Fight Back Against Outdated Gender Labels

Target: Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council

Goal: Stop push to force people to specify their gender as the sex they were assigned at birth

Representatives of a prominent Christian right-wing lobbying organization recently said that a constitutional amendment should be pursued mandating that a person’s gender identification conform to his or her biological sex. This is downright dangerous, and the effort should be stopped before it has the chance to gain momentum. Demand that the organization abandon any plans for pursuing such an amendment.

Peter Sprigg and Craig James are representatives for the Family Research Council, a right-wing Christian lobbying organization that has and continues to be very active in the fight against marriage equality. Perhaps discouraged by the fact that those efforts are being continually eroded by America’s growing acceptance of same-sex unions, Sprigg and James recently stated who their organization will next have to “combat in this war that we’re on with the LGBT community:” trans people. Sprigg said, “My view is, if your biological sex is unambiguous at birth…then that is your sex for life, and that is the only sexual identity the government [should] recognize.” James took it one step further, asking, “Might there be a need for us to have a constitutional movement, an amendment, to identify a person’s sex: it is what you are at birth?”

People should be allowed to identify as any gender they feel fits them and have that gender respected by their systems of government. Not to mention, this is obviously a dangerous prospect for a community that already experiences huge amounts of hate-motivated violence against its members. Sign the petition below to demand that the Family Research Council drop all plans of pursuing such an amendment.


Dear President Perkins,

I am writing you today about a number of things two representatives of Family Research Council said in a recent edition of your podcast “Washington Watch.” Specifically, I am talking about Peter Sprigg and Craig James, and their comments about the transgender community and the issue of gender identification.

Sprigg and Craig, in their discussion, advocated for a sex-based qualification of gender codified through the United States Constitution as the only gender identity recognized by the government. Their comments were backwards, regressive, and bigoted. If you and your organization pursue this amendment, you will do nothing but further ostracize a community that is only just now achieving mainstream recognition. The bigotry that already exists against the transgender community would be legitimized. Given that that bigotry already leads to a horrifying frequency of hate crimes against the community and a higher rate of suicide among its members, your efforts would only increase those numbers. Willingly or not, their blood would be on your organization’s hands–more than it already is, of course, given your already-established “war against the LGBT community.”

I urge you to do the right thing and end any plans you have for pursuing this kind of amendment. It is regressive, oppressive, and downright dangerous.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Forcing people with clear gender identities to behave as if they have no gender identity is worse than forcing those with gender identities issues to identify with their physically assigned gender.

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