Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ryan T. Anderson on the administration's decision regarding gender nonconforming school kids

Of course Ryan T. Anderson is delighted with the Trump administration's decision to rescind the Obama guidance on transgender kids in public schools. Anderson is a dour nun who believes unquestioningly the superstitions promulgated as The Faith by the Church. Absent a predisposition for critical thinking, Anderson has no use whatsoever for the opinions of experts in the medical and social sciences. According to Anderson in a highly repetitive piece titled “Trump Right to Fix Obama’s Unlawful Transgender School Policy:”
The Trump administration acted Wednesday night to fix the Obama administration’s unlawful “gender identity” school policy and return authority to parents and teachers in the states.
I will leave it to the Supreme Court to determine what is lawful or unlawful. Anderson puts gender identity in scare quotes because, according to the Catholic Church, gender identity doesn't exist. Anderson has asserted in the past that everyone is created heterosexual and either male or female. More importantly this should not be about states' rights. Nor should this be about parents and teachers. This is about gender nonconforming children and their needs. This is also about the religious right and their continuing sway over public policy.

Referring to the “Dear Colleague” letter:
In the letter, they said the Obama mandate did not show “due regard for the primary role of the states and local school districts” in making education policy.
Policy, when it comes to just about any other health issue, is formulated by medical experts. Not by the PTA. The problem with gender nonconformity is that it makes experts of people like Anderson or just about any plumber and gas pumper who heard Reverend Tight Ass last Sunday. The learned preacher, after all, has a correspondence degree in theology from some Christian college.
The Trump administration is doing the right thing in correcting Obama’s unlawful overreach, which imposed a one-sided solution on all 50 states. Parents and teachers in local schools now can work to find win-win solutions that protect the dignity, privacy, and safety of all students.
I am astonished to learn that the needs of a gender nonconforming child in Alabama are different from the needs of a gender nonconforming child in New York. Actually, I take that back. A trans kid in Alabama needs more support than one in New York because he or she is surrounded by so much more arrogant superstitious ignorance.

Anderson is also being disingenuous. He is not interested in protecting anyone other than the Church. He wants trans kids to be somehow persuaded not to be trans.

Later on:
Last week at The Heritage Foundation, a panel of women explained the many policy problems with “gender identity” laws.

As one of them said, “when gender identity wins, women always lose.”

The panelists—a rape survivor, a lesbian, a feminist activist, a stay-at-home mom, and a conservative—explained how people who identify as transgender should be free to live as they want, but that the law shouldn’t therefore eliminate women-only spaces or redefine what it is to be a woman.
The lesbian on the panel was Miriam Ben Shalom. Last year she was invited to be the Grand Marshall of the Milwaukee pride parade. The invitation was rescinded when it was discovered that she had a number of transphobic posts on her Facebook page. More importantly, no one on that panel was a physician or psychologist. Were that no the case, they might have explained that, for all intents a purposes, a trans girl (and we are talking about children) is a girl who poses no threat to other girls. However, anyone who would have that erudite position wouldn't be on a Heritage Foundation panel. Now would they?
Congress should make such administrative actions permanent by reintroducing and passing H.R. 5812, the Civil Rights Uniformity Act, which clarifies that the term “sex” does not mean “gender identity” for the purpose of interpreting civil rights statutes. This would have the benefit of undoing the past and current abuses of Title IX, as well as preventing future abuses of other civil rights law.
In determining the meaning of any Federal civil rights law, and of any related ruling, regulation, guidance, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States, the words “sex” and “gender” and their equivalents shall not be interpreted to mean “gender identity” or its equivalent, and the words “man” and “woman” and their equivalents shall refer exclusively to a person’s sex.
Right. Transgender people shall cease to exist in order to conform public policy to conservative Christianity and the teachings of the Catholic Church. The bill had only four cosponsors and never got out of the House Judiciary Committee. Even the insanely dysfunctional House knew that this was a nonstarter that would end up in the federal courts.
Up until last year’s prime-time interview of the celebrity then known as Bruce Jenner, few Americans ever had had a conversation about transgender issues. It’s a conversation we need to have.
He cannot bring himself to type “Caitlyn.” Anderson would sooner suck on a urinal mint.
For most Americans, concerns related to transgender students are a new reality. Rather than follow the Obama administration’s rush to impose a top-down solution on the entire country, the Trump administration is allowing the American people to have these conversations, consider all the relevant concerns, and make policies that will best serve all Americans.
The proportionate realities haven't changed given that this represents such a small segment of society. All this fuss over one or two gender nonconforming students in a large middle or high school. This isn't about serving all Americans unless all includes gender nonconforming children. They need to be over-represented to compensate for their small proportion of American society and they need to be represented, not by politicians, but by medical and counseling professionals.

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