President Barack Obama will decree Friday that schools must welcome a tiny number of apparently transgender children by taking single-sex bathrooms, single-sex locker rooms and sexual privacy away from almost 55 million American kids in 100,000 K-12 public schools.
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.Read More