TX liberals assure public no 'bathroom wars'

Friday, September 22, 2017
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Gender Unicorn (sex unknown)Concerned citizens in a Texas school district are speaking out about an updated nondiscrimination policy that is raising concerns about transgenders and student privacy. 

Nicole Hudgens of Texas Values says San Antonio school boards members are getting an earful after the board quietly updated the nondiscrimination policy in August without first listening to the public.

The new policy includes the terms, "sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression."

"The board essentially passed it on through without any discussion or debate or deliberation over the issue," she tells OneNewsNow, "which shows they were trying to do it quickly and quietly."

Now, weeks later, parents and concerned citizens have addressed the school board at a public meeting, raising concerns that the next step is another "bathroom war" over allowing transgenders to use the restroom that identifies with their sex.

One example of that "war" is in Minnesota, where a  classroom "toolkit" created by the Minnesota Department of Education has created a stir. The "toolkit" misleads public schools about federal Title IX protections for transgenders and claims schools are violating federal law by using the wrong pronouns.

Regarding any Minnesota public school student who is concerned about privacy, the "toolkit" suggests "segregating" that student – if that action doesn't harm the transgender student.    

For now, San Antonio's district policy requires students to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificate. But it also allows the district to deal with transgenders on a case-by-case basis, a San Antonio newspaper reporting.

A spokeswoman for the San Antonio Independent School District has told the media the policy is about creating a more "inclusive" educational environment and denied that it directly addresses restroom accommodations for transgender students.

If the school district pushes for a bathroom policy, Hudgens says San Antonio citizens can win if they follow the example of Fort Worth parents, who pressured Superintendent Kent Scribner into revising that district's bathroom policy.

"And so parents and relatives and taxpayers in San Antonio," she says, "are going to continue doing everything they can to protect their children."

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