With Friends Like These

by jj skolnik

Edmonton Pride Parade 2011 photo shows colorful marchers with 'Queers Against Israeli Apartheid' and 'No Pride in Apartheid' banners banner
Kurt Bauschardt from Edmonton, Canada [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

It is a particularly surreal time to be both trans and an anti-Zionist Jew. It is not an easy time to be anyone, really, but everywhere in public discourse—popular media, social media, public policy—People Like Me are a topic of discussion. The Jerusalem Post calls us “fake Jews,” a line I have heard at pro-Palestinian protests I have attended going back decades.  And, of course, there is the tireless and obsessive cohort insisting that trans people do not know our own minds, and “social contagion,” and not a better understanding of our own selves, is what causes people to transition. 

It should be evident that you can’t kick someone out of their own ethnicity; it should be evident that the social contagion theory has been thoroughly and properly debunked. (The 2023 study on “rapid onset gender dysphoria”  that made a big stir has been retracted for ethics concerns. In addition, its sources were entirely pulled from parental reports on a transphobic website—not exactly an unbiased sample.) Media is still reporting on these things as if they are real. 

It’s a paywall, but a small one

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