MINNEAPOLIS (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) narrowly voted on July 19 to adopt protocols to marginalize students who aren't comfortable using restrooms with so-called transgender students.
The document, "Toolkit for Ensuring Safe and Supportive Schools for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students," was written by an advisory council of the MDE. Although the document is considered non-binding, LGBT activists are expecting it will be implemented in every public school.
It asserts, "Schools should not assume a student's name or pronoun. School officials should ask the student and use the requested name and pronouns," and adds:
Students need not provide schools with legal documents to correct their first name or gender within their student records. When students are referred to by the wrong pronoun by peers or school staff, students may feel intimidated, threatened, harassed or bullied. School staff can ensure a more respectful environment for all students when efforts are made to correct the misuse of pronouns, as well as names in student records.
It goes further to discuss how bathroom, locker room and hotel accommodations are to be dealt with, recommending that "privacy objections raised by a student in interacting with a transgender or gender nonconforming student may be addressed by segregating the student raising the objection," as long as the segregation of the student "does not result in stigmatizing the transgender and gender nonconforming student."
More evidence has come out recently, showing that confirming so-called transgender self-identification among children is not healthy for them.
Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians (ACP), asserts that institutions and systems that promote transition affirmation inflict "institutionalized child abuse." She asserts:
Physicians and therapists who embrace hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery for children promote a political agenda not scientific advance. This is obvious once the euphemisms are shed: Chemical castration and the surgical mutilation of children is not 'therapy.' It is cold, calculated, institutionalized child abuse at the hands of those charged with healing.
Dr. Stephen Stathis, a gender expert and psychiatrist, declares that most children claiming to be "trans" are merely doing it for attention. He commented, "You might get a six- or seven-year-old girl wanting to dress as a boy. She may even say she wants to be a boy. When she hits puberty, she says, 'No, I'm just a girl who likes to do boy things.'"
Although transgender activists believe the MDE's adoption of the protocols will help students feel safe and comfortable in school, critics like Cretella note that affirmation does nothing to curb depression and suicide numbers among transgenders.
She also notes, "There is no evidence that harassment and discrimination, let alone lack of affirmation, are the primary cause of suicide among any minority group," adding that 90 percent of those who commit suicide have a diagnosed mental disorder.