I am an avid follower of Richie Allen’s Youtube channel. He is an absolute stand-out journalist and presenter. He interviews an amazing array of people that never get aired on mainstream media. I often find myself questioning the validity of the interviewees and of Richie’s views on things – but I broadly agree with the Allen/Icke worldview.
One area that I do find difficult to stomach is Richie’s views on the transgender topic. Firstly, I can acccept that there is a very dangerous agenda being played out, particularly the introduction of transgender ideas to children. As a psychodynamic counsellor I am convinced that children’s gender identity is somewhat fluid for the first 5 or 6 years of life and very dependent on social interactions, particularly with the parents. I don’t think it is healthy to be confusing children at that age about their own identity. Having said that I can also see the argument that seeks to prevent children being bullied or shamed who do have a gender difference set in genetically or very early life (this can happen as a result of maternal influenes in the first year of life).
My story is plain to see on this blog – it is one of someone who began cross-dressing in childhood and who kept it secret for decades. I have been reading copiously on the topic from all perspectives and still hold a position somewhere between it being a pathology and a valid embedded character trait. It is something I have been struggling with in personal therapy for a few years, caring about my family, trying to resolve this aspect of my personality, not wanting to harm anyone else.
I am frequently hurt by Richie’s comments, not that he should stop saying what he says, but I feel that it is a topic where a ‘ranting’ tone develops and, despite all the qualifications, it comes across as splitting off those of us in this ‘camp’, it just touches a raw nerve for me. Part of this is my inner judge – having been brought up in a Christian home there is still part of me that considers it as deviant or somehow and illness. I feel like I am coming across as a snowflake now – but I suppose what I am saying is that there is a middle voice that is yet to be heard on this topic. One that states the position of someone like me – who is ‘manfully’ struggling with his femininity and feels that this issue is little understood and has been hijacked by a group of militants who are actually stirring up more resentment against people like me because of its imposition of certain beliefs on others and also the deliberate confusion of vulnerable children.