US Transgender Bathroom Mandate Bites the Dust

Marriage-Alliance-Australia-US-Transgender-Mandate.jpgWhile the transgender agenda continues to receive government support in Australia, the US is moving in a more sensible direction.

For those who were concerned when the Obama administration enforced radical gender ideology across the US, things are changing for the better. Last month, President Donald Trump overturned the federal guidelines which forced schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their preferred gender – not their biology. 

The guidelines interpreted Title IX, the federal law banning sex-based discrimination in schools, to include gender identity. Memos issued by the Obama administration stated that refusing to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice was in fact a breach of federal anti-discrimination laws and were accompanied by a threat of funding being removed for “non-compliant” schools.

However, the recent decision by the Trump administration overturned this. The matter will now be left to the states and school districts – hopefully, in consultation with parents – to decide whether students sharing bathrooms and change rooms with the opposite sex was appropriate.

Rather than enforcing contested ideology across the nation, President Trump has enabled allowing the parents and students of local areas, the people truly affected by these decisions, to decide these issues for themselves.  

Notably, American Civil Liberties Union LGBT Project director, James Esseks, pointed out that the move does not remove legal protections for transgender students.  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos – who had to sign off on the move in order for it to go ahead – noted the common sense and practically of this decision:

“The department’s Office for Civil Rights remains committed to investi­gating all claims of discrimination, bullying and harassment against those who are most vulner­able in our schools”.

“This is an issue best solved at the state and local level,” she added. “Schools, communities, and families can find — and in many cases have found — solutions that protect all students.”

The prospect of young girls sharing bathrooms with biologically male transgender “girls” is disturbing for many parents who are rightly troubled that these decisions are being made without their concerns being heard first. As reported in The Australian:

“Our daughters should never be forced to share private, intimate spaces with male classmates, even if those young men are struggling with these issues,” said Vicki Wilson­, a member of Students and Parents for Privacy.

Parents in the US whose children are in school will be relieved to know that their right to speak out against the transgender bathroom policies is being upheld. This decision puts power in the hands of ordinary citizens – the silent majority – so that they can have an influence on these policies at a local level. 

It will be heartening to our supporters in Australia to see that change is indeed possible. This action in the US shows that the transgender agenda currently being enforced in South Australia can be stopped before it spreads across the country.

These issues are far from remote, and affect all citizens across Australia. If you are concerned, it’s not too late. Just as in the US, the silent majority of Australia will have their victory too.

Speak up and make your voice heard!

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