Michael Brown

After all, back in May, it was reported that, “Parents of students at a Wisconsin elementary school are up in arms over the theme ‘Gender Bender Day’.” Yes, “Tippecanoe School for the Arts and Humanities in Milwaukee recently celebrated School Spirit Week with a series of events for students in kindergarten through eighth grades . . . . Members of the student council chose Friday as ‘Gender Bender Day,’ a voluntary event that called for boys to dress like girls and girls to dress like boys.”

This time, the story was not a hoax.

Nor was it a hoax when the Pacific Justice Institute reported last month that parents at Florence High School, “located near Colorado Springs, became irate when they learned that a teenage boy was entering girls’ bathrooms and, according to some students, even making sexually harassing comments toward girls he was encountering. When the parents confronted school officials, they were stunned to be told the boy’s rights as a self-proclaimed transgender trumped their daughters’ privacy rights. As the controversy grew, some students were threatened by school authorities with being kicked off school athletic teams or charged with hate crimes if they continued to voice concerns.”

To repeat: This story was also not a hoax, nor was it a hoax when California’s governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law this summer stating that, “A pupil shall be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.”

In other words, based entirely on the student’s self-perception, a 6’ 10”, 18-year-old male senior could be convinced he is actually a woman and self-identify as such. He would then have the right to play on the girl’s basketball team and use the girl’s locker room, along with, of course, having use of the girl’s bathroom.

Did I say already this was not a hoax? And back in Maryland, the scene of the too-close-for-comfort hoax article, an LGBT-activist curriculum was introduced to the Montgomery County School system back in 2007, prompting John Garza to note in an editorial, “The curriculum presents the story of ‘Portia’ the boy who becomes a girl. When Portia finally becomes a girl, ‘she’ gets a key to the teachers’ unisex bathroom,” based on which he asks, “When our children follow the curriculum and chop off body parts, take hormones and ‘reassign their gender,’ won’t they expect the key to the bathroom like Portia?”

In light of stories like this, which could easily be multiplied (including the increasingly common stories of male homecoming queens and female homecoming kings), is it any wonder that so many readers were fooled by the hoax?

These days, the truth is almost as scary as the fiction.


Michael Brown

Michael Brown is the host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show The Line of Fire and is the president of FIRE School of Ministry. His newest book is Outlasting the Gay Revolution: Where Homosexual Activism Is Really Going and How to Turn the Tide. Connect with him on Facebook at AskDrBrown or on Twitter at drmichaellbrown


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