Christian Teacher Claims Faith Requires Him to Misgender

I would really like to know what verses in the bible or what part of his faith that’s written down in a book requires this of him. Also, “being enthusiastic” about something is irrelevant. I do stuff on a daily basis I’m not enthusiastic about, but I do it anyway because it’s the right thing to do or I know there will be consequences if I don’t. It is possible to do it even if he’s not enthusiastic.

A teacher is suing his school – claiming his Christian faith requires him to misgender a transgender student.

Maths teacher Joshua Sutcliffe, from Oxford, had repeatedly refused to refer to the transgender boy by his preferred gender.

The teacher was suspended from Cherwell School after the pupil – whose identity is being kept private – complained that Mr Sutcliffe repeatedly referred to him as female.

Mr Sutcliffe refused to agree to respect the pupil’s gender, and in a letter to the school insisted his faith required him to misgender the transgender boy.

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GOP vs Trans Arrests for Bathroom Lewdness

I still stand firm in the belief that those who scream the loudest and hate the most are the ones who are so deeply in the closet they will do anything not to be discovered.

Update, 2/24/17: This Wednesday, President Trump revoked landmark protections that allowed transgender students to use the bathrooms they identify with, reversing work of the previous Obama administration that many celebrated as a victory for LGBT civil rights.

As reported by Reuters, last May then-President Barack Obama ordered schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms matching their preferred gender identity. Schools that did not comply risked having their funds withheld.

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Stories Behind Transgender Laws

The struggle for rights is ever-present no matter if you’re L, G, B or T. I think the struggle for transgender individuals is harder, in some respects, because their issues are more complicated. People just aren’t ready or willing to accept that others may have been born the wrong sex; that their god or Mother Nature can screw up sometimes. Hell, as we’ve seen this election cycle, there’s a lot of hate that exists beyond the LGBT community.

As soon as Friday, the justices of the Supreme Court could decide if they will hear the appeal in a critical case about whether Gavin Grimm, a transgender male student, can be barred in his Virginia school district from using the boys’ restroom.

The justices first considered whether to take the case on Oct. 14, but took no action, leaving LGBT advocates — and Grimm — in waiting.

The case in question concerns Gloucester County School Board, an Education Department policy, and the widely covered issue of transgender people and bathrooms. But the underlying question of whether existing law — specifically, sex-discrimination bans — protects against gender identity-based discrimination has been moving forward in the courts and administrative agencies for years now.

As the election season clock ticks down to election day, the legal fight over transgender protections is reaching a crescendo. During the Obama administration, officials have undertaken a revolutionary application of those existing laws to affirm the rights of transgender individuals, spurring a rapid shift within the federal government as the culture, too, changes. Meanwhile, as the petition pends before the Supreme Court, there were three federal district court actions on transgender rights this past week alone — one of which led the Justice Department on Thursday afternoon to announce that it will be taking the matter to a federal appeals court.

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Obama: Transgender Students Are Vulnerable And Must Be Protected

Granted, much of what he’s so open about is probably a direct result of the fact that he’s soon out of office, but it still looks good when President Obama expresses these views.

Transgender and LGBT students are vulnerable to potential bullying and it is society’s responsibility to protect them, President Obama said in an interview with BuzzFeed News Monday.

“We’re talking about kids,” the president said from the Roosevelt Room in the White House. “Anybody who has been in school, in high school, who has been a parent should realize that kids who are sometimes in the minority, kids who have a different sexual orientation or are transgender are subject to a lot of bullying, potentially. They’re vulnerable.”

Obama’s comments referred to laws being passed around the nation that in various ways ban transgender people from using bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

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South Dakota Lawmaker Proposes Genital Inspections For Trans High School Athletes

So now we’re going to condone child molestation??!! What the fuck is wrong with this country?? Why are people like this pervert being voted into office??!! Makes me want to puke.

South Dakota legislator Roger Hunt (R) offered legislation that could require examination of a transgender athlete’s genitals before competing in high school sports. Hunt has stated that he believes gender begins at conception and that only birth certificates and visual inspections should be used to determine a student’s gender identity.

When speaking about trans students being allowed to compete in high school sports, Hunt said, according to the Rapid City Journal, “This is South Dakota. We haven’t adopted the East Coast culture. We haven’t adopted the West Coast culture. We maintain our own culture.”

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Nevada Lawmaker Proposes New Anti-Transgender Bill Pushed By Out-Of-State Lobbyist

“biological condition of being male or female as determined at birth based on physical differences or, if necessary, at the chromosomal level.” Wow. Gotta go as deep as someone’s chromosomal level to determine sex? They’d better be thankful that chimeras are a rarity. Otherwise, whatchagonnado?

It amazes me how bloody ignorant Conservatives really are. Do you think that a school setting is the ONLY place kids will learn about sex education? Granted, I believe that only parents should teach their child about sex, but in the few cases where a parent isn’t responsible enough to do so, I can pretty much guarantee that child will learn about it any way they can, including experimentation. Wouldn’t it then be better to teach children in a safe environment like school? And allow a doctor or nurse teach the class; not some opinionated Conservative teacher.

Nevada is the latest state to introduce a bill that would limit how transgender students access bathrooms at school. AB 375, introduced by Assemblywoman Victoria Dooling (R), would require schools to limit restrooms and locker rooms on the basis of “biological sex,” as defined as the “biological condition of being male or female as determined at birth based on physical differences or, if necessary, at the chromosomal level.”

If a student “asserts at school a gender that is different than the pupil’s biological sex,” the bill calls for students to accommodate the student, but “such accommodation must not include access to a school restroom, locker room, or shower designated for use by persons whose biological sex is different from the pupil’s biological sex.” Instead, it suggests they must be limited to “a single-stall restroom, access to a unisex restroom, or controlled use of a faculty restroom, locker room, or shower.”

The bill also limits the state’s sex ed curriculum in three ways. First, instruction about AIDS and the human reproductive system could not be offered to students younger than grade 7, similar to the “Don’t Say Gay” provisions proposed in Tennessee in past years. Second, only a “permanent, full-time employee” can teach the course; “no other person or entity may assist in teaching the subjects of the course.” Lastly, the curriculum “may not contain explicit depictions of sexual activity.” In other words, students can not be shown how sex works in a class about how sex works.

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Push To Repeal California Transgender Student Protections Law Fails To Qualify For November Ballot

I’m glad this measure was defeated. At least indirectly.

A months-long effort by conservative groups to repeal California’s new transgender student protections law failed to qualify for a voter referendum on the state’s ballot this fall, the office of California Secretary of State Debra Bowen said Monday.

Proponents of the referendum push, which aimed to put the question of repealing the 2013 law allowing transgender public school students to use school facilities and participate in school activities based on their gender identity up to voters, failed to provide enough valid signatures to qualify for the state’s ballot. The law, or the School Success and Opportunity Act, already took effect on Jan. 1.

“We are very happy with today’s outcome upholding the majority of Californians’ belief that transgender students deserve a fair shot at doing well in school,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality in a statement celebrating the failure of the referendum effort.

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Why This Transgender Teen’s Big Victory Matters

I am just curious as to what prompted the boy to start following her into the bathroom in the first place. Did Nicole confess she was biologically male, even though she wore girls clothing? I’m curious to know how it all got started as figuring that out and addressing it is key to changing the future.

Wayne Maines was in a meeting when he got the call. His daughter, a transgender teenager who had been fighting the state of Maine for years over her right to use the girls’ bathroom at school, had finally won.

“I just broke down right then and there,” he said.

In tears, he called his wife, who texted their daughter, Nicole. She was in a school assembly, and immediately ran to the front of the room to announce the victory. “The whole school got up and cheered,” he recounted.

On Thursday, Maine’s Supreme Court made history when it ruled that officials from the public school violated state anti-discrimination law by not allowing Nicole to use the girls’ bathroom. It was the first time that a state court has ruled it unlawful to deny transgender students access to the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.

The case stemmed from an incident that occurred when Nicole was in fifth grade. She is now 16 and attends a different school, which is private.

Born a biological male, Nicole was identifying as a female at the age of 2. By the time she was in fifth grade, she had a female name and used the girls’ bathroom, with her school’s full support.

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Conservative Groups Say They Have Enough Support To Repeal California Transgender Law

I dunno, I think every single signature should be verified as legitimate, not just a random sampling. I mean they have a year to do it.

SAN FRANCISCO — SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Opponents of a new California law that gives transgender students certain rights said Sunday that they had collected enough signatures for an initiative that would repeal the law.

A coalition of conservative groups called Privacy for all Students submitted 620,000 signatures to get the initiative on the November 2014 ballot, said Frank Schubert, the political strategist handling the signature gathering effort.

To qualify, at least 505,000 valid signatures must be submitted. To verify the signatures, each of California’s 58 counties will first check that the overall count is correct, then conduct a random sampling to make sure they are legitimate. After that, it is likely the state would order a full review.

If, after all of the reviews, the group has the requisite number of valid signatures, the initiative would qualify for the ballot.

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CA grants transgender students restroom, sports choices

I clearly wasn’t thinking right when I saw this headline. I’m thinking, What? They’re offering a third restroom choice, like a family bathroom at the mall where mothers go to nurse or change their babies? Then I realise it’s a choice of which to use. Duh.

(Reuters) – California public schools must allow transgender students to choose which restrooms to use and whether to join the girls’ or boys’ sports teams under a law signed by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown on Monday.

Supporters say it is the first state law to require equal access to sex-segregated school facilities based on the gender with which the student identifies instead of their biological gender.

But opponents say the law is too vague, and could lead to abuses.

Some school districts, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, already allow students to participate in sports programs and choose school facilities in accordance with their gender identity, said Carlos Alcala, spokesman for the law’s author, Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco.

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