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Mother unloads on school board over young children being taught about masturbation, anal sex, transgenderism

A furious mother in Bloomington, Illinois, recently spoke out against the implementation of educational standards that force children to learn about masturbation, anal sex, and transgender ideology before their teenage years.

What are the details?

Becky Swan, a District 87 parent and alum, passionately voiced her opposition to the sexualization of young children at a school board meeting last week, according to WRPW, a conservative radio station in central Illinois.

Swan’s statement came in response to a new bill, S.B. 0818, which mandates that schools teaching sex education in the state must comply with the National Sex Education Standards. The bill has passed both chambers of the Illinois legislature and now awaits signing by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

According to Swan, the bill is an “unfunded mandate that destroys local control over curriculum” and “sexually grooms young children by introducing sensitive and inappropriate topics.”

In a fiery speech during the board meeting, Swan assailed the bill for seizing educational authority from parents, introducing sexually explicit content to children, and indoctrinating them with the transgender ideology,

Reading a sampling from the NSES, she noted that students in kindergarten through second grade are expected to “list medically accurate names for body parts, including the genitals” and “define gender, gender identity, and gender-role stereotypes.”

Things then escalate quickly for children in grades 3-5, who are expected to “explain common human sexual development and the role of hormones (e.g., romantic and sexual feelings, masturbation, mood swings, timing of pubertal onset).”

Those children are also taught that “gender expression and gender identity exist along a spectrum” and are expected to “distinguish between sex assigned at birth and gender identity” as well as be able to “describe the role hormones play in the physical, social, cognitive, and emotional changes during adolescence and the potential role of hormone blockers on young people who identify as transgender.”

By the time children reach grades 6-8, they are expected to be able to “define vaginal, oral, and anal sex” and are bombarded with information about the influence of substances in “sexual decision-making” and the nitty-gritty of sexually transmitted diseases.

What else?

But Swan wasn’t finished yet.

Before her time expired, she unloaded on the district superintendent, Barry Reilly, for attempting to cut her off and for dismissing her concerns during a previous meeting.

Holding up a book purportedly used as a part of sex education curricula in Illinois schools, Swan charged that if the content is too sensitive for discussion at a board meeting then it is surely too sensitive to be taught to young children.

The book, “It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health,” has been the subject of controversy and outrage before. It includes illustrated depictions of naked teens and adults, sexual intercourse, different types of birth control, homosexuality, and masturbation.

Starting in 2014, the book, which is still widely used in public school sex education programs, was also frequently banned over its explicit content.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis says he would sign ban on minors getting trans surgeries

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis proclaimed that he would be willing to sign legislation banning minors from getting trans surgeries.

In an interview with the Daily Caller, DeSantis was asked if he supports a ban on youths getting gender reassignment surgery.

“I’m very much opposed to chemical castration of minors, I honestly didn’t know this existed until a few years ago,” the Republican governor of Florida responded. “That would be something I would sign for sure.”

In February, Florida lawmakers introduced the Youth Gender and Sexual Identity Act, which proposed criminal penalties for health care practitioners who provide gender reassignment surgical procedures and medical treatments to children. The House bill died in a Professions & Public Health Subcommittee on April 30.

On June 1, DeSantis signed SB 1028 into law, creating the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” which bans transgender women and girls from competing in women’s sports in an effort to preserve “fair opportunities for female athletes to demonstrate their strength, skills, and abilities in athletic competition.”

“The bill that we’re doing today will ensure fairness for women athletes for years to come in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said at the time of signing the bill into law. “It says that athletic teams or sports that are designated for females are open to females. And we’re going to go based off biology.”

“It’s discrimination against our women athletes to force them to participate against male athletes,” DeSantis said. “It needs to be a level playing field, and it needs to be fair, and it should all be based on biology, not based on ideology.”

“Well, look, it’s discrimination against our women athletes to force them to participate against male athletes,” he said this week. “Selina (Soule) from Connecticut came in; she missed New England regionals for track by two places, and both of the people who beat her were biological males. And so if she had had a level playing field, she would have not only advanced to regionals, she would have won that track meet.”

The Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal discrimination complaint with the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights in 2019 on behalf of three female high school athletes, including Soule, who lost sports competitions to biological males.

DeSantis signed the bill despite threats from “woke” organizations such as the NCAA.

“I remember the NCAA put out a statement saying any state that enacts this, we’re not going to hold events there,” DeSantis recalled. “So I called the speaker of the House in Florida and I said, ‘Did you hear what they said?’ And he’s like, ‘Yeah.’ I said, ‘We definitely got to get this done.’ You can’t be cowed by these organizations, or particularly by woke corporations, from doing the right thing.”

“We have to protect our girls. It is discriminatory to force them to compete against biological males,” he continued. “If the price of having a tournament is that I have to deny equal opportunity to hundreds of thousands of young girl and women athletes throughout Florida, I am much more willing to stand with the girls. And to hell with these events.”

“If corporations want to come in and try to bully us around, they are going to go nowhere. It’s going to be like hitting their head against a brick wall,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis also blasted fellow Republican governors who are reluctant to sign similar legislation.

“I think it’s just corporate pressure; I think the corporations have gotten very woke; they tend to genuflect before whatever the most recent left-wing cause is,” DeSantis told the Daily Caller on Tuesday. “They just don’t like getting the blowback; they don’t want to be the subject of a social media mob or things like that.”

“And so I think that they have taken that posture, but you can’t let them — like some woke corporation, you’re going to turn over the reins of government to them and let them set the policy? That ain’t happening in Florida, and so we’re not gonna be deterred by that,” DeSantis declared.

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Nickelodeon pushes pro-‘queer,’ pro-‘trans’ song for kids sung by drag queen — and it’s a stark reminder that ‘we are living in very dark times’

Children’s TV network Nickelodeon is pulling out all the pro-LGBTQ stops for Pride Month, and the latest example is a video for kids that normalizes “queer” and “trans” people — and it’s performed by drag queen Nina West.


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The song is titled “The Meaning of Pride” and the video’s description says it’s “about the meaning of the rainbow Pride flag.” The description adds that “June is Pride Month, so let’s celebrate by lifting up voices in the LGBTQIA+ community!”

West — whose real name is Andrew Levitt and who identifies as gay and uses he/him/his pronouns — even salutes the Pride flag in the video:


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In the lyrics, West describes what each color in the Pride flag means. It’s pretty innocuous stuff until he gets to “baby blue, pink, and white represents transgender people / because every letter in ‘LGBTQ-plus’ is equal.”

Next West sings that “black and brown represents the transgender people of color,” as well as the pandemic-inspired mantra “we’re all in this together.” Check it out:


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West — who was on Season 11 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” — recently appeared in animated form in another Pride Month music video for Nickelodeon’s “Blue’s Clues & You!” in which he sings to kids about “two daddies,” “two mommies,” as well as “trans,” “nonbinary,” and “pan” family members.

How did observers react?

As is the case these days, a growing number of folks out there support the leftward turn much of our culture is taking — and, of course, they love the video.

However, not everyone sees it that way:

  • “Cancel Nickelodeon now!!!” political adviser Derek Utley tweeted in reaction the clip. “This is what they are pushing on your kids, folks.”
  • “We are living in very dark times,” another commenter said. “Pure evil.”
  • “Be careful what [your] kids watch, family,” another user warned. “Satan is after their minds.”
  • “God has destroyed cities for less,” another commenter observed.
  • “This is absolutely disgusting,” another user wrote.

Anything else?

It will likely come as no surprise that the pro-LGBTQ songs featuring drag queen Nina West aren’t the only messages Nickelodeon cooked up for Pride Month.

The network’s Twitter page includes other reminders and talking points, such as a link to a People article about actor Michael D. Cohen, who transitioned over 20 years ago and just cast the first openly trans teen in a Nickelodeon live-action show “Danger Force.”

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Pastor targeted after daring to speak out about school’s transgender policies: ‘They are emotionally abusing our children’

Democratic Party members in Loudoun County, Virginia, targeted a local pastor last week after he dared to speak out against the school district’s abusive and destructive treatment of children through new transgender-affirming policies.

What happened?

Pastor Gary Hamrick of Cornerstone Chapel voiced strong opposition to the school board’s actions last Sunday, calling the new implementation of “gender-expansive” rules a form of emotional child abuse and the perpetuation of lies, the Daily Wire reported.

From the pulpit, Hamrick also spoke out in defense of a district elementary teacher, Tanner Cross, who was recently suspended by the board for publicly declaring he would not “lie” to his students and “defile” God by affirming that “a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa,” as required by the new policies.

The policies require all Loudoun County Public Schools faculty and staff to use students’ preferred gender pronouns and permit transgender students to participate in activities based on their gender identity, rather than their biological sex.

“The school board — some of them, not all — some of them are not doing their duty to protect, let alone educate our children,” Hamrick said. “And they are subjecting them to sexually explicit material … and they are already talking about introducing racially divisive curriculum, they are emotionally abusing our children by perpetuating the lie about gender confusion when they affirm pronouns that are contrary to biology, reality, and the beautiful design of God. So, they need to be held accountable and it’s time to step up.”

Hamrick reportedly backed efforts to recall six of the “troublesome” board members, who he said were pushing a “progressive, liberal, and Marxist ideology.”

What else?

Incensed, the Loudoun County Democratic Committee issued a statement slamming Hamrick’s comments as “inflammatory and insidious.”

Making peculiar mention of potential “consequences” and “violence,” the Democrats demanded that the pastor “recant” his political statements.

“We are deeply concerned about the consequences of such rhetoric, having witnessed a recent rise in threats to the safety of the Loudoun School Board members,” the statement read. “Furthermore, this irresponsible accusation of child abuse minimizes and tarnishes the people and organizations that seek to protect our children.”

“We call on Pastor Gary Hamrick to recant his allegations due to the libelous and inflammatory nature of the remarks. Unfounded statements such as these not only hurt our community that he is meant to serve but have dangerous ramifications for the incitement of violence,” the Democrats continued.

Anything else?

One school board member, Juli Briskman, joined the Democrats in demanding that Hamrick recant his message and “discontinue the unethical use of his church and pulpit for political messaging.”

In response to the demands, Hamrick told CBN News that he was simply “telling the truth” and won’t back away from his comments.

“We’re doing a disservice to our children when we lie to them about what gender they are,” he said. “It defies biology, reality, and the design of God. If the school board would just stick with the basic elements of reading and writing, I wouldn’t have to speak up.”

Cross, the suspended teacher, has filed a lawsuit against the school board.


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Christian teacher sues school district after being suspended, barred from property for refusing to ‘lie’ to students about their biological sex

A Christian physical education teacher is fighting back after his Virginia school district suspended him for voicing opposition to newly implemented transgender-affirming policies that he said violated his religious beliefs.

Tanner Cross, who teaches at Leesburg Elementary School, was placed on administrative leave by Loudon County Public Schools last week after he declared in a speech before the school board that he would not “defile” God and “lie” to his students by affirming that “a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa.

During the speech, Cross calmly and respectfully explained that it would be a violation of his religious beliefs for him to abide by the new reforms — which require staff to use a student’s preferred gender pronouns and allows transgender students to participate in activities consistent with their gender identity rather than their biological sex.

“It’s lying to a child, it’s abuse to a child, and it’s sinning against our God,” he said.

Shortly after he delivered the speech, Cross was informed by the district that he had been placed on administrative leave “pending an investigation of allegations that [he] engaged in conduct that had a disruptive impact on the operations of Leesburg Elementary School.”

As a part of the suspension, Cross was restricted from accessing the buildings and grounds of Loudon County Public Schools property and barred from attending any district-sponsored activities or events.

On Tuesday, Cross filed a lawsuit against the district in response to their actions, according to Alliance Defending Freedom, the law firm representing him in the case.

ADF reported that it sent a letter to the district on Friday “explaining that placing Tanner on leave and barring him from campus because of his constitutionally protected speech constituted illegal retaliation.” The firm requested that Tanner be reinstated and warned the district that future retaliation would elicit legal action.

But in response, the district said it stood by its decision to suspend Tanner and would not reinstate him prior to completion of the investigation, prompting the lawsuit to be brought.

“Public schools have no business compelling teachers to express ideological beliefs that they don’t hold, nor do they have the right to suspend someone simply for respectfully providing their opinion at a public meeting,” ADF senior counsel Tyson Langhofer said in a statement.

“The school district favors a certain set of beliefs on a hotly contested issue, and it wants to force Tanner to cry uncle and endorse them as well. That’s neither legal nor constitutional, and neither was the school’s move to place Tanner on leave,” he added.


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Drag queen on ‘Blue’s Clues’ sings to kids about ‘two daddies,’ ‘two mommies,’ and ‘trans,’ ‘nonbinary,’ ‘pan’ family members for Pride Month

Children’s show “Blue’s Clues & You” released an LGBTQ-themed video on its YouTube channel showing an animated drag queen singing to kids about “two daddies,” “two mommies,” as well as “trans,” “nonbinary,” and “pan” family members to mark the start of Pride Month.

What are the details?

The drag queen in the video is an animated version of a real-life drag queen — Nina West — whom “Today” called a “beloved ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ contestant from season 11.”

West’s character leads young viewers in a song about a “Pride Parade” — to the tune of “The Ants Go Marching” — and shows different groups of animals in a parade waving rainbow flags. The lyrics also include other LGBTQ buzzwords such as “ace” — which stands for “asexual” — as well as “queer,” “bi,” “pan,” “allies,” and “kings and queens.”

“Hey, Blue! Look at all these families! Hi, families!” West’s character begins. “It’s time for a Pride Parade.”

“Families marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah! Families marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah!” the first verse notes. “This family has two mommies, they love each other so proudly. And they all go marching in … the big … parade!”

The song continues with the “two by two” group of animals and ends with “ten by ten” as West’s character sings, “Love is love is love, you see, and everyone should love proudly.”

Here’s the video:


The Blue’s Clues Pride Parade ??? Sing-Along Ft. Nina West!

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According to TMZ, “the overwhelming reaction to this appears to be positive … with many taking to social media to praise ‘Blue’s Clues’ for being progressive — and taking proactive steps to teach kids about different family structures in a fun, catchy way that appeals to young children.”

But the outlet noted that some are “clutching their pearls over this … but they’re mostly being drowned out by folks saying this is a great thing that Nick/Nick Jr.’s doing.”

“Remember,” TMZ noted, “Nickelodeon has already indicated that some characters in their own pantheon — including SpongeBob SquarePants — might just be part of the LGBTQ+ world themselves, or allies at least. So, it’s really not that much of a stretch for them to get Blue onboard, too.”

It isn’t clear if the Pride Parade song is part of an actual episode or if it’s a standalone clip separate from it. But it appears that Pride Month may have been a recent topic on a “Blues Clues & You” episode, as the little girl in the clip below shows her drawings of flags depicting “different parts of the LGBTQ+ community,” including a “gay pride flag,” a “nonbinary pride flag,” a “lesbian flag,” and a “transgender pride flag.”

Yahoo Life noted that “Blue’s Clues & You” went down this road even earlier, as the show posted a new alphabet song in February declaring that “P is full of Pride” with rainbow flags and other LGBTQ “signifiers.”

Pushback

Joy Pullmann, executive editor of the Federalist, pushed back against the Pride Parade song and said it’s part of the show’s psychological strategy for indoctrinating children.

More from her piece:

A 2018 New York Times article points out that the highly popular show for two- to five-year-olds is so dedicated to repetition to impress its messages on children that each episode of “Blue’s Clues” plays every day for an entire week. The producers also test each episode three times on focus groups of children before it airs.

The 2005 cover story for the Association for Psychological Science’s publication Observer discusses the psychological techniques preschool shows use to impress what they believe are socially beneficial attitudes on viewers. Verbal repetition is one. Repetition throughout a child’s environment — merchandizing a show’s characters to meatspace products like classroom math exercises or Tickle Me Elmo dolls — is another.

This repetition and saturation strategy has clearly been deliberately used to normalize certain sexual behaviors and attitudes, both in children and adults. We’ve recently seen everything from a cross-dresser on “Sesame Street” to a gay wedding on PBS’s children’s show “Arthur.” LGBT consciousness is so pervasive that Americans think six times as many people are LGBT as actually identify so, and each successive generation exhibits higher rates of LGBT identification.

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Christian teacher suspended after declaring he won’t ‘lie’ to students and ‘affirm that a biological boy can be a girl, and vice versa’

A Christian physical education teacher has been placed on administrative leave after declaring in a speech that he would not “lie” to his students and “defile” God by affirming that “a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa,” Fox News reported.

What are the details?

The teacher, Byron “Tanner” Cross, made the defiant declaration at a Loudon County school board meeting on Tuesday, according to the nonprofit group, Parents Against Critical Race Theory.

During the speech, Cross voiced his opposition to new transgender-affirming policies pushed by the school district that require all staff use a student’s preferred gender pronouns and permitted transgender students to participate in activities consistent with their gender identity, rather than their biological sex.

“My name is Tanner Cross and I am speaking out of love for those who are suffering from gender dysphoria,” Cross said at the opening of his speech.

“’60 Minutes’ this past Sunday interviewed over 30 young people who transitioned, but they felt led astray because of lack of pushback or how easy it was to make physical changes to their bodies in just three months. They are now de-transitioning,” he continued.


Loudoun County teacher put on administrative leave after speaking to the school board.

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“It’s not my intention to hurt anyone, but there are certain truths that we must face when ready. We condemn school policies like 8040 and [8350] because it will damage children [and] defile the holy image of God,” Cross added.

“I love all of my students but I will never lie to them regardless of the consequences. I’m a teacher but I serve God first and I will not affirm that a biological boy can be a girl, and vice versa, because it’s against my religion,” he explained. “It’s lying to a child, it’s abuse to a child, and it’s sinning against our God.”

What else?

In an email reportedly obtained by PACT and shown to Fox News, Leesburg Elementary Principal Shawn Lacey informed parents that Cross had been placed on administrative leave.

“I’m contacting you to let you know that one of our physical education teachers, Tanner Cross, is on leave beginning this morning,” Lacey said in the email. “In his absence, his duties will be covered by substitute staff already working in our building. I wanted you to know this because it may affect your student’s school routine. Because this involves a personnel matter, I can offer no further information.”

Loudon County Public Schools confirmed to Fox News that Lacey sent the email regarding Cross, but noted that noted that “the decision to place an employee on leave is not the principal’s.”

The spokesperson went on to say, “The contents of personnel files are confidential under state and federal law. I cannot comment other to say that Mr. Cross is on administrative leave with pay.”

Anything else?

According to LCPS documents, policy 8040 specifies that, “School staff shall, at the request of a student or parent/legal guardian, when using a name or pronoun to address the student, use the name and pronoun that correspond to their gender identity. The use of gender-neutral pronouns are appropriate.”

It adds: “Inadvertent slips in the use of names or pronouns may occur; however, staff or students who intentionally and persistently refuse to respect a student’s gender identity by using the wrong name and gender pronoun are in violation of this policy.”

Policy 8350 states: “LCPS staff shall allow gender-expansive and transgender students to 37 participate in such activities in a manner consistent with the student’s gender identity.”

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Chelsea Mitchell, a Connecticut high school track athlete, is speaking out against the state’s decision to allow transgender females to compete in women’s sports. Mitchell believes that colleges no longer see her as the fastest female in Connecticut.

“The CIAC allows transgender athletes to compete in girls’ and women’s sports. As a result, two transgender athletes began racing in girls’ track in 2017. In the 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons alone, these runners took 15 women’s state track championship titles (titles held in 2016 by nine different girls) and more than 85 opportunities to participate in higher-level competitions that belonged to female track athletes,” Mitchell wrote.

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‘Transyouth’ expert: Kids should have choice to undergo ‘life altering’ surgery because they ‘most of the time make good decisions’

Video footage posted on social media shows a transgender-affirming medical professional arguing that children should be able to choose to undergo sex reassignment procedures because they “most of the time make good decisions.”

And besides, the doctor added — in specific reference to breast reduction surgery — it can always be reversed later in life.

“Actually, people make life altering decisions in adolescence all the time, and honestly most of them are good, it’s just the bad ones that we talk about,” said Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy, who serves as the medical director for the Center for Transyouth Health and Development at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

As proof of her claim, Olson-Kennedy noted that not all children take part in dangerous and foolhardy social media challenges; some of them take the SATs.

“So what we do know is that adolescents actually have the capacity to make a reasonable, logical decision. And here’s the thing about chest surgery. If you want breasts at a later point in your life, you can go and get them,” the doctor continued.

The clip started gaining steam on social media after being posted to Twitter by Daily Wire columnist Matt Walsh, who called Olson-Kennedy’s comments “pure evil.”

Olson-Kennedy, who is also an associate professor at the University of Southern California, appears to have delivered the remarks during a July 2018 “Gender Spectrum Professional Symposium,” according to reports.

The Daily Caller reported that the video was also mentioned in a popular book written by Wall Street Journal columnist Abigail Shrier, titled, “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters.”

In her book, Shrier examined the medical and psychological injury being caused to teenage girls — many of whom never considered undergoing a gender transition until it was pushed on them by adult counselors and social media influencers — who adopt a transgender lifestyle and undergo a sex change.

The book’s blurb on Amazon relays that Shrier “has dug deep into the trans epidemic, talking to the girls, their agonized parents, and the counselors and doctors who enable gender transitions, as well as to ‘detransitioners’ — young women who bitterly regret what they have done to themselves.”

According to Olson-Kennedy’s bio page on CHLA’s website, she is a highly decorated medical professional who “has been providing medical intervention for transgender youth and young adults including puberty suppression and cross sex hormones for the past six years, and is considered a national expert in this area.”

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‘It tells me that I’m not good enough’: Female HS track star recalls ‘devastating’ impact of losing to transgender athletes

A former female high school track star recently slammed the progressive push to allow transgender athletes to compete in women’s sports, noting that her personal experience of competing against biological males had a “devastating” effect on both her confidence and collegiate opportunities.

Chelsea Mitchell, once heralded the “fastest girl in Connecticut,” explained in an opinion piece published by USA Today why her and three other female athletes — who were forced to compete against transgender athletes for most of their high school careers — decided to sue the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference last year.

In the column, Mitchell recalled the thoughts that ran through her head prior to a race she competed in last February. Though she should have been feeling “confident” and “excited,” she remembered only thinking about how all her training and exercise “might not be enough, simply because there’s a transgender runner on the line with an enormous physical advantage.”

Amazingly, despite her obvious disadvantages, Mitchell would go on to win that race. But unfortunately that victory was an outlier for her due to the CIAC’s decision to define sex by gender identity, and not biology.

I’ve lost four women’s state championship titles, two all-New England awards, and numerous other spots on the podium to transgender runners. I was bumped to third place in the 55-meter dash in 2019 behind two transgender runners,” Mitchell recalled. “With every loss, it gets harder and harder to try again.”

“That’s a devastating experience,” she added. “It tells me that I’m not good enough; that my body isn’t good enough; and that no matter how hard I work, I am unlikely to succeed, because I’m a woman.”

Later in the column, Mitchell pointed out that over and above the psychological toll that losing repeatedly to transgender athletes can have on women, CIAC’s and similar policies can inflict several other “tangible harms,” as well — including robbing them of the chance to compete for scholarships or race in front of scouts at high-profile meets.

“I’ll never know how my own college recruitment was impacted by losing those four state championship titles,” she explained. “When colleges looked at my record, they didn’t see the fastest girl in Connecticut. They saw a second- or third-place runner.”

Mitchell, along with Alanna Smith, Selina Soule, and Ashley Nicoletti, sued the CIAC in February 2020 for depriving them of fair competition by allowing transgender athletes to compete alongside women. Since 2017, when the organization changed its rules, two biological male athletes, Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller, have dominated high school female track in the state.

The legal firm representing the female athletes in court, Alliance Defending Freedom, noted in a news release that Yearwood and Terry collectively “have taken 15 women’s state championship titles (titles held in 2016 by nine different Connecticut girls) and have taken more than 85 opportunities to participate in higher level competitions from female track athletes in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons alone.”

Nonetheless, a federal district court recently dismissed the female athletes’ lawsuit. In her USA Today column, Mitchell vowed to appeal.


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Transgender golfer, a biological male, wins women’s mini-tour event, now hopes to break into the LPGA

A transgender golfer who competed in college on a men’s team recently won a women’s mini-tour event and now hopes to compete in the Ladies Professional Golf Association.

Hailey Davidson, who underwent sex reassignment surgery in January, shot 2 under par over two rounds last week in the National Women’s Golf Association match at Providence Golf Club in Orlando, Florida, edging LPGA player Perrine Delacour by one stroke win the event.

That very same day the United States Golf Association revealed that Davidson met its gender policy eligibility criteria and would be able to compete in the organization’s events, GolfWeek reported.

According to the news outlet, the 28-year-old golfer hopes to hear similar news from the LPGA soon.

“I’m not just going to be stuck on mini-tours,” said Davidson, who reportedly last competed as a male in 2015 at a U.S. Open qualifying tournament in Jupiter, Florida.

With the win last week, Davidson is believed to have become the first transgender person to win a professional golf tournament in the U.S.

In a statement to GolfWeek, the LPGA’s chief tour operations officer, Heather Daly-Donofrio, said, “We are currently reviewing Hailey’s application to participate in LPGA Tour events under the LPGA’s gender policy. The policy is designed to be a private and confidential process between the LPGA and the athlete.”

Davidson, who currently works in social media for NBC’s Peacock division under the Golf Channel umbrella, reportedly started taking hormone treatments in preparation for a sex change in 2015. Before that, Davidson played on the men’s golf team at Christopher Newport University.

GolfWeek reported that since beginning hormone treatment, Davidson’s swing has lost 9 mph, resulting in drives from the tee that are now 30 yards shorter. Davidson has also reportedly lost 90 pounds over the last year and has avoided weight training of any kind to trim muscle mass.

“Any advantage that existed is fully gone,” the athlete insisted.

In 2010, after a transgender person filed a lawsuit against the tour, the LPGA eliminated its requirement that players be “female at birth.” Then earlier this year, the organization removed a rule that specified that transgender golfers had to wait two years after sex reassignment surgeries to compete.

The changes, which alongside significant cultural pressure, could help Davidson became the first biological male to ever make it into the nation’s top women’s professional golf tour.

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Law student faces possible expulsion for daring to say women have vaginas and that men are physically stronger

A Scottish law student is being investigated by her school for making biologically factual statements about women and men, the U.K.’s Times reported. And now she faces possible expulsion.

What happened?

Lisa Keogh, a 29-year-old student at Abertay University in Scotland, is reportedly facing discipline from the school for telling her classmates that a woman must have a vagina — citing generally understood biology that females are born with female genitals — and that men are stronger than women and “the difference in physical strength of men versus women is a fact.”

Keogh told the Times that she made the comments during a video seminar, which prompted the class lecturer to mute her. Her comments came as the class discusses the topic of men who identify as female taking part in mixed martial arts matches. She said she pointed out to the class not only that women have female body parts but also that in such a scenario the trans athlete “had testosterone in her body for 32 years and, as such, would be genetically stronger than your average woman.”

She is also accused of calling women the “weaker sex” and having the gall to stand up for men after one of her classmates indicated that all men are rapists and pose a danger to women. Keogh admits to responding by calling her anti-men classmates “man-hating feminists.”

“I didn’t intend to be offensive but I did take part in a debate and outlined my sincerely held views,” she said, the Times reported. “I was abused and called names by the other students, who told me I was a ‘typical white, cis girl.’ You have got to be able to freely exchange differing opinions otherwise it’s not a debate.”

Those statements did not sit well with her younger classmates who anonymously reported her to the school’s higher-ups.

Her lawyers have described the entire thing as “farcical,” the paper said.

And Keogh apparently agrees, having told the Times that after she received an email accusing her of uttering transphobic and offensive comments during a class on gender feminism.

“I thought it was a joke,” she said. “I thought there was no way that the university would pursue me for utilising my legal right to freedom of speech.

“I wasn’t being mean, transphobic or offensive,” Keogh said. “I was stating a basic biological fact. I previously worked as a mechanic and when I was in the workshop there were some heavy things that I just couldn’t lift but male colleagues could.”

What’s next?

Now Keogh, a mother of two who aspires to be a human rights attorney, faces possible expulsion and fears she could lose her chance to “make a positive contribution” all because a handful of anonymous younger classmates had their feelings hurt.

“I’m worried that my chance of becoming a lawyer, and making a positive contribution, could be ended just because some people were offended,” she said, according to the Times. “Those girls fresh out of high school who accused me are training to be lawyers. There are no trigger warnings in a courtroom. The judge isn’t going to whisper softly or excuse them from listening to things they might not want to hear.”

Abertay University told the Times that it would not comment on disciplinary matters.

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Spanish MP suspended from Twitter after declaring ‘a man cannot get pregnant’: ‘Fascist biology’

Twitter suspended a member of Spain’s Parliament last week after the politician wrote on the social media platform that “a man cannot get pregnant.”

What are the details?

Francisco José Contreras, a member of Spain’s right-wing Vox Party, was locked out of his Twitter account for 12 hours after publishing the politically incorrect statement.

Contreras was reportedly responding to a news article in which a transgender man claimed they were now a father after giving birth to a child.

“Es una mentira. Un hombre no puede quedar embarazado. Un hombre no tiene útero ni óvulos,” Contreras wrote in Spanish, which translates in English to, “This is a lie. A man cannot get pregnant. A man neither has a uterus nor ovaries.”

Twitter claimed Contreras had violated its platform rules against “hate speech.” Twitter specifically cited rules against “threatening, harassing, or encouraging violence” against people on the basis of “sexual orientation,” “gender,” and “gender identity.”

How did Contreras respond?

The politician, who has been a member of Spain’s lower chamber of Congress since 2019, mocked Twitter in a post on Facebook revealing his Twitter suspension.

“You can that see this is already fascist biology. Next time I’ll try 2 + 2 = 4,” he wrote.

In a statement provided to LifeSiteNews, Contreras vowed to not “yield” to Twitter’s “twisted worldview.”

“We will not yield to Twitter imposing a twisted (and anthropologically wrong) worldview,” Contreras said. “We will continue to speak the truth about human nature. Biological truth should not be regarded as ‘hate speech’. It’s biology, not bigotry.”

Anything else?

According to Counting Stars, a Spanish news publication, this is not the first time Spain’s Vox Party has been targeted for suspension by Twitter.

From Counting Stars:

The treatment that Twitter is giving this conservative party is especially scandalous. Last February, at the gates of regional elections in Catalonia, Twitter censored the Vox account in a new interference by the American company in an electoral process in another country. Twitter’s excuse in that case was that stating statistics showing the high percentage of criminal complaints against Maghrebis was also “incitement to hatred.” Apparently, Twitter believes that statistics, like biology, should be censored if at any time they contradict the ideological dogmas of progressivism.

In fact, Twitter allegedly has been inconsistent in enforcing its policies.

Twitter allegedly permitted left-wing activists to threaten Vox Party president Santiago Abascal and other members of the Vox Party, Counting Stars reported.

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Biological male weightlifter who identifies as female and competes against women poised to become first transgender Olympian

Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard — a biological male who identifies as female and has competed against women for several years — is poised to become the first-ever transgender athlete to compete in the Olympic Games, Inside the Games reported.

What are the details?

The outlet said the New Zealander has been “effectively guaranteed a place at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after the approval of an amended qualifying system by the International Olympic Committee.”

Since so many Olympic-qualifying competitions had been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IOC devised a new system reducing the number of competition performances needed for qualification, Inside the Games said.

Hubbard’s best qualifying total is 285 kilograms, the outlet said — which is a bit over 628 pounds — and that puts the weightlifter “very much in the reckoning for a place on the podium in the women’s super-heavyweights in Tokyo.”

Inside the Games said only three athletes will have higher qualifying totals when the entries are named — and while Hubbard is ranked 16th, at least six weightlifters ranked higher won’t be attending the Olympics for various reasons.

Hubbard, 43, will be the oldest weightlifter at Tokyo, the outlet said. CNN reported, however, that Hubbard has not been named yet to the national women’s weightlifting team going to the Games.

What’s the background?

Hubbard lived as a male for 35 years and never made it into international weightlifting, Inside the Games noted, adding that Hubbard transitioned in 2012 and then began winning several years later.

Hubbard made a splash in 2017 after winning two silver medals in a women’s world championship — and then in 2019 took home two gold medals and a silver medal in the women’s competition at the Pacific Games in Samoa.

Hubbard suffered a ruptured elbow ligament while attempting a 291-pound lift at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and — while later saying the injury was career-ending — managed to recover.

Here’s Hubbard speaking about competing as a transgender woman:


Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard asks critics to ‘treat people like me with respect’

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Controversy

Following Hubbard’s 2019 medal-winning performances, a women’s rights group called on New Zealand’s Olympic committee to “defend women’s sport.”

“Kiwis [New Zealanders] know that males competing in women’s sport is blatantly unfair,” according to Ani O’Brien of New Zealand lobby group “Speak Up for Women,” which wants athletic competition categorized by biological sex rather than gender identity, Reuters reported.

“As a nation we pride ourselves on being good sports, and going into the Olympics next year this is not a good look,” O’Brien added, Australia’s ABC News reported.

The sentiment was similar to others soon after Hubbard began competing against women.

“We’re in a power sport which is normally related to masculine tendencies … where you’ve got that aggression, you’ve got the right hormones, then you can lift bigger weights,” Australian Weightlifting Federation chief executive Michael Keelan told Fox Sports in 2017, adding that Hubbard’s presence creates an “uneven playing field.”

But Simon Kent, high performance manager of Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand, told Radio Sport there’s no right or wrong about Hubbard competing as a woman: “This is a tremendously complex issue that isn’t as simple as what people are perceiving when they see Laurel compete.”

In 2015, IOC guidelines ruled that transgender athletes can compete as women if their testosterone levels are below 10 nanomoles per liter for at least 12 months before their first competition, Reuters said.

Here’s Hubbard in action from early 2020:


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Book festival cancels ‘Harry Potter’ event over J.K. Rowling’s transgender comments

A “Harry Potter” event at a New Zealand book festival was canceled over comments regarding gender and transgender made by J.K. Rowling.

Organizers of the Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival decided to cancel a “Harry Potter” interactive quiz, which “had been extremely popular at previous events,” according to Stuff. Organizers felt a need to not hold a quiz about the fantasy world of wizards because previous comments by Rowling could offend someone.

Festival board chairman Peter Biggs said the decision to cancel the “Harry Potter” quiz was difficult, and ultimately axed the book event after consulting with members of the literary sector and the LGBTQ community.

“The overwhelming response was there was a risk around causing distress to particular members of the community and that was the last thing we wanted to do,” Biggs said. “We always thought Booktown should be an inclusive, welcoming place for everyone, so we took the decision not to go with ‘Harry Potter.'”

Featherston resident and feminist activist Jenny Whyte said she wasn’t shocked that the event was canceled.

“I think they might be trying to capitalize on the current fad of cancel culture,” Whyte told Stuff. “Featherston Booktown has a session selling tickets to a panel discussing cancel culture, so there’s an irony certainly.”

Rowling is no stranger to cancel culture.

The bestselling British writer angered the outrage mob in 2019 when Rowling supported a researcher who lost her job after tweeting that men and women can’t electively change their biological sex.

Then in June 2020, Rowling was accused of spreading transphobia for saying that there are biological genders, despite also proclaiming that she “respects every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them.”

A month later, Rowling drew the ire of the internet for proclaiming that hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgeries are often over-prescribed to teens.

By December, Rowling was fed up with cancel culture and online bullying. The 55-year-old author called for an end to the “climate of fear” regarding the heated debate about transgender individuals.

“Many are afraid to speak up because they fear for their jobs and even for their personal safety,” Rowling said in an interview with Good Housekeeping magazine. “This climate of fear serves nobody well, least of all trans people.”

“I believe everybody should be free to live a life that is authentic to them, and that they should be safe to do so,” Rowling stated. “I also believe that we need a more nuanced conversation around women’s rights and around the huge increase in numbers of girls and young women who are seeking to transition.”

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Caitlyn Jenner labeled ‘traitor’ after saying women’s sports must be protected from transgender athletes

Caitlyn Jenner, one of the most famous transgender people, said Saturday that transgender biological boys should not be allowed to compete in women’s sports.

Jenner commented on the controversial issues about one week after announcing she was running for governor of California. Jenner is seeking the office as a Republican in a special election that was triggered after activists gathered more than 2 million signatures to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom (D).

What did Jenner say?

Speaking with TMZ, Jenner said the issue boils down to fairness and protecting the integrity of women’s sports.

“This is a question of fairness,” Jenner, who won the gold medal for men’s decathlon at the 1976 Olympics, said.

“That’s why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls’ sports in school. It just isn’t fair. And we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools,” Jenner added.

Jenner declined to answer a follow up question asking whether her perspective was “delegitimizing” of a transgender person’s identity.

However, Jenner later said on Twitter that her position is “clear.”

“I didn’t expect to get asked this on my Saturday morning coffee run, but I’m clear about where I stand. It’s an issue of fairness and we need to protect girls’ sports in our schools,” Jenner tweeted.

In response, Jenner was labeled a “traitor.”

  • “You are such a traitor @Caitlyn_Jenner
    So we need to ‘protect girls sports’ from other girls now? And fairness? Don’t you know how testosterone blockers work?” one person said.
  • “Can you please stop pretending to speak for anyone but yourself and your financial interests? Thanks,” another person said.
  • “The only trans girl who shouldnt be allowed to run with everybody else is you lol,” another person told Jenner.
  • “‘Equality for me, inequality for thee’ — Caitlyn Jenner,” another person mocked.

What are states doing?

Most LGBT activists say that gender identity, rather than biological sex, should be the determining factor for kids who play sports. However, there is widespread disagreement about that — and states are taking action to protect the integrity of women’s sports.

This year, numerous states have passed bills prohibiting transgender athletes from competing in sports that correspond with their gender identity, including: Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Florida will become the fifth state enact such a law, while South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) enacted an executive order on the issue.

Dozens of other states are considering similar legislation.

In response, LGBT activists are pressuring corporations to affirm their view of sexuality and gender, denouncing opposition to their perspective as “discrimination.” The Human Rights Campaign, for example, is even pressuring the NCAA to not hold events in states that enact legislation that protects women’s sports.

However, as the Associated Press noted, there has not been actual backlash against the bills, indicating the bills have won overall approval. Still, LGBT activists promise future repercussions.

“A lot of Americans are still getting to know trans people and they’re learning about these issues for the first time,” Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, deputy executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, told the AP. “Over time, they get to know their trans neighbors, they get outraged by these bans, and corporations respond … It’s just a matter of time.”

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Biden administration moves to force religious hospitals to perform sex-change surgeries

President Joe Biden’s administration filed an appeal on Tuesday that aims to keep in place a mandate forcing religious doctors and hospitals to provide sex-change surgeries, despite their conscientious objections.

The Obama administration first issued the rule — known as the “transgender mandate” — in 2016, using a nondiscrimination provision in the Affordable Care Act to require doctors and hospitals to provide sex reassignment surgeries to any and all patients, including children, so long as the procedure was recommended by a mental health professional.

The mandate required virtually all private insurance companies to provide coverage for the controversial procedures and notably did not allow for religious exemptions, the Catholic News Agency reported.

Since being issued, the mandate has faced significant resistance from health professionals and has been caught up in the legal system. In January, a North Dakota judge sided with a group of Catholic hospitals, ruling that the mandate “violates their sincerely held religious beliefs without satisfying strict scrutiny under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”

But on Tuesday the Biden administration appealed that ruling, according to Luke Goodrich, the vice president and senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the firm representing the Catholic hospitals.

Goodrich broke down the news in a lengthy Twitter thread, saying:

The plaintiffs are religious doctors, hospitals, and clinics who joyfully serve ALL patients regardless of sex or gender identity. They routinely provide top-notch care to transgender patients for everything from cancer to the common cold.

They also provide millions of dollars in free and low-cost care to the elderly, poor, and underserved–care that is jeopardized by the government’s attempt to punish them with multi-million dollar penalties.

The Transgender Mandate not only threatens religious doctors and hospitals. It also threatens patients, as there is ample evidence that certain gender transition procedures can be deeply harmful.

Multiple federal courts have reached the same conclusion: “There is no medical consensus that sex reassignment surgery is a necessary or even effective treatment for gender dysphoria.” Gibson v. Collier, 920 F.3d 212, 223 (5th Cir. 2019).

The government’s own doctors during the Obama Admin agreed: “Based on a thorough review of the clinical evidence . . . there is not enough evidence to determine whether gender reassignment surgery improves health outcomes for [patients] with gender dysphoria.

And just weeks ago, a study commissioned by NHS England found “very low” evidence for the effectiveness of “puberty blockers” and cross-sex hormones.

The Biden Admin shouldn’t have appealed. But we look forward to another ruling that protects patients, aligns with current medical research, and ensures doctors aren’t forced to violate their religious beliefs and professional medical judgment.

Since assuming office earlier this year, Biden — who once called transgender discrimination “the civil rights issue of our time” — has made supporting transgender rights a key theme of his presidency.

Biden made history in January by appointing a transgender nominee, Rachel Levine, to serve as his assistant secretary of health.

Shortly after, the president signed an executive order that demands that schools permit transgender athletes to compete in women’s sports. The White House later defended the order, arguing that Biden’s belief is that “trans rights are human rights.”

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Trans advocate warns ‘children will die’ as states consider banning ‘gender-affirming care’ for kids

Transgender activist Willow Breshears claimed that states banning “gender-affirming care” for transgender kids will cause a surge in child deaths.

What are the details?

In a Monday report from USA Today, 18-year-old Breshears — who grew up a Baptist in rural Arkansas — said that legislators have no place in policing transgender children’s bodies.

Breshears recently testified before state lawmakers to stop the passage of a newly proposed state law that bans health care providers form providing “gender-affirming care” to youth under the age of 18.

Such “gender-affirming care” includes puberty blockers and hormone therapy.

Last week, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) vetoed a bill that would have made the state the first to ban gender-affirming medical care for youth under the age of 18 — even with parental consent.

Hutchinson at the time said that the Save Adolescents from Experimentation Act, or SAFE Act, was “a vast government overreach.”

A day later, the legislature overrode Hutchinson’s veto. The House voted 71-24 and the Senate 25-8.

The SAFE Act, according to the outlet, “also prohibits physicians from referring patients to other providers and, in what some call a particularly heinous move, includes no grandfather clause for youth already under treatment.”

“The only people who should have that say is that transgender person, their family, and their doctors,” Breshears insisted. “This is not a place for legislators to step into.”

Breshears, who began a transgender journey at the age of 13 with hormone therapy and came out as gay at 12, said that she believes she might not be alive today if she hadn’t been allowed to transition at such a young age.

“I had heard the word ‘transgender’ a couple times before that, but never really in a positive way,” said Breshears. “That’s what really helped me flourish. I was a woman, but I never really knew the words to describe that.”

What else?

Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, deputy executive director for the National Center for Transgender Equality, said that preventing transgender children from transitioning at their leisure raises the risk of serious mental health issues among that population.

“There’s only so many people taking puberty blockers in Arkansas,” he said. “But every single transgender person is feeling the effect of this attack. It’s the government, pure and simple, saying ‘You don’t belong.’ It’s such an antagonistic and heartless message to send.”

Arkansas Rep. Deborah Ferguson (D) has also spoken out against the bill, saying that at least four dozen Arkansas youth receiving hormone therapy have reportedly attempted to commit suicide.

“It is unfortunate that the makeup of our legislature has changed to the extent that we are weaponizing religion to discriminate agains this small minority,” Fergon said.

According to the outlet, “Advocates say access to gender-affirming medical care is linked with better mental health, including a lower incidence of suicidal thoughts. Bills denying such care have been condemned by major medical groups around the country, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychiatric Association.”

Christa and Jeff White, the parents of a 12-year-old transgender daughter, said that they worry for their daughter’s mental health as a transgender youth.

“The idea that this could put my daughter in danger is not OK with me,” said Christa White, a stay-at-home mom and women’s rights activist. “This is potentially devastating, not just to our child, but to all transgender children undergoing these treatments. Children will die.”

Anything else to know?

The American Civil Liberties Union has vowed to fight the Arkansas law, according to the report.

The Human Rights Campaign also blasted the law as a “cruel and shameful way for legislators to score political points by targeting transgender youth who are simply trying to navigate their adolescence.”

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Actress Sophia Bush says banning sex changes for kids is ‘tantamount to murder’

Actress turned activist Sophia Bush recently called legislation banning hormone treatment and sex reassignment surgeries for minors “tantamount to murder.”

What are the details?

Bush — best known for her role in the early 2000s teen drama “One Tree Hill” — posted on Instagram last week blasting a bill approved by the Arkansas Legislature that bars physicians from providing gender confirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers, or performing sex change operations on individuals younger than 18 years old.

“[Transgender kids] are under attack across the country,” Bush wrote in the caption to the Instagram post. “AR just banned them from accessing healthcare. This is tantamount to murder.”

Of course, despite Bush’s claims, it is not true that children in Arkansas will be barred from accessing health care. Rather, they will not be able to receive gender transition treatment.

“Kids will tell us who they are. It’s our job to support them, not demonize or harm them,” she added.

What else?

The bill, called the Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act, has since become law after lawmakers in the state Senate overturned a veto by the Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Hutchinson, who recently made headlines for signing legislation that bans transgender female athletes from competing in women’s sports, said the bill is “over broad, extreme and does not grandfather those young people who are currently under hormone treatment.”

“In other words,” he explained, “the young people who are currently under a doctor’s care will be without treatment when this law goes into effect.”

He also claimed in approving the measure, the state would be “creating new standards of legislative interference with physicians and parents as they deal with some of the most complex and sensitive matters dealing with young people.”

Republican Arkansas state Rep. Robin Lundstrum, who introduced the measure, reasoned that the bill was for the sole purpose of protecting children from potentially making harmful decisions.

“Those kids are precious. Some of them may choose to be transgender when they’re older. That’s OK, that’s their choice,” she said during a House panel prior to passing the bill, according to CNN. “But when they’re under 18, they need to grow up first. That’s a big decision, there’s no going back.”

Anything else?

Bush has been extremely outspoken about political issues over the past several years. She recently told People magazine that she often will turn down projects or partnerships that don’t align with her views.

“There are so many brands who I’ve had approach me and say, ‘We’d love for you to work on this, but you need to tone down your politics by 50%.’ And I’ve just said, ‘No,'” she explained. “I will be uncompromising on advocacy forever.”

Her Instagram bio reads: “Actress most of the time. Activist all of the time.”

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Outrage mob tries to ruin career of journalist who dared to acknowledge kids sometimes ‘desist’ after presenting as transgender

A strange characteristic of progressive cancel culture is that, quite often, those targeted by outrage mobs are not especially conservative. Rather, they are liberals who buck the trend of uniformity by expressing an opinion that doesn’t fall completely in line with the progressive orthodoxy.

Such is the case with Jesse Singal, a freelance journalist whose work has been featured in left-of-center publications such as New York Magazine and The Atlantic. In recent years, Singal has faced numerous and visceral attacks on his character and reputation from a cacophony of liberal, pro-transgender voices.

His crime: Daring to acknowledge the reality of “desistance,” when a child who presents as transgender or gender dysphoric later returns to a gender identity that aligns with their biological sex.

In a fascinating column published Thursday in the online magazine Quillette, editor Jonathan Kay outlines what he calls the “campaign of lies” again Singal, all apparently stemming from Singal’s journalistic recognition of desistance — something which Singal notes is widely recognized among medical associations and clinicians in the U.S.

Yet while desistance may be broadly recognized in the medical world, among “progressive activist and journalistic subcultures,” it is widely regarded as a “myth” both harmful to children and injurious to the transgender movement, at large.

In that world, the only the “approved view,” argues Kay, “is that any child’s expression of trans identity must summarily be ‘affirmed’ by parents, educators, and therapists.” And so by acknowledging desistance within the journalistic subculture, Singal was breaking a binding social code. His punishment was to be outright cancellation.

And so it was. Over the next several months, a large group of well-known trans activists and columnists, including Julia Serano, Nicole Cliffe, Samantha Riedel, Brianna Wu, and Dianna E. Anderson, spewed wild accusations against Singal, none of which have been proven true.

Among them were allegations that Singal was secretly transphobic; part of a cabal of “elite cisgender media figures” hellbent on silencing trans voices; had a sexual obsession with trans women; that he threatened to out a trans person; that he’d “just fire out DMs asking trans women about their d**ks”; and that he had “sexually exploited” at least “a dozen trans women.” Again, Kay pointed out that not even a shred of evidence for the allegations has yet to emerge.

However, as pushback against such claims is leveled, Kay notes that “many of these activists will add self-pitying flourishes, describing themselves as oppressed truth-tellers, beaten down by pro-Singal trolls.”

He added: “And yet for all their passive aggressive tactics, every single mob member listed above has their own prominent media or corporate platform from which to continue spouting misinformation. And none, to my knowledge, has suffered any substantial consequences for engaging in what those outside this cultish milieu will recognize as a malicious and willfully dishonest propaganda campaign.”

In other words, there are no consequences for the outrage mob, and that is eminently dangerous.

The only silver lining to the sad story of the attempted cancellation of Jesse Singal is just that — to this point, it remains only attempted; so far unsuccessful. Singal has yet to be de-platformed and his “Singal-Minded” Substack remains popular. However, he should not expect the attacks to suddenly stop.

For, as Kay notes in his column, “If you grovel enough, woke mobs might eventually forgive you for being wrong — but never for being right.”

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Actor Ralph Fiennes defends J.K. Rowling against ‘disturbing’ castigation from transgender activists

Actor Ralph Fiennes defended author J.K. Rowling against the “vitriol” from transgender activists after she departed slightly from the claims of the transgender lobby.

Fiennes, who plays the villain Voldemort in four Harry Potter movies, said that her critics were far too vitriolic in their disagreement with the storied Harry Potter creator and author.

“I can’t understand the vitriol directed at her,” Fiennes said in an interview Wednesday in The Telegraph.

“I can understand the heat of an argument, but I find this age of accusation and the need to condemn irrational,” he added. “I find the level of hatred that people express about views that differ from theirs, and the violence of language towards others, disturbing.”

Rowling has faced fierce and often obscenely bitter invectives from transgender people and their allies on social media over her comments.

In an essay penned in June 2020, she said that she supported transgender people and endorsed the idea that they should be safe from harm. Then she went on to say that certain demands of the transgender lobby would put biological women at risk for harm.

…I want trans women to be safe. At the same time, I do not want to make natal girls and women less safe. When you throw open the doors of bathrooms and changing rooms to any man who believes or feels he’s a woman – and, as I’ve said, gender confirmation certificates may now be granted without any need for surgery or hormones – then you open the door to any and all men who wish to come inside.

GLAAD, the LGBTQ rights group, excoriated Rowling for expressing any dissent with the politically correct agenda.

“It seems J.K. is good at only one thing: writing fantasy. Her misinformed and dangerous missive about transgender people flies in the face of medical and psychological experts and devalues trans people accounts of their own lives. She is sowing divisiveness in a time when real leaders are driving toward unity,” read their statement.

“And to all the trans and cisgender youth raised on her books who are now loudly speaking up in support of the trans people you know and love, you are the future and we can’t wait to read and watch the beautiful art you will create,” the statement added.

Other actors from the wildly popular book and movie series have spoken out against Rowling, including Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who portrayed Harry Potter.

Here’s more about Fiennes defending J.K. Rowling:


Ralph Fiennes Defends ‘Harry Potter’ Author J.K. Rowling Amid Trans Comment Controversy | THR News

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Biden administration considering adding a third gender option for federal IDs

The Biden administration expressed openness Monday to the idea of adding a third gender option for federal identification documents, an action pushed by the American Civil Liberties Union so as to not discriminate against nonbinary people.

During Monday’s White House press briefing, Jennifer Klein, executive director of the newly launched Gender Policy Council, signaled that the move could soon be in the works and may not require an executive order for implementation.

“Speaking of executive orders on gender equity, the president and the vice president campaigned during the election on giving a third gender option on federal government IDs to individuals who want them,” a reporter asked. “Does the president see value in signing an executive order to make that happen?”

In response, Klein said, “I haven’t looked yet to see whether that requires an executive order. I mean, I would note that we are very inclusive in our definition of gender, and we intend to address all sorts of discrimination and, you know, fight for equal rights for people, whether that’s LGBTQ+ people, women, girls — men. So, you know, that’s certainly something that we will look at. But I honestly don’t know whether that requires an executive order.”

“It sounds like we’ll have to just look into it a little bit more and see what’s required, but it’s a good question,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki then interjected.

The ACLU has pushed for the addition of a third gender option on federal IDs, in the form of an “X” designation, as a way to make nonbinary people feel “safe” and accepted. At least 14 states already offer a third gender option on state-issued driver’s licenses.

The exchange came following the announcement that President Joe Biden intended to issue two more executive orders, adding to his ever-growing list of executive actions, and with them seeking to advance gender equality both domestically and globally.

The first order allows for the creation of the Gender Policy Council within the executive branch of government, while the second directs the Department of Education to review policies and guidelines changed by the Trump administration.

The Gender Policy Council, the White House explained in a fact sheet, is tasked with recommending to the president a “government-wide strategy to address gender in policies, programs and budgets, and an annual report to measure progress on implementing the strategy.”

Its aim is the removal of “systemic bias and discrimination” from society, in general, by addressing “structural barriers to women’s participation in the labor force” and decreasing “wage and wealth gaps,” along with several other actions.

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Gov. Kristi Noem says South Dakota celebrating International Women’s Day with bill banning biological males from girls’ sports

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem joined in Monday on a social media frenzy to recognize International Women’s Day, sending the message that her state was celebrating the occasion by passing legislation that will protect women’s sports by prohibiting biological males from competing with girls.

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Noem tweeted out, “In South Dakota, we’re celebrating #InternationalWomensDay by defending women’s sports! I’m excited to sign this bill very soon.”

The Republican governor linked to a message sent by the group American Principles, which proclaimed, “GREAT NEWS! The South Dakota Senate just passed the Women’s Fairness in Sports bill, 20-15. It now heads to @govkristinoem’s desk for signature.”

The Hill reported that the bill, once signed into law, will “legally prevent any student at a state institution from joining a sports team that does not match their at-birth biological identity.” The legislation would require “athletes in South Dakota state schools to provide information regarding their biological sex as well as their age and whether they are taking steroids.”

The American Civil Liberties Union in South Dakota is not happy about the legislation, issuing a statement that said the bill “is an attack on transgender women and girls that will cause them serious emotional and physical harm.”

“It prevents transgender women and girls from having the opportunity to play sports and have their personal dignity respected,” the statement added.

Debate continues on transgender athletes

Biological males competing in girls’ sports has sparked a fierce debate in recent years as transgender athletes have dominated biological females in competitions. The situation has caused particular controversy in high school sports, where girls’ athletic records and college scholarships are on the line.

President Joe Biden signed an executive order calling on U.S. schools to allow transgender athletes to compete in the gender category with which they identify, dismissing biological women’s civil rights protections under Title IX. When pressed on the issue, White House press secretary Jen Psaki recently explained that “the president’s belief is that trans rights are human rights,” Fox News reported.

But the White House and trans advocacy organizations have dismissed biological women’s civil rights in regard to the issue.

The ACLU, which purports to stand up for all those whose civil liberties are oppressed, is one of the groups that has selectively ignored biological female athletes’ civil liberties on the topic.

In the organization’s own tweet celebrating women on Monday, the ACLU tweeted, “On International Women’s Day, here’s your reminder that trans women are women.”

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Alabama Senate passes bill that would ban hormone therapy, surgery for transgender minors

The Alabama Senate has passed a bill that would criminalize administering puberty blockers or performing sex change surgery on transgender minors.

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According to The Hill, the legislation, dubbed the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, passed the state’s upper chamber in a 23-4 vote Tuesday, and is now headed to the Alabama House of Representatives where it has a good chance of approval. CBS News pointed out that the House “has already approved a companion bill.”

If signed into law, the act would mean medical professionals caught providing treatments to youth under the age of 19 with care for gender transition would face a felony conviction with up to 10 years in jail or a $15,000 fine.

“Children aren’t mature enough to make these decisions on surgeries and drugs,” said Sen. Shay Shelnutt (R), who sponsored the bill, according to the Associated Press. “The whole point is to protect kids.”

As the measure was being considered, demonstrators gathered outside the Alabama statehouse in protest of the bill, including transgender kids and their parents.

“The hormones treatments and blockers do happen,” parent Christ White told CNN. “They are done under careful medical guidance with specialists and psychiatric care as well. So they’re making sure their children are well rounded, getting all the help they need from all angles.”

The AP reported:

Dr. Morissa Ladinsky, a pediatrician who has treated multiple transgender youths, told a Senate committee earlier that genital surgery is never performed on children, and puberty blockers and hormonal therapy are used only after lengthy informed consent, mental health oversight and subspecialized medical care.

CBS News reported that while several similar measures have been considered across the U.S., Alabama’s act could become the first of its kind to become law.

Anything else?

Meanwhile, the Alabama House is also considering a bill that would prohibit transgender youths from competing on school sports teams that do not align with their born gender. That legislation is not the first of its kind.

Last year, Idaho passed a law banning biological males from competing in women’s sports in the state, which prompted a federal lawsuit from advocacy groups who claimed the new law violates constitutional privacy and discrimination protections.

A co-sponsor of the bill, Idaho state Rep. Barbara Ehardt (R), argued on social media at the time, “I have been working on this legislation for 20 months. As both a former Division I Women’s Basketball player and Division I Women’s basketball Coach for over 15 years, I know first hand that as females, we cannot compete against the inherent physiological advantages that boys & men have.”

She insisted that the law “will continue to ensure opportunities for girls & women as we move forward.”

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