This is my opinion on those public comments specifically regarding LGBT that can be viewed HERE.
There were, I believe, 26 listed speakers for the public comment period, although several were no-shows. The vast majority were there to speak about gun control and the planned student walk-outs in support of gun control. Maybe a quarter of them were there to speak about LGBT issues.
It appears to be the same people nearly every 2nd Tuesday, organized by a community group called Equality Loudoun. I inadvertently sat right among them, although I do not know how many noticed my t-shirt:
I’m not interested in doxxing citizens who are simply expressing their opinions publicly, especially when some of them are minors. But it is clear to me that a number of the adults in this group are connected to LGBT activists in Fairfax County including several FCSB FLECAC voting members. And a number of these Fairfax activists (and perhaps also some Loudoun activists) are connected to LGBT activists within the Virginia House of Delegates. The end goals of LGBT activism are the same regardless of what county you are looking at:
- provide special protections for sexuality AND gender identity (you will never see one without the other), which then leads to:
- changing family life education (FLE) curriculum to teach LGBT/intersectional feminist ideology and obscenity to minors under the legal age of consent for sexual activity
- opening up female spaces, positions, & sports to transgender and/or “nonbinary” males
- criminalizing speech that violates LGBT/intersectional feminist ideology (ie “misgendering”)
One of the speakers, the woman in charge of Equality Loudoun’s Facebook page, reiterated their tactics which were already touched upon in this post (see the Dear Colleague letter in particular). Their tactic is to argue that sexual orientation (I prefer the term sexuality) and gender identity are integral aspects of biological sex, and therefore should be protected under sex discrimination laws. The Equality Loudoun speaker said:
Earlier this month, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it is illegal for employers to discriminate against transgender workers under the Title 7 of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In April of 2017, we saw the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that LGBT employees are protected under the Civil Rights Act. This ruling came a few weeks after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled that Title 7 does not bar discrimination based on sexual orientation. Are you confused yet?
This is why we need policies that clearly state that sexual orientation and gender identity are included in nondiscrimination policies. Thanks to the Rice University study we know that including this language in a policy has a significant positive impact on how LGBT people are treated in the workplace.
Since you will not add gender identity or sexual orientation to the nondiscrimination policy, please release a statement stating that LGBTQ people are included in this policy under the term sex. I wish that every LGBTQ person in Loudoun felt comfortable and supported to live their authentic life free from worry or threat from losing their job. A recent study shows that children who live openly as transgender and have supportive families are no more anxious or depressed than other children. Let’s encourage people to love themselves and be themselves.
Well, that’s rich. What is transgender identity but a pathological self-loathing of one’s own biological sex that often involves mutilating pharmaceuticals and surgical procedures in order to make one’s body conform to some sort of simulacrum of the opposite sex? Anyway, she continues:
To LCPS students and staff, please feel free to wear a rainbow ribbon if you want. I have been assured that there will no negative repercussions for such displays.
So, this snarky comment reveals the speaker’s lack of charity for heterosexual people, particularly those in places of authority in the LCPS system. She is implying that without special written protections, heterosexual administrators, teachers & students will harass and discriminate against sexual minorities…by virtue of being heterosexual. Did you catch that? Being heterosexual makes one more likely to harass and discriminate against people. That sounds almost…bigoted.
And now she reveals the truth: this is an IDEOLOGY to her–sexuality & sexual expression are no different than a religious faith.
For a person to be punished for wearing a sign of LGBT pride would be akin to someone being persecuted for wearing a cross.
Yup, sticking your ____ in or around someone else’s digestive system is totes the same as worshipping Jesus Christ. Gauntlet thrown.
If you experience discrimination or hear hateful language being used–
Stop. There’s a big difference between being discriminated against and “hearing hateful language.” Never mind that “hate” is rather amorphous and relies on judging someone’s psyche and intentions, but discrimination is an ACT whereas language is speech. It’s already illegal to harass someone. But you can’t police speech that doesn’t violate the law.
–please file a report with the school principle and email LCSB@LCPS.org about the incident. If you experience discrimination in the workplace because you are LGBT, please contact Philip Thompson, chair of the NAACP in Loudoun County.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People?
LGBT = colored now?
Are conservative black people aware of this development?
To the LGBT community, just ignore all the statistics I previously mentioned about LGBT people being the target of hate crimes and murder. Be brave, trust in the goodness of people, and live your life. [End]
Her statistics, which I did not transcribe, referred to the murders of gay and transgender people, which revealed that they are actually LESS LIKELY to be killed than the general population. (Math is hard.) But, hey, never let a murder go to waste, amiright? Use it to push your political agenda whenever and wherever you can.
Look, sexuality (including sexual orientation) is a PSYCHOLOGICAL thing. It isn’t something one is conceived with, such as genotype, or something expressed in utero such as phenotype. According to Fairfax County’s family life education curriculum, as read out loud by Jim Zanotti:
Instruction will include that individuals are sexual beings from birth to death and that sexuality evolves from infancy to old age.
First off, babies aren’t sexual beings–they don’t have a sexuality. (What’d I tell you–these FLECAC Lefties are perverts.) Babies are sexed beings: male or female. I would have thought these people threw off Freud as outdated and homophobic, and yet here they are talking about babies having a sexuality.
And why should something that evolves over time (such as personality, character, skills, and, yes, sexual orientation) be a specially-protected class? There are no special protections for introverts despite the fact that they are, generally speaking, less economically successful than extroverts, and they have a more difficult time with social situations.
It is not the place of the local school board to create special protected classes. Period. End of story. Those activists who are trying to manipulate and pressure school board supervisors to create new protected classes are trying to circumvent the legislative process that is responsible for creating protected classes within the state of Virginia. And they do this in an attempt to change family life education curriculum, open up female spaces to males, and criminalize speech.
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As a member of the Steering Committee of Equality Loudoun I will answer some of your concerns point by point:
You say LGBTQ+ activists want to: “provide special protections for sexuality AND gender identity (you will never see one without the other).” This is not true. No special protections are sought. Only the same constitutionally and federally understood protections that are accorded all people in our country. The same civil rights. The same protections that are accorded people to be protected against discrimination on the basis of religion, race or sex,
You say this “leads to: “changing family life education (FLE) curriculum to teach LGBT/intersectional feminist ideology and obscenity to minors under the legal age of consent for sexual activity.” You are conflating a couple of things here. As a local Loudoun parent, I am familiar with current FLE curriculum. It does not teach the “hows” of any kind of sexual activity to “minors under the legal age of consent.” LGBTQ+ activists are not trying to change this. The reality is that LGBTQ+ youth EXIST in our school system, whether you wish it to be so or not. Your judgment of them does not make this not true. But their erasure from dialogue in the school system when it comes to FLE does contribute to an atmosphere in which they are stigmatized and can contribute to poor academic outcomes. Why you are comfortable stigmatizing children that exist in your community is your business. But for that to be LCPS policy is unconscionable.
Furthermore, the fact that you see “intersectional” “ideology” of any type to be a threat points either to a fundamental misunderstanding of what that means or to a comfort level with bigotry that should be shameful to admit. At its core, an intersectional understanding of any topic, but particularly feminism, simply means that one needs to take into account the lived experiences and perspectives of ALL women. Not just white, middle-class ones.
You are concerned that all this will lead to, “opening up female spaces, positions, & sports to transgender and/or “nonbinary” males.” My biggest wish for you and others who have this fear is that you educate yourself on (1) transgender young people and (2) statistics on violent crime and especially sexual assault. If you actually knew transgender young people personally, I believe you would have much more compassion in your heart and a truer understanding of their actual gender. They are trans women and men. Not “pretend” women and men, That you would think any young person would subject themselves to the difficulties of this path without a deep, visceral, legitimate need demonstrates that you don’t understand. And the reality is that it is MEN, not trans women, but MEN who actually live as MEN, who commit the vast majority of sexual crimes in our society.
Finally, you are worried that this will lead to: “criminalizing speech that violates LGBT/intersectional feminist ideology (ie “misgendering”)” I have never heard any LGBTQ+ activist talk about “criminalizing” any speech. Most of us are rather fond of the Constitution ourselves. To “criminalize” speech would be against the 1st amendment. However, *purposefully* misgendering someone in the school setting can legitimately be construed as a type of harassment. And current LCPS policy prohibits that on the basis of sex, race, and religion. We just believe it should protect our LGBTQ+ students as well.
As for your concerns about doxxing. I am certain that all the Equality Loudoun Steering Committee members are quite proud of our work. I will sign my name to this comment. But who are you?
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Thank you for your comment, Ayala. I will do my best to address the main points.
Sexuality (including orientation and “gender identity,” which are not concrete things) is an aspect of personality, and personality is not a protected class, nor should it become one.
There is no constitutional protection (whether on the federal or state level) for personality or for personal expressions of sexual thoughts and feelings within the workplace. To demand protections is not to demand equality but rather to say that personality (and all of the quirks it encompasses) is equivalent to race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, and sex.
To be honest, this seems rather unhealthy—the identifying of oneself by ONE aspect of personality (sexuality) and making it the loudest/most visible representation of who one is.
As for FLE curriculum, I think you are missing my point. Activists immediately move from one legal “victory” to the next goal. If you have been following what is going on in Fairfax County and on the House of Delegates level, you’d see that overhauling FLE curriculum to promote a pro-LGBT/intersectional feminist sexual ideology is a major goal for activists.
Gobbledygook. Can you even provide a coherent definition of “woman,” Ayala?
Today intersectional means throwing out female biology, including the oppression women experience because of their biology, in favor of accommodating males who are suffering from gender dysphoria or who are simply experimenting with “gender expression.”
It is not girls’ and women’s responsibility to protect transgender males from the possibility of male violence by providing them with a “safe space” within their private sex-segregated spaces. HOW DARE YOU?!
And seriously, what makes you think I don’t know any transgender people? Not that getting to know a few transgender people means that I know all of them. Everyone has unique personalities and values. Individuals are not interchangeable. Have you ever talked to a transgender person who does not hold the same beliefs as you?
You need to focus your efforts on men’s behavior—not forcing girls and women to give up their rights and legal protections.
Yes, and yet it is happening in California and New York.
Of course. It is the politically safe stance today. It is supported by many politicians at all levels of government, by the news media, by Hollywood, by most corporations, etc. There is no social nor economic cost to expressing your Leftist beliefs and opinions, Ayala.
I’m not in hiding. It shouldn’t be too hard for anyone to figure out my name and what I look like. I have put myself out there publicly and will continue to do so. But I want my words to stand on their own merit. I don’t get into the personal lives of the LGBT activists because what I am concerned with are what they are doing and saying publicly in regards to policy changes and legislation. I am not interested in looking at their personal lives or going after their family members and employers. I recognize that there is a lot of suffering out there, and I don’t want to add to it.
Leftists, however, are not so “live and let live,” I’ve noticed. I do not trust them, nor do I trust you. And so I am not going to flash my name and location like a billboard so that activists can easily attack me and my loved ones. You understand, don’t you?
I appreciate that you posted my response. I am always grateful for civil discourse on this issue. Well, at least your response started out civil until you told me my thoughts were “gobbledy gook.” I graduated with high honors from the University of Maryland with a degree in philosophy. I can assure you, I know how to write a coherent paragraph about such things. I cannot guarantee that everyone will be able to comprehend them
You wrote: “Sexuality (including orientation and “gender identity,” which are not concrete things) is an aspect of personality, and personality is not a protected class, nor should it become one.
There is no constitutional protection (whether on the federal or state level) for personality or for personal expressions of sexual thoughts and feelings within the workplace. To demand protections is not to demand equality but rather to say that personality (and all of the quirks it encompasses) is equivalent to race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, and sex.”
This is your personal opinion and is not at all rooted in science or fact. Period. Please point to ONE peer-reviewed source that backs these statements in ANY discipline (law, science, medicine, anthropology, political science, etc… ) You are entitled to your personal opinions. You are not entitled to impose them on other people’s lives.
It is interesting that you think that my views are “politically safe.” The Kansas GOP just adopted a policy platform that nullifies the existence of transgender people. There is a ballot measure for the next Alaska election that would make it impossible for transgender people to use the facilities that match their real gender — even if they have medical and legal documentation. And the Trump Administration’s HHS just created a policy that makes it possible for health care providers to legally choose NOT to treat transgender people based on their personal religious views. That would include emergency responders, by the way. That would mean that if my 18 year transgender daughter fell off a ladder painting in our home and broke a limb, the first responders would be in their rights NOT to treat her. And you think our culture is a safe space for LGBTQ+ people and those that support them?
I know transgender individuals who every day face the world with more courage and integrity than you are able to show here in this blog that is being read by, what? 100 people? You are afraid a horde of leftists will attack you if you identify yourself? LGBTQ+ actual human beings are being physically assaulted in our nation just for leaving their homes and daring to live their private personal lives. And you have the chutzpah to have these big opinions but not identify yourself? Please. You aren’t worried about retribution. You know your opinions are shameful and based on fear and misinformation.
This manipulation tactic of trying to make it personal and trying to judge a person’s psyche and shame them for what you think they feel is something I have noticed Leftists doing a lot with people who disagree with their sexual ideology. They do it to religious people, radical feminists, centrists, you name it. And you’re trying to do it to me.
It won’t work.
I do not care what you think about me or what you call me. The problem is that personal attacks from Leftists never stay personal. They inevitably seek out the offending person’s family members, social networks, and employers. They seek to DESTROY people for wrongthink.
I applaud Kansas GOP for supporting reason and logic and truth when it comes to biological sex and its importance. In Kansas, they are unafraid to do this. But the Virginia GOP? That’s different, because Virginia has become a “purple” state inundated with influential progressive Democrats who have no problem viciously attacking people (and their family members and livelihood) for not toeing their ideological line.
And yes, your pro-LGBT/gender/intersectional feminist sexual ideology is gobbledygook. It is clear that universities are now teaching gobbledygook.
Perhaps you should take a look at this paper that explores, and deconstructs, the legal arguments of sexual immutability as a reason for considering sexual orientation as a protected class: https://dc.law.utah.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1023&context=scholarship
I noticed you failed to provide a coherent definition for woman. That’s very interesting.