Gavin Grimm is a 19-year-old who sued the Gloucester County School Board over its policy requiring students to use sex-segregated facilities according to the students’ biological sex. Grimm’s complaint alleged discrimination on the basis of “transgender status” in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment (claiming “Transgender people as a class exhibit immutable or distinguishing characteristics that define them as a discrete group”) and discrimination “on the basis of sex” under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Although Grimm is no longer a high school student, and therefore is no longer affected by the school’s policies, a federal judge denied the school board’s motion to dismiss and ordered the parties to arrive at a settlement within 30 days.
LeslieAnn Manning is a man who identifies as a transgender woman. In 1991, Manning was convicted of attempted murder after “firing a gun at a police car in a traffic-stop-turned chase” and sentenced to 30 years to life in prison. Since entering prison, Manning grew his hair out, legally changed his name, started taking hormones, and “secured the right to wear feminine underwear beneath [his] prison uniform.” In January 2015, Manning filed a lawsuit alleging another inmate had raped him two years prior, and that the at Sullivan Correctional Facility had violated his constitutional rights “by failing to take adequate steps to protect [him] from rape.”
In February 2018, Manning and the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, which manages Sullivan Correctional Facility, reached a settlement in the lawsuit, awarding Manning $100,000 in damages. According to Manning’s attorneys, the settlement is “one of largest amounts ever awarded for a failure to protect case involving a trans prisoner alleging rape or sexual assault, and also the first settlement paid to a New York state prisoner for sexual abuse.” Additionally, Manning has been moved from Sullivan and is currently housed at Wende Correctional Facility, a men’s prison near Buffalo, NY from which he previously escaped. Manning is eligible for parole in 2019.
The Boston Athletic Association (“BAA”), the organization that plans and hosts the annual Boston Marathon, recently announced it will allow transgender individuals to compete “according to the gender with which they identify.” Registrants will be required to show their government-issued ID when registering for the race, which will be compared to the registrant’s self-reported gender. In response to an inquiry regarding what might happen if there is a discrepancy between a registrant’s government-issued ID and self-reported gender, the BAA stated, “we would make every effort to address it in a manner intended to be fair to all concerned, with a strong emphasis on inclusion.”
According to Tom Grilk, CEO of the BAA, “Members of the LGBT community have had a lot to deal with over the years, and we’d rather not add to that burden.” Grilk fails to understand that women, including lesbian and bisexual women, have historically been excluded from participating in sporting events such as the Boston Marathon, and that allowing “transwomen” to compete as women “add[s] to that burden” by reducing the number of opportunities available for women to participate in the event. Further, the policy forces women to compete against male runners, who have a physiological advantage over female runners.
At least five runners who identify as transgender women have signed up for the race, including Stevie Romer, who has done nothing to lower his testosterone levels but registered as a woman on the basis that he grew his hair out and “started living openly as a woman,” whatever that means.
On March 28, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge Carmen Consuelo Cerezo granted summary judgment in favor of several transgender-identified Puerto Rican individuals who filed a lawsuit in April 2017 seeking to force the Puerto Rican government to allow them “to correct their birth certificates to accurately reflect their true sex, consistent with their gender identity.”
According to the Order, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, “The Court will make findings in a separate Opinion and Order related to the uncontested material facts and its conclusions of law, including a declaration that the forced disclosure of plaintiffs’ transgender status violates their fundamental right to informational privacy. It will also state which method or relief is required to correct the gender marker on plaintiffs’ birth certificates to accurately reflect their gender identity, without revealing their transgender status.”
Family Life and Sexual Health (“FLASH“) is a “comprehensive sexual health education curriculum” developed by Seattle and King County Public Health and used by school districts all over the country, including the Sequim School District in Sequim, WA.
According to Jason Peterson, whose daughter is a 6th-grade student in the Sequim School District, the curriculum includes teaching on gender roles and “gender identity” and left his daughter “feeling as if she was being encouraged to question her identity.” He says his daughter was confused because she likes playing baseball, going fishing, and skateboarding, but also likes being a girl.
In 2018, children are being taught that baseball, fishing, and skateboarding are “boy things,” despite the fact that this idea is absolute garbage and despite the fact that, according to Seattle and King County Public Health, FLASH “focus[es] heavily on increasing respect for all genders and breaking down harmful gender stereotypes.”
Following Peterson’s comments, Superintendent Gary Neal “pumped the brakes on the sex education curriculum until the district and parents could review it more closely.”