is just the latest salvo in Biden’s war against the traditional values held by allies and friend worldwide

As the Daily Signal notes, Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., led his colleagues in sending the letter to Stern, and he said:

The Biden State Department has now flown a pride flag outside the Vatican, funded atheism, appointed a special representative on [critical race theory], and promoted insane gender ideology. They have seriously damaged our standing in the world to promote a far-left ideology that most Americans reject. 

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