Ask most people and they will tell you that they will do anything to protect their children.

Most claim to want a better life for their children and do what they can to pass on their beliefs and morals to their children.

Most would agree that parents have a right and a responsibility to instill basic morality, the facts of life and common sense into their children.

We do what we can to keep them from self-destructive behavior, such as taking drugs, drinking, premarital sex, driving too fast, gangs, cults, suicide, pornography and even hanging out with the wrong crowd.

Our schools also reinforce our efforts on some of these issues, as well.

Unfortunately, not all parents set the best example regarding these issues, and/or do enough to discourage their kids from these vices.

I’m sure we all know parents who either set bad examples for their kids or allow their kids to do what they want, no matter how self-destructive the behavior.

But what if I told you that in Tennessee and across our country, some parents and many of our schools actually encourage and or accommodate self-destructive behavior — considered perversity by most — that leads to a higher rate of substance abuse, mental problems and even suicide?

Does it sound hard to believe?

What perverse destructive behavior am I referencing, and how or why would our schools promote and or accommodate it?

I’m talking about the so-called “transgenders” in our schools. “Transgenders” are sick and/or confused boys who think they’re girls and/or want to become girls, and girls who think they’re boys and/or want to become boys.

Sicker still is that some parents support their children in this insanity.

Biologically speaking, gender — either male or female — is determined immediately at conception and cannot be changed. The medical term for “transgender” is “gender dysphoria,” or more formally “gender identity disorder” — a psychiatric disorder that can be successfully treated.

In fact, the American College of Pediatricians stated that promoting gender dysphoria in children is child abuse. The facts attest to same.

According to findings from a survey conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force of more than 7,000 “transgender” people that was released in October 2010, a staggering 41 percent of “transgender” people in the United States have attempted to commit suicide.

In addition to their higher risk of suicide, “transgender” people face unfavorable odds for other health issues.

For example, the recent survey found that 2.64 percent of “trans” people are infected with HIV — more than four times the national average rate of 0.6 percent in the general population.

And 25 percent of the survey respondents reported misusing drugs or alcohol specifically to cope with the discrimination they face due to their “gender identity.”

A 2003 study by Ilan H. Meyer of Columbia University found that lesbian, gay and bisexual people have a higher prevalence of mental disorders than heterosexuals.

So where do schools fit in all of this?

You might remember that in May of 2016, the Obama Administration issued a “Dear Colleague” letter advising all state departments of education that Title IX compliance required that “transgenders” be allowed to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of the gender with which they identified, not just what is on their birth certificate.

Not long after that, Sumner County School District was sued by the Tennessee ACLU on behalf of a “transgender” student.

Even before the Obama guidance letter was issued, the district had been willing to accommodate the student’s demands with the exception of the bathroom and shower facilities.

The student used the faculty unisex bathroom. Other districts in Williamson, Rutherford and Stewart counties already were making similar accommodations prior to the letter from Obama.

While it’s unlikely that all the board members or school directors agree with the “transgender” agenda, it is very likely that even before the Obama letter, they were advised by their attorney or the state to accommodate the student in hopes of avoiding a lawsuit.

Whatever the reason, the reality of accommodating this perversity means that those school systems were complicit in giving at least tacit approval to an immoral and very destructive lifestyle.

At best, the other kids received the message that it’s OK to cater to insanity and perversity if it prevents a lawsuit.

At worst, the message they received was that it is a legitimate lifestyle choice that should be readily accommodated even if it is a known to lead to higher rates of suicide attempts, AIDS and substance abuse.

Apparently, some forms of destructive behavior are politically correct.

In February of 2017, the Trump Administration issued a “Dear Colleague” letter of its own, rescinding the Obama guidance. Soon after that, the U.S. Supreme Court referred a case out of Pennsylvania back to a lower federal court.

Case closed, right? Not so fast

Consider this excerpt from a May 30, 2017, Washington Post article:

“A federal appeals court Tuesday issued a decision that could have far-reaching implications for transgender students, siding with a transgender boy whose Wisconsin school district had sought to bar him from the boys’ bathroom to protect the privacy of other students.

“High school senior Ash Whitaker sued Kenosha Unified School District No. 1 last summer, arguing that its bathroom policy violated his civil rights.

“In a unanimous decision, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction that temporarily stops the district from enforcing that policy while the case is tried.

“Whitaker argued that the school district’s bathroom policy violated his rights under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and under Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded schools.

“The judges agreed, finding that Whitaker was likely to win his case based on that argument.

“Importantly, the decision did not rely on or even mention the guidance to schools that President Barack Obama’s administration issued in May 2016, explaining the accommodations that schools must provide for transgender students to comply with Title IX.”

So the truth is, federal judges didn’t care what Obama had to say about it, and don’t care what Trump has to say about it.

How will that impact our schools in the State of Tennessee?

Last year, there was a bill in the state legislature sponsored by then-Sen. Mae Beavers and then-Rep. Mark Pody that would have restricted K-12 students and faculty to using the facilities of their natural-born gender.

Both legislators were harassed for weeks by the LBGTQ crowd, and Beavers received death threats.

The GOP leadership opposed the legislation, saying it wasn’t needed because Trump had rescinded Obama’s guidance.

The bill was not passed in the House last year and didn’t even get an opportunity to be heard in the Senate Education Committee.

The bill was refiled in the Senate by Pody this year, but the House sponsor was reportedly talked out of filing the bill. Without a House sponsor, there is no bill.

The GOP leadership — including committee chairmen selected by Speaker Beth Harwell, such as Rep. Mike Carter, District 29, Ooltewah, chairman of the Civil Justice Subcommittee — maintain that no legislation is needed to keep “transgenders” out of bathrooms in our schools.

They claim that school districts already have that authority, and that because of Trump’s letter, legislation is not needed.

Yet, the case in Sumner County is still active (as far as I know) and there are still cases involving other districts across the country.

Most districts don’t have the financial resources to fight an extended court battle. Many will cave rather than fight.

Don’t think the ACLU and others don’t know this! They would be less willing to take on a state rather than just a district.

Rep. Andy Holt, District 76, Dresden, does have a bill (HB2620) before the legislature that would allow the state attorney general to defend a district that enacted a policy that limited the use of bathrooms and locker rooms to the gender students are born with and to be reimbursed for legal cost.

The operative word there is “allow,” meaning it is up to the AG.

In Tennessee, most of the policies, as well the curriculum, are dictated by the state. Most of the money also is provided by the state.

It doesn’t seem like it would be too much to ask for our state to pass a law protecting our children and standing up for basic decency and common sense.

Of course, this whole scenario raises a bigger issue: Whether a district in our state is sued and loses, or if our state were to pass a law and have a federal court rule against us, what then?

Will “we, the people,” rise up and say no? Or will we cower as the federal judiciary overreaches yet again?

Will we demand action by our governor and our state legislature, or will we accept the mantra of “we have to obey the courts because, well, just because we always have”?

Will our children be enough motivation for us to show the backbone that we have failed to show as a people since 196,2 when we bowed to the court on prayer in school, or 1973 when we gave sanction to murder as a mother’s right, and 2015 when we accepted the redefining of marriage?

Guess we’ll see.


DAVE VANCE is a member of the Volunteers for Freedom Tea Party. His email address is

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