Gender Dysphoria in the DSM-5: The Change in Terminology

By Susan Ciancio / February 25, 2022 /
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The word dysphoria means “a state of feeling very unhappy, uneasy, or dissatisfied.” Gender dysphoria occurs when a person feels a persistent incongruence or disconnect between their biological sex and the one they identify with. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association published its latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—the DSM-5.…

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What Percentage of Transgenders Regret Surgery?

By Susan Ciancio / July 7, 2021 /
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Statistics vary on the numbers of people who regret having surgery to change from male to female or vice versa. We will look at some recent data and at some real-life stories to get a better picture of what happens when someone decides to alter his or her sex. The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey (page 111)—the…

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Transgenderism on the Rise in America: What’s a Catholic to Do?

By Susan Ciancio / September 16, 2020 /
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According to the Centers for Disease Control, about one million people in the U.S. identify as transgender. That’s about 0.6% of the adult population.   U.S. Census data does not ask whether a person identifies as transgender. However, according to the World Population Review, each of the 50 states has acquired data on its transgender…

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Transhumanism: The Final Frontier

By Brian Clowes, PhD / August 11, 2020 /
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“And when everyone’s super—no one will be!” ~The villain “Syndrome” in The Incredibles   What Is Transhumanism? In 2009, the World Transhumanist Association’s website posted the Transhumanist Declaration. It summarized the goals of transhumanism in saying, “Humanity stands to be profoundly affected by science and technology in the future. We envision the possibility of broadening human…

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Bridging the Gap between Transgenderism and Transhumanism

By Brian Clowes, PhD / June 23, 2020 /

We are being conditioned by force and by media propaganda to accept the idea that transgenderism is here to stay.  One of the ways the “trans” rights movement does this is to attempt to show us that we are helpless to stop it by intruding into every facet of our lives and threatening to punish…

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What is Transgenderism?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / June 12, 2020 /

“At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child.” ~ P.J. O’Rourke.1 While those fortunate few who still possessed a lingering sense of reality cringed at the bizarre photo of Bruce Jenner and the subtitle “Call Me Caitlyn” on the cover of Vanity Fair in 2015, the press swooned over him and President Barack Obama…

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What Went Wrong with the Boy Scouts?

By Gail Peterson / August 1, 2019 /

Founded in 1910, over the years the Boy Scouts of America has expanded to include the involvement of up to 2.3 million youth, both girls as well as boys, and is coordinated with the assistance of 900,000 adult volunteers. The Scouts were originally founded to “to teach patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred values” to boys.…

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Understanding Gender Ideology

By HLI Staff / October 29, 2018 /
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Author’s Note: None of the following is intended to be a personal attack on any person of any gender identity or sexual orientation: gay, lesbian, transgender, or other. The Catholic Church and Human Life International view all such persons with the love and respect natural in accord with their human dignity. This article is directed…

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Gender Ideology: The Latest Assault on Our Children

By Felipe Vizcarrondo, MD and MA (Bioethics), and Michelle Cretella, MD / July 25, 2018 /
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Biology is Not a Social Construct Gender ideology is a belief system that holds that sex is a social construct. Gender ideology teaches that every person has something called a “gender identity” in the brain that may or may not be the same as that person’s biological sex. Its central tenet is that this “gender…

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Equal But Different: Complementarity of the Sexes

By Don DeMarco, PhD / June 29, 2018 /
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“Men and women are equal in dignity, complementary in mission.”—Pope Saint John XXIII Contraception as a Harmful Ideology One of the unintended side-effects of the widespread acceptance of contraception is the rejection of complementarity.  Contraception furthers inequality, in that it symbolizes the attempt to make the woman function as a man, which is to say,…

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