Air Date: September 03, 2013
Host: Jim Schneider
Guest: Karen England
Karen England is the executive director of the Capitol Resource Institute. Their mission is to educate and strengthen families by engaging in public policy.
Karen began by explaining that until recently, schools in California had to accommodate students who, while born with one gender, perceived themselves as being another gender. In this instance it was up to the local school district.
Recently it was reported that California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB-1266, a transgender bathroom bill that affects students statewide in Kindergarten through 12th grade.
The new law mandates that if a male student wakes up one day and feels like a female, he then gets access to the restrooms, showers, locker rooms and sports teams of the girls. There’s absolutely no process or accountability for this student who believes he’s actually female and therefore believes his gender choice needs to be protected. In addition, while schools can have unisex restrooms, a student who feels they are of another gender on a given day must still be allowed to use opposite gender restrooms.
Karen looks at the privacy and safety concerns for students, how this philosophy is affecting the tax exempt status of youth organizations, the move to rewrite textbooks to include more information regarding alleged gay and lesbian contributions to history and the social sciences and more.