If Billy wants to play with dolls and prefers pink to blue at age two, does that automatically mean he deeply wants to be a girl? That's what these parents, a pastoral couple at Holy Counselor Lutheran Church in Vernon, New Jersey, say about their son, Ben. Well, now Ben is known as Rebekah (currently 10), a decision that began when he was just two years old.
"Rebekah has always been gender non-conforming. As young as 2 or 3 she gravitated toward typically feminine things. She loved pink and sparkles, all things girly and that was fine with us," Jamie Bruesehoff said.
"As her gender non-comformity intensified we started to notice some distress around things like being grouped with boys at school or in activities. By the time she was 7 all of this kind of hit a crisis point. Her anxiety was crippling and her depression was becoming life-threatening and we were at a loss. We were faced with a 7-year-old kid who wanted to die. At one time she punched out the screen in her second story window and tried to jump out," the pastor's wife explained.
His mother, who herself suffers with depression and anxiety, says that her son became severely unhappy and even suicidal at age seven and tried to jump out of his window. They sought a counselor that specializes in gender transitions and basically have turned their son into a girl.
But Ben's dad is now concerned about the life his son will lead as Rebekah. "I've always worried about the reaction with Rebekah, both in the community and the church and the world. I'm very worried about how the world is going to treat her, because I see a lot of ugliness in the world on a regular basis," Pastor Christopher Bruesehoff said.
Nevertheless, the parents are now prepared to give their son puberty blockers to halt the process of "irreversible" natural male changes that would occur in the years ahead. "For Rebekah, the first step would be puberty blockers which will pause puberty and prevent her from going through male puberty and developing secondary male characteristics like facial hair, a deeper voice and an Adam's apple that are irreversible," Jamie said.
But Ben, interestingly enough, has no desire to make the surgical changes to become a girl. In fact, he doesn't even want to think about it, reports the Christian Post. ""Rebekah really doesn't want to think about the medical side of it. She doesn't want to develop into a man. Medically transitioning involves a lot of different stuff and every transgender person chooses their own adventure," shared his mom.
The American College of Pediatricians does not think what Ben's parents are doing is a good idea. In fact, instead of viewing gender dissatisfaction in children as a reason to help them transition, they view it as a disorder that needs medical help.
"When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such. These children suffer from gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria, formerly listed as gender identity disorder, is a recognized mental disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association. The psychodynamic and social learning theories of GD/GID have never been disproved," they said in a strong statement.
This news comes as transgenderism has been hot in the news after President Trump's decision to ban them from military service. Franklin Graham made a very strong statement about that bold move. What do you think of Ben's pastor parents' decision to turn their young son into a girl? What would you do in their position? Share your thoughts in the comments!