Worth Readingby Les Kinsolving
Maine's Bangor Daily News reported on April 16:
â– "The Maine Human Rights Commission is backing away from controversial plans to issue new guidelines for how schools should accommodate transgender students."
â– "Commission members decided Monday to cancel a public hearing and to shelve, at least temporarily, work on a guideline document called 'Sexual Orientation in Schools and Colleges.'"
â– "The proposed guidelines have sparked a heated debate over what steps, if any, schools should take to accommodate students who identify with the opposite gender. ... Among the draft advisory's recommendations are that transgender students be allowed to use the bathrooms and the locker rooms of the gender with which they identify."
â– "All four of the commission members present supported shelving the proposal. And Kenneth Fredette, who had to leave the meeting early, said: 'I think it's a victory for common sense and sound reasoning on a very controversial issue.'"
Fox News reported:
"The commission came under fire over the brochure after holding a meeting last month to vote on the guidelines where the public was not allowed to speak. After angry Mainers voiced their opinions anyway, the commission voted instead to hold a public hearing in May so all sides could be heard.
"But with no date set for the hearing, critics insisted the commission didn't want to hear about the possible negative impacts of the proposal, which said students ranging from nursery school to post-doctorate could not be required to supply any documentation to prove they were transgender before being allowed to enter the bathroom, locker room, sports team or organization of their choice."
I am compelled to ask where on Earth did the Pine Tree State find people to appoint to any such commission which, until the ensuing public uproar, wanted (actually) to gender desegregate restrooms, as well as require mixed sexes in athletic locker rooms?
How long will most female athletic teams last if they're all open to males?
Fox News also reports:
"The commission is also taking heat over a controversial proposal to ban schools from enforcing gender divisions in sports teams, school organizations, bathrooms and locker rooms. It says forcing a student into a particular room or group because of his or her biological gender amounts to discrimination.
"The issue came to light last year when the commission ruled that, under the Maine Human Rights Act, a school had discriminated against a 12-year-old transgender boy by denying him access to the girls' bathroom." Ladies and gentlemen, particularly all of you who are, like me, the father of daughters:
How would you react if your daughter were forced by a school to share showers and toilet rooms with a transgender?
I would have raised hell about such sexual insanity â€“ as I will if either of my two granddaughters is ordered into such absolute idiocy.
But this so-called Human Rights Commission â€“ which should have been renamed Human Wrongs Commission â€“ wanted to inject a sexually altered boy into the girls' showers and toilet rooms!
Fox News continued:
"Some school districts and organizations have criticized the commission for making its initial ruling without getting enough input from conservative groups, and then for coming up with proposed guidelines in what some described as closed-door sessions.
"'The conservative side was never brought in on the discussion in the first place, if you look at who gave testimony, written testimony, etc., in the beginning,' Bob Celeste, a Maine resident, told FoxNews.com. 'When you only bring one side in, you're not looking for an honest debate. You're looking for an agenda.'
"Once it came time to vote on the guidelines, the commission again came under fire for not doing enough to inform Mainers of the vote, and for not allowing the public to speak at the hearing where it was held.
"'We found out about this hearing by accident. We were never informed of it,' said Celeste, who was the first person to speak out at the March hearing.
"'When I went to the hearing I expected to ask, "Why are they doing this?" And they said that they weren't going to have public hearings,' he said. 'I said "Mr. Chairman, it's getting late, when are we going to be able to ask questions?" and he said, "You can't."'" More: http://worthreading.ning.com/profiles/blogs/whats-next-transgender-showers