This past week the Obama Administration has announced guidelines for public schools allowing transgendered individuals to use the restroom of their choice, regardless of their actual gender. Of course, these guidelines are more like regulations (or you might say coercion) since the Obama Administration is threatening to withhold federal funding to those schools that don’t comply. Thus, this action is not only coercion, but unconstitutional since Congress was left out in deciding the manner.
But let us focus on what is transgender. According to Webster’s Dictionary, transgender is defined as “of or being a person, as a transsexual or hermaphrodite, whose sexuality is not readily characterized as exclusively male or female.” If you Google the word transgender, it is defined as “denoting or relating to a person whose self-identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female gender.”
So there is more than one definition of transgender, although some definitions appear to be similar (as previously noted). Some say transgender is linked to sexual orientation, but that is rarely the case. Why? Because transgender involves identifying with a gender, whereas sexual orientation is one’s attractiveness to either the same gender or the other gender. The only reason transgender is linked to sexual orientation is because the gays and lesbians built the LGBT coalition (hence lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgendered), thus bringing transgendered people into their camp.
Transgender consists primarily of two groups: transsexuals and transvestites. Transsexuals are people who decide their gender via medical procedure, e.g. sex-change operation. Transvestites (a.k.a. crossdressers) are people who like to dress up as those of the opposite sex, e.g. a man wearing a dress and high heels. Drag kings and drag queens can be considered to be transvestites, the only difference being they choose to pass themselves off as the opposite sex. The same could be said for androgynous individuals.
Other transgendered categories include genderqueer, bigender, agender, pangender, and genderfluid — all of which are not necessarily masculine or feminine.
Meanwhile, there is also another category of individuals known as intersexed, a.k.a. hermaphrodites. These are people who are born with both types of genitals, and for the most part they have identified with their correct gender, even having surgery to remove the genitals of the other sex. One example is Sarah Gronert, a German tennis player born a hermaphrodite. When she was 19, she had her male genitals surgically removed. It should be noted that the LGBT is attempting to invite intersexed people into their camp, regardless of their sexual preferences.
Needless to say, there are many definitions and categories when it comes to transgendered people. That is just another reason why restrooms in public schools should not be forced to provide special accommodations. That, and the fact that if they do, other places will be forced to do the same.
Thus, the Obama Administration needs to drop its policy on this matter.