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Massachusetts forces schools to let 'transgender' boys use girls' restrooms, lockers
Life Site News ^ | 02/19/2013 | Kirsten Andersen

Posted on 02/22/2013 4:21:31 AM PST by IbJensen

BOSTON, February 19, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester has issued orders to the state’s K-12 public schools requiring them to permit “transgender” boys and girls to use the opposite sex’s locker rooms, bathrooms, and changing facilities as long as they claim to identify with that gender.

Many elementary schools in smaller Massachusetts towns include children from kindergarten through eighth grade, making it possible for boys as old as 14 to share toilet facilities with girls as young as five.

Under Chester's leadership, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released an 11-page document on Friday outlining this and other new guidelines giving “transgender” students special status and privileges in Massachusetts schools. Some family advocates are calling the document, which was prepared with assistance from homosexual and transgender advocacy groups, “the most thorough, invasive, and radical transgender initiative ever seen on a statewide level.”

The policy does not require a doctor’s note or even parental permission for a child to switch sexes in the eyes of Massachusetts schools. Only the student’s word is needed: If a boy says he’s a girl, as far as the schools are concerned, he’s a girl.

“The responsibility for determining a student’s gender identity rests with the student,” the statement says. “A school should accept a student’s assertion of his or her gender identity when there is … ‘evidence that the gender-related identity is sincerely held as part of a person’s core identity.’” That evidence, according to the document, can be as simple as a statement given by a friend.

That means, according to the newly issued school policies, that boys who say they identify as girls must be addressed by the feminine pronoun and be listed as girls on official transcripts.

They must also be allowed access to girls’ facilities and be allowed to play on girls’ athletic and club teams. The same is true for girls who say they are boys.

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The document was issued to clarify the schools’ obligations in light of “An Act Relative to Gender Identity,” a law that went into effect last July. That bill amended Massachusetts law “to establish that no person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town, or in obtaining the advantages, privileges and courses of study of such public school on account of gender identity.”

However, Brian Camenker, spokesman for government watchdog group MassResistance, told LifeSiteNews the DESE’s new directives go far beyond what the law requires.

Camenker pointed out that the only requirement the Gender Identity bill imposed on schools was to add “gender identity” to their non-discrimination policies, alongside other protected groups such as religious or ethnic minorities. Under the DESE’s policy, however, self-identified transgendered students will have more rights than other students, including the right to access bathroom and changing facilities of the opposite sex and play on the opposite sex’s sports teams.

Not only that, but students who object may be subject to punishment under the state’s new “anti-bullying” law, which, like the new school policy, was written with the help of homosexual and transgender activist groups.

Under that law, any outwardly negative reaction against transgenderism can now be considered bullying, and subject to discipline and punishment, according to Camenker.

“The directive is clear that there is to be no tolerance for students who become uncomfortable or upset at these situations being pushed on them,” Camenker wrote. “The school's approach is to be unyielding to any such discomfort, and to re-educate those students to have more ‘acceptable’ reactions and values.”

“[It] is completely natural for a child to feel very uncomfortable using a female name for an individual they know to be male, seeing a boy in girl’s clothing, or feeling it’s unfair that a boy is competing athletically as a girl,” Camenker added. “These feelings are now considered by the school to be backwards and disruptive.”

Andrew Beckwith, attorney for Massachusetts Family Institute, called the document’s definition of transgender “extremely broad.”

“If a male student tells his teacher he feels like a girl on the inside, the school has to treat him in every way as if he actually is a girl,” Beckwith said. “School personnel may be forbidden from informing the parents of their child’s gender decisions, and students can even decide to be one gender at home and another at school.”

Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, worries that the new policy could put girls at particular risk for violations ranging from privacy invasions to sexual assault.

“The School Commissioner’s first duty is to protect all students, from kindergarten to grade 12, not endanger them,” Mineau said in a statement. “The overriding issue with this new policy is that opening girls’ bathrooms to boys is an invasion of privacy and a threat to all students’ safety.”

The DESE expressed awareness that parents and students would likely have concerns, but they dismissed such feelings as invalid.

“Some students may feel uncomfortable with a transgender student using the same sex-segregated restroom, locker room or changing facility,” the document concedes, but then admonishes administrators, “this discomfort is not a reason to deny access to the transgender student.”

The Massachusetts Family Institute reminded the public that during debate, the gender identity law that led to this new policy had been called the “Stealth Bathroom Bill” by critics. At the time, the part of the law explicitly opening all public bathrooms to self-identified transgender people was removed in response to concerns about safety and privacy.

In schools, however, the bathroom provisions will now effectively be put back in.

Democratic State Rep. Colleen Garry has introduced amending legislation to the current law intended to force people to use restrooms and locker room facilities consistent with their anatomical sex.

“Like many of my colleagues, I am very concerned about Commissioner Chester’s directive to open public school bathrooms to all genders,” said Garry. “This was not the intent of the Legislature, and we need to pass legislation that clearly defines the use of such facilities.”


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why is the school board neglecting it's responsibility to respect the dignity of students instead of adding a transgender restroom. The transgender students are not "girls" either: rather they're part of the conspiracy that pedestalizes sin and wants to impose a rainbow worldview to a black and white reality.
1 posted on 02/22/2013 4:21:41 AM PST by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

For all the people that have “no problem” with homosexuality... the slide continues to their ultimate goal! Everyone will bow to THEIR belief system! No exceptions allowed. If you freak out over this, you are “intolerant.”


2 posted on 02/22/2013 4:33:07 AM PST by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals crazy!)
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To: IbJensen

What could go wrong?


3 posted on 02/22/2013 4:33:38 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: IbJensen
Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester

Someone needs to just slap some sence into that woman.

4 posted on 02/22/2013 4:34:33 AM PST by tbpiper
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To: IbJensen
So, how long until some "parent" comes to the school and "excuse me" has to use the restroom, and "oh dear" "identifies" as a girl?

And they want to teach the six year old girl that that is OK?

5 posted on 02/22/2013 4:36:20 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: IbJensen

There is something truly evil and disgusting about this. How far does it have to go before people rise up?


7 posted on 02/22/2013 4:38:40 AM PST by AdaGray (squi)
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To: IbJensen
This is so typical of what you get when you put a homosexual in charge off state government.

Not surprising at all to see Deval's officers of state coming out as pedophiles and perverts. It's also not surprising to see that they are totalitarians with a grudge against females.

That second revolution folks are talking about might well begin in Massachusetts this weekend ~

8 posted on 02/22/2013 4:41:44 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: IbJensen
If a male student tells his teacher he feels like a girl on the inside, the school has to treat him in every way as if he actually is a girl,

If his pants are down, then I bet that 100 out of 100 girls would say "he's a boy".

That OUGHT to count for something.

9 posted on 02/22/2013 4:42:08 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: IbJensen

Is it any wonder that American children are confused? Transgender is a perversion, NOT NORMAL. But when you normalize everything, there is simply no right or wrong. Heartbreaking for the kids in Massachusetts.


10 posted on 02/22/2013 5:06:24 AM PST by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: muawiyah

A republican sponsored the law that created this fiasco: Richard Tisei.


11 posted on 02/22/2013 5:08:15 AM PST by BillGunn (Bill Gunn for Congress district one rep. Massachusetts)
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To: IbJensen

So how long will it take for some creative high school guys to say they are transgendered lesbians so should be allowed to use the girls locker room...


12 posted on 02/22/2013 5:24:01 AM PST by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: ejonesie22

5 seconds


13 posted on 02/22/2013 5:31:02 AM PST by mykroar (Sig is pending a Conservative party.)
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To: missnry

homosexuality is so “yesterday”
budding adolescent pedophiles now need to realize that transgender is where the action is


14 posted on 02/22/2013 5:32:03 AM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: IbJensen

Why can’t elementary bathrooms just be single toilet stalls? I remember when I was in elementary school—a row of six to eight toilets lined up side by side without anything in between.


15 posted on 02/22/2013 5:36:14 AM PST by Burkean (.)
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To: IbJensen

If we want to humor the freaks, we should at least do it sensibly. Have one restroom labeled “boys and girls with dangling genitals” and the other labeled “boys and girls with internal genitals”. That way we are not denying the self-assigned gender identity that modern perverts think is a personal choice.


16 posted on 02/22/2013 5:42:06 AM PST by Pollster1
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To: IbJensen

The Neo Europa states from New York north and east should be purged from the Union. They are not American and are just no longer required.


17 posted on 02/22/2013 5:45:21 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: Izzy Dunne

And like a typical female, what happens if he/she chooses to change their mind?


18 posted on 02/22/2013 5:55:49 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: IbJensen

ROMNEY MUST BE SO PROUD.


19 posted on 02/22/2013 6:18:42 AM PST by SENTINEL (Kneel down to God. Stand up to tyrants. STICK TO YOUR GUNS !)
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To: IbJensen

Bills are being filed to stop this:

http://massresistance.com/docs/govt13/mr_bills/mr_bills_filed_0113.html

Homeschooling is difficult to do in Massachusetts. Massresistance should also try to have the homeschooling laws repealed so parents can easily homeschool their children without government interference.

I imagine after more parents here of this, they will want to consider other options.


20 posted on 02/22/2013 6:31:35 AM PST by goldi
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To: IbJensen
Solution is easy . . . get your kids the hell out of the public screwels as fast as you can . . . that way the homosexuals and people who can't wait to be physically mutilated can squat to pee anywhere they want.
21 posted on 02/22/2013 6:32:32 AM PST by laweeks
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To: cartan

A Massachusetts teacher, I presume. Or a school board member.


22 posted on 02/22/2013 6:34:18 AM PST by sphinx
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To: SENTINEL

Can’t you just envision it now? The children have just finished their sex education class. They’ve finished with their classroom session on the benefits of glorious homosexual love-making.They’re congregating in the restroom.

“I’ll show you mine, if you’ll show me yours.” states young Johnny to little Susie. “No Johnny, let me see yours.” says little Bobby.

“Here comes our teacher, he’ll let us look at his.”


23 posted on 02/22/2013 6:35:21 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: laweeks

Your focus is too tight.

A better course is to leave Neo Europa and move into America. America was developed by people who left such crap and crossed the Atlantic.

The eurotrash in the Northeast are the same as those that drove people to leave europe before. Some would argue that the good people moved west leaving dregs in Neo Europa


24 posted on 02/22/2013 6:39:07 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: BillGunn

off with his head


25 posted on 02/22/2013 6:43:11 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: IbJensen

Imagine PUNISHING children for treating a boy like a boy and a girl like a girl.

Insanity.


26 posted on 02/22/2013 6:53:39 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Morgana

bump


27 posted on 02/22/2013 6:54:34 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: IbJensen

The root of this is also found in the castration of the American male. Anything they can push that removes the masculinity of the male species. The want America neutered so that the demilitarization and disarming can be easier.


28 posted on 02/22/2013 6:56:52 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: missnry
If you freak out over this, you are “intolerant.”

Nope, now you are a criminal who needs punished.

29 posted on 02/22/2013 6:57:58 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Izzy Dunne

I am sure they will make condoms and other crap available to those 6 year olds too


30 posted on 02/22/2013 6:58:39 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: IbJensen

Are there no sane fathers left in the MAsshole State? Is there no one to protect the normal boys and girls from the predators in the homosexual
movement.? They ought to throw every school board member and Leftist politician who approved of this outrage into the bay and start over.


31 posted on 02/22/2013 7:02:25 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: IbJensen
Does the school board have transgender bathrooms? I doubt it. How about the teachers & the school administration? I doubt it.

The parents need to INSIST that the school board lead by example. If schools must have transgender bathrooms, then all public buildings should have them, too, starting with the school board. Children should not be the test subjects for controversial, untried public policy.

Here is the reality: Public officials cannot force this perversion on the public, as the public has the legal right to fight this policy to its quick reversal. Children in public schools - complete captives of the bureaucrats - have no such right. In terms of human rights, schools are only slightly more free that prisons.

There is something perverted & possibly illegal when adults in charge of children put the children in sexual situations where they are forced to expose their genitals to others of dubious, transitory “sexual preference”.

Bear in mind that kindergarten kids may have NEVER use a public restroom, & many more have never done so ALONE. Many kids are shy of urinating/defecating around strangers. There is a real possibility of negative effects on the physical & mental health of children as a result of this new policy.

Teens present other difficulties. How many boys would be willing to wear a dress to school to gain access to the girl's locker room? I'm gonna guess a substantial number would do so at least once!

Suppose a transgender female, who dresses as a man, decides to shower & change in the “boys” locker room. As the naked female enters the shower room full of boys, one or more boys in the shower gets an erection, a completely normal reaction to seeing a nude girl, & especially so for a teenage boy. But the TD female is “disrespected”, feels sexually threatened, & reports the incident to the principal.

I doubt even Solomon could resolve this. I suggest cutting the offending bureaucrats in half.

Do the teachers & admin. use the same restrooms? At my school they often did! If so, which restroom will they use? Which restroom will be used by small children unsure of their sexuality? Will they “do the tour” each day until they find a bathroom in which they are comfortable?

This policy is just absurd!

In the end, the only logical policy is that “outies” go into one restroom/locker room, while “innies” go into another.

32 posted on 02/22/2013 7:04:54 AM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: IbJensen

As a parent - if this stupid item is protocol - then I would say, fine, my daughter doesn’t go in a bathroom as along as a boy is there — and if my daughter is in there - the boy waits...because his right doesn’t supersede her rights to use the bathroom with this nonsense.

When evil is so pervasive in a society -— one sees this crap arise...this is not a red flag waving — it’s a huge billboard with lights of a RED FLAG waving....


33 posted on 02/22/2013 7:13:57 AM PST by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: Mister Da
How many boys would be willing to wear a dress to school to gain access to the girl's locker room?

They don't have to wear a dress. They can come dressed the same way as always. The school won't even tell the parents their kid is "transgendered".

34 posted on 02/22/2013 7:16:08 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: originalbuckeye

One word...homeschool


35 posted on 02/22/2013 7:17:32 AM PST by k4gypsyrose
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To: Pollster1
IS this the guy/gal that's going to enforce it?

Someone needs to design those signs - that was a brilliant comment by the way!
36 posted on 02/22/2013 7:17:42 AM PST by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: BCW

That would get your daughter punished for her failure to affirm the “rights” of the transgendered students.

Yep, that’s the way they are saying this


37 posted on 02/22/2013 7:17:42 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Hey Chester you don’t need your job anymore! When will Ru Paul be making it’s debut @ your learning center ? This cannot be called a school but a learning center for fools because that’s what you are making “Fools”~ Now Go Away please!


38 posted on 02/22/2013 7:19:35 AM PST by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: IbJensen

My high school friends and I would all have claimed this and then showered with the cheerleaders. Man o man that would have been sweet!


39 posted on 02/22/2013 7:21:01 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: GeronL

K12.com — public schools are failing...time to bring the kids back home and let the disaster fall in on itself once and for all...

I think a group of parents could monitor their children from one home for a few days and then trade off in another home - and do this as a private group without saying it’s private day care — and just pull the kids out of school...

My wife, a public school teacher, and I are considering this after she retires in a few yrs...the public school system is struggling all over the US right now...to much weight with stupid stuff like this...


40 posted on 02/22/2013 7:21:22 AM PST by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: IbJensen

Johnsons don’t belong in the girls locker room outside of the movie Porky’s.


41 posted on 02/22/2013 7:25:05 AM PST by Darren McCarty (If most people were more than keyboard warriors, we might have won the election)
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To: IbJensen

Teenage Male Lesbian alert!


42 posted on 02/22/2013 7:35:23 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: BCW

BUMP

Just don’t advertise it, because I bet they will find a way to say thats illegal or something


43 posted on 02/22/2013 7:37:41 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: IbJensen
The policy does not require a doctor’s note or even parental permission for a child to switch sexes in the eyes of Massachusetts schools. Only the student’s word is needed: If a boy says he’s a girl, as far as the schools are concerned, he’s a girl.

The school might just as well just take the full jump imto unisex bathrooms and showers.

Once healthy, horny young guys find out they can get into the girls restrooms by claiming to be "transgender" there will be no stopping them!

The only people using the boys restrooms will be burly she-men.


44 posted on 02/22/2013 7:49:05 AM PST by Iron Munro (I miss America, don't you?)
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To: IbJensen

If a guy is using the girl’s restroom, is it mandatory that he sit to pee or is he still allowed to stand and squirt?


45 posted on 02/22/2013 7:52:01 AM PST by TheRightGuy (I want MY BAILOUT ... a billion or two should do!)
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To: Mister Da

America is in a crazed, imbecilic mode fostered by those in charge of ruining our families, our nation, our lives and our economy. God is dead, or never was as far as these diseased minds are concerned.

It’s the greatest time in history for these evildoers as the phony who was elected president is for baby killing and sodomy and his regime is propped up by most of the elected politicians from both parties.


46 posted on 02/22/2013 8:58:16 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: GeronL

oh definitely - it wold have to be “Double Secret” and very private agreement between parents...

I see this taking place - as long as a house has high speed Internet - and kids today usually have a tablet, Ipod, laptop, etc...to where direct instruction can take place between different age grouped kids...wouldn’t have to worry about school violence, bullying, nasty/poor food, and all things that come with the public sector — what is accomplished is that each child actually learns and builds their knowledge without wasted time...


47 posted on 02/22/2013 11:03:04 AM PST by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: GeronL; metmom

any parent that allows their girls to stay in public school after this is CRAZY


48 posted on 02/22/2013 1:05:12 PM PST by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

I said the same thing when NYC started their new sex-positive crusade for 11+ year olds. But no revolt was apparent.


49 posted on 02/22/2013 1:15:28 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Izzy Dunne; IbJensen; GeronL
“They must also be allowed access to girls’ facilities and be allowed to play on girls’ athletic and club teams. The same is true for girls who say they are boys. “

You all missed that one!!

Okay a boy on the girls track team! Twice in history there has been a case of a true hermaphrodite on the women's Olympic team. One case in the 1930’s was a woman named Stella Walsh, the other was an African woman about 8 years ago. My point of telling you this is both these women because of their testosterone advantage could run faster than all the other girls. Now you get an actual boy in a skirt running on the team, out running all the girls. Need I say more?

50 posted on 02/22/2013 1:26:07 PM PST by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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