By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
St. Johns County School Board Member Tommy Allen wants to get the word out to get the word out to St. Johns families, that the school district is being sued to force the schools to adopt a transgender bathroom policy. Allen said that the policy would mean that any student could say they were whatever sex they wished to be on a given day, and use that bathroom. The St. Johns County School District is opposed to this notion and is asking concerned parents to contact contact him by e-mail email@example.com and voice their opposition.
The LGBT lobby’s Lambda Legal Fund is using a confused female student and her parents to bring the lawsuit. The girl says she identifies as a boy and wants to use the mens room.
Allen has indicated that a petition with at least 300 signatures and over 100 e-mails opposing the lawsuit and in support of the school district’s policy of requiring girls to use the girls room and boys to use the boys room has been received so far.
The case has gotten national coverage. The Washington Post wrote an article sympathetic to the transgendered student:
When Drew Adams began at Allen D. Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Fla., he was excited for a fresh start with new classmates. The transgender teen, who was born female, transitioned the summer before his freshman year. He was going to school as a boy for the first time.
It also meant that he was using the boys’ bathroom.
But school officials barred him from the boys’ bathroom a month after school began in 2015, Drew said, after someone anonymously complained about his presence there. When his mother, Erica Kasper, failed to reach a resolution with school officials, she filed a complaint with the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, which had successfully pressed other school districts into allowing transgender students to use bathrooms that matched the gender they identify with. The office began investigating but stopped after a federal judge in August 2016 issued an injunction in response to a lawsuit challenging the department’s protections for transgender students.
After hearing nothing from federal officials for nearly a year, and after the Trump administration rescinded protections for transgender schoolchildren seeking to use bathrooms that align with their gender identity, Drew and his mother gave up hope. Last week they sued school officials and the St. Johns County School Board, alleging that the school system is violating Drew’s rights by refusing him access to the boys’ bathroom and directing him to use out-of-the-way unisex bathrooms.
“Forcing me to use a separate restroom … makes it clear to me that the school district sees me as a lesser person,” said Drew, now 16 and a rising junior, who said he has missed class trekking to the unisex bathrooms.
The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, alleges that school officials are violating Title IX, the federal law that bars sex discrimination in public schools, and the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. Drew and his mother are represented by Lambda Legal.
St. Johns County Superintendent Tim Forson, speaking on behalf of the school district, said in an email: “We disagree with the plaintiff’s interpretation of the law.”
School board chairman Tommy Allen declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying through his executive secretary that he could not answer questions about an ongoing legal issue.
The American College of Pediaticians is strongly opposed to schools promoting transgenderism. Their website posted their point of view on May of this year:
The American College of Pediatricians urges healthcare professionals, educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality.
Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: “XY” and “XX” are genetic markers of male and female, respectively – not genetic markers of a disorder.The norm for human design is to be conceived either male or female. Human sexuality is binary by design with the obvious purpose being the reproduction and flourishing of our species. This principle is self-evident. The exceedingly rare disorders of sex development (DSDs), including but not limited to testicular feminization and congenital adrenal hyperplasia, are all medically identifiable deviations from the sexual binary norm, and are rightly recognized as disorders of human design. Individuals with DSDs (also referred to as “intersex”) do not constitute a third sex.1
No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex. Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one.No one is born with an awareness of themselves as male or female; this awareness develops over time and, like all developmental processes, may be derailed by a child’s subjective perceptions, relationships, and adverse experiences from infancy forward. People who identify as “feeling like the opposite sex” or “somewhere in between” do not comprise a third sex. They remain biological men or biological women.2,3,4
A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking.When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such. These children suffer from gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria (GD), formerly listed as Gender Identity Disorder (GID), is a recognized mental disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V).5 The psychodynamic and social learning theories of GD/GID have never been disproved.2,4,5
Puberty is not a disease and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous.Reversible or not, puberty- blocking hormones induce a state of disease – the absence of puberty – and inhibit growth and fertility in a previously biologically healthy child.6
The left has called the American College of Pediatricians a hate group.