Fox’s Keith Ablow: Trans people only exist as part of liberal plot to steal your rights

By David Ferguson
Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:03 EDT
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Fox News contributor Keith Ablow
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Fox News’ resident psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow declared in a viciously transphobic column for FoxNews.com on Wednesday that he does not believe that transgender people are legitimate, but are actually delusional and in need of treatment.

The nearly 20-paragraph screed was the latest paroxysm of angry outrage from the network about California’s School Success and Opportunity Act (SSOA), which allows transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their expressed gender rather than their birth gender.

Ablow, who has long had an ax to grind with the LGBT community, said that allowing kids to express their gender rather than dictating it to them is “toxic” and “destructive.”

Like many on the right, Ablow believes that children should be forced to conform to their biological sex, lest gender anarchy erupt and bring about the collapse of all Americans hold dear.

“I know that other psychiatrists may well disagree, and I know that LGBT activists will criticize me, but I believe that allowing this ‘choice’ is profoundly destructive, psychologically, to all students, including the ones who identify themselves as transgender,” he wrote.

He continued, “I don’t see anything but toxicity from the notion of a person with female anatomy feeling free to use the urinal in the boys’ rest room while a boy stands next to her and uses one, too.”

Male students, he fretted, will be so traumatized by girls seeing them “urinating or pulling their pants down to change into football gear” that it will “steal their ability to trust adults, shake their faith in any form of reality, traumatize them by shaming them and kindle waves of completely unnecessary anxiety.”

Transgenderism, he said, is not even legitimate.

“I am not convinced by any science I can find that people with definitively male DNA and definitively male anatomy can actually be locked in a cruel joke of nature because they are actually female,” he said.

The whole idea and the new law, Ablow accused, are a plot by “Governor Brown and liberal politicians,” who are “addicted to disempowering people.”

Who will protect the vulnerable boys and young men of California, he asked, from the ruthless gaze of the transgender man? The new law, he said shakes up boys’ security of knowing that they “can count on not being seen naked by the opposite gender” and is therefore profoundly damaging and traumatizing.

Ablow expressed hope that SSOA will be repealed and that the people of California will stage a recall election to remove Brown from office.

The frequent Fox guest is one of the network’s most reliably bigoted anti-LGBT commentators. In the past, he has called transgenderism “a psychotic delusion — a fixed and false belief.” He has falsely linked same-sex attraction to pedophilia and cited bogus anti-LGBT pseudo-science to claim that same-sex couples are not fit parents.

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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