WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) released the fourth video in its documentary series, “Identity Crisis.”

The latest “mini documentary” tells the story of Vera Lindner*, a mother and lifelong Democrat who is speaking out against the “trauma” and “catastrophic ruin” that gender ideology has caused her family after educators and a therapist drove her high-functioning Autistic, gender confused daughter into a mental breakdown.

“Children who have experienced trauma or adverse childhood experiences, who are neuro-divergent such as autistic or with ADD, ADHD are extremely susceptible to the transgender ideology,” Lindner said. “Instead of the teachers and the doctors saying, ‘Okay, now let’s get to the bottom of this. Let’s see what’s really bothering you. Why are you saying you’re not a girl?’ the teachers and the doctors blindly affirm. They perpetuate this delusion.”

IWF’s “Identity Crisis” series tells the stories of four mothers whose daughters fell victim to gender ideology, two detransitioners who now warn of the harms of socially and medically transitioning, and one mental health professional who rails against her profession for prioritizing political correctness over public health. 

Kelsey Bolar, senior policy analyst at IWF and executive producer of the series, said, “Gender ideology isn’t a Left or Right issue. It’s a people issue. Lindner’s story about her autistic, gender-confused daughter tragically captures the damage this movement is causing that so many people, including politicians and health professionals, want to ignore.”

Bolar added, “Vera Lindner was a lifelong voting Democrat since she was naturalized in 2000. But after watching the cult of gender ideology nearly destroy her family, she can no longer stay silent as liberal politicians perpetrate the manipulation, mistreatment and mutilation of children.”

Watch Vera’s story HERE.


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