Make Way for Transgender High School

By JAMES P. EHRHARD

On July 1, 2012, a law went into effect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts titled "An Act Relative to Gender Identity." The law added the term "gender identity" to the state's antidiscrimination statute, joining far better known terms like "race," "religion," "sex" and "national origin." The statute now also applies to "gender-related identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that gender-related identity, appearance, or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person's physiology or assigned sex at birth." The common term these days is "transgender."

Transgender confusion

The need for this addition to the antidiscrimination law was never clear. The existing statute appeared to apply to every citizen of Massachusetts who could conceivably be the object of discrimination. "Sexual orientation" was already on the menu.

The new law's strongest proponents estimated that no more than 33,000 people would come under the umbrella of those having "gender identity" concerns. That means the statute was rewritten to cover 0.51% of the state's population (6,464,144 as of July 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau), even though advocates for the change were never able to show evidence of widespread transgender discrimination.

What do curricula and experiences related to this law teach children about love, sexuality, marriage, and mothers and fathers and children?

What impact could this have on decisions they will make related to marrying before having children as an adult?

There was always a hint of the absurd in the movement for "An Act Relative to Gender Identity." Now the absurdity has come to the fore with the Massachusetts Department of Education's directives for the treatment of transgendered public-school students under the law. It's not clear how many students are among those the law is intended to protect, but the education bureaucrats are looking out for them. The 11-page directive, released on Feb. 15, reads like it was written by someone who believes that anatomical and biological differences between the sexes are about as significant as the differences between individuals in shoe size or hair color.

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