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Lawmakers Act to Protect Children From Transgender Bathrooms

Posted by on Feb. 25, 2013 at 8:50 AM
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Massachusetts lawmakers are considering legislation that would close a loophole in the state’s anti-discrimination law which forces schools to let transgender students use the restrooms of their choice – regardless of their anatomy.

According to a bill introduced by State Rep. Colleen Garry, access to bathrooms and athletic facilities would be controlled by an individual’s anatomical sex – regardless of their gender identity.

The bill reads: “The meaning of ‘gender identity’ shall be distinct from that of ‘sex’ and ‘sexual orientation.’ Access to lawfully sex-segregated facilities, accommodations, resorts and amusements, as well as educational, athletic, and therapeutic activities and programs, shall be controlled by an individual’s anatomical sex of male or female, regardless of that individual’s gender identity.”

“This is a hot button issue in Massachusetts,” said Garry, who describes herself as a socially conservative, pro-gun Democrat.

Andrew Beckwith, general counsel for the Massachusetts Family Institute, praised Garry’s bill as a good solution.

“It cuts to the chase,” he told Fox News. “It’s a fair and sensible approach to this issue.”

He said Garry’s involvement – as a Democrat – is proof that this is not a partisan issue.

“Everyone should be and hopefully is concerned about the safety and privacy rights of all children,” he said. “There is bipartisan support for a common sense solution that is fair to everyone.”

The Mass. Dept. of Education issued an 11-page directive demanding that schools accept a student’s gender identity on face value. The guidelines were issued at the request of the department to help schools follow the 2011 anti-discrimination law protecting transgender students.

“A student who says she is a girl and wishes to be regarded that way throughout the school day and throughout every, or almost every, other area of her life, should be respected and treated like a girl,” the guidelines stipulate.

READ: STUDENTS WHO REFUSE TO AFFIRM TRANSGENDERED COULD BE PUNISHED

That means fifth grade girls could be sharing locker rooms and bathroom facilities with eighth grade boys – who identify as girls.

Under the state guidelines the fifth grade girl would have no recourse to complain. Any student who refuses to refer to a transgendered student by the name or sex they identify with could face punishment.

“It should not be tolerated and can be grounds for student discipline,” the mandate states.

Garry told Fox News it was simply outrageous to imagine such a scenario.

“To turn around and tell high school girls that because a young man feels he’s a female – their feelings are of no issue whatsoever – that only his feelings are important – is absolutely outrageous,” she said.

But state education officials say the feelings of the transgender student trump those of other students – noting their discomfort “is not a reason to deny access to the transgender student.”

Gunner Scott, of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, told the Associated Press that he supported punishing those who don’t acknowledge a student’s gender identity – saying it was a form of bullying.

“The reality is that it’s about creating an inclusive environment for all students to learn,” he said.

Garry said children already have a difficult time adjusting to their own sexuality – much less dealing with a classmate’s.

Beckwith said the education department essentially came up with a speech code.

“If you don’t play along with the biological lie of the gender identity issues you will be punished,” he said. “How are third and fourth grade students supposed to figure out these cutting edge issues that are still up in the air medically?”

Garry said to expose children to this in high school is “absolutely outrageous.”

“To take the individual interests of one person who may or may not be transgendered – and make those interests more important is just wrong,” she said.

Garry’s bill also addresses the issue of allowing boys who say they identify as girls to play on female athletic teams – as well as use the same locker rooms.

Bill Gillmeister, of Brookfield, Mass., said his daughter may not play sports as a result of the mandate.

“That concerns me greatly,” he told Fox News. “My daughter would likely not play a sport that she would otherwise play if she knew there was a potential for a boy to walk into the girl’s locker room.”

Garry said she understands the frustration and fear parents are feeling.

“Kids at that age have a really difficult time with their own sexuality – never mind being forced to deal with that in a locker room,” she said. “It really is a tough age – and to turn around and say ‘We don’t care how you feel. Johnny’s rights are more important (is wrong).”

Garry told Fox News that many Democrats as well as Republicans are upset with the directive.

“The liberals have been more vocal, but I’m a very socially conservative Democrat and there are a lot of us,” she said – noting that she is also pro-Second Amendment.

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redhead-bedhead
by on Feb. 25, 2013 at 9:07 AM
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Why are they only focusing on male to female? It does often go the other way.

Girls often get to play on male teams for a varity of reasons, and if they don't, everyone screams sexism.

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Feb. 25, 2013 at 9:08 AM
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Ohhhh Holy Loki...

The government is run by scared hateful people. 


candlegal
by Judy on Feb. 25, 2013 at 9:11 AM
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Yeah, that's it, SMH

How about the lawmakers think all children are worth protecting and not just  a few

Quoting Sekirei:

Ohhhh Holy Loki...

The government is run by scared hateful people. 



Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Feb. 25, 2013 at 9:12 AM
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But they are not protecting all children.. only the ones that they deem are 'normal'


Quoting candlegal:

Yeah, that's it, SMH

How about the lawmakers think all children are worth protecting and not just  a few

Quoting Sekirei:

Ohhhh Holy Loki...

The government is run by scared hateful people. 




IhaveHisjoy
by Silver Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 9:17 AM
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 Good!

candlegal
by Judy on Feb. 25, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Did you even read the article?  They will protect all children, they will just do it in a different way.   They realize the way the law reads now isn't the way to do it.

Quoting Sekirei:

But they are not protecting all children.. only the ones that they deem are 'normal'


Quoting candlegal:

Yeah, that's it, SMH

How about the lawmakers think all children are worth protecting and not just  a few

Quoting Sekirei:

Ohhhh Holy Loki...

The government is run by scared hateful people. 





Lottie925
by Bronze Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 9:23 AM
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I'm in MA and this absolutely absurd. I consider myself fairly open minded. Gay marriage is legal here and I m for that. But this is INSANE. I remember 3 years ago I was taking a class to become a CNA, and there was a "transgendered" male to female student in the class. He was probably about 50, and looked like John goodman only taller, fatter and hairier with a Moe haircut. He was dressed as a woman with makeup etc. but he was clearly a large imposing man who also seemed somewhat off, dare I say mentally ill. Not because of transgendered issues, but more because he was creepy and odd in communication. Let me tell you... When he walked into the women's bathroom during break, everybody quickly finished up and walked out. hE may identify as a woman, but when a 6 foot 300 pound, hairy man with make up comes in the bathroom, all sense of being open minded, polite or otherwise leaves you and you survival instinct kicks in. 

If it is truly an issue perhaps a handicapped private toilet, or a nurses bathroom could be available. 

Lottie925
by Bronze Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 9:26 AM


It's not ONLY male to female, but Blythe time we are talking about late middle school to high school, the chances of sexual assault or even harassment are much more daunting when boys have gone through or are going through puberty... Full of testosterone, some reaching 6 feet and a larger man's frame. Much less of problem from the opposite sex. I bet most transgendered females would prefer the women's bathroom anyway.

Quoting redhead-bedhead:

Why are they only focusing on male to female? It does often go the other way.

Girls often get to play on male teams for a varity of reasons, and if they don't, everyone screams sexism.



Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Feb. 25, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Yeah, I read the article...and yes, I still see it as protecting the 'normal' kids. Specifically since someone calls it a biological lie. 

While I don't agree with punishing someone for voicing concerns and not speaking to parents... I don't think that a person should be put in danger for going into either bathroom. There is really no way to fix this without making someone uncomfortable or letting someone get the snot beat out of them

Personally.. I would rather make someone uncomfortable

Quoting candlegal:

Did you even read the article?  They will protect all children, they will just do it in a different way.   They realize the way the law reads now isn't the way to do it.

Quoting Sekirei:

But they are not protecting all children.. only the ones that they deem are 'normal'


Quoting candlegal:

Yeah, that's it, SMH

How about the lawmakers think all children are worth protecting and not just  a few

Quoting Sekirei:

Ohhhh Holy Loki...

The government is run by scared hateful people. 






romalove
by Roma on Feb. 25, 2013 at 9:33 AM
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Why do we need segregated bathrooms?

What is the protection?  Who is being protected from whom and how?

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