Not to persuade, convince, or inform; to humiliate
Yes. There's no other explanation for the push of transgender ideology on everyone and everything in the modern world. There are a tiny fraction of people with real (and tragic) confusion about their identity, nowhere near enough to force recognition of the condition upon the media, the government, the whole population by threat of social media ostracization and loss of employment.
But if the purpose is humiliation by forcing everyone to repeat the most obvious lies with a straight face on pain of dire social and professional consequences, it makes perfect sense to insist that a man in a dress is a woman, or that a man can get an abortion.