BLOGWhy Thousands of People Joined Together to Take a Bold Stand for Privacy

By Matt Sharp Posted on: | September 30, 2016

Having been deeply involved for several years in the battle over privacy in locker rooms and restrooms in our nation’s schools, there is one thing about our opponents that has impressed me: they are bold. In lawsuits they demand access to private facilities of the opposite sex while proclaiming their gender identity proudly through social media and the evening news. Hundreds of activists pack into legislative hearing rooms to advocate their belief that a person’s sex should be based on their perceived gender identity, rather than their immutable (and God-given) biology.

In contrast, our side has been largely silent. The fear of being labeled a bigot, mocked on social media, and accused of bullying has led to a spirit of timidity. Our self-censorship on this vital issue—one that reaches to the very nature of what a male or a female is—is disappointing, because this is an issue where the law, facts, science, and Scripture are all on our side.

But at last we are starting to shake off our timidity. On Wednesday, September 28th, over 8,900 students, parents, grandparents, and community members joined together to take a bold stand before our nation’s highest court. In their friend-of-the-court brief filed in the case of Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., these individuals and families spoke with a unified voice urging the Court to take the case and issue a strong ruling that upholds the constitutional right of privacy, ensuring that girls are not forced to share showers, locker rooms, and even hotel rooms on field trips with boys (and vice versa).

These individuals courageously let the world know that they will no longer remain silent, because protecting our children’s privacy and safety is too important to let our opponents dominate the conversation. Instead, they offered a better solution, one that maintains our tradition of providing separate locker rooms and restrooms based on biological sex, while offering compassionate, privacy-protecting accommodations (such as single-stall restrooms) to any student uncomfortable with communal facilities—including anyone who struggles with gender identity issues.

Such boldness is contagious. We have witnessed in the past months how small groups of students, parents, and community members have started local movements resulting in packed school board meetings—such as the Pine-Richland School District in Pennsylvania and the Prince William County School District in Virginia—to successfully stop policies that strip away student privacy and enact good policies that protect the privacy and dignity of all students

For those of you that are facing these issues—at your local school or your place of employment—I encourage you to take inspiration from the thousands and thousands of people who are boldly proclaiming the truth about God’s design for humanity and the unchangeability of sex. And let us all join with the prayer of the early church in Acts 4:29 as we petition that God will “enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.”

Matt Sharp

Senior Counsel

Matt Sharp serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he directs the Center for Legislative Advocacy.

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