Written by Eagle Forum
Transgenderism is being addressed in American schools from elementary to university level. What was once an anomaly is becoming normalized with the help of compliant courts, governmental entities, complicit politicians, and spearheading organizations.
A male 1st-grader in the Fountain-Fort Carson School District in Colorado will not be allowed to use the girls' bathroom. The young boy wears dresses to school and "self-identifies" as a girl. Although his state-issued ID and passport list him as a female, he is biologically a male. The school offered the child use of the gender-neutral faculty bathroom, the nurse's bathroom, or the boys' bathroom.
The Colorado school district claims their decision was made out of consideration for the comfort of female students who would not like a male in their bathroom. His parents have contacted the state of Colorado Civil Rights Division, and will homeschool until the issue is resolved to their liking. This is expected to end up in court.
An eleven-page directive issued by the Massachusetts Department of Education (DOE) in February 2013 allows boys and girls who identify with a sex differing from their own physiology to use the bathroom and locker room in which they feel most comfortable. The DOE is responding to a state law that added "gender identity" to the non-discrimination code.
All Massachusetts schools are now required to accept the sex a student chooses as his or her own, regardless of biology, and allow bathroom and locker room access accordingly. Critics of the DOE edict argue that the new law did not require such a broad directive from the education department, but that the result is what can be expected when states add gender identity to state non-discrimination policies.
As of August 2013 Brown University student health insurance will begin covering sex change operations for those students who want them. According to the campus Director of Insurance and Purchasing Services, "the total package of sexual reassignment surgeries, hormone therapy and other services can cost up to $50,000." (National Review, 02-07-13)
The University of Iowa is the first public college to offer a transgender check box along with those of male and female on its application for admission. An additional application question is, "Do you identify with the LGBTQ [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer] Community?" The University of Iowa executive director of admissions said, "The new LGBT question on our undergraduate application reflects our foundational commitment to inclusion of all students, no matter what their origin or orientation."
A February 2013 conference at the University of California-Riverside, called "20 Years of LGBT Progress," celebrated the movement to normalize and promulgate these lifestyles. There are LGBT centers at most University of California (UC) campuses and over 20 different LGBTQ organizations on the UC Los Angeles campus, alone. (TheCollegeFix.com, 02-05-13)
A founding director of the UC Davis LGBT Center is quoted at the UC Riverside conference website:
Prior to the formal founding of the Cantú Queer Center at UC Santa Cruz in 1997, queer students were emerging from hostile high school environments onto our campus with few coordinated resources and no safe and accessible queer-centric space in which to heal and explore their sexualities and genders. Queer and questioning students received no consistent guidance from professional staff. . . . Transgender students, staff, and faculty paid for all their transition needs out-of-pocket. . . . The impact of our collective advocacy has been significant.