UPDATED 12:15 PM PT – Wednesday, August 18, 2021
The Biden administration kicked off back to school season by threatening schools that embrace traditional gender ideology.
In a video address on Tuesday, Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke said transgender students should be allowed to compete with whatever gender they identify with for sports and go into any bathroom they want. She then appeared all too eager to threaten schools that refuse to comply.
“We’re here to say that’s wrong and its against the law,” she stated.
#ICYMI Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke highlighted the Division’s recent work to protect the rights of people who are transgender at today’s WH event on transgender equality. Watch at: https://t.co/PgRMNGGgP2 pic.twitter.com/u21QtEuvvl
— DOJ Civil Rights (@CivilRights) July 1, 2021
“Right now we are fighting against laws that tried to ban transgender athletes in West Virginia and deny health care for transgender young people in Arkansas,” Clarke continued. “And recently, federal courts in both states have blocked those laws from being applied.”
Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Suzanne Goldberg also chimed in and urged students to report cases in which biological males are not allowed to enter women’s space such as female bathrooms.
“We know that you are resilient and we hope you find support where and when you need it,” she stated. “But we also want you to know the Department of Education and the entire federal government stands behind you. Your rights at school matter.”
Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary to the Department of Health and Human Services, Rachel Levine claimed that students have the right to sex-altering services, many of which have sterilizing effects.
This prompted former HHS Office for Civil Rights Director Roger Severino to say the Biden administration’s video address is pushing unscientific ideologies.
“Kids, especially girls, will be damaged by decisions being made by Biden administration appointees who won’t have to live with the long-term consequences,” he noted.
Your tax dollars at work promising “back-to-school” this year won’t be about learning but acceding to trans-ideology, sterilizing treatments for minors, and granting biological boys to girls’ locker rooms and sports based on self-identity. https://t.co/QnLFh7cRbB
— Roger Severino (@RogerSeverino_) August 17, 2021
The Ethics and Public Policy Center senior ethics fellow added, back to school messages should be about seeking and learning truth, not pushing unscientific ideologies that hurt children and take away parent’s rights.