Hate group leader Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel wants to sociopathically torment trans and gender nonconforming students. The Bible tells him so.

The latest tirade from Liberty Counsel is titled: NV Schools Endanger Children. It is Liberty Counsel and its leader, Mad Mat Staver, that endanger children through the promotion of anti-LGBT bigotry. Moreover, the bigotry is based on falsehoods.

Clark County Public School District is pushing to adopt new policies that would violate students’ privacy, endanger children and make schools less safe, despite community opposition. On Thursday, August 9, the school board will be voting on policies that will allow students to use bathrooms, locker rooms and showers based on their gender identity, rather than their biological sex.

There is no evidence to even suggest that any transgender or gender nonconforming student has ever posed a danger to anyone. “Community opposition” usually means a conservative Christian parent who cannot cope with reality. Just how many trans or gender nonconforming students might there be in the school district? It is comprised of 320,000 K-12 students in 358 schools. The trans population is likely to be around 1,200 in total or about three kids, on average, in each school.

Those three kids, who are already marginalized, are simply not going to make their school “less safe” or endanger other children. Staver should be ashamed of himself.

Teachers, students, staff and volunteers in the school district also will be required use the pronoun the student prefers. Any students who refuse to refer to so-called “transgender” students by the name or gender with which they identify, could face discipline.

Because, according to research, addressing transgender students by their chosen name significantly reduces their levels of anxiety and depression, significantly reducing the potential for self-harm. Why would anyone not be able to cooperate in order to make children healthier.

None of these kids are volunteers. They did not raise their hands to say that they want to have gender dysphoria. These children would prefer to be part of the mainstream population. What sense is there in tormenting them?

Another proposed policy, which would require the teaching of gender fluidity in classroom activities for K-12, states: “Classroom activities shall be relevant, meaningful and appropriate for students with diverse gender identities or expressions and do not discriminate or segregate according to gender identity or expression.”

What is with this “gender fluidity?” It just adds batshit to the bullshit. That sentence from the district is ambiguous. The way I read it is to not teach anything that undermines the science relating to gender. Is that really so damned hard?

More than 60 percent of county residents do not support the policies, which are not required by state or federal law. In fact, federal law specifically provides that private facilities separated based on biological sex do not violate laws against sex discrimination. Federal law also does not include “gender identity” in the definition of “sex discrimination.”

Staver does not provide a source to support what county residents support. Moreover, when it comes to LGBT people often the majority opinion is not the correct opinion. As for federal law, it depends upon what federal district one is in. A recent court decision in Oregon portends a possible appeal to the Ninth Circuit which is almost certain to uphold the lower court’s opinion which is in favor of accommodating transgender kids.

If one lives in the Seventh Circuit (Central District of Illinois, Northern District of Illinois, Southern District of Illinois, Northern District of Indiana, Southern District of Indiana, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Western District of Wisconsin) then federal law protects transgender students. The alternative would, indeed be sex discrimination. The judge in the Oregon matter describes it this way regarding a trans boy, Ash Whitaker:

When analyzing Ash’s assertion of irreparable harm, the Seventh Circuit found that Ash’s use of the boys’ restroom was integral to his transition and emotional well-being. Id. at 1045. The court also found that “he was faced with the unenviable choice between using a bathroom that would further stigmatize him and cause him to miss class time, or to avoid use of the bathroom altogether at the expense of his health.” Id. When considering Ash’s likelihood of success on the merits of his Equal Protection claim, the court found that the school’s policy “does nothing to protect the privacy rights of each individual student vis-à-vis students who share similar anatomy and it ignores the practical reality of how Ash, as a transgender boy, uses the bathroom: by entering a stall and closing the door.” Id. at 1052.

In other words, Liberty Counsel is not being truthful. Liberty Counsel would traumatize a trans child.

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “Clark County Public Schools must protect its students, not place them in danger or violate their privacy. Schools should be a place where students feel safe to use bathrooms and locker rooms. Allowing boys to use girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms defies common sense,” said Staver.

Claiming that these few kids pose a danger is sociopathic. The self-righteous Staver is a pathological liar as well. No hyperbole is too extreme for the unglued Staver. The school district has an obligation to protect trans and gender nonconforming children. It is not a world-ending event.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.