Debra J. Saunders

What if they change their minds? Have there been studies that explore whether children who change gender identity are glad as adults that they did so? "I don't know that there's been a study of people changing their minds," she answered.

And: "Transgender is not a decision that allows you to change your mind or not change your mind."

That sounds like politics, not science.

Maybe she's right. Maybe all the boys and girls who think they're girls and boys are right; maybe by declaring themselves early, they will avoid unnecessary heartache. Maybe this is the golden age of transsexualism.

Or maybe Sacramento is rushing to pass legislation that pushes confused children to make life-changing decisions that they're not mature enough to make -- and cannot erase.

Maybe it is a big mistake, as Republican state Sen. Jean Fuller warned, to pass a bill that takes away from educators' "appropriate discretion" to make decisions that protect young children and teenagers. "High-school students are not known for their maturity," Fuller noted.

No doubt Ammiano wrote this bill to protect transgender children from the torment of growing up feeling freakish and unwelcome. He apparently believes that it is wrong for kids to agonize privately about their sexuality, so he's pushing a bill that would make a student's gender issues very public, possibly before some students truly know who they are.

Sadly, supporters seem to believe that if the law requires that transgender students have access to the locker rooms and sports teams of their choosing, all their problems will melt away. An Equality California press release announces that the bill's passage would "ensure the success and well-being of transgender students." It never seems to occur to Ammiano and company that for some children, this bill could open the door to a world of pain.


Debra J. Saunders


 
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