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.
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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.
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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.
Perez, the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, may have perjured himself before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission while testifying about the DoJ’s dismissal of the Black Panther voter intimidation case.
The LGBT activists and Obama administration officials know Americans differ sharply on the issues of homosexuality and cross-dressing, with traditional Christians rejecting both practices in toto. They do not care. Their attitude seems to be, whatever parents believe, their children belong to The State eight hours a day and must adopt the Left’s amoral views during that time. Since children are especially impressionable and peer pressure is a defining factor for many children, The State is using the public schools to indoctrinate children into accepting lifestyles their parents find immoral.
Confirmation of Illegal Propaganda?
Tobin noted the “conference was used to announce the launch of no fewer than ten new anti-bullying campaigns and resources by participating organizations ranging from Facebook to the National PTA to StopBullying.gov, a federal website bringing together key resources, including resources on protecting LGBT youth.” This lends further confirmation that the Obama White House invites far-Left organizations to government events, then asks them to shill for its programs – a fact confirmed by left-wing activist Sally Kohn, who attended a series of outreach programs run by the White House’s Office of Public Engagement (OPE) headed by Valerie Jarrett. (Coincidentally, the NCTE’s blog has an entry shilling for ObamaCare, although the post has no specific content about transgender people.) Congressman Darrell Issa has demonstrated this constitutes illegal covert propaganda.
Apparently, the propaganda runs both ways.
Federal Propaganda Campaign
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) celebrated April, “fair housing month,” by launching a year-long, $41 million campaign to fight “discrimination.” Its “Live Free” ad campaign singles out transgender people as an especially victimized class. (The campaign also prints Spanish language posters encouraging “victims” to report housing discrimination against “persons of foreign descent.”)
HUD is, well, proud its subservience to LGBT concerns has caused transgender “gender discrimination” complaints to skyrocket by more than 1,500 percent in one year.
Redefining the Term “Family”
The housing department is similarly pleased with a new rule in the Federal Register that this author exposed in January, which would literally redefine the term “family” to include gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender couples.
HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing John Trasviña recently revealed the rule is moving full-steam ahead. “HUD is finalizing a federal rule to ensure that HUD housing and programs are open to all, irrespective of marital status, gender identify, and sexual orientation,” he said. Metro Weekly, a D.C.-area LGBT publication, has noted how radical this stroke-of-the-pen is, reporting the proposed rule would “expand the reach of sexual orientation and gender identity protections without changing that law because, as [HUD Secretary Shaun] Donovan said in January, the ‘[Federal Housing Administration] represents one-third of all mortgages in this country.’”
The covers 4.4 million HUD-financed housing units that accept funds from such programs as section 8 housing, public housing, Federal Housing Administration (FHA) programs, Community Development Block Grants, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). Ironically, Section 8 vouchers are often distributed through local churches, which will now be bound by this rule that violates its most sacred teachings about human sexuality.
Where it cannot pass or make laws, the Obama administration will simply pretend they exist. In July 2010, HUD announced it would enforce the Fair Housing Act as though it included sexual orientation and transgendered people – which it does not – arguing that discriminating against a man dressed as a woman could be construed as prejudice against women.
The Obama administration disregards the rule of law at will, now ignoring laws it wishes not to enforce (DOMA, voter intimidation against whites, illegal immigration laws), now drafting executive orders or regulations to make law from thin air, and sometimes twisting existing laws to apply to situations they clearly does not cover.
Rule by Executive Decree
Not surprisingly, transgender organizations are among those encouraging Obama to rule by executive order. The Washington Blade reported sexual activists “have been pressing Obama to issue an executive order that would bar the federal government from contracting with companies that don’t have non-discrimination policies based on sexual orientation and gender identity for their workforce. Such a directive has been seen as an interim alternative while Republicans remain in control of the U.S. House to passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would bar job bias against LGBT people.” This is precisely what Hilda Solis implemented, albeit through federal regulation rather than an executive order. The impact is the same: a revolutionary cultural policy most Americans viscerally reject foisted upon them by liberal government decree. This disregard for the will of the people, this use of force to impose immorality from above, is the essence of modern liberalism.
Big Government and Immorality are Life-Partners
Few people believed Barack Obama’s protests when he insisted he did not want to own a car company. In fact, big government liberals want to own, control, or subsidize as much of the country as possible. The more the nation is dependent upon government, the more the liberals who control government can enforce their will. HUD pays the rent on 4.4 million housing units; now, with the stroke of a pen, the owners must open their doors to those they may consider perverts and sexual deviates.
First, liberals expand the reach of government. Second, they broaden the ability of the president to pass laws independent of Congress. Finally, they use this power to overturn traditional values as far as lies within their power.
Americans must combat this by rejecting government funds and returning to self-reliance, reviving traditional morality, and reducing the size and scope of government. Only when government is deprived of such power and purview can those who find such practices abhorrent rest assured they will not be forced to approve of them in their workplace, their schools, or their homes.
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