An interim committee of the South Dakota Legislature met last Wednesday to rehash questions about the transgender participation policy the South Dakota High School Activities Association established last year. Unable to abide by their failure to tinker with this just and fair policy created by the high schools for themselves through their own activities association, certain regressive legislators continue to look for ways to use the force of the state to harass transgender adolescents.
Those trans-harassers, led by Rep. Roger Hunt (R-25/Brandon) moved beyond their faux arguments about the sanctity of data on birth certificates and voted, on a slim 6–5 margin, to recommend that high schools determine students’ gender by ordering them to drop their pants:
The proposal from Rep. Roger Hunt, R-Brandon, 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].
Yes, transgender students. Roger Hunt wants to look at your genitals.
Need I say anything else to indicate the disgustingness of Rep. Hunt’s proposal?
Need I ask Rep. Hunt if he would submit to a similar Jensenesque policy requiring every member of the South Dakota Legislature to submit to visual inspection of his or her genitals before being allowed to access the men’s or women’s bathrooms of the Capitol?
Go ahead, Rep. Hunt. Float a bill demanding children to drop their pants to satisfy your desire to force a consistency between biological sex and psychological gender identity, a consistency that science says is not valid. Your refusal to accept the fact that other people’s brains and bodies don’t work like yours and that that difference is not a mark of mortal sin only harms kids who are trying to figure out their identity. Your demand that they expose themselves to your scornful eye harms their dignity and yours.
p.s.: Mark Chase of the Family Policy Council told the interim committee (starting at 1:29:16 in the archived meeting audio) that transgender students will experience harassment and bullying if they try to participate on a team that doesn’t match their apparent biological sex. Thus, Chase argued, repeating the exact language he used before the SDHSAA Board of Directors on April 21, 2015, the SDHSAA policy that allows transgender kids to participate on the team that matches their gender identity is responsible for the harassment and bullying, “And no amount of ‘sensitivity’ training will stop this.”
Get it? Bullies will be bullies, no matter what we do. If we try to change that, it’s our fault. So we have to accept the bullies’ judgment and join them in punishing the kids they bully. That’s the sick thinking we get from the Family Policy Council in its prosecution of the culture war.