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Dueling events concerning parental rights in school

Uploaded: Aug 17, 2023
With students going back to school and the Legislature returning to Sacramento for its final five weeks of the session, it was time for dueling events Monday.

Parents demanding that school officials notify them if their children are showing transgender behavior protested outside the state Capitol while Gov. Gavin Newsom was several miles south at an Elk Grove school standing up for school officials. For Newsom, it continued his commitment to do all he can to support the LGBTQ movement regardless of parents’ concerns.

A San Francisco Chronicle article described a Riverside County school board action to require the parents be notified as “outing” the student. Earlier this summer, Attorney General Rob Bonta was escorted from the Temecula school board meeting after running over allotted time to comment on its potential action. He was there objecting to the board majority’s plan to avoid a textbook that included a page on gay icon, former San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk. After the board took that action, the governor threatened to withhold funding and the board rolled over to accept the textbooks and avoid a legal fight. Too much power in Sacramento that has controlled school funding for the last 40 years.

It was notable that Chronicle news coverage mentioned Milk and failed to mention that he was the first self-acknowledged gay elected official in San Francisco.

Somehow, in this discussion, it’s been overlooked that we’re talking about minors whose parents are called to care for until they’re legally of age at 18. Add in the hormone factors and the peer pressure of the teen-age years and parents should be involved in all key health decisions.

But that’s not what Newsom and the progressives demand as they push the gay/trans agenda.

It amazes me that major medical clinics across the country offer “gender affirming care” for teen-aged and young people. It’s questionable, at best, whether young people should be given hormones to slow or alter puberty and sexual characteristics. And it’s simply unconscionable to mutilate a teen-ager’s body to make it over. A different matter once they are adults.

Speaking of unconscionable, how about the chilling raid on a weekly Kansas newspaper by the local police department that seized all of its computers, servers and cell phones based on a warrant granted by a county magistrate. You would expect it in Russia—not America, home of the First Amendment. The co-owner of the newspaper, 98-year-old Joan Meyer, died day after the raid.
Her son, Eric Meyer, is co-owner and editor of the paper. It’s not clear what the raid was intended to capture other than potentially disrupting the publication schedule of the Marion County Record. The police chief has been at odds with the paper after taking office May 30. The Wall Street Journal reported that reporters had checked his background, but did not publish a story. The chief said people will understand once law enforcement’s reasoning is made public. The investigation has been turned over to a state agency.
Fortunately, competitors, other newspapers and media organizations all have rallied to paper’s defense. The county district attorney invalidated the search warrant and ordered all of the seized items returned to the newspaper.

Hurray, but it will not bring back the co-publisher.

What is it worth to you?


Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Aug 18, 2023 at 12:53 pm

Malcolm Hex is a registered user.

The Kansas magistrate judge who authorized a police raid of the Marion County Record newsroom over its probe into a local restaurateur's drunken-driving record has her own hidden history of driving under the influence.

Judge Laura Viar, who was appointed on Jan. 1 to fill a vacant 8th Judicial District magistrate seat, was arrested at least twice for DUI in two different Kansas counties in 2012, a Wichita Eagle investigation found. She was the lead prosecutor for Morris County at the time.

Viar's DUI history could face scrutiny because the warrant she approved for the controversial raid came in response to the Marion County Record digging into the DUI history of restaurant owner Kari Newell. The Viar-authorized raid came after Newell complained about the newspaper's investigation into her criminal background.

Read more at: Web Link

Posted by Kendall James, a resident of another community,
on Aug 18, 2023 at 3:56 pm

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On the subject of gender-affirming care, the parents should be fully informed on all such activities and have the final say on any decisions because the children are still minors and subject to parental supervision.

Most adolescents are not mentally and emotionally developed to make life-altering decisions pertaining to their desired gender identities.

I have nothing against adult LGBTQ lifestyles and alternatives. On the other hand, when public schools start encouraging and enabling binary transitions among children, something is seriously awry and the governor should not be getting involved with this issue.

Posted by C. Manoukian, a resident of another community,
on Aug 18, 2023 at 5:08 pm

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If a minor cannot legally get a tattoo in CA until they are 18, it does not make sense to allow minors to undergo gender affirmation care without prior parental approval and immediate notification from the authorities (i.e. school officials/counselors, and medical/mental health professionals).

Governor Newsom is overstepping his boundaries (as usual).

Of note...
California law requires that a person be at least 18 years of age in order to legally get a tattoo. As per Penal Code 653 PC, it is a criminal offense to “ink" or administer a tattoo to a minor under the age of 18.

A violation of this code section is charged as a misdemeanor and the crime is punishable by:

(1) Custody in the county jail for not more than six months; and/or, (2)
a maximum fine of $1,000.

Posted by Joel Bernstein, a resident of another community,
on Aug 18, 2023 at 5:26 pm

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Parents can overstep their boundaries as well.

I was circumcized as an infant and deprived of the sensory pleasure of having a foreskin. And this happened in America, not some foreign or 3rd world country.

Gender affirmation care should be discussed in the open between parents and their children with advisements from healthcare professionals.

School districts and Governor Newsom should not be getting involved in this matter.

On the other hand...if stringent and draconian guidelines are implemented, some minors might run away from home and transition on their own which could lead to further adversities like becoming drug addicts, child prostitutes or pornographic actors.

Mutilation of the human body is wrong whether it involves abnormal gender reassignment, body piercings, tattoos, and circumcision.

Posted by Lyle Benning, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Aug 18, 2023 at 5:34 pm

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My wife's cousin 'transitioned' at 19 and is now a woman or so she says.

What baffles me is that Cornelius/Corina has a girlfriend, no different than prior to the transitioning.

Now why in the world would a male transition to a woman just to become a lesbian?

It's no different than Caitlyn Jenner who prefers the company of women just like Bruce did.

Posted by Rick Bloch, a resident of another community,
on Aug 18, 2023 at 6:03 pm

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• What baffles me is that Cornelius/Corina has a girlfriend, no different than prior to the transitioning.

• Now why in the world would a male transition to a woman just to become a lesbian?

^ Maybe Cornelius'/Corina's girlfriend intimated to him that she was a lesbian and he did not want to lose her?

That's a pretty extreme measure to take but sometimes love hurts.

Times have changed.

Posted by Rebecca Wentworth, a resident of another community,
on Aug 18, 2023 at 7:48 pm

Rebecca Wentworth is a registered user.

"Times have changed."

Indeed they have. When I was a child, library book readings were conducted by a lady librarian. We didn't have drag queens reading us stories.

Meanwhile the Bud Light debacle is still raging. At Angel Stadium in Anaheim (Orange County), there are zero customers standing in line at the Bud Light beer counters and the annual Harley pilgrimage to Sturgess in South Dakota reported empty lines at the Bud Light beer vendors. Nobody's buying and Budweiser profits have fallen dramatically.

Wokeness and inclusion have seemingly gone way overboard as substantiated by the current uproar over Disney's present direction and public outcry pertaining to LGBTQ themed displays at Target stores.

Where is this all headed?

Posted by Taylor Jensen, a resident of Danville,
on Aug 18, 2023 at 7:59 pm

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In the Bible, the Old Testament says it is unacceptable (aka a sin) to be either a male homosexual or a transvestite.

There is no biblical reference to lesbians or transgenders which may leave some breathing room if one takes an originalist perspective.

In any event and back to topic, children should not be exposed to the LGBTQ agenda until they are old enough to understand its parameters.

And non-binary transitioning should be out of the question until the child becomes a young adult.

Posted by Samantha Clarke, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Aug 19, 2023 at 7:37 am

Samantha Clarke is a registered user.

If you want to save your children, allow them to transition on their own because it's their life and not yours.

Governor Newsom is trying to prevent future tragedies and should be commended for his humanitarian efforts.

The suicide rate among transgenders is higher compared to the general population.

According to a survey conducted by the National Transgender Discrimination Survey in the United States, 41% of transgender respondents reported attempting suicide at some point in their lives, compared to 4.6% of the overall U.S. population.

It is essential to note that the high suicide rates among transgender individuals can be attributed to various factors, including societal discrimination, lack of acceptance, stigma, mental health struggles, and perhaps most importantly, limited access to appropriate healthcare and support systems.

As responsible parents, we should continue to love and support our children regardless of their preferred gender identities. To limit or restrict them on this issue is akin to child abandonment and emotional cruelty.

Do not let your hatred and or bigotry towards the LGBTQ community have an adverse impact on their future happiness and destiny.

Posted by Tess Billings, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Aug 19, 2023 at 8:17 am

Tess Billings is a registered user.

School officials have no right to 'out' a student they suspect is transgender. How do they know for sure and is it any of their business to play tattle-tale?

The sole responsibility of the school board is to provide a framework for education and not to play gender police.

It is understandable that in some of the more conservative locales, overly concerned parents are clamoring to be notified of any suspicions and allegations pertaining to their children's non-binary tendencies. These reactionary measures will only create more havoc and distrust.

Governor Newsom is promoting acceptance and diversity, not a gay/trans agenda.

This hot topic is similar to past conflicts regarding the issuance of birth control pills to minors without parental consent.

As another poster noted, times have changed. We are no longer living in an Ozzie and Harriet world of cut and dried realities and who would want to?

Kids have a right to certain privacies and gender affirming care is merely trying to accommodate their physical and emotional needs.

In a best case scenario, children should be able to openly discuss this issue with their parents but that is oftentimes not the case especially if the parents are unwilling to understand or offer constructive support.

In the more liberal and progressive communities, this topic is not even an issue because a majority of the parents are far more illuminated and not bound by extreme right-wing dogmas.

Posted by Bethany Tipton, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Aug 19, 2023 at 9:35 am

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It is interesting to note (but not all that surprising) that the pro-life, anti-LGBTQ, anti-BLM factions can easily be placed into one cohesive following.

There are two sides to every coin and respective advocacies work both ways.

A teacher or school board overly preoccupied with outing suspected trans students is more of an informant than an educator.

Posted by Michael Austin , a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Aug 19, 2023 at 3:23 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

Fatherless Homes:
Some of the following information is taken from Doctor Tom Snyder, Doctor Edward Kruk, National Fatherhood Institute, U.S. Census Bureau, Psychology Today.

Twenty-four million children in America - one out of three live without their biological father in the home. A child raised without a father is five times more likely to commit crime and be poor, nine times more likely to end up in jail or prison.

The rise in violent crime parallels the rise in families abandoned by the fathers, twenty-one percent of children in the U.S. live with their mother only in
2020. In California the percentage was twenty-three percent in 2019.

Fatherless homes directly result in increased risk of poverty, lower educatable achievement, and higher likely hood of emotional and behavioral problems, greater involvement in crime and substance abuse.

Ninety percent of runaway children have absent father. The two major structural threats to fathers' presence in children's lives are divorce and non-martial childbearing.

Posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of another community,
on Aug 21, 2023 at 10:27 am

Claudette McDermott is a registered user.

After abortion rights were overturned, because the right to the unborn child was more important that the adult mother, now they want the parents rights to overturn what the living, thinking, breathing child wants...

People make up your minds. Either the adult has the rights over the child born/unborn, OR the child has the rights over the parents. You can't have it both ways!

Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Aug 21, 2023 at 10:05 pm

Malcolm Hex is a registered user.

@Clark who stated the following:

“Do not let your hatred and or bigotry towards the LGBTQ community have an adverse impact on their future happiness and destiny."

See, this is how you people think. You lie and say this is all about hating the lgbtq community. Not me. I don't hate anyone. But when you liberals don't get your way, you lie and point fingers and accuse people of hating a particular group.

Here's the thing that you can't understand: parents don't want lgbtq ideology and pornography taught in our nation's schools. Let me tell you about Fairfax County in Texas, Clarke. School boards in particular are allowing gay pornography into school libraries.

After seeing a school board meeting in Texas on pornography in schools, Stacy Langton decided to check the titles at her child's high school, Fairfax High School. She said the books were available, and she checked them out. Both of those books included pedophilia, sex between men and boys, according to Langton. She stated the following to the school board: “The illustrations include fellatio, sex toys, masturbation, and violent nudity."

And that Clarke is the kind of BS your group is selling. And you wonder why parents are upset? You think pornography in schools is okay? You support this?

Posted by Francois Lennox, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Aug 22, 2023 at 7:43 am

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While I concur with the other posters who consider adult content materials inappropriate for school-aged children and adolescents, it should be noted that these books will not 'convert' someone to becoming a member of the LGBTQ community, no more than reading a copy of The Communist Manifesto will make someone a communist.

A person's sexuality and preferences are already hard-wired at birth.

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