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Letter: Writer ignores facts on transgender issue

I'm certain that I'm not the only

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reader who found Mitchell McCloskey's Friday letter regarding SB 212 both offensive and misinformed.

McCloskey is yet another reader who continues to ignore the facts and fires off his opinion with no interest in objectivity.

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He claims that those dealing with Gender Association Disorder did not exist more than 20 years ago. The term was first used in 1980 in the APA's Diagnostic and Statistics Manual. Prior to 1980, it was referred to as "Gender Identity Disorder." Unless you know someone who is dealing with this disorder or are willing to look into the nature of the disorder more carefully, I believe you should refrain from making broad generalizations. His comments sound as though they were lifted directly from a McCarthy-era newsreel aimed at students to warn them of the evils of "perversion." As has been proven time and time again, those who engage in inappropriate sexual activities toward children are mostly heterosexual males.

Does McCloskey support the violent beatings and murders of transgendered youth which occur on almost a daily basis in this country? These are the incidents which make SB 212 all the more important.

McCloskey also describes the 2012 Marriage Equality Bill as a"fiasco." How can such legislation be deemed a fiasco when the bill was signed into law after a majority of votes were tallied? Further, a recent poll shows that the majority of Americans (55 percent) now support same sex marriage, and 3/4 of those under 30 are also in support.

I agree with McCloskey's frustration over our taxes and I believe most Marylanders are fiscally conservative and wish there were solutions to the amount of wasteful spending we see on a daily basis. However, Maryland is a blue, socially liberal state, and likely always will be. Carroll County is a red minority in the state and if McCloskey is so distraught over SB 2012 and Marriage Equality (neither of which affect him or his wallet, I'm guessing), perhaps he should relocate to another part of the country where everyone's civil rights and personal liberties are even more restricted.

Trevor Barnes

Eldersburg


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