Doe v. Regional School Unit 26 (USA)

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The Maine Supreme Judicial Court reversed a lower court’s decision that banned a boy from using the girls’ bathroom in Orono schools. In a 5-1 decision, the justices said that Superior Court Justice William Anderson erred when he ruled in favor of what is now Riverside RSU 26.

“Our opinion must not be read to require schools to permit students casual access to any bathroom of their choice,” Justice Warren Silver wrote for the majority. “Decisions about how to address students’ legitimate gender identity issues are not to be taken lightly. Where, as here, it has been clearly established that a student’s psychological well-being and educational success depend upon being permitted to use the communal bathroom consistent with her gender identity, denying access to the appropriate bathroom constitutes sexual orientation discrimination in violation of the [Maine Human Rights Commission].”

Maine Supreme Court rules in favor of transgender girl in Orono school bathroom case — Bangor — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine.

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  1. The following iis from Doe v. Regional School Unit 26.

    “She was born male, but began to express a female gender identity as early as age two.”

    This is a male child who, supposedly, at the age of two “began to express a female gender identity”. What exactly is a “female gender identity”? While we can quantifty the following (sex chromosomes, biology, reproductive systems, and anatomy), there is still no precise definition of “gender identity” other than a collection of sex based stereotypes of what does and doesn’t constitute “feminity” and “masculinity”. Please don’t bring up rare disorders of sexual development because the vast majority of transgender identified people have no actul DSD. Physically, they are no different than other people. If this male child had an acutal DSD, it probably would have been discovered.

    How does a human being born male “express a female gender identity as early as age two”? This statement is sexist on its face in that being female is associated with certain ways of dressing. “By fourth grade, Susan was dressing and appearing exclusively as a girl.” How are girls supposed to dress? Girls dress one way and boys dress another way. If I dress up as a Native American, can I own a casino?

    “It is simply unreasonable to expect a transgendered person to enter a bathroom designated for use by the sex with which they do not identify.”

    It is not unreasonable because male anatomy is more suited to a urinal than a toilet. Besides, this male student had the option of a gender neutral restroom. There is no reason why he couldn’t use the boy’s restroom or the gender neutral restroom that he had access to. Forcing female students to share a restroom or locker room with a biological male child (penis, testicles, XY chromosomes) violates the constitutional privacy rights of female students. Moreover, it threatens the safety of female students. The more males are allowed access to girl’s restrooms and locker rooms, the greater the likelyhood of a male student gaming the system by claiming “gender identity”. We have already seen a clear example of “gender identity” laws being abuse in Olympia, Washington. This is the actual Evergreen State College Police report:

    http://www.adfmedia.org/files/EvergreenPoliceReport.pdf

    Please note where it says, says, “her legs open with her male genitalia showing.”

    Below is another example of “gender identity” laws running rough shod over the privacy rights of women. This happened recently in Canada which also has “gender identity” laws. This particular woman is elderly, but what makes people think that teenage boys who are usually more irresponsible than adults wouldn’t try the same thing? If anything, teenage boys are usually more careless and irresponsible than adults. We are supposed to pretend that males exposing themselves and then claiming “gender identity” will never happen again.

    http://www.thestar.com/life/2014/01/04/transgender_mans_behaviour_in_changeroom_unacceptable_gallinger.html

    Unlike race, biological sex, and disabilites cause by genetic disorders, both children and adults can change their “gender identity”. Moreover, experts cannot predict which children will eventually outgrow “gender dysphoria” and which children will not.

    An additional obstacle to consensus regarding treatment is the lack of
    randomized controlled treatment outcome studies of children with GID or with any presentation of GV (2). In the absence of such studies, the highest level of evidence available for treatment recommendations for these children can best be characterized as expert opinion. Opinions vary widely among experts, and are influenced by theoretical orientation, as well as assumptions and beliefs (including religious) regarding the origins, meanings and perceived fixity or malleability of gender identity. Primary caregivers may, therefore, seek out providers for their children who mirror their own world views, believing that goals consistent with their views are in the best interest of their children.

    The outcome of childhood GID without treatment is that only a minority will identify as transsexual or transgender in adulthood (a phenomenon termed persistence), while the majority will become comfortable with their natal gender over time (a phenomenon termed desistence) (3-6). GID that persists into adolescence is more likely to persist into adulthood (2). Compared to the general population, the rate of homosexual orientation is increased in adulthood whether or not GID was treated (2, 4). It is currently not possible to differentiate between preadolescent children in whom GID will persist and those in whom it will not. To date, no long-term follow-up data have demonstrated that any modality of treatment has a statistically significant effect on later gender identity.

    Report of the APA Task Force on Treatment of Gender Identity Disorder
    Approved by the Joint Reference Committee, July 2011

    “Treatment of extremely gender variant children will continue to remain controversial since some underlying assumptions of the clinicians are a matter of opinion rather than of empirical data and empirical studies (e.g., clinical trials with random treatment assignment) are neither feasible nor ethical. I wish to conclude by raising some points for the clinicians treating these children to consider:

    (1.) There is no empirical evidence (i.e., controlled study) demonstrating that discouraging childhood cross-gender interests reduces the frequency of persistence into adolescence and adulthood.

    (2.) Since no clinician can accurately predict the future gender identity of any particular child, efforts to discourage cross-gender identifications may be experienced as hurtful and possibly even traumatic by children who do persist into adolescence and adulthood.

    (3.) There is no empirical evidence demonstrating that a prepubescent child who is permitted to transition gender role but then desists can simply and harmlessly transition back to the natal gender.”

    (4.) Since no clinician can accurately predict the future gender identity of any particular child, efforts to encourage public early childhood cross-gender roles may be experienced as hurtful and possibly even traumatic by children who do not persist into adolescence and adulthood.”

    http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/lgbt.2013.1500

    A simple online google search turns up several examples of children who struggled with gender dysphoria, and later changed their minds as they matured.

    ‘I was born a boy, became a girl, and now I want to be a boy again’: Britain’s youngest sex swap patient to reverse her sex change treatment

    October 29, 2012

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2224753/Ria-Cooper-Britains-youngest-sex-change-patient-reverse-treatment.html#ixzz2AjFa43a9

    Below is a link to a MTV video of a young man who identified as a girl and now wants to return to being a man. Also, in the MTV video, a young woman who once identified as a boy changed her mind and returned to being a girl. The young man who appears to be in his early twenties discusses having his breast implants removed. In the same MTV video, the young woman who looks like she could be in her mid-twenties is shown undergoing laser treatments to remove the facial hair that was caused by earlier testosterone use.

    http://www.mtv.com/videos/true-life-im-questioning-my-gender-again/1704884/playlist.jhtml

    Detransitioning stories are easy to run across on the internet. Transitioning essentially means the process whereby one changes his or her outward appearance to match or coincide with how one identifies or feels internally. Transitioning usually involves cross-gender hormones and surgery. Detransitioning is the opposite of transitioning, and there are numerous examples of people stopping cross-gender hormones. Testosterone is commonly referred to as “T” and FTM means female to male.

    http://detransition.blogspot.com/

    “I am a 22 year old woman who lived as male for 3 years and took testosterone for a year and a half. I am currently 8 months into detransition.”

    http://twentythreetimes.tumblr.com/T.

    “Anonymous asked: I’ve been off T for 5 months now. My hormones are still balancing themselves out, and as that happens I find myself discovering more and more of my inner world that I didn’t even realize I lost while on T. It’s a beautiful thing. I feel like my mental self is re-awakening and growing again. I’m so happy to re-discover the real Me that I love.”

    http://atlasstrawberries.tumblr.com/post/49896874618/ive-been-off-t-for-5-months-now-my-hormones-are-still

    “My name is -name redacted-, im 25 and i am a former FTM, also detransitioning and having a rough time through the post traumatic stress after being on testosterone, my body, my face, my feelings went all wrong on T and know im fighting to come back..”

    http://atlasstrawberries.tumblr.com/post/32054720795/happy

    http://atlasstrawberries.tumblr.com/

    Adults who identify as transgender, or say they “feel trapped in the wrong body” also change their minds and revert back to the sex they were born into.

    I’m a guy again! ABC newsman who switched genders wants to switch back

    August 6, 2013

    “He thought he was a woman trapped in a man’s body — but it turns out he’s “just another boring straight guy.”

    ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was transgender and splitting from his wife. He wanted to be called Dawn.

    But now he says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don”.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/guy_again_eKq3Jw6LjgsjpBdmZklrtM

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