Sparta Area School District @spartaareasd (USA)

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Right-wing organizations are taking issue with a Wisconsin school district’s policies around transgender students. The Sparta Area School District apparently will allow students to use sex-segregated facilities that correspond to their gender identity.

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  1. What is this and where does it come from. I’m confused.

    Is this the policy of a certain school district in Wisconsin? I hate to remind people of this, but the human species is male, female, and rare disorders of sexual development. DSD are NOT the same thing as transgender. So, this is their Restroom and Locker Room Accessibility policy, but they rarely mention biological sex. Its focus seems to be on the needs of transgender students not the privacy rights of female students. Do they even bring up the privacy rights of female students? I don’t see it anywhere.

    I’m curious? Where does this come from because I don’t see any link associated with it.

    https://genderidentitywatch.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/studentphysicalprivacypolicy.pdf

    I support this completely because restrooms, locker rooms, and showers where privacy is an issue should be based on biological sex not “gender identity”. About the only thing I disagree with is the lack of recognition of intersex individuals which is NOT the same as transgender. Certain exceptions could be made for intersex individuals. When it’s clear that the student is a biological male with no DSD, he has no right to use a girl’s restroom or locker room. DSD are rare genetic conditions that can be diagnosed with genetic testing and other medical tests. Transgender is primarily a culturally defined term that relies on self-identification.

    (1.) Biological sex is a reality whereas transgender and “gender identity” are largely culturally based.
    (2.) Studies that go back decades show that many of these children outgrow their gender dysphoria.
    (3.) Unlike sex which is an immutable, people can and do change their gender identity. There is no way of knowing how any student will feel or identify when he or she gets older. A teenage male student can use the women’s restroom or locker room, but when he is twenty he can change his gender identity.

    ‘I was born a boy, became a girl, and now I want to be a boy again’: Britain’s youngest sex swap patient to reverse her sex change treatment

    October 29, 2012

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2224753/Ria-Cooper-Britains-youngest-sex-change-patient-reverse-treatment.html#ixzz2AjFa43a9

    Below is a link to a MTV video of a young man who identified as a girl and now wants to return to being a man. Also, in the MTV video, a young woman who once identified as a boy changed her mind and returned to being a girl. The young man who appears to be in his early twenties discusses having his breast implants removed. In the same MTV video, the young woman who looks like she could be in her mid-twenties is shown undergoing laser treatments to remove the facial hair that was caused by earlier testosterone use.

    http://www.mtv.com/videos/true-life-im-questioning-my-gender-again/1704884/playlist.jhtml

    Detransitioning stories are easy to run across on the internet. Transitioning essentially means the process whereby one changes his or her outward appearance to match or coincide with how one identifies or feels internally. Transitioning usually involves cross-gender hormones and surgery. Detransitioning is the opposite of transitioning, and there are numerous examples of people stopping cross-gender hormones. Testosterone is commonly referred to as “T” and FTM means female to male.

    http://detransition.blogspot.com/

    “I am a 22 year old woman who lived as male for 3 years and took testosterone for a year and a half. I am currently 8 months into detransition.”

    http://twentythreetimes.tumblr.com/T.

    “Anonymous asked: I’ve been off T for 5 months now. My hormones are still balancing themselves out, and as that happens I find myself discovering more and more of my inner world that I didn’t even realize I lost while on T. It’s a beautiful thing. I feel like my mental self is re-awakening and growing again. I’m so happy to re-discover the real Me that I love.”

    http://atlasstrawberries.tumblr.com/post/49896874618/ive-been-off-t-for-5-months-now-my-hormones-are-still

    “My name is -name redacted-, im 25 and i am a former FTM, also detransitioning and having a rough time through the post traumatic stress after being on testosterone, my body, my face, my feelings went all wrong on T and know im fighting to come back..”

    http://atlasstrawberries.tumblr.com/post/32054720795/happy

    http://atlasstrawberries.tumblr.com/

    Adults who identify as transgender, or say they “feel trapped in the wrong body” also change their minds and revert back to the sex they were born into.

    I’m a guy again! ABC newsman who switched genders wants to switch back

    August 6, 2013

    “He thought he was a woman trapped in a man’s body — but it turns out he’s “just another boring straight guy.”

    ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was transgender and splitting from his wife. He wanted to be called Dawn.

    But now he says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don”.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/guy_again_eKq3Jw6LjgsjpBdmZklrtM

    In 2012, there was an incident in the UK in which a physician was investigated for not following established guidelines in prescribing cross gender hormones and referring unsuitable patients for sex reassignment surgery. One woman regretted undergoing a double mastectomy.

    Doctor under fire for alleged errors prescribing sex-change hormones

    “Dr. Richard Curtis is under investigation following complaints over treatment of patients seeking gender reassignment. A woman who alleges that she was inappropriately prescribed sex-changing hormones and then wrongly underwent a double mastectomy is one of several complaints being investigated by the General Medical Council about the doctor who oversaw her aborted gender reassignment, the Guardian has learned.

    The GMC, the doctors’ professional regulator, has received at least three separate complaints against Dr. Richard Curtis, a London GP who specialises in the treatment of gender dysphoria, particularly transsexualism. The complaints concern the alleged inappropriate administering of sex-changing hormones to patients and at least one allegedly unsuitable referral for gender reassignment surgery.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/jan/06/transexualism-gender-reassignment-richard-curtis

  2. “Right-wing organizations are taking issue with a Wisconsin school district’s policies around transgender students.”

    It’s more likely that they were looking at other states and don’t want something like AB1266 in their state.

    I’m so liberal that I voted for Ralph Nader in 2000. I used to belong to Sierra Club and worked with Moveon.org. I was on the streets with my anti-war sign in 2003. The “right-wing” organization behind the repeal of AB1266 was spot on. I actually read AB1266, and I know it’s horrible legislation. This is AB1266 which requires NO documentation of any kind. There are legal remedies and mechanisms in place to address teasing and bullying of transgender students. AB1266 doesn’t even address bullying, teasing, harassment, or discrimination per se. It only deals with access to sex-segregated facilities based on “gender identity” which, by the way, isn’t clearly defined other than how a student identifies at any particular point in time.

    California’s AB1266…..

    “(f) A pupil shall be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.”

    Why does AB1266 state, “A pupil shall be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities”? SECTION 221.5 (a) through (e) thoroughly covers sex based discrimination (vocational courses, classes, career guidance, higher education opportunities ect.). Girls can take any class they want (carpentry for example) and boys can take classes they want (cooking, or whatever). Transgender identified students can take any class they want. Section 221.5 (a) through (e) is very clear in its intent. What does (f.) mean when it says “sex-segregated school programs and activities? For the purpose of AB1266, what does “facilities” mean? Section 221. 5 (a.) through (e.) covers everything from classes to vocational training and career counseling. What sex-segregated school programs and activities are they talking about? The only sex-segregated things left that (a.) through (e.) doesn’t cover are restrooms and locker rooms because these are assumed to be segregated based on sex. Wouldn’t “facilities” include all facilities such as restrooms and locker rooms? The way that they cleverly dance around this subject is amazing to me. Biological male students (penis, testicles, testosterone, and XY chromosome) will have access to the girl’s restrooms and locker rooms. AB1266 is K-12 (kindergarten through high school). Sixteen year old boys do not belong in the girls’ restroom or locker room, and parents have every reason to be concerned.

  3. The capture.jpeg policy doesn’t require any proof that gender identity is long standing and genuinely felt. They allude to “consistently asserts”, but this could mean anything. How long has he been “consistently asserting”? Teenagers say one thing, and then do another. Despite what anyone says, there is still no way of knowing how a twelve or thirteen year old student will feel or think when he or she is twenty, or thirty years of age. I’m assuming that this policy is K-12. We do know that males are a lot different than females after they start puberty.

    Treatment of extremely gender variant children will continue to remain controversial since some underlying assumptions of the clinicians are a matter of opinion rather than of empirical data and empirical studies (e.g., clinical trials with random treatment assignment) are neither feasible nor ethical. I wish to conclude by raising some points for the clinicians treating these children to consider:

    (1.) There is no empirical evidence (i.e., controlled study) demonstrating that discouraging childhood cross-gender interests reduces the frequency of persistence into adolescence and adulthood.

    (2.) Since no clinician can accurately predict the future gender identity of any particular child, efforts to discourage cross-gender identifications may be experienced as hurtful and possibly even traumatic by children who do persist into adolescence and adulthood.

    (3.) There is no empirical evidence demonstrating that a prepubescent child who is permitted to transition gender role but then desists can simply and harmlessly transition back to the natal gender.”

    (4.) Since no clinician can accurately predict the future gender identity of any particular child, efforts to encourage public early childhood cross-gender roles may be experienced as hurtful and possibly even traumatic by children who do not persist into adolescence and adulthood.”

    http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/lgbt.2013.1500

    Does this sound confusing? Who can we make heads or tails of it? Persisters, or children who don’t outgrow gender dysphoria, might experience hurtful feelings and trauma if people try to change cross-gender behaviors. On the other hand, desisters, or children who outgrow their gender dysphoria, might be traumatized by efforts to encourage public early childhood cross-gender roles. That is, a male child who was referred to as “she” for years is now confused and hurt once he goes back to identifying as a boy. Moreover, there is no empirical evidence that says that transitioning back to the sex one is born into is easy and doesn’t come with its own challenges. How will the ten year old boy who identifies as a girl feel when he is eighteen? No one knows for sure, but there has to be a law that says he, rather she, can join the girls in the locker room while he works on his gender identity issues.

  4. STUDENT PHYSICAL PRIVACY POLICY

    I. Purpose

    In recognition of student physical privacy rights and the need to ensure student safety and maintain school discipline, this Policy is enacted to advise school site staff and administration regarding their duties in relation to student use of restrooms, locker rooms, showers, and other school facilities where students may be in a state of undress in the presence of other students.

    II. DEFINITIONS

    “Biological sex” means the biological condition of being male or female as determined at birth based on physical differences, or, when necessary, at the chromosomal level.

    III. POLICY

    A. Use of School Facilities

    Notwithstanding any other Board Policy, student restrooms, locker rooms, and showers that are designated for one biological sex shall only be used by members of that biological sex.

    In any other school facilities or settings where a student may be in a state of undress in the presence of other students (i.e., changing costumes during school theatrical productions, etc.), school personnel shall provide separate, private areas designated for use by students based on their biological sex.

    B. Accommodation of Biological Sex Non-Conforming Students

    Students that exclusively and consistently assert at school that their gender is different from their biological sex shall be provided with the best available accommodation that meets their needs, but in no event shall that be access to the school restroom, locker room, or shower of the opposite biological sex. Such accommodations may include, but are not limited to: access to a single-stall restroom; access to a uni-sex restroom; or controlled use of a faculty restroom, locker room, or shower.

    I agree, and some exception could be made for students with actual DSD (disorder of sexual development) medical conditions. This is not the same thing as self-identifying as transgender or gender identity. Before transgender activists started in with their demands, most intersex individuals just went about their business. If it’s clear that the student is biological male with no DSD, he doesn’t belong in a girl’s restroom or locker room. Once a boy start puberty, he is six feet tall, and clearly male, his presence in a girl’s locker room is going to make girls uncomfortable. Female students have a fundamental human right to privacy.

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