Paul Stanley took to social media yesterday (April 30) to share his thoughts on gender-affirming care.
Stanley titled his statement, “My Thoughts On What I’m Seeing.” He begins by saying, “There is a BIG difference between teaching acceptance and normalizing and even encouraging participation in a lifestyle that confuses young children into questioning their sexual identification as though some sort of game and then parents in some cases allow it.”
Stanley continues, “There ARE individuals who as adults may decide reassignment is their needed choice but turning this into a game or parents normalizing it as some sort of natural alternative or believing that because a little boy likes to play dress up in his sister’s clothes or a girl in her brother’s, we should lead them steps further down a path that’s far from the innocence of what they are doing.”
He concludes, “With many children who have no real sense of sexuality or sexual experiences caught up in the ‘fun’ of using pronouns and saying what they identify as, some adults mistakenly confuse teaching acceptance with normalizing and encouraging a situation that has been a struggle for those truly affected and have turned it into a sad and dangerous fad.”
As expected, Stanley’s statement received a lot of responses both supportive and not. Dee Snider retweeted Stanley’s statement and said, “You know what? There was a time where I “felt pretty” too. Glad my parents didn’t jump to any rash conclusions! Well said, @PaulStanleyLive.” Interestingly, Snider spoke out last month in opposition to the many anti-drag bills being introduced by state legislatures across the United States. He wrote via Twitter in response to an anti-drag bill in Montana, “You know I haven’t worn the Twisted Sister Makeup in many years…but now I’m tempted to put it back on!”
Meanwhile, Offspring guitarist Noodles responded, “This is a very disappointing take, especially from someone who wore high-heels, makeup, & teased up hair his whole career. As a young kid your band helped teach me that I could be whatever I wanted to be. I guess it was just gimmickry after all. #thatsashame.”