Last night on Real Time with Bill Maher, the HBO host tackled a somewhat sensitive topic during his “New Rule” segment of the show, suggesting the rise of the LGBTQ community is due in part to the fact that it’s trendy.

Maher noted that a recent Gallup poll shows an exponential increase in those who self-identify as LGBTQ and that people are allowed to ask, “What’s up with that?’

“It wasn’t that long ago when adults asked a kid ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’,” he said. “They meant what profession.”

He then mentioned a recent ACLU finding that claimed the controversy about abortion rights affects LGBTQ people more than heterosexual couples. While acknowledging that we should always be mindful of respecting and protecting others, Maher said, “Someone needs to say it – not everything’s about you. It’s okay to ask questions about something very new.” He then brought up the trend of putting young children on hormone blockers and how Sweden has decided to end the practice.

“We’re literally experimenting on children,” Maher insisted, adding that we don’t yet know what the long-term effects of that will be, “but logic tells you there’s going to be problems,” citing bone density and fertility, among other issues. “It’s not a lifestyle decision,” he added.

Maher then talked about the Grand Marshalls for the upcoming Pride parade in New York, none of whom are gay men. “That’s where we are now – gay men are not hip enough for a Gay Pride parade.” He added, “Gay is practically CIS, and CIS is practically Mormon.”

He then went on to make the case that the polls indicate a rise in the LGBTQ community is partly due to it being trendy, saying “teens know ‘The Prime Directive’ is anything to shock and challenge the squares who brought you up. It’s why nobody gets a nose ring at 56.”

Criticizing parents who give in to requests for hormone blockers and genital surgery – Maher shared his opinion that it’s best to wait and not use children as part of the culture wars. “If you are a man who wants to experience life without a pair of balls, you can get married,” he noted.

“Never forget children are impressionable and very, very stupid,” Maher said. “A boy who thinks he’s a girl maybe is just gay – or whatever ‘Frazier’ was,” noting that “being a girl doesn’t mean you have to act like a Kardashian.” He added that maybe, if life makes you sad, “There are other solutions than hand me the dick saw.”

“I understand that being trans is different, it’s innate,” Maher said. “But kids do have phases. Kids are fluid about everything. If they know at age 8 what they wanted to be, the world would be filled with cowboys and princesses.” He recalled, “I wanted to be a pirate. Thank God no one scheduled me for eye removal and peg leg surgery.”

You can check out the clip from Maher’s full “New Rule” segment above.

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