A self-described "LGBT Editor" at ThinkProgress has come under fire alongside a senior contributor for the Federalist for a series of tweets Wednesday that instigated a Twitter war regarding parents' rights over their children struggling with LGBT issues.
Zack Ford, the editor of ThinkProgress LGBT, took issue with David Marcus' latest piece published on the Federalist in which Marcus discussed the transgender bill that South Dakota sent this week "to its governor that would require students to use the bathrooms and showers assigned to their birth genders." In this piece, Marcus lauded South Dakota for its bill, saying, "Their representatives have accepted the time-honored definition of gender and defied the transgender mafia. That choice must be celebrated and defended."
In his piece, Marcus also discussed the research of Dr. Kenneth Zucker, a respected sex researcher who had been fired following an investigation into his theories and practices concerning gender dysphoria. Marcus emphasized Zucker's research into childhood gender dysphoria, which Zucker insisted that children could overcome as parents aided in pushing them toward their biologically determined sex.
This was the tweet from Marcus that started it all:
My latest on how trans advocates are smearing those who disagree with their beliefs and sacrificing kids to do it. https://t.co/eX7NCfVQhm— David Marcus (@David Marcus) 1456318216.0
After reading Marcus' article, Ford swiftly responded and expressed his disagreement.
Your point depends on the desistance myth. Show trial or not, Zucker's research was flawed. https://t.co/sWQCgYZJ0h https://t.co/pA7cOGs5dJ— Zack Ford (@Zack Ford) 1456322118.0
Marcus continued the debate with Ford as the two bounced back and forth.
.@ZackFord @FDRLST Also, parents, not you, decide what's best for their kids. Destroying Zucker hurt their ability to do that. Shameful.— David Marcus (@David Marcus) 1456322405.0
.@BlueBoxDave No, parents with no clue about gender ID development are not experts on what's best for their kid. They have biases.— Zack Ford (@Zack Ford) 1456322492.0
Zack Ford ladies and gentleman. He knows what's best for your kids, not you, or scientists he disagrees with. https://t.co/s6D6DKuOyq— David Marcus (@David Marcus) 1456322549.0
Other Twitter users jumped in on the debate between Marcus and Ford as they expressed their own opinions concerning Marcus' article and Ford's claims that parents of transgendered children do not know what is best for them.
@ZackFord @BlueBoxDave yes, parents want the best for their kids, you only want that which furthers your crusade.— Mike Cortese (@Mike Cortese) 1456327712.0
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