In yet another case of the blind animal panic of religious conservatives towards transgender persons (namely, transgender girls and women), a South Dakota Representative has actually proposed that children wishing to participate in South Dakota High School activities (such as sports) must have have their gender concretely identified. How will this be done?
The proposal from Rep. Roger Hunt, R-Brandon [photograph above], would rely on official birth certificates and visual inspections for determining gender rather than allowing people to decide and declare their gender on their own.
He said gender is determined at conception and the transgender debate is riding the gay marriage wave.
“This is South Dakota. We haven’t adopted the East Coast culture. We haven’t adopted the West Coast culture. We maintain our own culture,” Hunt said [Bart Pfankuch, “‘Visual Inspection’ Could Be Part of State Law to Determine Gender Identity,” Rapid City Journal, 2015.08.23].
He’s got a pair of brass ones, wouldn’t you agree, dear reader? Can you imagine what must be going through the minds of these hobgoblins, as they sit there dreaming of the humiliation and shame they can inflict on all of us evil transgender people. Forcing transgender children to expose their genitals to adults, in order to, um, protect kids from being exposed to genitals, or something? What is the rationale here anyhow, other than a disturbingly focused amount of attention upon children’s genitals?
The entire debacle becomes even more M. Night Shyamalan-ish when you add in a statement from Mark Chase of the anti-transgender Family Policy Council, who told the interim committee that transgender students are responsible for their own bullying by daring to participate on a team that doesn’t match their apparent biological sex. Quoth Mr. Chase, “…no amount of ‘sensitivity’ training will stop this.”
Indeed. Hatred isn’t easily abolished by mere training and guidelines. Hatred is abolished by the establishment and brutal, yes, brutal enforcement of anti-discrimination and anti-bullying laws.