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They Took Our Daughter | Todd & Krista Kolstad | EP 428

Published on 04 Mar 2024 / In People & Blogs

Dr. Jordan Peterson speaks in-person with Todd and Krista Kolstad. They discuss their ongoing court battle with the state of Montana surrounding the removal of their daughter from their home, and then to Canada, for lack of gender affirmation.

Krista Cummins-Kolstad was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. After mortuary school, she moved to Flathead County, Montana where she spent the next 13 years as a licensed mortician and funeral director. She married Todd Kolstad in 2017 and recently moved to Glasgow Montana to give her daughter a fresh start. She has been working with her husband Todd at his company, Montana Technical Solutions since 2021.

A Glasgow, Montana native, Todd Kolstad spent his high school years in the Phoenix, Arizona area. He served in the Air Force from 1987 to 1991 mostly stationed in Kadena Air Base with the 12th tactical fighter squadron. After his military service he worked for Siemens nuclear power for 10yrs doing nuclear instrumentation. He then worked for KLA-Tencor performing laser alignment robotics globally. He then returned to the glasgow Montana area and started the company he has today: Montana Technical Solutions. Todd has five children with his ex wife. He moved to the flathead valley area where he met and married Krista Cumm.

This episode was recorded on February 16th, 2024

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(0:00) Tour info 2024
(0:40) Coming up
(0:58) Intro
(2:25) 2021: teen bullying and the rise in popularity of gender identity
(11:56) How not being liked leads to gender dysphoria
(17:59) Early interventions and developing an online persona
(23:35) The danger of affirmation on TikTok and online communities
(26:15) The pressure of the community makes it so you can’t go back
(28:22) Thinking she would “grow out of it,” and when the fantasy broke
(37:19) Secretly buying hormones online, taking the wrong dosages, and experiencing side effects
(40:21) Accusations of abuse, child protective services
(46:09) Going to the hospital for suicide prevention, playing with fire
(50:51) The hospital staff turned against the parents
(52:05) Assigned a non-binary aid when encouraged top surgery
(54:01) Covert plans to send daughter to a gender care clinic in Montana
(57:38) CPS witnessed the daughter’s tendency to lie and ignored it
(1:00:56) Without notice, CPS removes daughter and sends her to Wyoming
(1:05:19) “It feels like we are up against the devil”
(1:08:11) Affirmation is not care, but it is now legally required
(1:11:58) Part of her wanted to come home, but CPS blocked it
(1:16:30) State appointed guardian, full affirmation or full removal
(1:19:08) Alerting the public with a video, being “put in their place” by the judge
(1:26:56) Daughter is sent to Canada to live with birth mother, the system failed
(1:30:09) The fight is not over

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