California Governor Jerry Brown signed a controversial bill into law a few months ago. It allows California transgender public school students to choose which bathrooms they use and whether they participate in boy or girl sports.
The law covers the state’s 6.2 million elementary and high school kids in public schools. Supporters say the law will help cut down on bullying against transgender students. However, I think it would do just the opposite. When it comes to children in our society, our first priority is to make sure they are protected and loved. Unfortunately, bullying in this country has become a big problem and we see one too many kids take their lives because of it. For example, allowing boys to use the girl’s restroom, play on girl’s sports teams and use the female locker room does not create acceptance, it creates more alienation and bullying. This is a perfect example of government bureaucracy overstepping its boundaries and creating laws that hurt the very people they are trying to help.
“Government regulation can’t make people more accepting and caring, people have to decide that on their own and children have to be taught that by their parents. I believe the best service to the child is the service closest to the child, and children who are victims of neglect, abuse, or abandonment must not also be victims of bureaucracy. They deserve our devoted attention, not our divided attention.” Kenny Guinn