NPR Fresh Air host Terry Gross is a very passionate advocate of the “LGBT” agenda, and it came through again Monday with a 37-minute interview promoting Washington Post reporter Amy Ellis Nutt and her book on transgender female “Nicole” Maines. The title is Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family.
Jonas and Wyatt Maines were adopted identical twins, until Wyatt decided he was a girl. Nutt strongly pushed that the Maines family were wonderfully warm and thoughtful people – besieged at times by hateful people who cause bathroom wars:
[W]ithin a couple of minutes I realized that this was an ordinary family in an extraordinary situation and that there was nothing off-putting, nothing odd, nothing secretive or furtive about this family, that they were incredibly warm and thoughtful, and they had a child that they knew they needed to nurture and protect....at the heart of this story is a little child who recognizes that who they feel they are is different from what they look like.
No one gets to insist it’s strange when a child says “When will my penis fall off?” And perhaps "acceptance" of this sickness is not the best option. In July, "Nicole" underwent gender "reassignment" surgery -- amputation of the penis.
NPR only referred to it as "the surgery," and the mother, Kelly Maines, compared the amputation to...Paris? "Well, I think it's like with anything you wait for your whole life. She's like finally I'm going on that trip to Paris, and then you get there and it rains the whole time. You're like Paris isn't that great, you know?" Now "she" is apparently happy to be rid of this troublesome organ.
As usual on the taxpayer-funded radio network, the conservative side of this debate is only brought in briefly as the bullies:
KELLY MAINES: I mean for a parent, too, when you do finally make that turn, the biggest fears are she's going to get hurt. Somebody's not going to like it, and when we ended up having our problems, the anger was the thing that was so shocking. They were so mad that people existed...
GROSS: Who, the anti-transgender people?
MAINES: Yes, angry - not just, oh, what's wrong? You know, are you hurting that kid? No, it was anger that that person exists. It's scary, yeah.
The conservatives are always the “anti” crowd. They're angry a "person exists." The transgenders are never “anti-biological reality.” The Maines family found other students and teachers very supportive until a bathroom incident in fifth grade became some kind of bombing:
NUTT: So this was a very, very, new and scary time when, you know, in - was it September or October of fifth grade? All of a sudden, a young boy follows Nicole into the bathroom and insists, well, if, you know, she's really a boy, if she can be in the girls' room, then I can be here, too. And it was that that was, you know, ended up being kind of like a bomb that went off in the middle of the family and in the middle of this community.
The Portland (Maine) Press Herald summarized that this “culminated in a landmark court case that affirmed the right of transgender students to use the bathroom appropriate to the gender with which they identify."
Gross didn't get around to the point that Nicole Maines has become an LGBT celebrity, including a Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year honor in 2014, and an acting gig playing a transgender teen on the USA program Royal Pains.