WASHINGTON – Americans are fed up with public school curricula that incorporate gender ideology in the name of civil rights and are fighting legal battles across the country to end the indoctrination.
Parents in Portland, Oregon, filed a federal lawsuit to reverse a Dallas School District policy allowing a biological female to use the bathroom and locker room for males.
Allowing the 16-year old “transgender male,” Elliot Yoder, to use the boys’ facilities violates the civil rights of the majority of students who are not transgender, the lawsuit argues.
Two years ago, Yoder requested to change her clothes before gym class in the boys’ locker room because other students noticed when she left to change in the gender-neutral facility, which was inconveniently located two floors away.
The Dallas district accommodated her request, igniting parents to protest at a school board meeting.
The attorney representing the parents, Herb Grey, argues boys are embarrassed to get undressed in front of biological females and that it is unfair to make the majority of students feel uncomfortable to satisfy the demands of a small minority.
“The key to this whole thing is not just the privacy and the rights of just one student,” Grey explained. “It’s the rights of all the students and their parents, and you can’t interpret federal law and state law and impose it on everyone else and say you’re accommodating everyone — because you’re not accommodating everyone.”
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon and the group Basic Rights held a news conference Thursday, condemning the parents’ lawsuit.
“The case targets transgender youth for simply existing and seeking an education,” said Mat dos Santos, legal director for ACLU Oregon. “This lawsuit is senseless and cruel, but it is not a meaningful threat to the right of transgender students in Oregon.”
The Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown are named in the lawsuit because the state guidelines issued in 2016 specify which districts are required to do to accommodate transgender students.
The guidelines are not the law but were implemented after the Obama administration issued a guidance memorandum reinterpreting Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to extend to transgender students.
That guidance later was reversed by the Trump administration.
The lawsuit also names the Department of Education and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
Meanwhile, students in grades K-5 in Seattle will be assigned books and short lessons that teach the new gender ideology according to updated state health education requirements.
“For kindergarten, there’s a book called ‘Introducing Teddy.’ In it, a bear named Thomas is sad and finally tells a friend, ‘I’m a girl teddy, not a boy teddy.’ Thomas asks to be called Tilly instead. The friend, Errol, says that he doesn’t care and that ‘what matters is that you are my friend,’” reports public radio station KNKX.
Numerous court opinions on transgender rights have interpreted Title IX protections as extending to transgender students.
The Portland lawsuit is similar to a suit filed in Palatine, Illinois, in which U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffery Gilbert sided against children and parents demanding their children’s privacy.
Gilbert ruled last October that high school students “do not have a constitutional right not to share restrooms or locker rooms with transgender students whose sex assigned at birth is different than theirs.”