What if your daughter came home from school and told you that she had to change next to a boy in the locker room before gym class? What if your son’s teacher started referring to him with a female name and pronouns at school—and no one notified you? What if your kindergartener came home from school crying because she was afraid she could “turn into” a boy?
Would you be alarmed? Angry? Confused? I would be feeling all of the above and more.
But, as absurd as these examples sound, they’ve actually happened.
And if a legislative priority of the Biden administration becomes law, these occurrences could become a lot more common.
The so-called “Equality Act” would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected statuses in federal nondiscrimination law. President Joe Biden has promised to sign the “Equality Act” into law during his first 100 days if given the chance. And with its passage in the House, and its upcoming vote in the Democrat-controlled Senate, the chances of the bill reaching Biden’s desk are higher than ever before.
Let’s take a look at four ways this legislation could undermine your rights as a parent.
1. Under the “Equality Act,” schools could be forced to open girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams to biological males—without being required to notify parents.
That’s what happened in Boyertown Area School District in Pennsylvania. District officials quietly changed their policies allowing students to access private, sex-specific spaces based on how they identify. Neither parents nor students were notified of this policy change. It wasn’t until a male student witnessed a female student changing in the boys’ locker room, and a female student encountered a boy in the girls’ bathroom, that parents began to realize what was happening. Both incidents were reported to school administrators, but no action was taken to protect the privacy of all students. Alliance Defending Freedom represented these students and their parents in a lawsuit against the school district.
2. The “Equality Act” could be used to introduce LGBT curriculum into schools, with no opt-outs.
Under the “Equality Act,” children in public schools could be introduced to LGBT curriculum as early as pre-K, and it’s likely parents would not be able to opt-out. In Rocklin, California, at least one student went home crying after her kindergarten teacher read “I Am Jazz” (a book about Jazz Jennings’s “transition” from male to female), afraid she could “turn into” a boy.
3. Activists could use the “Equality Act” to put impressionable children on a path to “gender transition.”
In the Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin, district officials implemented a policy that instructs employees to assist children of any age to adopt a transgender identity at school. On top of that, district employees are told not to alert parents to this and even to conceal this information from parents unless the child wants them to know. ADF and the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) are representing a group of parents in a lawsuit against the school district.
4. The “Equality Act” could be used to keep parents from choosing the best options to help if their child is struggling with gender confusion.
Activists are working to pass laws that ban counseling that helps children and adults grow comfortable with their biological sex. So-called “findings” included in the “Equality Act” reveal that it aims to smear anything other than “affirmation therapy” as “discrimination,” and so to deprive parents and children of even the option of counseling that helps them achieve comfort with their biological sex. Some have even gone so far as to label parents who don’t want their children to go down the path of “gender transition” as “abusive.” In Ohio, one couple lost custody rights of their teenage daughter (who identifies as a boy) because they declined testosterone treatments.
Parents should have the right to decide when and how to discuss sexuality and gender with their children. And if their child is struggling with gender confusion, parents are the ones who should decide the best options to help their child—not the government. (And we can say with certainty that cross-gender affirmation that puts kids on a conveyor-belt to irreversible hormone treatments and surgeries are not the best options.)
But the “Equality Act” would leave no room for that. In fact, in many cases, it could remove parents from those discussions and decisions altogether!
If the “Equality Act” is passed, the message to parents would be clear: The government knows what is best for your children, you don’t.
As a parent, that is not okay with me. In fact, it’s not okay with a lot of parents.
The Promise to America’s Children demonstrates this. This growing, national movement of parents opposes legislation—such as the “Equality Act”—which seeks to sexualize our children for the sake of a political agenda.
The Constitution protects our rights as parents to raise our children consistent with to our beliefs and values. We have the right to educate our children accordingly. And we have the duty to oversee our children’s general health and well-being. But the “Equality Act” threatens these fundamental liberties. And that is something no American—and no parent—should stand for.
That’s where you come in.
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- I stand for America’s founding principles: that all men are created equal with inalienable, God-given rights.
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