(CNS News) -- Although many liberal activists and lawmakers, including President Joe Biden, use their influence to promote transgender people throughout society -- see sports, modeling, cable TV, public schools, government, military -- the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly 1 million people identify as transgender in the U.S., which is 0.3% of the population, or less than 1%.
According to the Census Bureau, the U.S. population is 331,893,745 (as of July 1, 2021). One million transgenders equals 0.3% of the total population.
As the CDC explains, a transgender person is a "person whose gender identity or expression is different from their sex assigned at birth." In other words, someone may be born with male genitalia but they identify, they think and feel, as a female. That is a transgender woman.
A transgender man, says the CDC, is "a person assigned female at birth who identifes as male."
The CDC also reports that in 2019 (latest data available), there were "36,801 total new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. and dependent areas." Among those diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, 671 people were transgender, about 2% of the total diagnoses.
On a related note, gay and bisexual men made up 69% of the new HIV diagnoses: 25,552 people.
For the transgender women (biological males) newly diagnosed with HIV -- 625 total -- blacks made up 46% of the cases, or 289 people. Hispanic trans women made up 35% of the cases, 221 people, and white trans females comprised 13% of the new diagnoses, 80 people.
For the HIV-positive among trans men (biological females) -- 46 total -- 41% (19 people) were black, 26% (12) were Hispanic, and 24% (11) were white.
According to the CDC, "there are several challenges that place transgender people at higher risk of HIV." This includes transphobia, racism, HIV stigma, and lack of knowledge.
"Transphobia, racism, and HIV stigma can negatively impact risk-taking behaviors, knowledge of HIV status, HIV care, and other needed services for many transgender people," said the CDC.
"When health care providers are not knowledgeable about transgender issues, this can be a barrier for transgender people with HIV who are looking for treatment and care," reported the CDC.
In addition, said the agency, "when transgender people do not feel supported through medical gender affirmation, they are less likely to engage in HIV prevention and care services."
In 2021 and 2022, President Joe Biden issued a proclamation declaring March 31 the Transgender Day of Visibility.
"To everyone celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility, I want you to know that your president sees you," said Biden in the 2022 proclamation. "The First Lady, the Vice President, the Second Gentleman, and my entire Administration see you for who you are — made in the image of God and deserving of dignity, respect, and support."
"Visibility matters, and so many transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming Americans are thriving," said Biden. "Like never before, they are sharing their stories in books and magazines; breaking glass ceilings of representation on television and movie screens; enlisting — once again — to serve proudly and openly in our military; getting elected and making policy at every level of government; and running businesses, curing diseases, and serving our communities in countless other ways."
In honor of the Transgender Day of Visibility, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra had the transgender flag flown outside HHS headquarters in Washington, D.C. This was the first time in U.S. history that the trans flag had been displayed outside a federal building.
According to the pro-LGBTQ Human Rights Campaign, "So far in 2022, eight states have passed 12 harmful bills into law. Two-thirds of the bills violate the rights of trans youth by banning them from playing sports and prohibiting gender-affirming, life-saving medical care. The others discriminate broadly against LGBTQ+ people."
Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.
The transgendered person’s disorder, said Dr. McHugh, is in the person’s “assumption” that they are different than the physical reality of their body, their maleness or femaleness, as assigned by nature. It is a disorder similar to a “dangerously thin” person suffering anorexia who looks in the mirror and thinks they are “overweight,” said McHugh.
The pro-transgender advocates do not want to know, he added, that studies show between 70% and 80% of children who express transgender feelings “spontaneously lose those feelings” over time.
“’Sex change’ is biologically impossible,” McHugh wrote in the Wall Street Journal. “People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”
According to the Family Research Council (FRC), "No one can change his or her sex. The DNA in every cell in the body is marked clearly male or female. Hormones circulating in an unborn child’s brain and body shape his or her development."
"Psychiatrists and surgeons who have served transsexual clients know surgery does not change sex," reported the FRC. "George Burou, a Moroccan physician, admitted: 'I don’t change men into women. I transform male genitals into genitals that have a female aspect. All the rest is in the patient’s mind.'"