Gender-neutral, gender-less, the seat of unrest, bathroom battles and public potty-policies: These are just a few of the “fighting words” associated with this severely dividing, fierce culture war our country is entrenched in. The battleground attracting national public attention is North Carolina.
In case you haven’t heard, the state of North Carolina has done something “so outrageous” that the Governors of New York & Connecticut have banned all non-essential state government employee travel to North Carolina, and the NBA is threatening to move the All Star game out of Charlotte.
So what was North Carolina’s “horrible deed”?
The North Carolina Legislature passed a law (known as HB2) that ensures men use men’s bathrooms, and women use women’s bathrooms, and Governor Pat McCrory signed it. The law obviously reflects the way we’ve always handled bathrooms here in the U.S.
In response to North Carolina’s commonsense bathroom bill Big Business (including Bank of America Corp., Apple Inc., Facebook Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., and Salesforce.com) as well as the NBA have decided they want to control public policy in individual states. So, Corporate America, the “beacon of all things ethical,” has resorted to bullying North Carolina, forcing Gov. McCrory to undo his commonsense law.
LGBT and transgender rights are no longer being discussed in an open dialogue encouraging mutual respect. Demanding tolerance and acceptance, the LGBTQ agenda has turned what was once a national debate, into an all-out war; now seemingly determined to eliminate any belief, policy or constitutional right that disagrees with their agenda. Even more disheartening, if that’s even possible, this battlefield is now in our backyard.
Under a rainbow flag of “tolerance, acceptance and inclusion” schools all over New Jersey are introducing transgender policies. The most recent school district in NJ to introduce this type of policy is Rutherford. Throughout the state some of the other school districts that have implemented such policies or are in the process of are Cherry Hill, Moorestown, Westwood, Princeton and Pascack Valley. The school board in both Rutherford and Pascack Valley have voted to pass the transgender rights policy, which will need to be read at a second hearing before being adopted.
So far Pascack Valley has attracted the most attention and opposition; at least 200 people attended the information session on March 29th. In addition to the many concerned parents not in favor, one board member voted against the policy, stating that he had an issue with students being able to simply choose which locker room they preferred to change in.
National Christian legal organization, The Liberty Counsel is now advocating on behalf of parents and students who see these policies as unbalanced and unnatural and potentially dangerous. The second vote in Pascack Valley is scheduled for April 11th.
And this is just the beginning. The transgender rights movement has only just begun to pick up steam. Saturday, April 9th is the 2nd Annual New Jersey Trans Youth Forum (TYF), sponsored by HiTops and GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network). Transgender, gender non-conforming, gender questioning — a large contingent of trans youth, along with their allies and an assortment of educators, will gather at Princeton Day School, offering panel discussions on topics that include what schools need to know, how to make our schools and our clubs more inclusive, how to talk with our children, healthy relationships, legal issues, sexuality education, religion and spirituality, and workshops on the arts and self-expression, coming out and activism.
Carol Watchler, co-chair of GLSEN’s central New Jersey chapter commented on the status of this growing movement, stating, “Just as we have learned to accept people’s sexual orientation, now we are learning to accept non-conforming gender identities,” Ms. Watchler said. “Schools are embracing this issue, learning what to do to ensure that young people are safe and have the support they need, and that they’re respected in school.”
Ms. Watchler praised the Princeton Public Schools (PPS) policy for its “very strong policy, a model for districts to follow,” stating that PPS ”is committed to providing a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment for all students, including transgender students, and to ensuring that every student has equal educational opportunities and equal access to the District’s educational programs and activities.”
School board attorneys in several NJ districts are throwing around the 2007 New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), using the law as a shield in defense of their board’s decision to adopt such policies.
The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (N.J.S.A. 10:5-12) (LAD) The LAD prohibits unlawful discrimination in employment, housing, places of public accommodation, credit and business contracts based on race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, age, sex (including pregnancy), familial status, marital status, domestic partnership or civil union status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, liability for military service, and mental or physical disability, perceived disability, and AIDS and HIV status. Not all of the foregoing prohibited bases for discrimination are protected in all of these areas of activity.
And here’s the part they’re leaving out.
There are certain exceptions. Places of public accommodation which, by their nature, are reasonably restricted to individuals of one gender (such as dressing rooms or gymnasiums) may deny access to the accommodation to members of the other gender. Also, the provisions of the LAD that govern public accommodations do not apply to a place of public accommodation that is “in its nature distinctly private” or to schools operated by bona fide religious institutions. However, it is unlawful for a private club or association to discriminate against a member with respect to the advantages and privileges of membership on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, marital status, domestic partnership status, sex, or affectional or sexual orientation.
Has nobody in our school administrations taken the time to read this law in its entirety? Perhaps they should consider doing so- before they join the rainbow movement and toss out things like commonsense, basic biology and privacy rights in order to protect the confused .03% that makes up our gender-challenged culture. I think Ryan Scott Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation sums it perfectly.
“This is what LGBT “rights” groups are demanding. Defying all things science, they demand we ignore the irrefutable truth that biological sex is binary. Instead, let’s talk about feelings and being a victim because a urinal causes a gender-confused person irreparable harm. Never mind the real harm that could come to women and young girls because we decided that their privacy means nothing… that their “equal treatment” under the law isn’t as equal as their self-identifying, non-biologically-“female” counterparts.”
We will continue to monitor this issue. If your’re a parent with questions or concerns regarding your child’s school policies, or would like counsel and support on how to engage this issue on a local basis, please contact our office. We are here to serve you and provide common sense approaches to the insanity invading our schools here in New Jersey.