As parents send their children back to school, they desire for schools to treat all students with respect and ensure their safety. They expect school administrators, staff, and teachers to swiftly address any discrimination or bullying that takes place.
But rather than provide reassurance to parents and students in its recent back-to-school video, the Biden Administration is instead spouting LGBTQ propaganda—spreading lies about commonsense measures numerous states have taken to ensure safety, fairness, and respect for all students—and bullying these states with threats of a crackdown by the federal government.
The Biden Administration’s troubling video makes several false claims, including:
False Claim #1: “In some places, people in positions of authority are putting up obstacles that would keep you [transgender students] from playing on the sports’ field….”
The Biden Administration seeks to undermine the equal opportunity for biological women that is protected by Title IX of the Civil Rights Act and displace biological females from athletic opportunities by allowing biological males who “identify” as female to compete in girls’ sports.
The Save Girls’ Sports Act, which has been adopted in at least 8 states, protects women’s and girls’ athletic opportunities by ensuring that only biological females can compete in female sports contests.
This law is widely supported and commonsense—recent polling shows that majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents agree.
When boys compete in girls’ sports, the competition can be over before it begins. Males have numerous physiological advantages that make it hard or impossible for even the top female athletes to compete against.
Letting males in female sports is also a slap in the face to the generation of women who tirelessly fought for their own sports team. Women’s sports is a hallmark of Title IX and now, radical positions in Washington DC are endangering them.
False Claim #2: “In some places, people in positions of authority are putting up obstacles that would keep you [transgender students] from… accessing the bathroom….”
The Biden Administration is advocating for biological males and females to share showers, locker rooms, restrooms, and overnight accommodations at school and school-related activities, such as field trips.
Various Privacy Acts taken up in various states, provides reasonable privacy accommodations to any student while ensuring that all students’ privacy, safety, and dignity are protected in inherently private facilities.
Students who do not wish to use a multi-occupancy showers, locker rooms, or restrooms with the same biological sex (for any reason) shall compassionately be provided with a reasonable accommodation by the school, such as using a single-occupancy restroom. But when it comes to these inherently private facilities, no student may use a multi-occupancy facility with the opposite biological sex at the same time.
This compassionate approach is consistent with other accommodations that have been praised by LGBTQ advocates as “inclusive, welcoming and respectful.” And it also contains commonsense protections.
False Claim #3: “In some places, people in positions of authority are putting up obstacles that would keep you [transgender students] from… receiving the supportive and life-saving care you may need.”
The Biden Administration is advocating for placing kids on puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones, even performing transgender surgery—such reckless actions clearly violate the first duty of medicine: do no harm.
The “Help Not Harm” Act, enacted in Arkansas, ensures that children receive help, not harm; treatment, not transition; and protection, not politics.
If a minor isn’t old enough to get a tattoo or buy cough syrup over-the counter, why would we permit them to choose dangerous hormones and drastic surgeries that cause permanent changes, harms, and damage?
Consider what is at stake: While medical evidence reveals that 80 to 95 percent of children will outgrow gender dysphoria if untreated, it also indicates that surgery and drugs won’t heal a hurting heart.
A Swedish study revealed that “ten to 15 years after surgical reassignment, the suicide rate of those who had undergone sex-reassignment surgery rose to 20 times that of comparable peers.”
The Obama Administration even found that the best studies don’t show a significant change in patients’ psychometric wellbeing after surgery.
The Biden Administration is attempting to pull the wool over the eyes of America’s parents by speaking of acceptance, safety, respect, bullying, and discrimination. But the major threat to the safety and respect of our children isn’t coming from state-sanctioned discrimination, but rather federal bullying.
Roger Severino, former director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), rejected the Biden Administration’s video as “pushing unscientific ideologies that hurt children and take away parents’ rights.”
Kentucky’s state legislators must stand up to the federal bully and enact these commonsense pieces of legislation, so that our students are all treated with respect and kept safe.