Bill Maher is well known for his humorous hot takes on all things political. The comedian has made a career out of sharing his opinion and discussing the latest issues on various television shows. On the latest episode of “Real Time,” Maher questioned whether gender reassignment with kids has gone too far.

In his monologue, Bill Maher cited Dr. Erica Anderson, a transgender clinical psychologist, who said that children identifying as trans are falling under the influence of their peers and social media. In other words, Anderson believes kids are claiming to be transgender because it is trendy. Maher pointed out that this “trend” seemed to be regional.

“It is not uncommon (in Los Angeles) to hear parents who each have a trans kid having a conversation about that. What are the odds of that happening in Youngstown, Ohio? If this spike in trans children is all-natural, why is it regional?

Either Ohio is shaming them or California is creating them. It’s like that day we suddenly all needed bottled water all the time. If we can’t admit that in certain enclaves, there is some level of trendiness to the idea of being anything other than straight, then this is not a serious science-based discussion.”


Bill Maher made a very interesting point. He also was careful to note that in some of these “enclaves,” overall intolerance to LGBTQ issues could be keeping kids quiet. At any rate, Maher’s overarching point is that he believes that a lot of the increase in kids who identify as trans is more a function of nurture than nature.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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