Call it sex-change you can believe in. This author reported Tuesday that Barack Obama had held the first-ever White House transgender conference last Friday. The People’s House conducted this proud meeting in such complete secrecy that we know the identity of only one attendee, Mara Keisling of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), a group lobbying for “a comprehensive civil rights bill that protects people from discrimination based on gender identity.” The measure, which would forbid private individuals from refusing to do business with or rent a home to a cross-dresser, is but one of many extremist policies that earned NCTE a meeting with White House brass. The U.S. Civil Rights Commission is now planning to “hold its first-ever hearing to specifically address the civil rights of LGBT people.” Despite these “firsts,” the Obama administration has already advanced transgender interest groups through a series of executive fiats. If you don’t believe me, believe The Huffington Post. It remarked that a recent housing proposal “marks the latest in a string of Obama administration attempts to enhance gay rights through federal regulation.” Some of the administration’s actions literally redefine the government’s definition of the family, stifle any opposition to gender confusion, and encourage schoolchildren to think of transgender practices as normal and mainstream (or else).
The First Transgender Appointee?
Last January, Obama named Amanda Simpson the Senior Technical Advisor to the Commerce Department. Simpson, who served as a test pilot and longtime employee of Raytheon before becoming a “woman,” sits on NCTE’s board of directors. The move was thought to be the first-ever transgender presidential appointment.
During his budget showdown with John Boehner, Obama (and Boehner) managed to see that LGBT programs escaped deep budget cuts. Aside from these two matters, Obama has chosen to act through federal regulation, having government agencies write new rules without sullying his own hands. His administration has proven indefatigable in pursuing transgender concerns.
Last Thursday, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis (an Open Borders advocate) issued the department’s new harassment policy, which applies not only to the department but to all its “contractors at every level.” It bans any “unwelcome conduct, verbal or physical, based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, parental status, or sexual orientation.” This includes “making jokes or remarks that are offensive,” with “offensive” defined by the offended. Any infraction will result in “corrective and disciplinary action, up to and including removal, against all persons who have been found to have engaged in that conduct.” Upon hearing of this, the Transgender Law Center thanked Solis and Obama.
Solis has been on the frontlines of advancing LGBT interests. Last June, the Department of Labor redefined the terms “son and daughter” to include homosexual non-relatives.
Unfortunately, this is not the only way LGBT activists are coming after your sons and daughters.
Mainstreaming Cross-Dressers in Public Schools
NCTE has seconded “Safe Schools” Czar Kevin Jennings’ efforts to promote the LGBT agenda under the guise of fighting “bullying.” In March, Harper Jean Tobin, an attorney and expert on transsexuality who serves as NCTE policy counsel, attended the National Summit on Gender-Based Violence Among Youth, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services (HHS). The NCTE told officials to force schools to:
- “Adopt school policies that ensure full inclusion of transgender students, including students’ ability to dress, access restrooms, and compete in sports consistent with their gender identity”; and
- “Institute age-appropriate, inclusive curricula on harassment and dating violence.” (Emphases added.)
Harper Jean noted that at the March summit on “bullying,” (s)he had a nice “inspiring” tête-à-tête with Russlyn Ali and Tom Perez, who head up civil rights enforcement at the Departments of Justice and Education.
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