- - Sunday, October 27, 2013


Culture challenge of the week: The Co-Ed Bathroom Law

Families, we need your help this week.

As I wrote recently, California is dead set on stripping away the privacy of children — and we need to do what we can to stop the madness.

A few short months ago, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1266, a first-of-its-kind legislation, now known as the Co-Ed Bathroom Law. The law, as I’ve noted previously, opens girls’ restrooms, locker rooms, and school showers to any child who “self-identifies” as a girl — including boys who decide they really “are” transgender girls. The same holds true for boys — a girl who decides her “true gender self” is a boy, must be allowed to use the boys’ restrooms, showers and locker rooms. In addition, “transgendered” children must be allowed to play on opposite-sex sports teams if they so choose. (It really means that enterprising boys will dominate girls’ sports teams.)

The law hinges on the child’s right to decide his or her gender — a child might decide to “be” female one day and “male” the next. It all depends on feelings and the child’s “self-identification.” Translation: I am who I say I am, no matter what my body looks like.

It’s the very definition of unreality.

The consequences are significant, impacting far more than the “transgender” child. Under this law, children lose their right to demand privacy while undressing, showering or going to the bathroom. Instead, the left’s priority is for transgendered children to feel “included” on an “equal” basis, at all costs, even if that means other children lose their privacy.

The transgender lie is the root of the problem. For the left, it’s an axiom of faith that children must be allowed to choose a gender identity based on how they perceive themselves, regardless of whether they are born boys or girls. Many liberals go even further, holding the nonsensical position that human beings are meant to be gender-fluid, not boxed into the “binaries” of male and female. Gender, they say, might even change from one day to the next.

It’s hogwash.

Even so, normal children — boys who are boys and girls who are girls — are expected to get with the program in California. If the law stands, you can expect that children who balk at welcoming an opposite-sex child into the locker room or bathroom will be reprimanded and singled out for being hurtful and transgender-phobic. The normal children will be “the problem.”

Worse, where California leads, other states will follow. When California outlawed reparative therapy (treatment designed to help children overcome unwanted same-sex attraction) for children younger than 18, New Jersey quickly followed suit. Other states are considering similar legislation. If California’s law stands, it’s not just California students who will suffer from the loss of privacy and threat to their safety and well-being. Other states where the homosexual lobby is strong will soon get in line.

How to save your family: sign, donate and send

This law cannot stand! The only way to stop it is by getting this issue on the ballot as a voter referendum. Parents and other concerned citizens, organized under the coalition Privacy for all Students, have mounted a petition seeking to give California voters a referendum on the law. That means that if Privacy for all Students collects 505,000 signatures by the Nov. 6 deadline, Californians will have a chance to vote on the law — and polls indicate that a proposed repeal of the law would win hands down.

The people of California do not want this law. They deserve a chance to cast a vote in favor of protecting children. But they need our support. Call, text, Facebook or email your friends in California. Tell them to sign the petition. Go to PrivacyforallStudents.com, sign, donate to help the effort, and share the link with all your friends asking them to donate to the referendum effort regardless of where they live.

The matter is urgent, and our help is needed now.

Rebecca Hagelin can be reached at [email protected]

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