NEWCASTLE, Ontario, December 4, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A girl who identifies herself as a boy has been given permission to use the boy’s bathroom at her Ontario public high school.
Sixteen-year-old ‘James’ Spencer decided to change schools after she began dressing and acting like a boy. Officials at Clarke High School in Durham Region were at first reluctant to let the biological girl into the boy’s room, asking James to use a private washroom that required a key from the main office.
But James started a school-wide petition that eventually swayed the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board to let her have her way.
“We decided it would be most appropriate ... and that’s the direction we’ve taken,” said Martin Twiss, the board’s superintendent of education to The Star.
The School’s dress code policy states that students are to dress “neatly, in good taste, and in a manner which is appropriate for the school, workplace or an out-of-school activity.”
Pro-family leaders warned earlier this year that McGuinty’s Equity and Inclusive Education (EIE) strategy would require school boards across the province to adopt policies that recognize special rights for self-identified homosexuals, transsexuals, and transgenders.
The EIE strategy, coupled with the passage of Bill 33 in June which add “gender identity” and “gender expression” as prohibited grounds for discrimination in the province, has “set the table for activism,” one critic told LifeSiteNews.
“Radical gay activists — inside and outside of the government — pushed to create a legal apparatus for their agenda,” said Jack Fonseca, project manager for Campaign Life Coalition to LifeSiteNews. “They have now began to push their ideas on children, prodding them to demand these crazy things as a ‘right’ with the backing of the newly created legal apparatus.”
Backers of Ontario’s Bill 33 boasted at the time that the bill would open the doors to “social change”.
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But critics warned that the bill would result in social change that would threaten people’s safety by allowing men who dress and look like women to use public bathrooms, change rooms, and showers intended for women.
“This will represent a serious invasion of privacy and security for young girls and women. Imagine how it will put young girls and women at risk of being ‘peeped’ at or even assaulted by men who pretend to be transgendered so that they can get closer to females,” said Fonseca.
Last month a Washington state college decided it would not prevent a 45-year-old man who presents himself as a transgender “female” from lounging naked in a women’s locker room, in an area frequented by girls as young as six. Teenage girls on a high school swim team were using the facilities in September when they saw ‘Colleen’ Francis exposing male genitalia through the glass window in a sauna.
Former transsexual Walt Heyer told LifeSiteNews earlier this year that people who identify themselves as transgender suffer from a “diagnosable disorder” and that laws should not be enacted that encourage people in their disorders.
“It is so appalling to me, as a former trans person, that lawmakers today, who are motivated by sexual activists, are willing to legislate that society accept people who need psychiatric care,” said Heyer.
Heyer suggested that a more helpful alternative for people struggling with their sexual identity would be for lawmakers to “make available more accurate psychological treatment.”
Fonseca agrees with Heyer: “It is sickening to think of the harm caused directly to individuals who are encouraged to pretend they are the opposite sex. Schools are now cooperating in the psychological abuse of children.”
Fonseca worries that this kind of “social change” does not bode well for the future.
“If the state can make you profess against your conscience that a biological male is not really a man, what can’t the state compel you to do?”
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