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MassResistance addresses State Board of Education and Education Commissioner over forcing transgenderism in schools!
We did not pull punches! (See photos, video)
ALSO: MassResistance interviewed on radio across the country
POSTED: March 1, 2013
The recent state directive to push hardcore transgenderism into all Massachusetts public schools has shocked people across the country (and even overseas). Detailed in a document released on Friday, Feb. 15 by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, it was so bizarre it left people wondering how to react.
MassResistance did not stand still. We went right to the top.
Commissioner defends the transgender document during meeting.
Before Camenker spoke, the Commissioner made a point to say that despite any controversy he supported the document. (His comments also included in the video.) He told the Board:
We've released the guidance on gender identity as a protected class consistent with the legislation that was passed. Those guidelines are generating a fair amount of interest from folks who think the guidance is not well thought out to folks who have absolutely applauded the guidelines.
I want you to know that in generating the guidance we drew heavily on folks who have experience in schools working with students of various gender identities including school principals, including superintendents, including the Mass. Interscholastic Athletic Association, the Secondary School Administrator Association, as well as a variety of other groups.
And so these guidelines are not something we sat in this building and dreamed up on our own. These are guidelines that reflect the wisdom of folks who have been confronting these and working through these issues in schools over the years.
What the Commissioner did not say, but which the document noted, is that they also received input from "advocacy groups, parents, students, and other interested constituents." These were likely hand-picked by the homosexual-transgender lobby and -- particularly from the state's major transgender lobby group-- almost certainly contributed the bulk of the radical ideas included in the document. (Normal Americans just don't buy into these concepts!)
WATCH THE VIDEO of Commissioner's defense of the new requirements
and Camenker's uncompromising response:
Too many pro-family groups, and even pro-family state legislators on our side, are reluctant to talk honestly in these critical situations, and it hurts us all terribly. They're afraid of sounding "harsh" or "hurtful." Instead, when publicly discussing this document they talk about "invasion of privacy," "threat to students' safety," the "very broad" new rules, the "confusion" it brings and other weak platitudes. But not MassResistance.
When Camenker was called up things were different. He told the Board and the Commissioner:
Since posting [the document] on our website, I've been on several national radio shows and have gotten phone calls from as far away as Europe. Every parent hates this. I'm not exaggerating to say that the Legislature and this Board have become an international laughingstock over this.
"Gender identity" and the other so-called "queer theory" constructs you reference are all medical quackery, despite the so-called experts you may have worked with.
But as lunatic as this law is, it's actually fairly narrow regarding the schools. It just adds gender identity to the laundry list for non-discrimination regarding courses of study and privileges. As your guidelines admit the minimum requirement is updating policies and handbooks.
But instead of stopping there, you've extended it in absurd and ridiculous directions.
Children self-diagnosing their "gender identity" -- without parents involvement?
Changing children's first names, and the pronoun people have to use for them?
Changing their sex designation in official school records?
Discussion of "gender transition" - including hormones and body mutilation surgeries?
Transgender diversity training for kids and staff - with no tolerance for anyone's natural discomfort?
Removing "gender" from school activities and instruction?
Discouraging kids from wearing gender-different clothing?
And using the outrageously unscientific "GLSEN climate survey" to defend it all.
This is your vision of Massachusetts schools? It's insane.
First of all, a person's biological sex does not change. And all the diversity training about "assigned sex at birth" won't make any difference.
But more importantly: You're doing a lot of harm. The mental health profession recognizes this as gender identity disorder. Encouraging it in children, instead of giving them help, causes big emotional problems down the road, not to mention the trauma to other students . . .
When Johns Hopkins University shut down its transgender clinic [their hospital's chief psyciatrist] Dr. Paul McHugh said, "I have witnessed a great deal of damage from sex-reassignment -- prolonged distress and misery -- We have wasted scientific and technical resources and damaged our professional credibility by collaborating with madness rather than trying to study, cure, and ultimately prevent it."
You need to revisit this. And not with a bunch of radical activists and so-called experts, but with normal, sensible people.
And if you don't, the outrage from parents will not stop.
Camenker also held up the book "Paper Genders" written by Walt Heyer, an ex-transgender who lived as a woman for many years. The book describes the horrible effects that behavior (and transition procedures) had on him and others he knows. He also submitted testimony to the Massachusetts Legislature. A copy of the book was given to the Board to read.
After Camenker finished, neither the Board nor the Commissioner had any immediate reaction. But judging from the looks on their faces, there was no question that we got their attention. So we'll see what happens. In any case, we're not stopping here.
Hearing it straight. Board members listening to Camenker's remarks about their transgender document.
Within hours of the first MassResistance posting on the state's directive for pushing transgenderism into Massachusetts schools, we began getting calls from national pro-family radio networks. People across the country wanted an explanation about what was really going on.
Here are three of them that featured Brian Camenker of MassResistance over the course of last week: