HB 2414 (USA)

Two Tennessee lawmakers, Rep. Susan Lynn and Sen. Mike Bell, are sponsoring a bill that would “require that a student use student restroom and locker room facilities that are assigned for use by persons of the same sex as the sex indicated on the student’s original birth certificate.”  While opponents of HB 2414 are concerned the pending legislation would violate the 14thAmendment’s Equal Protection Clause and Title IX, supporters claim the bill would protect individual school districts from potential lawsuits, and would also protect students’ right to privacy.  Lynn says, “…it’s not fair to young ladies and young men to violate their privacy.  It’s just not fair just because someone suddenly declares that they are something that biologically they’re not.”  As of March 9, the bill has been referred to the Education Administration & Planning Subcommittee for discussion on March 15.
Tennessee General Assembly » Legislation
Tennessee lawmakers to consider transgender bathroom bill

Lafferty v. Fairfax County Public Schools (USA)

A Circuit Court judge in Virginia’s Fairfax County has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the school board’s decision to add gender identity and sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination policies.  The lawsuit, which comes from Andrea Lafferty, head of the Traditional Values Coalition and an unnamed student, argues that the Virginia General Assembly has never given school boards the authority to add such protections for their students and staff.  Lafferty and her lawyers claim their case was wrongfully dismissed, and are planning to appeal the judge’s decision.
Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging LGBTQ protections for schoolchildren – The Washington Post

Kristen L. v. Benjamin W. (USA)

Kristen and Benjamin divorced in early 2012. Under the terms of their custody agreement, they shared legal custody of their two sons, one born in 2003 and one in 2005. Kristen, who lives in Anchorage, was to have primary physical custody of the children; Benjamin, who is in the Air Force and lives in California, was to have weekly Skype contact and the children were to travel to California for Christmas and summer visitations. Continue reading “Kristen L. v. Benjamin W. (USA)”

Lafferty v. Fairfax County Public Schools (USA)

mkedraAndrea Lafferty, head of the Traditional Values Coalition, and an unnamed high school student filed a lawsuit in Fairfax County (Virginia) Circuit Court last week, arguing that the county school board overstepped its bounds when it changed the policy in May 2015 to bar discrimination of students and staff based on their gender identity or sexual orientation. The suit asks for an injunction to stop the board from implementing the policy.
Conservative advocate sues school board over new transgender policy – The Washington Post
Fairfax school board approves transgender protections – The Washington Post
FCPS – School Board Considers Update to Policy 1450

Jane Maria Nicholson & SouthBay LGBT Center @SouthBayLGBT (USA)

Jane Maria Nicholson is a Man who identifies as a Woman and a board member of the SouthBay LGBT Center, a group that serves gay people, including youth. He is charged with sexually abusing minor boys.
Transgender Woman Accused Of Performing Sex Acts On Teenage Boys In Torrance « CBS Los Angeles

Rep. Keisha Waites @keishawaites & HB 716 (USA)

Georgia Rep. Keisha Waites introduced legislation to ban “sexual orientation change efforts” (more commonly called “conversion therapy”) with a person under 18 years of age. Unfortunately, the definition of “sexual orientation change efforts” includes gender identity, thus the bill would effectively ban therapy that suggests to children that gender identity itself is a false construct.

Conversion therapy is junk science. Efforts to make gender nonconforming children comfortable in their skin without telling them they are actually the opposite sex is feminism.

HB 716

Mt. Horeb Area School District (USA)

The Mt. Horeb Area School District, which recently wanted to read “I Am Jazz” to kids, voted 7-0 to adopt a transgender policy that eviscerates the rights of Girls. Specifically, “(g)enerally a student who is transgender and has held the belief deeply, followed the belief consistently over a period of time, is supported by the student’s parent or guardian, and for which the student has sought guidance or counseling in coming to the decision, will be permitted to access the segregated restrooms that correspond to the gender identity that the student consistently asserts at school and elsewhere. Any student who does not wish to use the segregated restrooms may be given access to unisex restrooms if such a facility is reasonably available. No student shall be required to use a unisex restroom solely because of the student’s transgender or gender nonconforming status.”
Mt. Horeb Trans Policy

Township High School District 211, @usedgov & @ACLU (USA)

A Palatine, Illinois school district agreed to settle the U.S. Department of Education’s claim that the high school’s exclusion of a transgender student from girls’ locker room violates Title IX. Specifically, the school district agreed to allow the student in question, who identifies as female, to change in the the girls’ locker with the other girls, on the condition that she use private changing stations located within the locker room. The district must also install privacy curtains and provide additional accommodations for any student who desire enhanced privacy. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Education and the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented the male student, works to violate the privacy rights of girls.

Mt. Horeb Area School District & I am Jazz @MomofJazz @iamjazztrans (USA)

A Dane County, Wisconsin school was threatened with a lawsuit after a children’s book about a transgender male was added to the curriculum. The picture book “I Am Jazz” explains what it means to be a boy who identifies as a girl. Mt. Horeb Primary Center announced plans to read the book in some classrooms to support one of the school’s transgender students. In response, Liberty Counsel threatened to sue the school if it went forward with the plan. Mt. Horeb sent with one business days’ notice to parents, about the opportunity to object to the planned reading and discussion of “I Am Jazz,” which the Liberty Counsel believes was calculated to take parents off guard and thus violate fundamental parental rights.
According to the Liberty Counsel, among the letter’s false analogies and claims are the following: 1) children are arbitrarily “assigned” a gender at birth, as if the presence of male or female genitalia as the basis for “male” and “female” is an arbitrary decision imposed upon a person; 2) that simply because a child is “born male” but “insists” that child is a girl makes it so; 3) that because a girl likes short hair and likes a “boy” name, she is now a boy; and among the most egregious, 4) that it is possible to have a “girl brain and a boy body.” This claim is completely at odds with the rationale for equality between the sexes: there is no difference between male and female brains or mental abilities, and thus this idea fosters gender stereotypes.
Reading of book at Mt Horeb Library Supports Transgender Child
Mt Horeb School Drops Book On Transgender Identity Following Lawsuit Threat
Liberty Counsel Letter to MHASD re constitutional violations
District Letter

Bud Hulsey & TN Equality Project @tnequality (USA)

Tennessee Representative Bud Hulsey (R, Kingsport) is drafting a bill to require students use the bathrooms of the gender assigned to them on their birth certificate. Chris Sanders with the Tennessee Equality Project says – without any foundation in fact – the bill will cause more problems than it fixes, including giving staff and students license to bully and harass transgender students.
TN lawmaker Proposes Law For Transgender Students Using School Restrooms – Story