KISS’ Paul Stanley Gives His Thoughts on Gender-Affirming Care for Young People
While in the past, KISS rocker Paul Stanley has rarely discussed politics publicly — he's never endorsed any particular political candidate or party — the 71-year-old singer-guitarist seems to be speaking out more lately about his beliefs regarding society.
This week, he aired his ideas about bans on transition care for young people now spreading in the U.S.
In the past three months, 10 Republican-led states have passed laws banning gender-affirming care for minors, as New York Times reported. In an April 30 message, "My Thoughts On What I'm Seeing," Stanley shared his beliefs on the topic, calling it a "sad and dangerous fad" when parents support their young kids' transitions.
What Did Paul Stanley Say?
The KISS co-founder writes, "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."
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He adds, "There ARE individuals who as adults may decide reassignment is their needed choice but turning 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 … down a path that's far from the innocence of what they are doing."
Stanley says, "Children who have no real sense of sexuality or sexual experiences [get] caught up in the 'fun' of using pronouns and saying what they identify, as some adults mistakenly confuse teaching acceptance with normalizing and encouraging a situation that has been a struggle for those truly affected and [has] turned it into a sad and dangerous fad."
Reactions to His Remarks
On Twitter, where Stanley shared his message, reactions from fans immediately started cropping up, both for and against the KISS member's statement.
"Paul Stanley went from KISS, a literal drag band, to becoming the Karen from Detroit Rock City," one responded, referencing drag show restrictions likewise gaining ground in GOP-led legislatures.
"Paul Stanley from KISS Dropping some truth bombs about the LGBTQ Movement," another said, adding, "How soon until they cancel him?" (In 2021, the KISS singer spoke out against cancel culture.) See more Twitter reactions to Stanley's recent message below.
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Reactions to Paul Stanley's Message
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April 12 – Manaus, Brazil @ Arena Amazonia
April 15 – Bogota, Columbia @ Estadio Campin
April 18 – Brasilia, Brazil @ Mane Garrincha
April 20 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil @ Mineirao
April 22 – Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Allianz Parque
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April 30 – Santiago, Chile @ Santa Lauro
May 27 – Columbus, Ohio @ Sonic Temple
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June 17 – Munchen, Germany @ Konigsplatz
June 19 – Krakow, Poland @ Arena Krakow
June 21 – Dresden, Germany @ Halle 1
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June 25 – Cartagena, Spain @ Rock Imperium
June 27 – Lyon, France @ Halle Garnier
June 29 – Tuscany, Italy @ Lucca Festival
July 1 – Mannheim, Germany @ SAP Arena
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July 5 – London, England @ O2 Arena
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July 8 – Glasgow, Scotland @ OVO Hydro
July 12 – Rattvik, Sweden @ Dalhalla Amp.
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July 15 – Tonsberg, Norway @ Kaldnes
Oct. 29 – Austin, Texas @ Moody Center
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Nov. 3 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Hollywood Bowl
Nov. 6 – Seattle, Wash. @ Climate Pledge Arena
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Nov. 24 – Knoxville, Tenn. @ Thompson-Boling Arena
Nov. 25 – Indianapolis. Ind. @ Gainbridge Fieldhouse
Nov. 27 – Rosemont, Ill. @ Allstate Arena
Nov. 29 – Baltimore, Md. @ CFG Arena
Dec. 1 – New York, N.Y. @ MSG
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