2013 Favs: Massachusetts Schools Put Transgendereds in Restrooms, on Sports Teams of Their Choice

Massachusetts public schools have issued guidelines to require their public schools — get ready for this — from kindergarten to 12th grade to permit “transgendered” children to use the restroom of whatever gender the child decides they are.

In some schools, this would allow boys as old as 14 in public school bathrooms with girls as young as 5.

Now I ask you, what could possibly go wrong?

These guidelines also put school personnel in the position of raising the question with small children what gender they believe themselves to be. School personnel will be asking small children whether they are a a boy or a girl, with the concomitant implication that the teacher doesn’t know. I think that action alone, coming as it does from an authority figured and directed as it will be to very young children, has the potential to harm young children.

The new guidelines require schools to allow boys to play on girl’s athletic teams (and vice versa) if they decide that they feel like being a girl that season. I predict that once schools get over the shock, they will see that even a mediocre male athlete would be an all-star on a girl’s sports team and that all he has to do to play on that team is say he’s a girl for the duration of the season. However, instead of giving one girl’s team a winning edge over the others, this is bound to spread and soon reach the point that real girls (the ones with double x chromosomes) can no longer compete on their own teams.

The upshot of all this will almost certainly be increased sexual confusion on the part of young children and another round of the war on girls. It will make it even more difficult for parents to raise their children to be productive adults who are capable of marrying, having children of their own and raising them in stable homes.

It seems that providing a healthy environment in which we can raise children so that they can become productive and stable adults is the exact opposite of what the decision makers in our society are about. Based on their consistent actions I can only come to the conclusion that destroying our children is more in line with their goals.

As usual, all this began with a well-meaning but bad law which educators with an agenda have taken to its illogical conclusion.

I am very glad that I homeschooled my children. If it is at all possible for you to do the same, I would strongly advise you to consider it.

You can read the Massachusetts’s Public Schools Guidelines for Nondiscrimination on Gender Identity here.  The LifeSite News article describing this latest bit of educational “reform” says in part:

BOSTON, February 19, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester has issued orders to the state’s K-12 public schools requiring them to permit “transgender” boys and girls to use the opposite sex’s locker rooms, bathrooms, and changing facilities as long as they claim to identify with that gender.

Many elementary schools in smaller Massachusetts towns include children from kindergarten through eighth grade, making it possible for boys as old as 14 to share toilet facilities with girls as young as five.

Under Chester’s leadership, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released an 11-page document on Friday outlining this and other new guidelines giving “transgender” students special status and privileges in Massachusetts schools. Some family advocates are calling the document, which was prepared with assistance from homosexual and transgender advocacy groups, “the most thorough, invasive, and radical transgender initiative ever seen on a statewide level.”

The policy does not require a doctor’s note or even parental permission for a child to switch sexes in the eyes of Massachusetts schools. Only the student’s word is needed: If a boy says he’s a girl, as far as the schools are concerned, he’s a girl.

“The responsibility for determining a student’s gender identity rests with the student,” the statement says. “A school should accept a student’s assertion of his or her gender identity when there is … ‘evidence that the gender-related identity is sincerely held as part of a person’s core identity.’” That evidence, according to the document, can be as simple as a statement given by a friend.

That means, according to the newly issued school policies, that boys who say they identify as girls must be addressed by the feminine pronoun and be listed as girls on official transcripts.

They must also be allowed access to girls’ facilities and be allowed to play on girls’ athletic and club teams. The same is true for girls who say they are boys.

The document was issued to clarify the schools’ obligations in light of “An Act Relative to Gender Identity,” a law that went into effect last July. That bill amended Massachusetts law “to establish that no person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town, or in obtaining the advantages, privileges and courses of study of such public school on account of gender identity.”

However, Brian Camenker, spokesman for government watchdog group MassResistance, told LifeSiteNews the DESE’s new directives go far beyond what the law requires.

Camenker pointed out that the only requirement the Gender Identity bill imposed on schools was to add “gender identity” to their non-discrimination policies, alongside other protected groups such as religious or ethnic minorities. Under the DESE’s policy, however, self-identified transgendered students will have more rights than other students, including the right to access bathroom and changing facilities of the opposite sex and play on the opposite sex’s sports teams.

Not only that, but students who object may be subject to punishment under the state’s new “anti-bullying” law, which, like the new school policy, was written with the help of homosexual and transgender activist groups.

Under that law, any outwardly negative reaction against transgenderism can now be considered bullying, and subject to discipline and punishment, according to Camenker. (Read more here.)

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  • Mike

    Yeah but if at age 8 your a boy and you think you might be a girl you probably have Gender Identity Disorder and need professional help not anything that might add to your confusion.

    How about kids who think they’re white but are really not?

    I agree, there seems to be a very real concerted effort to eliminate/undermine sexual difference in society. Hmm…I wonder what the real motivation is? For the sake of maybe making 1 out of a 1000 students maybe feel better about themselves, you risking confusing 999 kids. Does that seem right?

  • Bill S

    As we often say: “only in Massachusetts”. And we call our most liberal city “The People’s Republic of Cambridge”.

    I won’t get into any arguments about this one. I don’t think there are any religious implications. Common sense should suffice.

    I like the conclusion:

    “This guidance cannot anticipate every situation in which questions may come up in the implementation of this law, and the needs of each transgender or gender nonconforming student should be assessed and addressed on a case-by-case basis. The Department will continue to provide assistance, support, and resources as we work together to create a safe and supportive school environment for all students.”

    This happened too late for me to get a letter for basketball.

  • http://fpb.livejournal.com/ Fabio P.Barbieri

    I have more experience with transsexuals than most, and I think I can say this is a terrible idea. It is true that gender disphoria often begins in childhood: one of my TS friends remembers, when a small child, the class being divided between boys and girls for some sort of game, and one child piping up; “And where do we put X – in the middle?” But there are two points that make this an absolutely disastrous decision. First, adolescents are prone to dramatizing themselves and inventing drama where none exists. Real gender disphoria is as tragic a condition as I know, but you don’t want to encourage immature and exhibitionistic young personalities to cast themselves into an unnecessary and potentially disastrous drama. The teen-age personality tends in any case to fantasize itself as being somehow out of place, different, mysterious; give them an opportunity to imagine that there is an objective “difference” about their being, and they will seize on it – and will be lucky to get away before some idiot gives them an operation. Second, and even more important, you don’t remove one drop of pain from the experience of gender disphoria by this kind of gesture. The reason for the pain is not external, it is internal; it is not who you want to be with, it is what you want – or rather need – to be. And to pretend to please a genuine TS by allowing him or her to strip and wash in the company of real members of his or her desired sex is only to underline the actual, physical, ineradicable difference. I can easily see a male TS, after a depressing afternoon in the showers, going home and taking a knife to his genitals, and I am not , repeat not, joking.

    After that, it may seem even anti-climactic to mention this, but there is also the amount of mischief that wholly sane and rational kids can cause if given such an opportunity. All I have to say in that respect is that I hope that after the first rape or pregnancy people will begin to think again.

  • http://scpeanutgallery.com Art Chartier

    I don’t have any experience with “transgenders” and I think it’s an example of insanity on parade. This is not rocket surgery – it’s the logical consequences bad judgement on everyone’s part from the get go.

    • http://scpeanutgallery.com Art Chartier

      Or to quote General MacAuliffe (when asked to surrender during the Battle of the Bulge, 1944) – “Nuts!”

  • PatrickG

    What, then, do you suggest? Clearly, while the practice of simply assigning one of two genders to a child is successful in most cases, there are many cases where it has failed. Maybe this isn’t the best reform, but we need to acknowledge that the gender binary is a simplification of what really happens.

    Also, it’s really quite offensive to call only girls with “two X chromosomes” real girls. What about girls with only one X? Or an XY with a mutant SRY (yes, there are XY girls)? Now they must not only deal with the fact that they can’t have children, but must also be ostracized as “not real girls?” I am fairly certain your point is not to demean, but can you see that this is exactly how your statement could feel?

    • http://fpb.livejournal.com/ Fabio P.Barbieri

      What, then, do I suggest? Well, apart from not loading your language as if to suggest that something profoundly mysterious is in fact clear as noonday to you alone (so let’s have no more assumption-piled-on-assumption-piled-on-assumption such as “girls with only one X”). Second, I suggest NOTHING. This I can say with confidence: after being the close friend of a number of TS – the real thing and no mistake – I know that my mind is less made up than it was before those experiences began. I am not even sure that there is such a thing as a TS category, since the people I knew showed notable differences. One thing I am certain of: you should not overturn the whole organization of a school for the supposed case of a few people. Real TS are so few that a school might endure for decades without having to deal with one; but if you throw this toxic suggestion in its organization, what you will get is drama queens throwing themselves in the part and scheming boys talking themselves into the girls; showers. And another thing I will say: that in the cases I have known, there would have been no need for interfering schoolteachers to question children about things that they had probably never thought about, and drop suggestions into their heads. Cases of gender disphoria are in my experience quite obvious, and a compassionate and intelligent teacher, like any compassionate and intelligent person, will treat them on their merits.

      Most important of all, you have simply refused to answer my central point: that this kind of manipulation is not only not going to do anything to solve the misery of real gender disphoria, but may well increase it. The case of the boy who cut off his own genitals with a knife is a real one, luckily one in which I was not involved, but talking to my TS friends I could see where it could come from. Rightly or wrongly. these people feel they need to be something else than they are – to be so physically, not just in some Snoopy-as-air-ace pretend manner. To make them go through a parade of dressing up and acting up while the fundamentals remain the same would be literally like being that figure from the parables who was asked for bread by his son and offered him a stone.

      • PatrickG

        Can you explain what you mean by assumptions piled on assumptions? Have you never heard of chromosomal abnormalities? Have you never heard of SRY- XY females? You just dismissed that out of hand. You must admit that these sexual ambiguities occur (or you could just dismiss it with a snarky remark, as you have).

        The occurrence of TS and TG (yes, they are different!) can be relatively common. An article in the Am. Journal of Human biology, “How Sexually Dimorphic Are We? Review and Synthesis” suggests that it is not at all uncommon. So please, at least be a little better informed before you spout off.

        I have no idea what you are talking about re: failing to refute your point. I wasn’t answering you, I was posting my own comment on this blog (last I checked, you are not the author). I was under no obligation to refute your point; I didn’t even know what it was.

        • http://fpb.livejournal.com/ Fabio P.Barbieri

          I apologize. I was under the impression that this post was in response to mine above. Of course you are under no requirement to consider something you were not responding to.

          However your points remain either misguided or just plain pointless. I am not a geneticist and do not know the mechanics of having one or two X-chromosomes, but I do understand that some exceptional individuals are genetically different from the roles they instinctively take in ordinary life. This is quite different from gender disphoria, and you are using these people as red herrings (not a very respectful use) to confuse the tracks. And as a historian, I am familiar with the kind of literature you quote, which, by dragging in all kinds of possible, probable, likely or unlikely valuations, tries to show that a certain kind of phenomenon is much more widespread than sense and experience show it to be. I don’t have much respect for it; it tends to prove nothing and merely confuse data, and in practically every case it has a dishonest subtext of advocacy and political point to prove. I prefer to go by experience.

          Have you ever heard the expression “hard cases make bad law”? It is true. You cannot overturn the general frame of an institution for the sake of small, extreme, and improbable variations. It is not even helpful to the people you want to help. The only thing I am certain of after two decades in the close company of TS people is that they have no doubt whatever about the reality of gender and sex. They just want to belong to the opposite one. It does not strike me as the answer to their problem, to try and abolish or relativize the very idea of gender.

        • Oregon Catholic

          This is a very new and political branch of scientific inquiry. As such, it bears taking it cautiously to see if the chromosomal distinctions have any true clinical significance. That means that large demographic studies will have to be done to see if there are people who have the chromosomal irregularities with no clinical manifestations. It may be that chromosomal irregularities are correlates not causal factors.

          • Rebecca Hamilton

            None of this addresses the fact that this new policy is destructive to children. Also, you are assuming all sorts of things that are not proven and using those assumptions to justify a broadscale change in public policy which disregards the needs of almost all children — assuming that your ideas are true. Among other things, you are confusing transgendered people, who do not have chromosomal abnormalities affecting their sexuality that anyone has found, with those very few people who do have such problems. What would I have them do? Consider the welfare of the children before their trendy, politically correct nonsense.

  • Sus

    I highly recommend the movie “Normal” starring Jessica Lange if you are interested in what transgender is all about.

    I’m not surprised by this. I figured it was coming.

    • http://fpb.livejournal.com/ Fabio P.Barbieri

      I highly recommend giving anything from Hollywood a pass if you want to understand any serious issue.

      • Sus

        As you seen this movie Fabio? If you haven’t, then I don’t think you can make that judgement.

        • http://fpb.livejournal.com/ Fabio P.Barbieri

          No, I “as” not seen it. I just lived in the close company of a number of TS people – purely by random chance – for decades of my life. I don’t think I need Hollywood to define my experience for me, and in general I know what to expect from them.

          • Sus

            For anyone else that is reading this blog, the movie “Normal” gives a good explanation on what it means to be transgendered.

  • Oregon Catholic

    Even if this was a reasonable course of action it should be up to the parents to request it, not the school to go snooping about to find problems to fit it’s solution. But then is it any surprise that the state that thinks first grade is not too young to hand out and teach about condoms and give BCPs to 6th graders against the wishes of parents, would insert themselves into this issue as well?

    I agree that in many school districts the policies are so damaging to normal social and moral development that parents should strongly consider home schooling or creating their own co-ops.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    We don’t feel comfortable homeschooling our child. But I can tell you this, it’ll be a cold day in hell if I send him to public school. It’s Catholic school all the way. TG is just the tip of the iceberg. How many kids could there possibly be that are TG? Can’t be much. The real issue is sex education and what is taught there.

  • Liz S

    I have to say I’m curious how often will the children be allowed to switch? I have a clear memory of being around 5 (kindergarten age) and discussing with another girl how blue was a boy color, so if I was wearing a blue shirt that must mean I was a boy. Then we argued over whether red was a boy or girl color. My understanding is that the idea of gender permanence and that you will be the gender you were physically born forever doesn’t really settle in until 6 or 7. So a lot of kindergarteners answer to “Are you a boy or a girl?” might change daily. I could understand their reasoning if the decision was based on some evidence from the parents or doctors that a child has long standing transgender feelings and would be more comfortable using the opposite gender restroom, but to base it on what the child says is sounds like a recipe for disaster.

    • M Green

      Your point reminds me of the recent news story out of Sweden in which the teachers would help the child through the process of establishing an identity without the stigma or bias of gender prownouns… and allowing the child to explore the different alternatives, including what toys to play with and experiencing the different things.. That would include not genderfying any colors as well. I think the english language gender pronouns and mandatory rules of use to even form thought – although, not as crazy as the french or spanish language which even genderfy pencils and other inanimate objects as boys or girls.

  • don

    lets have seperate restroom for TG girls and TG boys…then lets start sports teams only allowing TG people…it seems to me that this is becoming the “IN” thing to be. The problem is is that there are no morals being taught..by ANYONE.

  • Bill S

    “What would I have them do? Consider the welfare of the children before their trendy, politically correct nonsense.”

    For once, I agree with you completely. This too much even for me. Are you sure it was my state and not some other state? I guess I can’t imagine it being another state.

    I went to Catholic schools right through high school. I was never impacted by Boston’s or Massachusetts’ education boards.

    Though I may come across as being anti-Catholic, I have no problem at all with the education I received. The Boston public schools were not an option for me.

  • Grimm

    I have teens in high school right now. They have a number of friends who are sexually confused. The larger culture is not helping. There is the girl who wishes she was a boy, so she dresses like a male skater and walks with an exaggerated swagger and hands in pockets. She keeps a girlfriend and takes every opportunity to act out sexually in public with her, moreso than any bonafide dating couple I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, she is barely 5 feet tall and has an Alvin-the-chipmunk voice, so it isn’t very convincing. There’s the boy who thinks he is gay and walks and talks “swishy” and mockingly employs all the gay stereotype behaviors, including liimp-wristed waving gestures. Interestingly, other than the sexual issues, this boy is the msot level-headed and mature friend my kids have. And there are other variations … none of these kids know what the heck they are doing. None of them knows what their true sexuality is about, whether straight, gay or otherwise; they are just playing around. As others said above, it’s the teen drama and dramatization.

    I feel so sorry for little girls using bathrooms with older boys and for teen girls dealing with their periods while the boys are peeking. Thanks be to God my kids will be out of that before it hits our state.

  • Bill S

    “I feel so sorry for little girls using bathrooms with older boys and for teen girls dealing with their periods while the boys are peeking.”

    I don’t know about that but, as much as I defend gay marriage, I think, for all intents and purposes, you are either male or female, and that by itself determines what restroom you use and what team you play on.

    You may have a different sexual preference but gay men don’t play on women’s teams or use the women’s restroom and visa versa. The only exception I would make is to allow a female to compete with males if she is qualified.

    I’m glad that this is not a religious issue. In this case it is just a matter of common sense.

  • Alyxander M Folmer

    Never mind that most of the world doesn’t bother with gender segregated bathrooms in the first place.
    Please ignore the facts behind the curtain….

  • Alyxander M Folmer

    “I predict that once schools get over the shock, they will see that even a
    mediocre male athlete would be an all-star on a girl’s sports team and
    that all he has to do to play on that team is say he’s a girl for the
    duration of the season.”

    ^– Cause that’s not sexist or anything…

  • Sus_1

    This came up at a school committee meeting recently. A new high school is in preliminary stages of being built. The school building committee determined that the single handicap bathroom they are required to have would serve as the transgendered bathroom also. I think that’s a great compromise.

    Through the conversation, it came out that our school district has a policy that if you play sports, you must have been born the same sex as the sports team you are playing on. It doesn’t matter what sex you change to or think you are.

    Throughout the discussion, I was thinking about this post and the comments.