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Saturday, September 16, 2023




In a recent turn of events, a federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction allowing teachers to out transgender and nonbinary students to their parents in California. The decision has left many scratching their heads, wondering if we've somehow traveled back to the dark ages.

According to the judge, a parent's right to make decisions concerning their children is one of the oldest fundamental liberties that Americans enjoy. But what about the rights of these students? Are they not entitled to privacy and respect?

Apparently not, at least according to two teachers who sued the district and the state, claiming that the policy violated their First Amendment rights to free speech and free exercise of religion. Their argument? That God made people innately and permanently male or female, and therefore, it's their religious duty to out these so-called "sinners."

Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor.

It's hard to believe that in 2023, we're still having to fight for basic human rights. It's even harder to believe that some people are using religion as an excuse to discriminate against others. But hey, I guess that's just the world we live in.

So, let's take a moment to appreciate the sheer absurdity of this situation. Two teachers, who presumably went through years of education and training, are using their platform to bully and ostracize vulnerable students. And for what? Because they don't fit into a neat little box labeled "male" or "female"?

It's almost comical, if it weren't so downright cruel.

In all seriousness, though, this decision is a major setback for the LGBTQ+ community. It sends a message that their identities are not valid or worthy of respect. It also puts them in danger, as outing someone can have serious consequences, including homelessness, violence, and even death.

So, what can we do about it? Well, for starters, we can speak out against this kind of bigotry and discrimination. We can support organizations that fight for LGBTQ+ rights. We can educate ourselves and others on the issues facing this community.

And most importantly, we can show love and acceptance to those who need it most. Because at the end of the day, that's what really matters. Not outdated beliefs or archaic laws, but the simple act of treating others with kindness and compassion.

So let's be better than these teachers. Let's be better than this judge. Let's be better than the hate and intolerance that seems to be spreading like wildfire these days. Because if we don't stand up for what's right, who will?

Judge sides with teachers who say their religion requires them to out trans kids - LGBTQ Nation 

Judge grants injunction favoring Escondido teachers who sued over student gender identity policy – NBC 7 San Diego 

Judge blocks Escondido school district's controversial transgender student privacy policy -