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LGBT Protestors Trying to Derail Just Want Privacy Campaign in Final Day

 

The Just Want Privacy campaign has until tomorrow to finish gathering 246,000 signatures to put Washington’s Open-Locker Room rule repeal on the ballot in November, and their opponents are making it as tough as possible to get the job done.

The campaign opposing Initiative 1515, Washington Won’t Discriminate, has set up a Facebook group to track signature gatherers from the opposing side.  Many worry that this tracking effort was started to equip LGBT activists to intimidate, bully, and harass those gathering signatures before tomorrow’s deadline.

This morning, Allyship trans-advocates ambushed FPIW’s offices with a protest, standing in front of the entrance to the offices for more than an hour.

More than eight members of the media were present to document this three-person protest for tonight’s news coverage.  This is the same media that somehow couldn’t find the time or interest to show up for the Just Want Privacy event and press conference last month.

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Snohomish School District Adopts Radical Changes to Gender Policy, Parental Rights

 

Parental rights and student privacy suffered another setback Wednesday night when the Snohomish School District voted 6-0 to change its policy on how its schools manage student gender identity issues.

The school board voted in favor of opening up all locker rooms, showers, changing facilities, and bathrooms to students of any gender or biological sex.  You can read the entire policy change here.

Furthermore, the district will not be notifying students or their parents about other students’ usage of the facilities, in an effort to protect the privacy of those students.  This means that young girls will not be notified that a biological male plans to use the same showers and changing areas as they do, and parents will be left unaware that biological males may be showering or dressing with their daughters.

As it stands now, the policy requires no medical proof for being “transgender,” nor is there a requirement that a student must observe a trans- identity at all times.

Additionally, “The District will provide all students the opportunity to participate in physical education and athletic programs and opportunities in a manner that is consistent with their gender identities,” according to the policy document adopted by the school board.  The decision comes after students in Alaska voiced their frustration after a biological male won third and fifth place in events at the girls’ state track championships.

This policy change also undermines parental rights.  Though the school district’s procedures allow for contacting and involving a gender transitioning student’s parents when the student permits, or when it is legally necessary to do so, parents may be left out of the process altogether.  A student who begins to identify as the other gender will be given “support” by school officials, with or without the involvement of the student’s parents.

Furthermore, school officials will now use the student’s preferred name and gender, regardless of whether parents are notified or what gender is listed on official documents like birth certificates.  The purpose of these changes, according to the district, is “to maximize the student’s social integration and equal opportunity to participate in social, athletic and academic opportunities, ensure the student’s safety, modesty and comfort, and minimize stigmatization.”

What about the safety, modesty, and comfort of females who will now be unwittingly showering and changing with biological males? By changing their policies to ensure the “comfort” of transgender students, the school district is sacrificing the privacy of the vast majority of students who are uncomfortable with the idea of showering and changing with students of the other biological sex.

What happened yesterday at the Snohomish School District meeting should function as a wake up call to parents throughout the state.  It is time to become involved in your child’s school district by attending school board meetings. Find out whether your local school board intends to adopt similar policies, and if so, raise awareness among other parents and share your feelings with your school board.

If this concerns you, or your children, please contact the Snohomish School District immediately and let them know what you think.  Their next meeting is Wednesday, July 27th, at 6:00pm.

Dr. Bill Mester, School Superintendent | 360-563-7280 | bill.mester@sno.wednet.edu

Scott Peacock, Asst. Superintendent of Leadership & Learning | 360-563-7284 | scott.peacock@sno.wednet.edu

School Board Members

Jay Hagen
School Board President
Director District #5: Cathcart, Little Cedars, Totem Falls, Glacier Peak
Phone 360-668-4635
E-mail Mr. Hagen

Leah Hughes-Anderson
School Board Vice President
Director District #2: Cascade View, Emerson, Centennial
Phone 425-308-1252
E-mail Ms. Hughes-Anderson

Shaunna Ballas
Board Member, Foundation Representative
Director District #1: Riverview, Seattle Hill, Snohomish High School
Phone 206-715-0283
E-mail Ms. Ballas

David Johnston
Board Member, WIAA Representative
Director District #4: Central, Valley View, AIM High
Phone 360-568-0228
E-mail Mr. Johnston

Josh Seek
Board Member, Legislative Representative
Director District #3: Dutch Hill, Machias
Phone 425-377-2466
E-mail Mr. Seek

Maine Woman Bans Gun Owners and Supporters from Restaurants, and I Support Her

 

A Maine woman is refusing to serve customers who don’t agree with her beliefs and values system.  And I support her.

I support her right to choose who she serves or doesn’t serve, and for what reasons, at her restaurant(s). It doesn’t matter if I believe her views are right or wrong, or think she’s ‘on the wrong side of history’. She worked hard to build her businesses, and she should have the freedom to operate them as she sees fit. Period.

This same freedom should be extended to bakers, florists, and photographers who don’t want to provide services for a gay wedding.  It should be given to a print shop that doesn’t want to print posters for the Westboro Baptist Church.  It should be given to doctors, nurses, and hospitals who don’t want to provide abortions.  It should be given to Muslim catering companies who don’t want to serve pork or Jewish people who don’t want to work on the Sabbath.  

This is freedom.  Get outside the groupthink and apply some consistency.

Our politics have led us to a place of many divisions. Our social balance hangs, in many cases, upon a thread.  People find offense at nearly every word spoken.  Protests are held in abundance, around the clock, for any and every reason.  Our world is a tinderbox, ready to catch on fire at the drop of a hat.  We couldn’t get along if our very lives depended on it.

Perhaps the last thing that we all have in common is that we all want to be free.

We should all be willing to fight for others’ freedom of conscience, even if we disagree with their beliefs, and even if we think the Constitution should require them to serve us.

Losing freedom is a lot more expensive than being forced to go eat a meal somewhere else.

Zachary Freeman is the Communications Director for FPIW.  You can follow Zachary on Twitter at @ZacharyGFreeman.

Prominent Liberal Activists to Join Just Want Privacy Campaign Tomorrow

 

A group of prominent liberal voices will join forces with the Just Want Privacy Campaign tomorrow to support safety and privacy for women and children in public locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms.

On Thursday, June 16th, at 11:00 AM, at the Carwein Auditorium on the University of Washington-Tacoma campus, Just Want Privacy will hold a press conference and Q&A Session to address questions around the Yes on I-1515 ballot measure.  Joining them at the conference are three prominent and respected liberal activists.

Press Conference

Maya Dillard Smith is the former head of the ACLU in Georgia.  She recently resigned because she felt that the effort to allow men to use the women’s locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms created safety hazards for women and children.

Blair Tindall is a feminist journalist, author, and speaker, based in Los Angeles.  She has characterized the removal of privacy and safety in public facilities as another attack in the “war on women.”

Miriam Ben-Shalom is a veteran of the U.S. Army, known for her efforts to challenge the U.S.’s position of homosexuals serving in the military. More recently, she was removed from her appointment as the Grand Marshal of Milwaukee’s Pride Parade because she does not support the effort to allow men into the women’s bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers.

The public is invited to attend this event at the Carwein Auditorium on the campus of the University of Washington at Tacoma. Please be respectful, as counter-protests are expected.  More information on the press conference can be found here.

OSPI Responds to Concerns About New Education Standards

 

It seems that the Office of State Public Instruction’s idea of damage control is using semantics to confuse the parents of students.

Last week, the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released its health and physical education standards for the 2017-2018 school year.

The document clearly instructs public schools districts to begin teaching students — beginning in Kindergarten — about gender expression, gender identity, gender roles, and sexual orientation.  The state expects this area of education to be completed by the seventh grade, so that students are able to “distinguish between biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.”

OSPI Page 29

Predictably, parents were outraged.

Following the public discovery of these standards last week, OSPI Communications Manager Nathan Olson said that the specific learning outcomes outlined on page 29 of the standards are merely recommendations to local school districts, not requirements, and that all curriculum is determined by the local school districts.

“State learning standards are the required elements of instruction,” said Olson. “Outcomes provide the specificity to support school districts in meeting each standard in each grade level.”

Here is where OSPI is trying to hide: by stating that curricula are determined by the local school districts, which is true, they are deflecting attention from the fact that all public school districts must use OSPI’s standards and outcomes to determine what to teach students.

You can equate OSPI’s use of semantics to Henry Ford stating that you can buy any color car you want, so long as it’s black.

OSPI’s assertion that state education standards are simply recommendations does not comport with Washington state law or the Superintendent’s introduction to the health and physical education standards document. According to Washington law, district curriculum is expected to be aligned with the state’s education standards and outcomes.

According to RCW 28A.655.070,

“The superintendent of public instruction shall develop essential academic learning requirements that identify the knowledge and skills all public school students need to know and be able to do based on the student learning goals in RCW 28A.150.210.”

According to the health and physical education standards (emphasis added),

“The Washington state learning standards are the required elements of instruction and are worded broadly enough to allow for local decision-making.  Outcomes provide the specificity to support school districts in meeting each standard in each grade level. The 2016 health and physical education standards and outcomes provide the guidance to teach, reinforce, and apply all of the state’s learning goals” (Page 2).

“By implementing grade-level outcomes, educators will help students meet the learning standards. All districts, schools, and educators in Washington state are expected to implement the state learning standards and outcomes for all students” (Page 10).

While it is true that state education outcomes leave flexibility for schools to determine the best way to teach the required concepts, OSPI’s main concern is that students understand the concepts enumerated in the standards document.  School districts and local schools must use the state education outcomes to determine whether they are implementing the state learning standards, as they are required by the state to do.

OSPI is using the definitions of standards and outcomes to confuse you.  But make no mistake – come 2017, public schools across the state will be teaching students, beginning in kindergarten, about gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation.  It is foolish and deceptive for OSPI to claim that schools will not be expected to teach these concepts because these requirements are “outcomes” and not “standards,” hiding behind semantics as a means of avoiding public backlash.

OSPI conceded that it does not plan to issue a press release or otherwise inform parents of these radical changes.  By now, they must be aware of their overreach and are preparing for blowback from the parents of students across the state.

Sign the petition, and call OSPI State Superintendent Randy Dorn (360-725-6000) to let him know that you’re not on board with not being notified of these new standards.

New York City Announces Protections for 31 New Genders

 

Do you have a hard time selecting from the traditional two sexes of male and female? Is it difficult for you to conform to the “societal construct” of the gender binary?

We have good news for you! Last week, New York City’s Human Rights Commission created a new list of 31 protected gender identities from which New Yorkers can now choose.

The list includes classic gender identities such as ‘two-spirit,’ ‘pan-gender,’ ‘third sex,’ and ‘gender gifted.’ If it’s been a while since you’ve been to school and you’re unfamiliar with modern gender language, our very own University of Washington offers a convenient guide to gender identity terminology here.

Crossdressers, drag kings, and drag queens are also included as fully-protected identities under the ordinance. Businesses that don’t respect and accommodate any of the 31 protected gender identities could face fines of up to $250,000.

New York’s list of gender identities is so progressive that it contains gender identity labels which didn’t even exist more than a few years ago. Go check your dictionary to see if it defines terms like ‘gender gifted’ or ‘gender blender.’

You can read the full list of newly-minted protected genders from the New York City Human Rights Commission here.

 

Eleven States Sue Obama Administration Over ‘Transgender Facilities’ Mandate

 

The Obama administration’s use of executive fiat to prohibit schools from maintaining sex-separated facilities encountered its first national legal challenge today when nine states (Alabama, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah, and Georgia) and officials from two other states (Maine and Arizona) sued the federal government and Obama administration officials.

At issue is the administration’s recent directive that has been decried by parents and students across the country, mandating that schools open their locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms regardless of biological reality.  In the lawsuit, the states labeled the president’s bathroom directive “radical,” arguing that the administration “conspired to turn workplaces and educational settings across the country into laboratories for social experiments.” They also claim that the president’s bathroom directive, which was issued using executive authority and without a congressional vote, “flouted the democratic process.”

Administration officials concluded in the bathroom directive that Title IX of the Civil Rights Act requires schools to allow students to use whichever showers, locker rooms, housing, changing facilities, and restrooms are consistent with their internal gender identity, regardless of their biological sex. In a letter to school districts, the Departments of Justice and Education threatened to withhold federal education funding from school districts that refused to comply with the Administration’s new rules.

The administration’s interpretation contradicts the original intent and traditional interpretation of Title IX, which allows schools to protect the privacy of students by maintaining separate “facilities for the different sexes.” Even liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, then a professor at Columbia Law School, wrote in a 1975 Washington Post editorial that because of privacy concerns, equal access and a prohibition on sex discrimination do not exclude separate facilities for changing and using the bathroom.

Officials from the eleven states that filed this lawsuit should be commended for listening to the voice of the people and pushing back against this blatant executive overreach.

It should be no surprise that Washington state, which has its own ongoing fight over bathroom access and privacy concerns, did not join the other eleven states and officials that filed the lawsuit today. The unelected Washington State Human Rights Commission issued a rule last December that prohibits businesses and other places of public accommodation from protecting the privacy of their patrons by ensuring that facility use is determined by biological sex.

Initiative No. 1515, which was filed in response to the Human Rights Commission’s bathroom rule, would repeal the rule and allow businesses, not unelected state bureaucrats, to decide their own bathroom policies.

Sex Offender Led North Carolina LGBT Bathroom Ordinance Efforts

 

In late 2015, the Washington State Human Rights Commission quietly put forward a new rule requiring all public establishments to grant locker room, shower, and bathroom access to any individual, at any time, regardless of that individual’s biological realities.  The rule, which also curbed concerned citizens’ legal ability to ask “unwelcome questions” of an individual if they felt uncomfortable, has since been attempted in various forms and fashions in cities and states across the country.

When the Charlotte, N.C. City Council passed their version of the open-facilities ordinance earlier this year, the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce led the charge to make it happen.

And leading the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce was convicted sex-offender Chad Sevearance-Turner.

The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported that Chad Sevearance-Turner had been a youth minister at a church in Gaffney, South Carolina.  Sevearance-Turner was charged and convicted for “committing or attempting a lewd act upon a child under 16,” after taking advantage of a teenage church member while the child slept.

He recently resigned from the LGBT Chamber of Commerce after his record as a sex-offender surfaced.

While we know that not every person in gender transition is a sex offender, acting as though sex offenders do not exist in the LGBT ranks is an ignorant mistake.

In January, FPIW reported the story of Johanna Wolf, a Washington-based transgender activist and very vocal supporter of our Washington’s open-locker rooms policy.  Wolf, prior to claiming womanhood and changing names, was known as Jonathan Adrian Wolf.

Jonathan Adrian Wolf was charged and convicted for the rape of a minor female in Nebraska in 2006.

By virtue of involvement in the efforts to keep Washington’s open-bathroom rule in place, sex offenders like Wolf want unmitigated access to women’s locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms.

After being convicted of raping women.

Sex predators are always on the lookout for an easy, low-risk opportunity to take advantage of victims, and we must not provide it to them.

Washingtonians have known from the beginning that this rule would only bring harm to innocent people. The University of Toronto, one of the first institutions to put this sort of policy in place, completely reversed its decision after biologically male students were caught “holding their cellphones over female students’ shower stalls and filming them as they showered.”

Not taking into account the damages that the loss of privacy causes, people of both sexes deserve better than to wonder if the man dressed in a dress is there for legitimate purposes or if they are there to take photos of them showering over the stall.

Locker rooms, showers, and bathroom facilities exist to protect privacy during vulnerable times.  They should not be the laboratory for a social experiment gone awry.

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Washington Senate Schedules Hearing on Bathroom Rule

 

The Washington Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor has scheduled a hearing for SB 6443, the Senate version of the bill to repeal the Human Rights Commission’s open-bathroom policy.

On Wednesday, January 27th at 1:30pm, concerned citizens can attend a public hearing at the Washington State Capitol. The hearing will take place in the John A. Cherberg Building, in Hearing Room 1 (see Capitol map here).

You can access the page with the meeting place, time, and agenda at this link.

WATCH: How to Testify at a State Legislative Hearing

The Washington House of Representatives has also introduced a bill to repeal the HRC’s rule, however, it must be approved first by the House Judiciary Committee.  Judiciary Committee Chairwoman Rep. Laurie Jinkins, a well-known LGBT activist, has publicly announced that she will not give HB 2589 a hearing.  “There’s a plethora of reasons, but I would say repealing someone’s right to not be discriminated against is not a priority for me,” Jinkins said.

The legislative process is supposed to allow for the people to provide input on legislation that affects them. FPIW Action, a partner of FPIW, has been urging concerned citizens to call Rep. Jinkins’ office to ask her to schedule a hearing on this bill, HB 2589.

If you would like to call her office to provide your input, the phone number is (360) 786-7930.

You can click here to use our contact portal to send an email to your legislators.

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Lake Stevens School District Proposing New Bathroom Policy Tonight

 

FPIW has learned that the Lake Stevens School District’s School Board of Directors plans to meet tonight, in part, to implement a new bathroom policy, in order to be “compliant” with Washington State’s new bathroom policy.

You can read a copy of the proposed policy here.

The Human Rights Commission of Washington passed WAC 162-32, mandating that all schools and businesses implement a new open-bathroom policy.  While this policy legally opens up women’s restrooms, locker rooms, and showers to men, the rule creates a loophole that allows men who claim to ‘identify’ as a woman to gain access, increasing opportunities for potential predators to attack and abuse with little ability to prosecute them.

School Districts’ first priority should be protecting the safety and privacy of its students, and there are legal consequences to consider if they do not.

Concerned citizens are encouraged to call the Lake Stevens School Board of Directors (425) 335-1502 to express their concerns, and attend the meeting tonight.

Lake Stevens School Board Meeting

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 at 6:30pm

School District Building

Educational Service Center in the Community Room

12309 22nd St NE

Lake Stevens, WA 98258