Who Are the Rich, White Men Institutionalizing Transgender Ideology?
Exceedingly rich, white men (and women) who invest in biomedical companies are funding myriad transgender organizations whose agenda will make them gobs of money.
As an environmental activist who was deplatformed from a speaking venue by transactivists, in 2013 I developed curiosity about the power of this group to force this development. A year later, whenTimemagazine announced a transgender tipping point on its cover, I had already begun to examine the money behind the transgender project.
I have watched as all-womens safe spaces, universities, and sports opened their doors to any man who chose to identify as a woman. Whereas men who identify as transwomen are at the forefront of this project, women who identify as transmen seem silent and invisible. I was astonished that such a huge cultural change as the opening of sex-protected spaces was happening at such a meteoric pace and without consideration for women and girls safety, deliberation, or public debate.
Concurrent with these rapid changes, I witnessed an overhaul in the English language with new pronouns and a near-tyrannical assault on those who did not use ws mandating new speechwere passed. Laws overriding biological sex with the amorphous concept of gender identity are being instituted now. People who speak openly about these changes can find themselves, their families, and their livelihoods threatened.
These elements, along with media saturation of the issue, had me wondering: Is this really a civil rights issue for a tiny part of the population with body dysphoria, or is there a bigger agenda with moneyed interests that we are not seeing? This article can only begin to graze the surface of this question, but considering transgenderism has basically exploded in the middle of capitalism, which is notorious for subsuming social justice movements, there is value in beginning this examination.
I found exceedingly rich, white men with enormous cultural influence are funding the transgender lobby and various transgender organizations. These include but are not limited toJennifer Pritzker(a male who identifies as transgender);George SorosMartine Rothblatt(a male who identifies as transgender and transhumanist);Tim Gill(a gay man);Drummond PikeWarren and Peter Buffett; Jon Stryker(a gay man);Mark Bonham(a gay man); andRic Weiland(a deceased gay man whose philanthropy is still LGBT-oriented). Most of these billionaires fund the transgender lobby and organizations through their own organizations, including corporations.
Separating transgender issues from LGBT infrastructure is not an easy task. All the wealthiest donors have been funding LGB institutions before they became LGBT-oriented, and only in some instances are monies earmarked specifically for transgender issues. Some of these billionaires fund the LGBT through their myriad companies, multiplying their contributions many times over in ways that are also difficult to track.
These funders often go through anonymous funding organizations such asTides Foundation, founded and operated by Pike. Large corporations, philanthropists, and organizations can send enormous sums of money to the Tides Foundation, specify the direction the funds are to go, and have the funds get to their destination anonymously. Tides Foundation creates alegal firewall and tax shelterfor foundations andfunds political campaigns, often usinglegally dubious tactics.
These men and others, including pharmaceutical companies and the U.S. government, are sending millions of dollars to LGBT causes. Overall reportedglobal spending on LGBT is now estimated at $424 million. From 2003-2013, reported funding for transgender issues increased more thaneightfold, growing at threefold the increase of LGBTQ funding overall, whichquadrupledfrom 2003 to 2012. This huge spike in funding happened at the same time transgenderism began gaining traction in American culture.
$424 million is a lot of money. Is it enough to change laws, uproot language and force new speech on the public, to censor, to create an atmosphere of threat for those who do not comply with gender identity ideology?
It seems obvious now to look at the money behind transgenderism. Many new markets have opened because of it. Thefirst gender clinic for childrenopened in Boston in 2007. In the past ten years, more than30 clinics for children with purported gender dysphoria have arisen in the United States alone, thelargest serving 725patients.
Over the past decade, there has been anexplosion in transgender medical infrastructureacross the United States and world to treat transgender people. In addition to gender clinicsproliferating across the United States, hospital wings are being built for specialized surgeries, and manymedical institutionsareclamoring to get on boardwith the new developments.
Doctors are being trained incadaver symposiums across the worldin all manner of surgeries related to transgender individuals, includingphalloplastyvaginoplastyfacial feminization surgeryurethral procedures, and more. Moreand moreAmericancorporations are coveringtransgender surgeries, drugs, and other expenses. Endocrinologists seeking the fountain of youth in hormonesfor more than a generation, and the subsequent earnings for marketing those hormones, are still on a quest for gold.
Puberty blockers are another growing market. The plastic surgery arm of medicine is staged for an infusion of cash as well as organ transplants, especiallywomb transplants for menidentifying as women who may want future pregnancies. These surgeries arealready being practiced on animalsand the first successfulwomb implantfrom a deceased female donor to another female has already been a success. Biogenetics is poised to be the investment of the future, says Rothblatt, who has headed a massive pharmaceutical corporation and is nowheavily invested in biogenetics and transplants.
Transgenderism has certainly made its way into the American marketplace, so it seems important to consider the implications of this as we pass laws regarding transgender individuals and our civil liberties. Transgenderism sits square in the middle of the medical industrial complex, which isby some estimatesevenbigger than the military industrial complex.
With the medical infrastructure being built, doctors being trained for various surgeries, clinics opening at warp speed, and the media celebrating it, transgenderism is poised for growth. The LGB, a once-tiny group of people trying to love those of the same sex openly and be treated equally within society, has likely already been subsumed by capitalism and is now infiltrated by the medical industrial complex via transgenderism.
Much more important than funds going directly to the LGBT lobby and organizations, only a fraction of which trickles down to assist people who identify as transgender, is the money invested by the men mentioned above, governments, and technology and pharmaceutical corporations to institutionalize and normalize transgenderism as a lifestyle choice. They are shaping the narrative about transgenderism and normalizing it within the culture using their funding methods.
This article will use the Pritzker family as a case study, both to reduce length and because they are emblematic of how this works. Those funding trans organizations and normalizing transgenderism are channeling funds in the same ways and invested in the same medical infrastructure. This can hardly be a coincidence when the very thing absolutely essential to those transitioning are pharmaceuticals and technology. It is also important to note that though the trans lobby has sewn itself to the LGB umbrella, LGB people as such are not lifelong medical patients.
The Pritzkersare an American family of philanthropic billionaires worth approximately $29 billion, whose fortune was gestated by Hyatt Hotels andnursing homes. They now have massive investments in the medical industrial complex.
Examining just a few of the Pritzkers in this article will give you some indication of their reach and influence as a family, especially as regards the transgender project and their relationship to the medical industrial complex. As you read, remember, transitioning individuals are medical patients for life and the Pritzker family are not an anomaly in their funding trajectory or investments in the medical-industrial complex.
Once a family man and a decorated member of the armed forces, Jennifer Pritzker now identifies as transgender. He has made transgenderism a high note in philanthropic funding through hisTawani Foundation.He is one of the largest contributors to transgender causes and, with his family, an enormous influence in the rapid institutionalization of transgenderism.
Some of the organizations Jennifer owns and funds are especially noteworthy to examining the rapid induction of transgender ideology into medical, legal and educational institutions. Pritzker owns Squadron Capital,an acquisitions corporation, with a focus onmedical technology, medical devices, andorthopedic implants, and the Tawani Foundation,a philanthropic organization with agrants focuson Gender & Human Sexuality.
Pritzkersits on the leadership councilof the Program of Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota, to which he alsocommitted $6.5 millionover the past decade. Among many other organizations and institutions Pritzker funds areLurie Childrens Hospital, a medical center for gender non-conforming children, serving 400 children in Chicago; the Pritzker School of Medicine at theUniversity of Chicagoa chair of transgender studiesat the University of Victoria (the first of its kind); andthe Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studiesat the University of Toronto. He also funds theAmerican Civil Liberties Unionand his family fundsPlanned Parenthood, two significant organizations for institutionalizing female-erasing language and support for transgender causes.Planned Parenthood also recently decidedto get into the transgender medical market.
Jennifer Pritzker funds strategically, as does his family, by giving to universities that become beholden to his ideology, whose students go on to spread gender ideology by writing pro-trans articles in medical journals and elsewhere. Jennifers uncle and aunt, John and Lisa Pritzker,gave $25 million to the University of California at San Franciscofor a center of childrens psychiatry. Jennifer likewise funds hospitals and medical schools where the alumni go on to create transgender specialties and LGBT medical centers, even though lesbians, gays, and bisexuals dont need specialized medical services.
Here are just several current activities of Pritzker-funded medical school alumni and recipients of Pritzker money.
James Hekman founded the LGBT medical care center inLakewood Ohio.
David T. Rubinsits on the advisory boardofAccordant/CVS Caremark,the largest pharmaceutical chain in the United States. CVSacquired Target department stores pharmaciesin 2015. Target, of course, is the site of a major social controversy about unisex bathrooms and is a corporate funder of the trans-pushing Human Rights Campaign activist group.
Loren Schecter is the author of the first surgical atlas for transgender surgery, author of pro-trans journals, was awarded for legal advocacy of transgenders, performs reconstructive surgeries, and is director oftransfeminineconferences sponsored by World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH). He alsoperforms reconstructive surgeries at Weiss Memorial Hospitalin Chicago.
Schecter isalso the surgeons only sessions chair on the Scientific Program Committee of the newly formed United States arm of WPATH (World Professional Association of Transgender Health), USPATH, holding conferences in Los Angeles for surgeons in transgender surgeries.
Robert Garofalo, a gay man, is director of theSt. Lurie childrens gender clinic, head of the hospitals division of adolescent medicine, and a professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University,which J.B. Pritzker (whom we will meet later) funds.
Benjamin N. Breyer ischief of urology at San Francisco General Hospital and a professor at the University of California at San Francisco, specializing in transgender surgery.
Nicholas Matteteaches at the Mark Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto, with a specialty in queer studies.Jennifer Pritzker also funds the Bonham Centre. Matte lectures around the country on transgender issues, and espouses the idea thatwe are not a sexually dimorphic species.
Mark Hymanis thePritzker Foundation Chair in functional medicineat the Cleveland Clinic and director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. Cleveland Clinic conducted the United Statesfirst uterus transplant.
Baylor College of Medicine ison the receiving endof the Pritzker School of Medicines pipeline programs for people studying to be doctors. Baylor is where the nations first child wasborn from a uterus transplantas part of an experimental program funding the procedure for 10 women in order to develop uterus transplants ultimately health insurance and taxpayers will pay for rather than being relegated to elective infertility treatment.
Jennifer Pritzker has also helped normalize transgender individuals in the military with a$1.35 million grant to the Palm Center, a University of California, Santa Barbara-based LGBT think tank, to create research validating military transgenderism. He has alsodonated $25 millionto Norwich University in Vermont, a military academy and the first school to launch a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program.
Pritzkers funding is not confined to the United States, but reaches other countries viaWPATH, in conferences for physicians studying transgender surgery and funding of international universities.
Cousin to Jennifer Pritzker, Penny Pritzker served on President ObamasCouncil for Jobs and Competitivenessand Economic Recovery Advisory Board. She was national co-chair of Obama for America 2012 and national finance chair of Obamas 2008 presidential campaign. To say she wasinfluential in getting president Obama electedwould be an understatement.
As Obamas secretary of commerce, Penny Pritzker helped create theNational Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL), by facilitating an award of$70 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the first funding of its kind. Obama made transgenderism a pet issue of his administration, holding a meeting at the White House (the first ever) for transgenderism.
The administrationquietly applied the power of the executive branchto make it easier for transgender people to alter their passports, get cross-sex treatment at Veterans Administration facilities, andaccess public school restrooms and sports programsbased on gender identity. These are just a few of the transgender-specific policy shifts of Obamas presidency.
SorosandGillare two other major transgender movement funders who generated millions of dollars to get Obama elected, and Stryker was one of thetop fivecontributors to Obamas campaign. Under Obama and President George W. Bush, the federal government also funded the Tides Foundation$82.7 million, which in turn donated$47.2 million to LGBTQ issuesover the last two decades.
Pennyhas fundedtheHarvard School of Public Healthand, with her husband through their mutual foundation, ThePritzker Traubert Family Foundation, are funding early childhood initiatives as well as providing scholarships to Harvard University medical students. The Boston Childrens Hospital Gender Management Services wing physicians are allaffiliated with Harvard Medical School. Penny Pritzker also sat on the board at Harvard, wherestudent life offices teach students, many of whom go on to lead U.S. institutions, that there are more than two sexes.
Penny Pritzkers brother,J.B. Pritzker, is an Americanventure capitalist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and business owner. He is co-founder of thePritzker Group, a private investment firm that invests in digital technology and medical companies, includingClinical Innovations, which has a global presence. Clinical Innovations is one of the largest medical device companies and in 2017acquired Brenner Medical, another significant medical group offering innovative products in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology.
J.B. provided seed funding forMatter, a startup incubator for medical technology based in Chicago. He also sits on theboard of directorsat his alma mater, Duke University, where they aremaking advances in cryopreserving womens ovaries.
J.B. is running for governor of Illinois in 2018 and put$25 millioninto an Obama administration public-private initiative totaling$1 billionfor early childhood education. J.B. and his wife, M.K. Pritzker, donated$100 millionto Northwestern University School of Law, partly for scholarships and partly for the schools social justice and childhood law work.
We have to look at why this is framed as a civil rights issue when the main issues seem to be capital and social engineering. There doesnt seem to be a sphere of influence that is untouched by Pritzker money, from early childhood education and universities to law, medical institutions, the LGBT lobby and organizations, politics, and the military. If they were the only ones funding the institutionalization of transgender ideology they would still be fantastically influential, but they are joined by other exceedingly wealthy, influential white men, who also have ties to the pharmaceutical and medical industries.
Along with support by pharmaceutical giants such asJanssen Therapeutics, thehealth foundationof aJohnson and Johnsonfounder,ViivPfizerAbbott Laboratories, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, major technology corporations includingGoogle, Microsoft, Amazon, Intel, Dell, and IBMare also funding the transgender project. In February 2017, Apple, Microsoft, Google, IBM, Yelp, PayPal, and 53 other mostly tech corporations signed onto anamicus briefpushing the U.S. Supreme Court toprohibit schools from keeping private facilities for students designated according to sex.
As these corporations were pushing for transgender bathrooms, they were fighting President Trumps travel ban and immigration policies. In reporting the incidents simultaneously,CNN Newsmade the obvious connection between the corporations interest in the immigration ban and commerce, quoting a legal brief signed by the companies that said, It is inflicting significant harm on American business, innovation and growth. It made no such equivalent connection for the corporations interest in transgender rights. The obvious question would be: Why do they care? The obvious answer is: money.
It behooves us all to look at what the real investment is in prioritizing a lifetime of anti-body medical treatments for a miniscule part of the population.
Melding this manufactured medical issue with civil rights frame entails the continuance and growth of the problem. Transgenderism is framed as both a medical problem, for the gender dysphoria of children who need puberty blockers and are being groomed for a lifetime of medicalization, and as a brave and original lifestyle choice for adults. Martine Rothblatt suggests we are all transhuman, that changing our bodies by removing healthy tissue and organs and ingesting cross-sex hormones over the course of a lifetime can be likened to wearing make-up, dying our hair, or getting a tattoo. If we are all transhuman, expressing that could be a never-ending saga of body-related consumerism.
The massive medical and technological infrastructure expansion for a tiny (but growing) fraction of the population with gender dysphoria, along with the money being funneled to this project by those heavily invested in the medical and technology industries, seems to make sense only in the context of expanding markets for changing the human body. Trans activists are already clamoring for achange from gender dysphoria to gender incongruencein the next revision to the international register of mental diagnosis codes, the ICD-11. The push is on for insurance-paid hormones and surgeries for anyone who believes his or her body is in any way incongruent with his or her gender identity.
Bodily diversity appears to be the core issue, not gender dysphoria; that and unmooring people from their biology via language distortions, to normalize altering human biology. Institutionalizing transgender ideology does just this. This ideology is being promoted as a civil rights issue by wealthy, white, men with enormous influence who stand to personally benefit from their political activities.
It behooves us all to look at what the real investment is in prioritizing a lifetime of anti-body medical treatments for a miniscule part of the population, building an infrastructure for them, and institutionalizing the way we perceive ourselves as human beings, before being human becomes a quaint concept of the past.
This article has been corrected to note the difference between Baylor University and Baylor College of Medicine. The two are no longer connected.