Bathroom Choice Endangers Students
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays Says Transgender Policies Create Dangerous Environment for Children
For Immediate Release
May 20, 2015
Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, or Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com
RICHMOND, Va.—Virginia’s Fairfax County Public School District has added “gender identity” to its nondiscrimination policy, meaning girls who identify as boys can use their bathrooms, and vice versa, and boys who identify as girls can play on girls’ sports teams.
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX, www.pfox.org), the nation’s leading advocacy organization that offers love and support to families and friends whose loved ones have same-sex attraction and gender confusion, says the school’s move endangers children and fails to take into account that gender identity is fluid and changes over time.
“Schools are making concessions to satisfy political agendas,” said PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs. “Ignoring the rights of all students and families to have a voice in this policy is an unwise decision. Underage students could identify as a girl one day and then identify as a boy the next. This policy doesn’t create equality; it further advances gender identity confusion for children who are confused about their biological sex and students who are too young to understand that this is a treatable disorder. Schools promoting this are ignoring the needs of all children and ignoring studies on gender confusion.”
Griggs pointed to a 2011 study by Ivanka Savic and Stefan Arver, published in the Oxford Journals, which found no evidence of female brains in a male body. The study notes, “The present data do not support the notion that brains of MtF-TR (male to female transsexuals) are feminized.”
Fairfax is not the only county in Virginia to consider a similar policy. Earlier this year, a school in Stafford County reversed a decision to allow a student to use the restroom of gender with which the student identified. By a 6-0 vote, the Stafford School Board said the student must either use a single-stall restroom, the staff restroom, or the restroom of the student’s biological gender.
And in December, the Gloucester County School Board approved a policy that requires transgender students to use either a single-stall restroom or the restroom of their biological gender. In response, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint against Gloucester County with the Department of Justice, where it is currently pending.
Through education and awareness, PFOX works to dispel the myths and mistruths that homosexuality is genetic and part of someone’s DNA. Indeed, current studies show no one is born gay, and research on identical twins proves it. According to the site, “Identical twins have the same genes or DNA. They are nurtured in equal prenatal conditions. If homosexuality is caused by genetics or prenatal conditions and one twin is gay, the co-twin should also be gay.”
On its web site, PFOX shares personal stories of people who made the decision to leave the gay identity behind, many of whom are speakers committed to PFOX’s Safe Exit program, which offers resources, expert speakers and ongoing support to churches that want to open their doors to those struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions and gender confusion, and to support those who’ve left the homosexual lifestyle.
Griggs says thousands of men and women with unwanted same sex attractions and gender confusion make the personal decision to leave their homosexual lifestyle and identity and seek support and help from churches in their journey. Churches interested in finding out more about Safe Exit can visit www.pfox.org/safe-exit/.
PFOX is also planning its annual Safe Exit Summit on Oct. 2-3, 2015, in Washington, D.C.
PFOX is a national non-profit organization that supports families and educates the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX supports an inclusive environment for the ex-gay community and works to eliminate negative perceptions and discrimination against former homosexuals by conducting public education and outreach to further individual self-determination and respect for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation.
PFOX believes that every person seeking positive life change needs the love and support of family, friends, the community and the church and strives to offer a place for help, a place for truth, and a place for ex-gays to participate in the conversation about same-sex attraction. PFOX families love their homosexual child unconditionally, believing that unconditional love between them and their child is based on treating each other with kindness and respect. Each year, men and women with unwanted same-sex attractions make the personal decision to seek help in overcoming a homosexual identity through gender-affirming programs, including counseling, support groups, faith-based ministries and other non-judgmental environments.
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit organization with a mission to support families and educate the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX is committed to supporting parents and friends of homosexuals who want help, hope and community, and exists to provide education and resources. PFOX works toward understanding and acceptance of the ex-gay community.
To interview a representative from Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays, contact Deborah Hamilton at 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096, or Beth Harrison at 610-584-1096, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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