NEA Embraces Transgenderism
Having fairly well succeeded in their attempt to normalize lesbian and gay lifestyles, the National Education Association is now focused on doing the same for transgender individuals. Several New Business Items having to do with changing the conversation about transgender people were adopted by delegates in Orlando.
New Business Item 30 ensures that transgender students have “access to the facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.”
New Business Item 31 is about “gender inclusive spaces,” which are to be provided at all schools in compliance with guidance provided by “organizations such as Gender Spectrum and the Trans Youth Equality Foundation.” As always, the NEA is aligned with radical organizations. Gender Spectrum’s website says:
Western culture has come to view gender as a binary concept, with two rigidly fixed options: male or female, both grounded in a person’s physical anatomy.
Gender is the complex interrelationship between an individual’s sex (gender biology), one’s internal sense of self as male, female, both or neither (gender identity), as well as one’s outward presentations and behaviors (gender expression) related to that perception, including their gender role.
The Gender Spectrum website explains that “privilege comes from being part of the ‘norm’” and that those who don’t fall into the male/female binary “face innumerable challenges.”
“The Trans Youth Equality Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that advocates for transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex youth ages 2–18,” according to their website.
The NBI 31 Rationale and Background section for union delegates states: “We must include the integration of gender inclusiveness efforts within a larger district framework around social-emotional learning, anti-bullying, and other school climate improvement programs.” There are the words to watch. Children at schools are indoctrinated into acceptance of whatever the union decides is normal. Programs supposedly meant to prevent bullying are actually meant to bully children into compliance. Social-emotional learning means children must learn what radicals think they must learn, regardless of what their family belief system may be. School climate, another catch phrase used by the education bureaucracy, means subjecting students to whatever radical philosophy educrats are currently promoting.
NBI 42 states that “NEA will post a link to a guide on the NEA website for educators to use called ‘Know Your Rights! A Guide For LGBT High School Students on lambdalegal.org, by the American Civil Liberties Union on aclu.org, that clearly states how to protect LGBT students.”
The Know Your Rights website tells students, “It’s important for you to learn about your rights and what you can do if your school isn’t treating you fairly!” The website provides guidance for children in all sorts of situations, from bullying at school to what to do if the school wants to tell parents that their student is gay. The ACLU-run website encourages students to contact the ACLU about any issues they encounter.
LGBTQ Counseling Only Goes One Way
Original language of NBI 86 condemned those who would seek to counsel LGBTQ students using “conversion/reparative therapies.” It originally called such help “fraudulent and torturous practices . . . by means of brainwashing.” It was amended and, as adopted, it simply states: “NEA will disseminate to educators through existing publications current information regarding the methods and damaging effects of anti-gay ‘conversion/reparative therapies.’” The NEA will spend $57,050 on this.
It should be noted that there are NEA Resolutions and New Business Items passed every year about providing psychological counseling to LGBTQ youth. But counseling is only approved by the union if it encourages children to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer. If assistance is offered that could possibly influence a person to leave the LGBTQ community, it is considered to be brainwashing and, by definition, negative. Although embracing and mainstreaming transgenderism could be more dangerous than providing therapy to help children adjust to their biological makeup, the NEA wants to make certain such counseling is not available to children.
Adopted NBI 45 says that “transgender or gender nonconforming students” have the right to be “addressed by the name and pronoun that corresponds to their gender identity” and that students should be told there doesn’t need to be a change on their records in order to change their gender identity.