Earlier this week, the lead singer of the hard-rock band KISS offered up a bold condemnation of sexual and gender transitions for children. Now, though, he’s walking it back.
Paul Stanley, 71, didn’t seem to completely turn from his previous statement, at least as it relates to minors. Rather, he seemed to be concerned with how he communicated his thoughts.
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“While my thoughts were clear, my words clearly were not,” the KISS cofounder wrote. “Most importantly and above all else, I support those struggling with their sexual identity while enduring constant hostility and those whose path leads them to reassignment surgery.”
“It’s hard to fathom the kind of conviction that one must feel to take those steps,” he continued. “A paragraph or two will remain far too short to fully convey my thoughts or point of view so I will leave that for another time and place.”
It is worth noting, however, Stanley has not removed his previous statement from his Twitter account.
As CBN’s Faithwire previously reported, the rockstar described the normalization of body-altering surgeries and hormone treatments for minors who identify as transgender as a “sad and dangerous fad.”
“There is a BIG difference between teaching acceptance and normalizing and even encouraging participation in a lifestyle that confuses young children into questioning their sexual identification as though some sort of game and then parents in some cases allow it,” he wrote.
Stanley explained in his previous statement that — while adults are free to make whatever lifestyle decisions they desire — children should be shielded from such irreversible treatments.
“[T]urning this into a game or parents normalizing it as some sort of natural alternative or believing that because a little boy likes to play dress up in his sister’s clothes or a girl in her brother’s, we should lead them steps further down a path that’s far from the innocence of what they are doing,” he wrote.
In total, Stanley’s original statement had a reach of more than 27 million on Twitter.
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