During his “New Rule” section on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher last night, the HBO host broached a touchy subject, claiming that the LGBTQ community’s ascent is owed in part to the fact that it’s popular.
People are permitted to ask, “What’s up with that?” according to a recent Gallup poll, which indicates an exponential surge in those who self-identify as LGBTQ.
“It wasn’t that long ago when adults asked a kid ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’,” he said. “They meant what profession.”
He then highlighted a recent ACLU study that showed the abortion rights debate has a greater impact on LGBTQ people than on heterosexual couples. “Someone needs to say it – not everything is about you,” Maher added, while adding that we should constantly be cognizant of honoring and safeguarding others. It’s fine to have concerns about anything new.” He then discussed the recent tendency of placing young children on hormone blockers and how Sweden has opted to stop doing so.
“We’re actually experimenting on children,” Maher maintained, adding that while we don’t know what the long-term consequences will be, “logic tells you there’ll be problems,” listing bone density and fertility as examples. He went on to say, “It’s not a lifestyle decision.”
The Grand Marshalls for the next Pride march in New York, none of whom are gay men, were then discussed by Maher. “We’ve arrived at this point: gay men aren’t cool enough for a Gay Pride march.” “Gay is practically CIS, and CIS is practically Mormon,” he continued.
“Teens know ‘The Prime Directive’ is anything to shock and question the squares who brought you up,” he continued, implying that the surge in the LGBTQ population is largely due to it being trendy. It’s why, at 56, no one gets a nose ring.”
Criticizing parents who give in to calls for hormone blockers and genital surgery, Maher stated that it is better to wait and not use children in the culture wars. “You can get married if you are a man who wants to experience life without a pair of balls,” he said.
“Never forget that children are impressionable and incredibly foolish,” Maher said. “A boy who thinks he’s a girl might just be gay – or whatever ‘Frazier’ was,” she says, adding that “just because you’re a girl doesn’t mean you have to act like a Kardashian.” “There are better alternatives than handing me the dick saw,” he continued if life makes you miserable.
“I recognize that being trans is unique; it’s inborn,” Maher explained. “However, children go through periods. Everything is flexible with children. The world would be filled with cowboys and princesses if they knew what they wanted to be at the age of eight.” “I wanted to be a pirate,” he recounted. Thank God I didn’t have eye surgery or peg leg surgery scheduled.”
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