Monday, November 21, 2016

Texas state senator wants schools to out gay kids to their parents

Konni Burton
Texas State Senator Konni Burton seems to think that it is imperative for parents to know if they have a gay or gender nonconforming child. The woman — who describes herself as “first and foremost a wife, a mom, and a life long Christian” — wants to substitute her judgment for the consensus of professionals. I note that Burton has a BBA in marketing. The experts in child development assert that a child should come out to his or her family when he or she is comfortable doing so.

And what, exactly, would teachers know other than suspicions? If a child confided in a teacher, why destroy a relationship of trust? Does the senator understand that it could be potentially life saving to have someone for a kid to talk to in confidence?

According to Burton:
Earlier this year, Fort Worth ISD issued new guidelines for transgender students. If you recall, the guidelines made it acceptable for teachers and staff to withhold personal information about a student from that student’s parents. Furthermore, the manner in which these guidelines came into effect–without a public debate and vote by the school board or even an opportunity for parents to provide input–was also extremely concerning. I wrote an op ed defending the parent’s role in their child’s life and expressing my disappointment Fort Worth ISD would keep information about a student secret rather than communicating openly to the student’s parent.
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Because of this, our office reviewed the provisions in state law which guarantee parents access to information in a public school. We found these provisions in desperate need of clarity and expansion. That is why I am planning to file a bill that rewrites these provisions to make it unequivocally clear that a parent has a right to full and total information on their child’s academic performance, physical, mental and emotional health, and more.
I can only guess that this woman believes that sexual orientation and sexual identity are components of a child's emotional health. They might be ⸺ due to people like Burton. What I want to know is what the benefit of outing a kid before they are ready is. I cannot think of a single benefit to the child's wellbeing. I have contacted the senator to see what she can add. I was polite but doubt that I will receive a reply.

Once again we see a conservative Christian attempting to impose their religion on everyone else. This time it's by legislation. This ignoramus probably thinks that parents can get their child to a therapist to fix them. They need to be fixed because the Bible tells her so. Oh boy.

The reality is that they could be kicked out of their home or even beaten. Not one child has ever been turned from gay to straight with violence or by evicting them from their home.

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