New documentary explores reasons behind massive transgender explosion
SAN FRANCISCO — Daisy Strongin began identifying as a transgender male in her early teens and, like so many other young girls, was told that she needed to permanently alter her body. As such, she took testosterone for years, which permanently altered her voice, and had a double mastectomy, which she almost immediately regretted. Now detransitioned, Daisy is telling her heartbreaking yet hopeful story in the new film, Dysconnected: The Real Story Behind the Transgender Explosion.
Dysconnected filmmaker and director Don Johnson spent a year traveling the United States talking about transgenderism with people from all walks of life: parents, teachers, doctors, therapists, pastors, professors and transitioners of all kinds. What he uncovered will shock viewers. Medical professionals reveal that children are making life-altering decisions about hormones and surgery that they are vastly unqualified to make and that the drugs and surgeries are largely unproven. Former transgender individuals reveal the deep regret and depression they felt after taking steps to change genders. Teachers discuss how gender ideology has infiltrated schools.
“A transgender tsunami has swept this country over the past several years and, in many ways, has changed the medical, educational and counseling industries in ways no one would have ever expected while permanently altering the lives and bodies of hundreds of thousands of individuals, mostly young women,” said Johnson. “I made Dysconnected to find out what caused this tsunami, who is behind it, and what is coming next.”
Walt Heyer, a former transgender woman and author of A Transgender’s Faith, who has been involved in dozens of film and documentary projects, says, “Dysconnected is a masterpiece. It is the film for which I’ve been waiting for 30 years.”
Dysconnected ties together why there has been such an explosion in people identifying as transgender, the statistics that support the theory that these individuals are at higher risk of suicide and depression, and how the medical, counseling and educational fields have failed children who came to them for help. It also ties together the advent of the birth control pill to the transgender movement and what it means to be male and female.
“Becoming a contraceptive society fundamentally changed the way we think about our identity and our bodies,” said Dr. Abigail Favale, author of The Genesis of Gender and one of the commentators featured in Dysconnected.
Dysconnected features stories and insight from Daisy Strongin, Billboard Chris Elston, Ryan T. Anderson, Favale, Heyer, Maria Keffler, Erin Brewer, Christopher West, Patrick Lappert, Pamela Garfield-Jaeger, Carl Trueman, Carl Olson, Billy Burleigh, Gary Michuta, Margaret McCarthy, Branda Lebsack, Michael Hanby and Benjamin Wiker.
Dysconnected is distributed by Ignatius Press and available for streaming and on DVD.
Resource packages are available on the website https://dysconnectedmovie.com/
For more information or to schedule an interview with Don Johnson, please contact Kevin Wandra (866-777-2313, ext. 701 or [email protected]).
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