The Federal government is telling Virginia that boys can go into the girls’ bathroom and locker room if they say the right words. Such folly, right? Except, elected officials kowtow to all things Federal for fear of losing Federal funding. Your tax dollars recycled through Washington bureaucracies are used against you. And your daughters.
Girls and boys bathrooms have been based on gender, the two biological genders, since Virginia built its first indoor bathrooms in public schools.
Here is the definition of gender from Merriam-Webster:
1 a : a subclass within a grammatical class (as noun, pronoun, adjective, or verb) of a language that is partly arbitrary but also partly based on distinguishable characteristics (as shape, social rank, manner of existence, or sex) and that determines agreement with and selection of other words or grammatical forms b : membership of a word or a grammatical form in such a subclass c : an inflectional form showing membership in such a subclass
2 a : sex <the feminine gender> b : the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex
And, so here is the definition of sex:
1 : either of the two major forms of individuals that occur in many species and that are distinguished respectively as female or male especially on the basis of their reproductive organs and structures
2 : the sum of the structural, functional, and behavioral characteristics of organisms that are involved in reproduction marked by the union of gametes and that distinguish males and females
3a : sexually motivated phenomena or behavior
Not complicated! We are all conceived male or female in the womb. There are extremely rare actual hermaphrodites (with more than 2 chromosomes determining gender) corrected to the dominate sex at birth by doctors with the consent of the parents.
Look at the silliness the Feds want Virginia to take seriously: Definitions from the U.S. Department of Education:
Gender identity refers to a person’s deeply felt internal sense of being male or female, regardless of their sex assigned at birth. (Washington State Guidelines)
Sex assigned at birth refers to the sex designation, usually “male” or “female,” assigned to a person when they are born. (NYSED Guidance)
Gender expression refers to the manner in which a person represents or expresses gender to others, often through behavior, clothing, hairstyles, activities, voice or mannerisms. (Washoe County Regulation)
Transgender or trans describes a person whose gender identity does not correspond to their assigned sex at birth. (Massachusetts Guidance)
Gender transition refers to the process in which a person goes from living and identifying as one gender to living and identifying as another. (Washoe County Regulation)
Cisgender describes a person whose gender identity corresponds to their assigned sex at birth. (NYSED Guidance)
Gender nonconforming describes people whose gender expression differs from stereotypic expectations. The terms gender variant or gender atypical are also used. Gender nonconforming individuals may identify as male, female, some combination of both, or neither. (NYSED Guidance)
Intersex describes individuals born with chromosomes, hormones, genitalia and/or other sex characteristics that are not exclusively male or female as defined by the medical establishment in our society. (DCPS Guidance)
LGBTQ is an acronym that stands for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning.” (LAUSD Policy)
Really? Virginians should laugh this back to the Potomac. But, Federal bullying is serious stuff.
Our school boards, city councils and boards of supervisors, and members of the General Assembly, need to be reminded of our Virginia Constitution.
Article I. Bill of Rights
Section 4. No exclusive emoluments or privileges; offices not to be hereditary
That no man, or set of men, is entitled to exclusive or separate emoluments or privileges from the community, but in consideration of public services; which not being descendible, neither ought the offices of magistrate, legislator, or judge to be hereditary.
This means cities and counties can’t give exclusive or special privileges to any person claiming to be ‘Transgender’ and there are no group rights for a set of individuals calling themselves ‘Transgenders’.
Please contact the Virginia First Foundation – our website or our Facebook page – to show 134 cities and counties what ‘folly’ means.