With blinding speed, the sexual revolutionaries are moving on from the cause of gay marriage to recasting and rethinking law, culture, religion, and biology for the sake of indulging the troubled fantasies of a tiny, disturbed population of transgendered, or “genderqueer,” Americans. Nowhere is that trend more advanced than in colleges and universities, where entirely new policy and education infrastructures are being created to cater to transgender students, and — critically — suppress dissenting views of sexuality and morality, in the name of “safety.”
Last year the Obama administration’s Department of Education lawlessly expanded Title IX, the federal statute prohibiting sex discrimination in higher education, to encompass “claims of discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity.” As a consequence, the menu of transgender demands regarding pronouns, names, bathroom facilities, and university resources became legal demands, and dissent from those demands immediately became a matter of legal concern.
It’s an astonishing video — astonishing in how the students describe “safety” (they’re almost always referring to a sense of emotional safety) in terms of fears, including fears of being “misgendered,” of being called a guy by casual passers-by when they identify as a girl, of not being permitted to use the bathrooms of their choice, and of not having on-campus administrators or facilities that cater sufficiently to their needs.
In the area of safety, they describe being “unsafe” if they can’t use the bathroom they want to use, or if they get “stares.” The most outrageous incident is of a “trans female” being escorted out of a woman’s restroom by a security guard. As one student says, “Anybody on the scale of fluidity with their gender, they need to be able to go into the bathroom that they’re most comfortable with, and no one should be able to be harassed or moved by security.”
Changing the law to ratify radicalism privileges the demands of a tiny minority at the expense of the religious orthodoxy of tens of millions.
When it comes to university resources, they want their own housing, their own spaces free from others talking about sex and dating, university employees who support them, and various “resource centers” — including “gender-inclusive learning centers.” Ultimately, they want classes that are “inclusive,” where professors establish a “safe space.” They want environments where everyone is “kind, and loving, and accepting.” Or, as one student summed up, they want “an environment where I feel supported, where I can grow, be nurtured, and be validated in all aspects of my identity.”
It’s convenient, of course, that the likely targets of discrimination complaints are the same Christians and other cultural conservatives the Left loves to hate. Given the small number of troubled people who identify as “trans,” changing the law to ratify radicalism is far more exclusive than it is inclusive. It privileges the demands of a tiny minority at the expense of the religious orthodoxy of tens of millions. There was a time when most American schools were thoroughly religious, designed to train and equip believers to transform the culture. Our universities are just as religious as they used to be. The religion, however, has changed. Just ask any administrator in good standing, “ze” can surely teach you the new creeds.
— David French is an attorney and a staff writer at National Review.