A small win for parents in Wisconsin, USA.
A temporary injunction has halted the Madison School District from following gender identity guidance that critics said concealed from parents whether teachers and staff were affirming students in transgenderism.
Judge Frank Remington of the Circuit Court of Dane County issued a Sept. 28 court order barring the district “from applying or enforcing any policy, guideline, or practice reflected or recommended in its document entitled ‘Guidance & Policies to Support Transgender, Non-binary & Gender-Expansive Students’ in any manner that allows or requires district staff to conceal information or to answer untruthfully in response to any question that parents ask about their child at school, including information about the name and pronouns being used to address their child at school.”
The 33-page policy guide encourages school staff to determine whether or not inform parents of gender-confused children. Deception is acceptable if the staff member decides it is necessary.
“Disclosing a student’s personal information such as gender identity or sexual orientation can pose imminent safety risks, such as losing family support and housing,” the book said. All staff correspondence and communication to families regarding students must use their names that are recorded in school district systems “unless the student has specifically given permission to do otherwise.”
“This might involve using the student’s affirmed name and pronouns in the school setting, and their legal name and pronouns with family,” the guidance and policy book said. If a student insists on “maintaining privacy from their family,” then student services staff “shall discuss with the student contingency plans in the event that their privacy is compromised.”
“Students will be called by their affirmed name and pronouns regardless of parent/guardian permission to change their name and gender,” said the book.
Dr. Stephen B. Levine, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, prepared an avadavat for the court.
Levine said “therapy for young children that encourages transition cannot be considered to be neutral, but instead is an experimental procedure that has a high likelihood of changing the life path of the child, with highly unpredictable effects on mental and physical health, suicidality, and life expectancy. Claims that a civil right is at stake do not change the fact that what is proposed is a social and medical experiment.”
Such experimentation must follow appropriate ethics, and involvement of one or both parents in the large majority of cases is “essential” for responsible, effective and ethical diagnosis and treatment of those who may be suffering from gender dysphoria or a related condition, he said.
Kirralie Smith, Binary spokeswoman warned parents to take note.
“Radical gender activists want to empower children to make decisions apart from their families. They ignore parental rights for the sake of their agenda. It is crucial that parental rights are maintained and upheld for the sake of the children. Children belong in families, they are not a possession of the state.”