Are Limits on Gender Treatments, School Discussions Protecting or Harming Kids?
A number of states with Republican leadership have recently passed bills placing restrictions on the performance of gender-related surgical procedures on minors, as well as bills increasing transparency in public schools, giving parents increased influence on classroom discussions and educational material. The wave of legislation, centered around cultural issues of race, gender, and sexuality, has split Americans, with many on the left questioning the altruistic language of the parental rights movement, and many on the right praising such legislation for its enforcement of conservative values and empowerment of parents.
“Reactionary Minority”: Jamelle Bouie asserts the phrase “parental rights” is an empty term to advance conservative efforts to “ban books, censor school curriculums and suppress politically undesirable forms of knowledge.” Bouie argues the movement is the work of a “reactionary minority” only fighting for the rights of some parents, writing that parental rights legislation “never seems to involve parents who want schools to be more open and accommodating toward gender-nonconforming students” or parents who “want their students to learn more about race, identity and the darker parts of American history.”
“Defensive in Nature”: The National Review Editorial Board asserts parental rights legislation is a much-needed bulwark against “gender madness” from progressive Democrats, writing the parental rights movement is “defensive in nature.” The article commends politicians such as Florida’s governor and 2024 candidate Ron DeSantis (R) for advancing legislation that combats gender ideology, transgender procedures, and other social and cultural topics championed by progressive activists and called on conservatives to “take heed” of such issues.
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From the LeftWhat the Republican Push for ‘Parents’ Rights’ Is Really About
You may have heard the phrase “parents’ rights.”
It sounds unobjectionable — of course parents should have rights — which is probably why it’s become the term of choice for the conservative effort to ban books, censor school curriculums and suppress politically undesirable forms of knowledge.
When House Republicans introduced a bill that would require public schools to notify parents that they are entitled to see course material and lists of books kept in school libraries, they cited “parents’ rights” as the reason.
“That’s what today is all about: It’s...
From the CenterDeSantis limits trans treatments, drag shows, pronoun use in Florida
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed bills banning children from undergoing transgender medical treatments or going to drag shows, and restricting pronoun use in classrooms.
Public bathrooms and changing rooms must also be separate "based on biological sex" under the legislation.
He said the laws would make the state a "refuge of sanity". Critics called the measures "mean spirited".
The Republican governor is expected to enter the 2024 White House race soon.
Hundreds of similar regulations on LGBT issues have been proposed in conservative-run states across the US.
From the RightFlorida and Texas Defend Kids against Gender Madness
‘As the world goes mad, Florida represents a refuge of sanity and a citadel of normalcy.” This statement by Governor Ron DeSantis could easily have been uttered in 2020 during the height of the coronavirus response. But in fact, DeSantis said this on Wednesday, while signing the “Let Kids Be Kids” package, a slew of bills designed to curtail LGBT overreach in the Sunshine State.
There is no shortage of examples to illustrate the madness to which DeSantis is referring. Gender clinicians openly promote their cavalier attitude to “top surgery”...