LANSING (ChurchMilitant.com) - The State of Michigan Board of Education is pushing its public schools to let students pick their gender, name, pronouns and bathrooms without parental knowledge.
The board issued this guidance on February 23 without a press release. The public has only until April 11 to comment on the proposed directives, which the board will finalize on May 10. State superintendent Brian Whiston has already signed the guidance.
In the guidance the board relates, "The responsibility for determining a student's gender identity rests with the student." Input from "mental health professionals, or documentation of legal changes, is not needed."
The board directs teachers and staff to pander to the student's choice. "School staff should address students by their chosen name and pronouns that correspond to their gender identity, regardless of whether there has been a legal name change."
The guidance allows parents to be kept in the dark about their child's transgender activity at school, directing that transgender students "decide when, with whom, and to what extent to share private information."
The directives specifically say:
When contacting the parent/guardian of a transgender or GNC student, school staff should use the student's legal name and the pronoun corresponding to the student's assigned sex at birth, unless the student or parent/guardian has specified otherwise.
The choice of restrooms and locker rooms is to be left entirely up to the student. As the directives indicate, "Students should be allowed to use the restroom in accordance with their gender identity." Conversely, it says students "should not be required to use a locker room that is incongruent with their gender identity," adding that a single-user restroom can be made available "but not presented as the only option."
ChurchMilitant.com reported Monday on the recent statement made by the American College of Pediatricians, who are saying that encouraging children to think they are the opposite sex is child abuse.
The same article notes that suicide rates for transgenders far exceeds that of teens who do not suffer from gender dysphoria.
The American College of Pediatricians is urging "educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex."
To learn more about transgenderism, watch "Mic'd Up—The Transgenda."