President Obama announced today that 100,000 government-funded schools must create pro-transgender, mixed-sex bathrooms and locker rooms, and must deny sexual privacy, single-sex bathrooms and single-sex locker rooms to almost 55 million American kids in K-12 public schools.
Breitbart reports that Obama will use the administration’s power over funding and advocacy lawsuits to enforce his demand, which will establish the far-left theory of “gender identity” as government orthodoxy in the nation’s school system.
There’s little that House Speaker Paul Ryan’s GOP caucus in Congress can do to stop this power-grab, because they’ve already approved federal funding until October.
The denial of sexual privacy to almost 55 million kids is being justified as a way to prevent “discrimination” against a tiny number of children who say they feel they are members of the opposite sex. Among actual adults, various estimates say that only 1 in 330 or as few as 1 in 2,400 adults are transgender are transgender.
“There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex,” activist U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement released Thursday.
Lynch’s letter echoes the administration’s 2014 claim that decades-old law barring sexual discrimination against men or women also bars discrimination against people who claim their “gender identity” is different from their male or female genetics and genitalia.
In carefully scripted language that portrays the administration as wise and kind, Lynch claimed the new federal decree “gives administrators, teachers, and parents the tools they need to protect transgender students from peer harassment and to identify and address unjust school policies.”
The letter will also inform school districts they won’t even be allowed to require some evidence that the child is “transgender” or is undergoing treatment or a sex-change procedures. That “no-test” rule reflects progressives’ hostility to any tests or rules that limit people’s choice of fluid “gender identity.”
If confirmed, the no-test rule also will make it difficult for communities to protect the sexual privacy of children against people who falsely claim to have an opposite-sex “gender identity.” Already, the federal government is suing the North Carolina government to strike down a new compromise law, dubbed HB2, that protects sexual privacy and also allows transgenders to change their sex once they undergo medical procedures.
Obama’s letter will also inform district administrators that as soon as a student and his parent or legal guardian asserts a “chosen” gender that “differs from previous representations or records,” the school must act in accordance with the claim.
According to The New York Times, the letter will be accompanied by a 25-page document describing “emerging practices” laying out how schools have already addressed the issue.
Those practice likely will force schools and parents to accept “gender identity” classes for the kids. The classes inform children that typical male and female behaviors and preferences are shaped by culture and experiments, not by biology. The “gender identity” theory argues that children may be happier if they pick male or female or mixed “gender expressions” that differ from typical behaviors or from parents’ preferences. In essence, the “gender identity” claim wants to replace the traditional, time-tested idea that kids naturally belong to either of the two different, equal and complementary sexes.
In Oregon, education officials have recently released instructions to schools to implement much of this new “gender identity” ideology. According to the new Oregon rules,
Based on this guidance transgender students should be treated consistent with their gender identity and should not be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to harassment or other forms of discrimination on the basis of gender identity in any program or activity. These activities and programs may include but are not limited to cheer class, homecoming, prom, spirit day, celebrations, assemblies, acknowledgments, after school activities/ programs and all extra-curricular activities.
Also, the Oregon rules say that the student – child or teenager – decides his or her gender identity.
The person best situated to determine a student’s gender identity is the individual student.
Transgender students may not want their parents to know about their experiments in transgender identity, so officials,
should balance the goal of supporting the student with the requirement that parents be kept informed about their children.
The matter of Obama’s power to end sexual-privacy for the nation’s children, however, is not at all settled.
Congress has not acted, and the courts have yet to make final rulings on these matters, meaning Obama’s power to force local schools to obey these demands is not set in stone.
Many school officials — especially in poor-performing urban schools — prefer to spend their time and money on improving education and athletics, rather than fighting yet more battles over sexual politics.
Public opinion has shifted rapidly on the issue as voters realize the threat posed by “gender identity” to sexual privacy and to civic rules about the two sexes. For example, Target stores have been hit by a damaging consumer boycott after they imposed a pro-transgender policy that opened single-sex changing rooms to both sexes.
But already one school district has been forced by a federal court to acquiesce to the demands of a student who claims to be transgender. A federal appeals court in Virginia sided with a girl claiming to be a transgender boy and forced Gloucester High School to accede to the student’s demand to use the boy’s bathrooms and locker rooms at the school.
The court cited the anti-discrimination clause in federal Title IX rules as the basis for its opinion. However, some legal experts note the rules do not explicitly mention the transgender issue and that the court relied on extrapolation by agency officials instead of the law’s text.
The president of the National Legal Foundation, Steven W. Fitschen, pointed out just that in comments to Breitbat News. In its decision, Fritschen said, the Fourth Circuit Court admitted that Title IX does not directly address transgenderism. Because of this “the majority had to rely on a letter of interpretation of the regulation that does address transgenderism,” he said.
Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, agreed and further noted there is no case law at all to make assume the federal government has the power to force all schools to provide transgender bathrooms.
“There is absolutely nothing in the way of case law or statutory language that would legitimize such a mandate upon public schools,” Dacus added.
Dacus also felt that if such a case were to be brought before the U.S. Supreme Court, the top court would strike down the Obama administration’s attempt at social engineering. Furthermore, such a move would represent, “a major setback for local control by school districts, as well as a major breach of trust for parents throughout the country who value the privacy protection of their sons and daughters in the locker rooms and showers at public schools.”