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CNS News: On his March 23 trip to Naples, Pope Francis spoke with young people, as translated in LifeSiteNews, and said, “Gender theory is an error of the human mind that leads to so much confusion.”
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette: His letter proposes the district either remove sexual orientation and gender identity from the policy or replace it with one based on a policy drafted by either Alliance Defending Freedom or Liberty Counsel, two conservative organizations.
Christian Post: Failures of the Church to reach members of the LGBT community were highlighted at a Wednesday panel during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio.
National Review: And so begins the Times’s exploration of the new trend of helping even children “transition” from male to female, through puberty-delaying drugs early in childhood culminating in surgery that permanently damages their bodies while they are still teenagers.
Daily Spark Tribune: A legal analysis of the law by the Alliance Defending Freedom makes much of the fact the law will force school officials to make student bathrooms and shower facilities available to students who identify with a gender other than their biological gender.
The Federalist: Transableism is defined as someone who desires to become physically disabled. They ostensibly believe they are “meant” to be that way, much in the way that someone like Jenner believes he was meant to be a woman.
The Federalist: Last week, it was revealed that Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal, who had represented herself as black for the better part of a decade, was not actually black.
Crossmap: “A federal court in Pennsylvania recently rejected a similar lawsuit filed by a transgender student seeking access to restrooms at a college,” said Tedesco, “ruling that ‘separating students by sex based on biological considerations … for restroom and locker room use simply does not violate the Equal Protection Clause.’”
NBC News: The federal government is encouraging employers to provide transgender staffers with access to bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity—a recommendation that is the latest in a series of policy steps the Obama administration has undertaken to support transgender equality.
Public Discourse: The idea that one’s sex is a feeling, not a fact, has permeated our culture and is leaving casualties in its wake. Gender dysphoria should be treated with psychotherapy, not surgery.
Focus on the Family: Many were surprised when Bruce Jenner started appearing in public with long hair, wearing a dress and then announced his decision to “transition into a woman.”
The Stream: At one point, there were upward of 50 gender options available for users to choose on Facebook. Things must have changed, because when I checked this morning, it was down to three: male, female and a write-in custom option.
The Stream: At a moment when many on the left are desperately trying to conjure up enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton’s bid to become the first woman president, others on the left want to turn the word “woman” into a term of exclusion and oppression.
Public Discourse: No matter what well-intentioned teachers and administrators believe, LGBT acceptance programs designed by GLSEN and funded by the CDC are designed to encourage kids to question their gender identity and sexual orientation.
The New York Post: As for the broader issue of whether gay and lesbian relationships are even morally acceptable, only 40 percent said yes in 2001. Today that number stands at 63 percent.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Real people are feeling the effects of the passage of sexual orientation, gender identity nondiscrimination ordinances across the country.
The Federalist: As a former transgender myself, who underwent all the surgeries in mid-life and lived eight years as the female Laura Jensen, I will take care not to be hurtful. But I have concerns.
The Federalist: A central theme of modern, or third-wave feminism is that women should not be treated merely as sexual objects. A central theme of the trans movement is the presentation of trans women as hypersexual objects. Feminism is not big enough for both of these themes. Either being a woman is essentially defined as being alluring to men, or it isn’t. Either the playboy bunny defines the essence of womanhood, or it doesn’t.
The New York Times: Reflecting both on Caitlyn né Bruce Jenner and the Gallup data that inspired my own sojourn into polygamy, Damon Linker argues that social conservatives (in particular, his friend and mine Rod Dreher) are wrong to portray the rise of social liberalism as a matter of individualism unbound from all moral restraint. Rather, it represents the triumph of one distinctive moral code, the morality of rights, over another, the morality of ends.
Public Discourse: Supporters of transgender ideology believe that they are freeing people from restrictive understandings of gender. In reality, the more our society tries to free itself from gender stereotypes, the more it becomes enslaved to them. By saying that people can be born in a body of the wrong gender, transgender activists are saying there is a set of feelings that are only allocated to women and another set for men.
Stand to Reason Blog: As rational human beings, we desire to think consistently about the world, but consistent views aren’t necessarily accurate ones. We can help people think consistently, but we’re rapidly losing our ability to help people think accurately. The problem comes down to a worldview difference.
National Review: With all of the fuss about transgender issues these days–and support–I have been warning that the next stage in radical self-recreationism will be to allow people suffering from the terrible mental illness, body integrity identity disorder (BIID), to have healthy limbs amputated or spinal cords severed to allow an able-bodied sufferer to become the disabled person they know themselves to be.
The Stream: The beginnings of the transgender movement have gotten lost today in the push for transgender rights, acceptance, and tolerance. If more people were aware of the dark and troubled history of sex-reassignment surgery, perhaps we wouldn’t be so quick to push people toward it.
The Federalist: For years, a major aim of the sexual revolution has been to deconstruct gender differences as being “social constructs,” mere cultural projections of what maleness and femaleness are and mean. This critique evacuated gender of any physical meaning and reduced it to an existential feeling—a feeling of being male or female, regardless of one’s sexual biology.
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Matt Sharp says it’s up to schools to protect a student’s privacy, safety and dignity.
Alliance Defending Freedom: In the United States, the word “discrimination” comes with a lot of baggage – evoking images of slavery, white-only drinking fountains, and segregated schools.
Fredericksburg (The Free Lance-Star): The Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit legal organization, sent a letter to the Fairfax School Board.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Cities across the U.S. are contemplating new laws that would put “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in the same category as race or religion.
Juicy Ecumenism: When the LGBT agenda infects church authorities something has to give: the Gospel or sexual libertarianism. In the case of Dr. Giles Fraser, the priest-in-charge of South London’s St. Mary’s Newington and former canon chancellor of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the gospel gave.
The Federalist: Neither the U.S. Constitution nor prior case law requires school boards to make these changes, said Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Casey Mattox, whose children attend Fairfax schools. Citing a recent court case in a short presentation to the board, “There’s absolutely nothing behind [these federal demands],” said Mattox. “They’re bluffing.”
I had a transgender parent. Unlike Obama, I don’t think transgender parents should be able to adopt.
The Daily Signal: The proclamation relates Obama’s latest thoughts on what’s best for LBGT adults. But what’s best for children? It is stunning that we hear no personal accounts from adults who grew up in transgender homes like this, and that so little research is made public about this.
Breitbart: The mother tried to get the Catholic school system to allow her son to use the little girl’s room and they refused. The school has even installed a special non-gendered bathroom for this situation, but the mother feels this solution is not good enough for her child; she claims no harm will come to anyone if he is allowed to use the girls’ restroom. She cited a doctor who said the boy has “gender dysphoria.”
Fox News: One of the nation’s largest public school systems is preparing to include gender identity to its classroom curriculum, including lessons on gender fluidity – the idea that there’s no such thing as boys or girls.
Mayor signs ordinance to protect housing rights for LGBT Tulsans, cites support for state religious liberty law
Tulsa World: Mayor Dewey Bartlett signed an ordinance last week that would include gender identity in the city’s list of protected classes under the fair-housing policy.
Ethika Politika: First, even if some transgenderism is caused by physiological anomalies, that does not mean that even that form of transgenderism is not also a psychological disorder or mental illness—albeit caused by physiological anomalies rather than by distorting life experiences, for instance.
Corporate Counsel: The federal government has entered the “bathroom wars” by joining an alliance to “ensure adequate access to workplace restrooms” for transgender workers. Some states, though, are taking an opposing side through legislation.
BuzzFeed: The Alliance Defending Freedom suggested in a letter that the policy would invite legal action. “Forcing students into vulnerable interactions with opposite-sex students in secluded restrooms and locker rooms would violate [a] basic right,” the group added. “These scenarios create privacy and safety concerns that should be obvious.”
The Global Dispatch: “Schools have a duty to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of all students,” said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Sharp.
National Review: Smith College also claimed that the decision “affirms Smith’s . . . commitment to representing the diversity of women’s lived experiences.” But while it will admit men who identify as women, it won’t admit women who identify as men. So much for its “commitment to representing the diversity” of actual women.
Barbwire: “Schools have a duty to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of all students,” said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Sharp.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom sent Fairfax County Public Schools a letter Wednesday that explains the problems with a proposed policy that would eliminate the longstanding and common-sense policy of designating restroom facilities for use by one sex, thus allowing students to use restrooms and changing areas reserved for the opposite sex.
One News Now: Throwing another monkey wrench in homosexual activists’ claim that there is a “gay” gene — that homosexual behavior manifests from a biological condition rather than from a choice — a prominent psychiatrist argues that gender confusion is a temporary mental disorder that leads to suicidal tendencies, if nurtured.
One News Now: Jeremy Tedesco of Alliance Defending Freedom says the bill did not violate Title IX regulations as some argued.
Al Jazeera: A transgender teen will be allowed to return to the local DMV and take a new driver’s license photo wearing the makeup the teen puts on daily, after the teen’s lawyers struck a settlement with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles on Wednesday.
The Christian Institute: A transsexual who was born a man has lost his legal fight to alter his children’s birth certificates.
Associated Press: Little Rock officials voted Tuesday to prohibit the city and companies contracting with it from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity, challenging a new Arkansas law criticized as anti-gay.
Aleteia: No one can change their sex, but by redefining “sex” to describe only the biological, and “gender” to how a person self-identifies—either as male, female, or something else—the trangender activists can claim that males can become women and females men. “Gender reassignment surgery” (GRS), can create the outward appearance of the other sex, but doesn’t change the DNA.
Las Vegas Review Journal: The Nevada Student Physical Privacy Act maintains the longstanding practice of ensuring single-sex use of school restrooms and other intimate settings while providing accommodations for students struggling with sexual identity. What should be an uncontroversial bill has garnered significant national attention and has been the source of much misinformation.
Elko Daily Free Press: This is what AB 375 accomplishes. It accommodates students struggling with gender confusion while preserving the historic practice of having separate facilities based upon a person’s biological sex.
Alliance Defending Freedom: The people of Idaho, Wyoming, and North Dakota have spoken. And they have made it clear this legislative season that they do not need a sexual orientation, gender identity (SOGI) nondiscrimination ordinance in their states.
The Daily Signal: “That’s what these bills are designed to protect—the privacy of 99 plus percent of students who have very serious concerns about sharing bathrooms with kids of the opposite biological sex,” said Jeremy Tedesco, a senior legal counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal organization that supports Nevada’s bill.
Aleteia: President Obama is calling for an end to “reparative therapies” aimed at helping young people rid themselves of same-sex attraction and identification as “transgender.”
The New York Times: In a statement that was posted on Wednesday evening alongside aWhiteHouse.gov petition begun in honor of Ms. Alcorn, Mr. Obama condemned the practice, sometimes called “conversion” or “reparative” therapy, which is supported by some socially conservative organizations and religious doctors.
The Denver Post (AP): President Barack Obama is calling for an end to psychiatric therapy treatments aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of gay, lesbian and transgender youths.
Public Discourse: The reprieve provided by surgery and life as a woman was only temporary. Hidden deep underneath the make-up and female clothing was the little boy hurt by childhood trauma, and he was making himself known.
Daily Journal (AP): The only witness to testify against the measure was Michael Norton, a lawyer representing the group Alliance Defending Freedom. Norton said that transgender people deserve respect but that government documents shouldn’t be altered. “It allows a person to change what is historical and biological fact,” Norton said.
Public Discourse: When I was nine years old, my father told me he wanted to become a woman. I know I speak for others who have undergone similarly tragic childhoods when I say that I pray the Supreme Court will seriously consider the six amicus briefs submitted by the children of LGBT parents.
The World and Everything In It: Planet Fitness has revoked the membership of Yvette Cormier after she complained about a transgender male in the female locker rooms. Plus: an ABC Family television show depicts a homosexual kiss between two 13-year-old boys.
The Guardian: A plan to to challenge young children’s ideas about gender through play at schools in northern Italy – including with a memory game that contains images of male homemakers and female plumbers – has created a storm of protest, with some politicians saying the effort will confuse children about their sexual identity.
Religion Clause: A fascinating decision handed down by an Idaho federal district court last week shows the complexity faced by prisons in attempting to applying the U.S. Supreme Court’s January RLUIPA decision in Holt v. Hobbs.
Christian Examiner: A man has every right to use the women’s locker room at Planet Fitness franchises, Yvette Cormier was told before her membership was cancelled because she complained about it.
Utah Policy: In other words, says Sen. Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, his SB100 will not go beyond “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in the religious belief area, he told UtahPolicyMonday morning.
Casper Star Tribune: So concerned was Pastor Tim Moyer about an anti-discrimination bill for gay and transgender Wyomingites, he drove eight hours from Thayne to testify against it. Moyer, who ministers at Emmanuel Bible Church of Star Valley, attended a legislative meeting wearing a white sticker on his shirt with the words “Wyoming Pastor’s Network,” along with dozens of others.
Aleteia: When Pope Francis listed Gender Theory among the most destructive threats we face today, many people had no idea what he was talking about.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Religious freedom and Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI) ordinances are on a collision course. They cannot coexist.
Townhall: According to an in-depth review by a team of lawyers with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a new bill, which the City Council will vote on after a public meeting on Monday, February 23rd, “does not contain adequate safeguards for constitutionally protected speech and free exercise of religion.”
USA Today: The decision to discharge transgender soldiers from the Army would be made by a top, senior civilian official under a plan outlined in a draft document obtained by USA TODAY.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Sexual orientation gender identity (SOGI) ordinances allow members of one sex to use the other’s restroom and locker room facilities if they self-identify as the opposite sex rather than their biological sex.
Christian News Network: The U.S. military has approved hormone treatments for gender reassignment requested by Army private Bradley Manning, who is currently serving a 35-year sentence on espionage charges.
The Stream: When outspoken liberal Democrat Kathleen Sebelius was governor of Kansas, she unilaterally signed an executive order in 2007 making lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) state workers a protected class equivalent to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, ancestry and age.
Christian News Network: Officials in Charlotte, North Carolina are considering additional wording for its existing non-discrimination ordinance that would allow men who identify as women and vice versa to have “restroom choice” in public.