It seems that a photographer has stumbled on a LGBT project that may border on child abuse. There is a secret camp teaching boys ages 3-8, and even some 10 year old boys, how to be transgender.
Hidden away from the normal summer camps of the Boy Scouts and others, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) lobby has started one of their own. The project “You are You” has been training boys to be transgender.
The photographer, Lindsay Morris, has been tracking this hidden boy’s camp and photographing the four day event for gender non conforming boys and their parents.
The camp, “You Are You” (the name has been changed to protect the privacy of the children and is also the name of Morris’ series), is for “Parents who don’t have a gender-confirming 3-year-old who wants to wear high heels and prefers to go down the pink aisle in K-Mart and not that nasty dark boys’ aisle,” Morris said with a laugh.
It is also a place for both parents and children to feel protected in an environment that encourages free expression.
“[The kids] don’t have to look over their shoulders, and they can let down their guard. Those are four days when none of that matters, and they are surrounded by family members who support them,” Morris said.
Morris has stated that her photographic goal for the project is “to represent the spirit of these boys as they shine.” Some of the ways in which the kids shine is through the talent and fashion shows at camp that are popular and for which the campers come well-prepared.
“Some practice for the talent show all year, and others create their own gowns with their mothers or friends of the family,” Morris said. “The focus and enthusiasm is really pretty incredible. Also, it can be very emotional for the parents, especially the families who are new to camp and are experiencing this kind of group acceptance for the very first time.” ~Slate
Although advanced psychology will tell you that a child’s brain is not fully developed and that trying to force advanced cognitive thinking when their brain is not developed plays on the development of fear and anxiety, this seems to be a push by the LGBT on the American Psychology Association over the past few years. Even though they admit that it could result in stunting a child’s development, they seem to be giving in to the money from the lobby, against their own understanding of human sexuality!
Slate goes further in their interview with Ms. Morris.
Although it is unknown if the kids at the camp will eventually identify as gay or transgender—or even if the way gender and sexuality are defined throughout society will evolve—the camp allows the kids to look at themselves in a completely different way.
“They get enough questioning in their daily lives, so it’s a great place for them to express themselves as they feel. … I feel we hear so many of the sad stories and how LGBT kids are disproportionately affected by bullying, depression, and suicide, and it hangs a heavy cloud over them and kind of dooms them from the beginning. I’m saying this is a new story. This is not a tragedy.”
Morris hopes to eventually publish a book of her work and also launch a large multimedia show that travels the country and the world to show a new face of LGBT youth. The children featured here and in Morris’ project are photographed with the permission of the their parents. Her ultimate goal is to start a foundation that raises money to help underwrite the cost of camp for kids unable to attend. She also hopes to add even more dimension to the project, concentrating on producing more portraiture and documenting the transition the kids experience upon arrival to the camp.~ Slate
Even the LGBT admits to Slate that it is unknown if the kids will eventually identify as gay or transgender. They are pushing this camp as a legitimate way of indoctrinating children to say behavior of transgender is natural. This type of indoctrination pretty much pushes the boundaries of proving choice over the “born that way” argument. You can’t have it both ways.
Tell us what you think about this. Do you think this is freedom to express or indoctrination bordering on child abuse?