Target: National Organization for Marriage
Goal: Condemn the National Organization for Marriage for launching a campaign to repeal a recent law that protects transgender students in California public schools
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) recently announced its decision to launch a large-scale campaign to support efforts to repeal a law in California that aims to protect transgender students in public schools. The law makes sure that all transgender students can be full-time participants in school activities, as well as have access to school facilities with which they identify. The National Organization for Marriage has dubbed its repeal efforts a “privacy for all students” claim, which in itself is fallacious because the law was passed in order to protect the privacy of transgender students. Schools should ensure that transgender students have the right to fully integrate themselves into the school community by respecting the gender identity that the student embraces.
NOM describes the law as being dangerous because students do not have a requirement to provide evidence of their gender identity. The organization argues that there should be a mandatory medical or professional evaluation that the gender identity of an individual is actually what he or she claims it to be. The child’s parents should also have a voice in the decision. Because these requirements were not included in the law, NOM claims that the new law will thus be subject to widespread abuse throughout schools in California. NOM’s ignorant claims elide the actual definition of gender identity and ignore the quality of life of transgender people today. Gender identity is not chosen but rather informs and dictates who an individual is every day of their lives. Anyone who claims a gender identity that is not their own just to get into a certain facility is not truly claiming a gender identity. Abuse would thus be easy to keep under control in the same way it was prior to guaranteeing the inclusion of transgender students.
Other outrageous claims made by NOM include the claim that God created the world solely for males and females for procreative reasons. Invoking its religious beliefs to justify its opposition to policies that are inclusive for transgender students, NOM asserts that children suffer from gender confusion and suffer emotional trauma when it comes to gender identity. California, NOM claims, already protects children from bullying because of their gender identity. NOM’s campaign is purely political and not about actually helping transgender students. Please sign this petition to condemn the NOM for its full-fledged efforts to repeal a law that serves to protect transgender students.
Dear National Organization for Marriage,
We condemn your decision to launch a full-fledge campaign to repeal the recent law signed by Governor Jerry Brown in California to protect transgender students in public schools. The law ensures that transgender children can participate in all school activities and have access to school facilities designated by the gender identity they identify with.
Several of your claims are not based on truth. Your decision stems from your religious beliefs that the world was made only for men and women because of their procreative abilities. Your overt discrimination against the transgender community must be condemned. It is abhorrent that you seek to repeal a law that serves only to facilitate the normalization of transgender children as equal members in school communities.
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