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Children’s Restrooms Are The Next Front Line In The Gender Wars

February 28th, 2014 Jill Posted in Transgender Comments Off

From The Federalist

The gender revolution will not be televised. Why? Because it is taking place in your local public bathroom.

It’s true: gender upheaval, coming soon to a commode near you. In Maine, the state Supreme Judicial Court found in a recent court case that a young woman described as transgender could enter male or female restrooms. In California, the state legislature passed a bill that gives students who self-identify as “transgender” the right “to participate in sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities,” including the use of restrooms of both sexes. As if using public restrooms wasn’t frightful enough!

The effect of these watershed developments in the water closet is hard to miss. Depending on their “gender expression,” boys and girls may now enter restrooms of the opposite sex as they see fit. These bizarre developments sound more like a dreaded group project in Gender Studies 101 than an act of the state. Gender revisionists have made a fuss about the “fluidity” of gender for years now, but their views have largely failed to penetrate mainstream American public life. All this is now changing.

In our enlightened new world, boys can shower with girls. They can enter a locker room of the opposite sex when they wish, and, provided they profess to be transgender, no one can stop them. This is true not only of teenagers, but kindergartners. The sexually curious no longer have a barrier to their exploration. Teachers cannot step in. Administrators cannot intervene. In public schools, per the will of the Maine judiciary and the California legislature, children no longer enjoy the protection our society has assumed as a matter of course.

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Maine’s supreme court foists choose-your-own-bathroom policy on entire state

February 2nd, 2014 Jill Posted in Transgender Comments Off

From The Daily Caller

The supreme court of Maine has issued an opinion declaring that transgender children in the state’s public schools must be allowed to choose their own bathrooms despite their genitalia or how uncomfortable other students may feel about it.

The 5-1 decision, which came down on Thursday, marks the first time any state’s high court has ruled that transgender kids can use the bathroom with which they identify rather than the one matching their biological trappings, reports the Bangor Daily News.

The case, which originated in 2009 and stagnated for years in Maine’s courts, involved a fifth-grade student who wanted to use the girls’ bathroom. School officials said no because the student was not, in fact, a girl.

The child’s parents and the Maine Human Rights Commission sued the school district. The way the school treated the student and bullying by other students were also at issue.

“This sends a message to my children that you can believe in the system,” said Wayne Maines, the father of the victorious student, according to the Daily News.

The now-teenage student, Nicole Maines, also spoke to the press.

“I wouldn’t wish my experience on another trans person,” the transgender student said.

Jennifer Levi, director of the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) transgender rights project, was pleased with the outcome.

“A transgender girl is a girl and must be treated as such in all respects, including using the girls’ restroom,” Levi stridently insisted.

The decision appears to be a pretty limited interpretation of an anti-discrimination law already on Maine’s books.

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School gives go ahead to treat 6-year-old girl as a boy

December 5th, 2013 Jill Posted in Transgender Comments Off

From The Christian Institute

A 6-year-old girl who wants to be treated as a boy has been given a support worker to make sure she is treated as a member of the opposite sex at school.

Georgia, who is known as George, has wanted to be a boy since the age of three, according to her mother – the girl refused to wear dresses and tried to cut her own hair short.

The child’s teacher initially declined to treat the girl as a boy, but now a specific support worker has been assigned to ensure that she is. 

Georgia, who is an identical twin, has been referred to local NHS services which specialise in gender issues among children.

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Sec. Kerry Prioritizes Transgender over Children

November 21st, 2013 Jill Posted in Children/Family, Transgender Comments Off

By Wendy Wright, Turtle Bay & Beyond

November 20 is Universal Children’s Day, first proclaimed by the UN in 1954 to encourage countries to institute a day to promote the welfare of the world’s children.
UNICEF is marking the day with a campaign to End Violence against children. The most degrading of crimes – slavery, trafficking, forced labor, sexual abuse – are easier to commit, and hide, when perpetrated against children. Children are in greatest need of defenders.
Despite the global consensus against violence against children, the most widespread lethal violence globally occurs with the approval of governments and elites: abortion.
Nevertheless, children’s welfare is something we can all get behind.
So it was a surprise to see the Obama administration’s message to the world on Universal Children’s Day.
U.S. Secretary John Kerry – President Obama’s ambassador to the world – supplanted the day dedicated to children’s welfare with a Transgender Day of Remembrance.
The State Department posted this statement on its home webpage:
Transgender Day of Remembrance
SECRETARY KERRY (NOV. 20): “On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we renew our commitment to ensuring that all persons are able to live safely, freely and with dignity, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.” Full Text»
A message honoring Universal Children’s Day could not be found.
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Trans activists really need to lighten up

November 11th, 2013 Jill Posted in Transgender, Transsexuality Comments Off

By Brendan O'Neill, Spiked

Transsexuals’ histrionic response to every slight only confirms how flimsy their identity is.
Why are transsexual activists so sensitive to criticism? This is a serious question, not an insult. There must be some reason why the trans community, as it calls itself, is worse at taking criticism or tolerating insulting commentary than, say, the Christian community or the butch lesbian community, both of which also get flak on the internet and elsewhere but don’t tend to respond to it in the way trans types do.

[...]  The real problem here is not the trans lobby, which is small, but the inability of society more broadly to make judgements about people’s behaviour, and its corresponding relativistic acceptance of every way of life as a ‘new identity!’. The transformation of bodily alienation into a sexual identity – transsexualism – reflects society’s refusal to say, simply, ‘Look. You are confused. Let’s talk about this and find a way to alleviate your alienation from yourself.’ Instead we effectively say, ‘Congratulations, you are a transsexual! Go and have your body drastically modified by a doctor.’

A hospital in Holland even gives out puberty-stopping drugs to 11- to 16-year-olds who believe they have the wrong gender – which sums up brilliantly how incapable we are of telling people to get a grip or think hard about their alienation, and how willing we are to doll up even teenage confusion as the expression of a natural orientation or inspiring identity.

It is this fundamental hollowness of the so-called transsexual identity, the fact that it is in essence self-loathing dressed up as a positive way of life, which explains the sensitivity to criticism of trans activists. Communities or groups based on more meaningful, substantial, historical things than simply individual alienation potentially have the moral and intellectual resources needed to withstand ridicule – trans activists do not. They have a powerful instinct to guard their ‘identity’ from mockery or critique because they recognise that, at heart, there isn’t much to it.

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Special Protections Shouldn’t Trump Basic Liberties

September 28th, 2013 Jill Posted in Gay Activism, Gender, Healing, Transgender Comments Off

By Ryan T. Anderson, The Heritage Foundation

While most Americans savored the last weeks of summer, some activists were busy advancing government interference in family decisions and individuals’ rights to follow their religion and conscience.
Here’s a little of what you may have missed in your beach reading.
On Aug. 12, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill mandating, in effect, that boys be allowed to use girls’ restrooms in the state’s public schools. The bill, part of an effort to advance “transgender rights,” says every student can “use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.”
The new California law applies to sports teams as well as locker rooms and bathrooms, and obviously undermines privacy and parental rights.
A week later, on Aug. 19, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill banning therapy for state residents under 18 who struggle with unwanted same-sex attraction. With a flick of his pen, Christie usurped authority from parents in deciding the care their children should receive. Shockingly, one therapy specifically permitted is assistance for minors in “transitioning” from male to female or from female to male.
New Jersey became the second state with such a ban. A few days later, the first one — California — had its law upheld as the Ninth Circuit Court ruled against the rights of parents.
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What Will Become of Equal Protection for Women?

September 13th, 2013 Jill Posted in Transgender Comments Off

by Adam J. MacLeod, Public Discourse

Laws in Massachusetts and California requiring that sex-segregated facilities be open to both sexes will undermine equal protection for women.
California has followed Massachusetts into uncharted territory by requiring California schools to make sex-segregated facilities and activities available to members of both sexes. Those who advocated this move might not like all of the implications of what they have accomplished. Among the many likely casualties of these laws will be the logic of the Supreme Court’s equal protection jurisprudence, which protects females from suspect classifications in law.
Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Department of Education (MDOE) issued regulatory guidance for Massachusetts schools concerning a recent state statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity. MDOE interprets the statute to give students a right to use the bathroom, locker room, and changing facilities that correspond to the gender with which those students identify, regardless of their biological sex.
The MDOE directive notes that some students might be uncomfortable disrobing with a member of the opposite sex, but insists, “This discomfort is not a reason to deny access to the transgender student.” The directive also encourages school administrators to discipline students who object to sharing a bathroom with a member of the opposite sex.
At the time, Andrew Beckwith and I argued that this development is part of a trend: judges and lawmakers are eliminating sexual distinctions from Massachusetts law, and driving out of public life anyone who perceives inherent differences between male and female. But the MDOE directive presupposes that many sex-segregated activities will persist; indeed, they will persist because at least some transgendered students want them to persist. A biological boy who identifies as a girl does so in part by using the girls’ bathroom.
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Conservative Christianity and the transgender question

August 16th, 2013 Jill Posted in Transgender Comments Off

By Russell D Moore, Washington Post

The Internet is abuzz with conversation about the “T” in “LGBT” this week, after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law legislation supporting “equal access” for students who believe themselves to be the opposite gender from their biological sex. As a conservative evangelical Christian, I believe the so-called transgender question will require a church with a strong theological grounding, and a winsome pastoral footing.
Here’s why.
Ultimately, the transgender question is about more than just sex. It’s about what it means to be human.
Poet Wendell Berry responded to techno-utopian scientism with the observation that civilization must decide whether we see persons as creatures or as machines. If we are creatures, he argued, then we have purpose and meaning, but also limits. If we see ourselves, and the world around us, as a machine, then we believe the Faustian myth of our own limitless power to recreate ourselves.
This is, it seems to me, the question at the heart of the transgender controversy. Are we created, as both the Hebrew Scriptures and Jesus put it, “male and female,” from the beginning or are these categories arbitrary and self-willed? Do our bodies, and our sexes, represent something of who we were designed to be, and thus impose limits on our ability to recreate ourselves?
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Transgender a new challenge for evangelicals

August 5th, 2013 Jill Posted in Transgender Comments Off

by Jeff Gissing, Juicy Ecumenism

The popular press has lately given a great deal of attention to the increasing acceptance of same sex marriage in certain parts of the country. It has also followed referenda and litigation concerning whether marriage can be understood as something between two people—with no reference to the sex of the parties—rather than exclusively between a man and a woman. The meta-narrative woven by advocates of same sex marriage is that “love is love,” regardless. The sex or gender of the people involved has no bearing on the quality of the “love” that exists between the two. That “love” is what is recognized and formalized in the act of Holy matrimony.

The increased visibility of transgender people is a natural corollary of genderless marriage. Consider recent headlines around Kristin (formerly Chris) Beck, the former Navy SEAL who underwent sex reassignment surgery. Beck insists that the armed forces must become open to transgender Americans, “The military needs to get past gender and look at people like me as a person, not just as a male or female, and understand that I can still do a great job.” Beck has chronicled her story in the book Warrior Princess.

Gay marriage removes sex and gender as a consideration in the act of uniting two people as husband and wife. It essentially argues that sex and gender are not meaningful. The same is true for transgendered people–sex and/or gender are also devoid of meaning. That is to say, for transgendered people the experience of being a sexed person is at odds with their internal psychological experience of being gendered. In other words a transgender man—unlike an intersexed individual—has male chromosomes, male reproductive anatomy, male sex hormones, and yet internally identifies as a woman. To complicate matters, transgender does not imply a certain type of sexual orientation.

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This is ‘civil rights’? Pro-family leaders react to California school’s transgender settlement

July 27th, 2013 Jill Posted in Transgender Comments Off

by Kirsten Andersen, LifeSite News

Pro-family leaders reacted with stunned disbelief this week to the news of a settlement in the case of a Southern California girl whose parents filed a federal civil rights complaint against their local school district after their daughter was not allowed to sleep in a hotel room full of boys during field trips, despite her belief that she is a boy trapped in a girl's body.

After two years of investigation by the Obama administration's Department of Justice, the Arcadia Unified School District agreed to a settlement in which they admit no wrongdoing, but will allow the teenage girl, who is about to enter ninth grade, to use the facilities of her preferred sex rather than her biological one, as well as to participate in activities intended for boys only.

Additionally, they will provide sensitivity training for their staff and faculty and add “gender identity” to the definition of “gender discrimination” in the district’s anti-discrimination policies.

That means from now on, the school district will allow students to use the showers, restrooms, and sleeping quarters of the opposite biological sex if they identify as “transgender.”

On Friday, conservative and pro-family leaders took to Fox News to criticize the decision, which they say is unfair to other students at the school.

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Obama admin forces school district to let teenage girl use boys restroom, showers, sleeping quarters

July 26th, 2013 Jill Posted in Transgender Comments Off

By Kirsten Andersen, LifeSite News

The Obama administration’s Justice Department has pressured a California school district into allowing an incoming high school freshman who is anatomically female but identifies as a boy to use the restroom and changing facilities assigned to her preferred sex, rather than her biological sex.

Her family filed a federal discrimination lawsuit after the school district twice refused to allow the girl to sleep in a room with boys without a chaperone.
The Obama administration pressured the school district to allow the girl to use the boys' facilities, saying in a letter that failure to do so constitutes sexual discrimination against “students who do not conform to sex stereotypes.”
Under a new agreement, every transgender student in the district will have full access to the opposite sex's changing rooms and sleeping quarters during school trips.
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How state and federal money is “empowering” troubled young men in dangerous lives as “transgenders”

July 24th, 2013 Jill Posted in Transgender Comments Off

Two young men at 2013 From Mass Resistance

This is one of the most troubling articles we've published. The public school programs that encourage children to experiment with cross-dressing and transgenderism are often just the beginning of a terrible journey that can lead to disease and even early death.
We have reported how the radical "LGBT youth programs" in the public schools are encouraging troubled kids to begin dressing as the opposite sex and then take on a "transgender" identity. In Massachusetts, after the Transgender Rights Law was passed the Department of Education immediately began taking steps to force public schools to officially embrace and support such behavior by kids, letting them use opposite-sex locker rooms and restrooms and changing their names on official records. At the same time, they are imposing radical diversity training on others, and intend to punish students and faculty who voice any disapproval.

But what happens to these kids after they leave school? Unfortunately, this bizarre, unnatural "identity" causes many of these already troubled youth to become even more dysfunctional. Some quit school early. Many of them get involved with drugs and alcohol. A shocking number of them become almost completely disengaged with normal life. They leave home and wander the streets, falling in with other troubled people. (And some of the most trouble people are at the state-sanctioned youth "support groups" such as BAGLY).

Many of these "transgender" male youth, a high proportion of whom are black, find their way to "gay" oriented commune-like places run by equally dysfunctional adults, such as male transsexual "house mother."

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Transoriented erasure

July 7th, 2013 Jill Posted in Healing, Homosexuality, Transgender Comments Off

by John Allman

Who gets the better deal? Transgendered people, or transoriented people?

Today, not for the first time, I read a comment complaining that people who are transgendered face problems of non-acceptance. It reminded me of the non-acceptance experienced by people who are, or who want to become, transoriented.

Transgendered people and transoriented people both experience non-acceptance, and for the same basic reason.

Transgendered people are (for example) male, but want to be accepted in future as female (or vice versa). In some cases, trangendered people have had their bodies changed, so that they resemble more their acquired gender, and less their birth gender. Transgendered people experience rejection on the part of people with strong, fixed beliefs. Beliefs that it is impossible for a man really to change himself, or be changed, into a woman (or vice versa).

Transoriented people (as I am defining the term here) have a similar tale to tell. They have experienced (for example) same sex attraction, but have decided that they want in future to be people who are attracted to the opposite sex (or vice versa). They want other people to accept them as they are, complete with their desire to change, or that fact of their having already changed, their “sexual orientation” (so-to-speak). But, unlike transgendered people, they have changed their minds rather than their bodies, so that their behaviour resembles more that of their acquired sexual orientation than the sexual orientation with which they have formerly identified. Transoriented people often experience rejection on the part of people with strong, fixed beliefs too. Beliefs, in this case, that it isn’t possible for somebody who has in the past said that he has had a homosexual orientation really to change into somebody who now has a heterosexual orientation to all practical intents and purposes.

Which do you think is the more unkind? Being transgendered and finding oneself shunned or insulted by people who don’t believe that changing one’s gender by changing one’s body is possible? Or being transoriented, and finding oneself shunned or insulted by different people, who don’t believe that changing one’s sexual orientation by changing one’s mind is possible?

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“Transgendered” 6 Year Old Wins Right to Use Girl’s Bathroom

June 25th, 2013 Jill Posted in Children/Family, Transgender Comments Off

By Jackie Bruchi, Stand Firm

Does the fact that we are now allowing encouraging children who are not even close to sexual maturity to experiment bother anyone else? I wonder if these parents have forced young Coy to pick a career path yet.

“Given the evolving research into the development of transgender persons, compartmentalizing a child as a boy or girl solely based on their visible anatomy is a simplistic approach to a difficult and complex issue,” the report said.

Michael Silverman, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, which filed the complaint, tells Reuters, “this ruling sends a loud and clear message that transgender students may not be targeted for discrimination and that they must be treated equally in school.”

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Transgender bill in Canadian Senate will open door to normalizing pedophilia, women’s org warns

June 6th, 2013 Jill Posted in Transgender Comments Off

By Peter Baklinski, LifeSite News

As the transgendered bill C-279 makes its way through the Senate, having passed second reading last week, a leading women’s organization is warning the country that passage of the bill would open a Pandora’s box eventually leading to the normalization of “problematic sexual activities, including pedophilia”.

“It’s all in how the word ‘gender identity’ is defined,” said Gwen Landolt, National Vice-President of REAL Women of Canada, to
The bill, put forward by NDP LGBTT Critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC), defines “gender identity” as an “individual’s deeply felt internal and individual experience of gender, which may or may not correspond with the sex that the individual was assigned at birth.”
Landolt explained that “gender identity” is a catch-all phrase that could be interpreted by activist courts to legitimize “any kind of sexual deviancy”.
“This could include pedophilia, if that’s their deeply felt experience of gender and if that’s their sexual preference.”
Landolt said that if Canada passes the bill, it will join Australia in the ranks of sexual anarchy. The Australian Human Rights Commission has defined “gender identity” as a “broad term to refer to diverse sex and or gender identities and expressions. It includes being transgender, trans, transsexual and intersex. It also includes being androgynous, agender, a cross dresser, a drag queen, gender fluid, genderqueer, intergender, neutrois, pansexual, pan-gendered, a third gender, and a third sex…”
“It would seem, therefore, that this bill may have been brought before Parliament for purposes other than promoting sound public policy,” stated REAL Women in a press release yesterday.
“Rather, it will be used to extend legal protection to other questionable sexual activities without having these matters exposed to Parliamentary debate.”
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Christian Equality Under Attack by UN Chief

April 26th, 2013 Jill Posted in Religious Liberty, Transgender Comments Off

By Benjamin Bull ,

Speaking via video link to the Oslo Conference on Human Rights on April 15, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that he is launching an international campaign to elevate the demands of sexually confused individuals over the demands of other individuals.

He believes that the unanswered demands of individuals who suffer from gender confusion represent one of the "neglected human rights challenges of our time" and that upholding them is more important than "culture, tradition, or religion" – all of which he anticipates will be used as reasons to "oppose change."

Ban maintains that if others join with him, this world will be "safer, freer and more equal for everyone."

But recent history tells us that when groups are singled out as the latest, newest, and most in vogue for special exceptions – in this case, groups of sexually-confused individuals – then the rights of traditionalists and those whose consciences are governed by Scripture are almost always in jeopardy.

For example, support for homosexuality in the 1980s turned into support for same-sex civil unions at the turn of the 20th century, and then turned into support for same-sex marriage in the 21st century.

Today, in the 13th year of the 21st century, momentum is growing for the "transgender person" – men who claim to be women and women who claim not to know whether they are in fact female. In short, momentum is growing for individuals who identify themselves as male or female depending on their emotions or how they feel about themselves, rather than their physical makeup.

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Gov’t Spending $152,500 to Study Voice Therapy for Transgenders

April 26th, 2013 Jill Posted in Transgender Comments Off

By Elizabeth Harrington, CNS News

The federal government is spending $152,000 to study “voice therapy” for transgenders, saying it is incumbent to being “accepted as one's preferred gender.”

“This study will illuminate the capabilities of the human larynx and inform the relationship between voice production and perception,” states a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant, awarded to George Washington University. “The long term goal of this research is to inform and provide new directions for Transgender (TG) voice care, thereby improving the lives of TG people who feel their voice is a great obstacle to living as their preferred gender.”
“Incomplete gender presentation can negatively impact the TG individual's job opportunities, relationships, and social acceptance,” the study explains. “Results of this project will advance an aspect of gender transition vital to being accepted as one's preferred gender and living a successful, healthy life.”
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Study: Transgender Women Nearly 50 Times More Likely to Have HIV

April 14th, 2013 Jill Posted in AIDS, Transgender Comments Off

By Leonardo Blair, Christian Post

A new study spanning 15 countries, including the United States, has highlighted that transgender women are nearly 50 times more likely than the general population to be at risk of an HIV infection while another has cited a dearth of HIV-surveillance data on women with surgically created vaginas.

The first study, conducted by Dr. Stefan Baral, director of the key populations programs in the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and colleagues, and reported in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, examined data from 15 countries with male-predominant HIV epidemics. The countries included the U.S., six from the Asia-Pacific area, five in Latin America, and three in Europe. The findings come after nearly four decades of grappling with the AIDS epidemic.

"Our findings suggest that transgender women are a very high burden population for HIV and are in urgent need of prevention, treatment, and care services," said Dr. Baral and his team in the discussion of their findings.

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GMC backs down on requiring doctors to provide ‘gender reassignment’ as lobby group brings 98 patient complaints

March 27th, 2013 Jill Posted in Gender, Medical Ethics, Transgender Comments Off

By Peter Saunders, CMF

The General Medical Council has backed down on requiring doctors to provide 'gender reassignment' just as a lobby group has brought forward 98 patient complaints.
Last April I posted a controversial blog titled ‘The GMC needs to explain why it is forcing doctors to provide sex change operations’
The blog was prompted by new draft guidance issued by the General Medical Council which implied that doctors who refused to provide ‘gender reassignment’ risked being struck off the medical register.

The draft guidance, ‘Personal beliefs and medical practice’ allowed doctors to opt out of providing procedures or treatments to which they had a conscientious objection provided that they made sure that ‘the patient has enough information to arrange to see another doctor who does not hold the same objection as you’.

But it made an exception in the case of ‘providing gender reassignment’ (P5 footnote) for which it said doctors had no right not to be involved.
It justified this stance on the grounds that these ‘procedures’ are ‘only sought by a particular group of patients (and cannot therefore be subject to a conscientious objection)’ under the Equality Act 2010.
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Canada – ‘Gender identity’ bill passes House of Commons

March 21st, 2013 Jill Posted in Gender, Transgender Comments Off

by Patrick B Craine, LifeSite News

Canada’s House of Commons voted 149 to 137 on Wednesday evening to pass an NDP-backed bill that would add “gender identity” to the Canadian Human Rights Act. The bill now heads to the Senate.

The vote was largely on party lines, with the Conservatives opposing and the NDP, Liberals, Bloc, and Green parties supporting it. But, notably, was only able to pass with the support of 17 Conservative members, including cabinet ministers such as Jim Flaherty, John Baird, James Moore, and Lisa Raitt.
A previous version of the bill, which would have also added “gender expression” to the act, had passed the House in 2011 but died in the Senate when the 2011 federal election was called.
The bill has been controversial, with critics arguing that the bill would effectively abolish the distinction between male and female under Canadian law.
Some have also dubbed it the “bathroom bill” by claiming that it could give biological men a legal alibi to use women’s bathrooms, shower rooms, and changing rooms. They worry that such a bill will lead to an increase in sexual assaults.
Last November a college in Washington state decided it would not prevent a 45-year-old man who presents himself as a transgender “female” from lounging naked in a women’s locker room, in an area frequented by girls as young as six. Teenage girls on a high school swim team were using the facilities last September when they saw "Colleen" Francis exposing male genitalia through the glass window in a sauna.
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