On Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 President Trump and his administration revoked Obama’s transgender policy. Federal protection was now officially taken away from transgender students.

The idea behind this decision, according to Attorney General Jeff Sessions is that “The Department of Justice remains committed to the proper interpretation and enforcement of Title IX and to its protections for all students, including LGBTQ students, from discrimination, bullying, and harassment.” The administration believes “this is an issue best solved at the state and local level.” Betsy Devos specifically stated, “Schools, communities, and families can find —and in many cases have found – solutions that protect all students.” Obviously there has been a backlash from the transgender community.

According to Nick Adams, director of programs for Transgender Media, GLAAD, “a transgender person is someone whose internal sense of themselves, a man or a woman is different than the sex they were born with.”

Randi Kaufman, a clinical psychologist who works at The Gender & Family Project at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City stated, “When you are born, someone looks at your external genitals and assigns something to you, but that might not be how you feel inside, so someone who identifies as transgender may identify with their gender differently than their assigned gender.

Marilyn, an 8-year-old student from Texas, said “I’m just like any other girl. I was assigned male at birth, but that’s not who I am. I’m not a boy. She eventually stated how enraged she was at Trump and his administration for revoking Obama’s transgender policy.

These three statements all share a common theme. The premise is his or her emotion, how they feel about their gender. There is no mention of their actual biology at any point.

Gender is not mental. You are not woman if you think you’re a woman and vice versa. That mentality is called gender dysphoria. I am not denying the humanity of a trans individual, but the point is you cannot choose your own sex. One’s personal beliefs on what gender they feel they better suit does not change the facts of their own biology. The biology of a human being will never be subjective. Ben Shapiro pointed out “If I call you a moose are you suddenly a moose? If you’re 22 years old, you can’t make the claim that you are sixty.” When it comes to a human’s biology, men and women will never be the same. Some people might argue that it is possible to change your gender legally, but that still doesn’t make it correct biologically. Our countries history shows other instances where actions were taken legally, but were completely wrong biologically. For example, sterilization of the mentally ill was legal, but was eventually stopped after Skinner v. Oklahoma because it was biologically wrong.  

How about the 40% suicide rate of the transgender community? How do you explain that? There was actually a study done at Anderson School at UCLA that made a very interesting finding. Whether someone referred to a transgender person as transgender made no difference to them, meaning the relationship between transgenderism and suicidality has no correlation to how they are treated by society.

There is nothing wrong with being transgender, but using emotion to prove your side of this argument will never work. I am confident each state will come to concise decision on their Transgender policies; I just hope their feelings stay out of it

 

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