By Bryan Fischer of Idaho Values Alliance
Boise State University has still failed to clarify the discrepancy between statements made by the school’s communications director, Frank Zang, and the director of the school’s Student Union Building (SUB), Leah Barrett, over the uses and purposes for a unisex bathroom slated for inclusion in the new SUB expansion.
Mr. Zang has categorically denied that BSU is planning a transgendered bathroom for the new facility, while Ms. Barrett openly declared as recently as last Monday that one of the uses for the new facility will be for BSU’s transgendered community, and in fact called it a “transgender” bathroom.
The new restroom is designed to accommodate a disabled individual in a wheelchair and an assistant, and is required by building code. The University has been insisting that that is its sole purpose. This is providing BSU with what politicians a generation ago called “plausible deniability.”
The restroom, of course, is required by law as an accommodation for the disabled, and we all can certainly be happy that they will have an accessible restroom facility. But this utterly fails to explain why the executive director of the SUB would refer to it as a “transgender” restroom.
Ms. Barrett has so far not responded either to an email or a voice mail from the IVA asking for clarification, and, according to a newly placed message on her answering machine yesterday, she will be “out of the office” until the middle of next week.
Mr. Zang, in an email to the IVA, insisted that he and Ms. Barrett “are in agreement on the intention of this restroom in the new building,” but offers no explanation for the contradictory statements the two of them have issued.
Although no explanation was offered for Ms. Barrett’s absence from her office at this time, and the explanation may certainly be benign, her absence is certainly convenient, making her unavailable for comment.
What we must not miss here is that the campaign for unisex bathrooms, also referred to as “gender neutral,” “gender safe,” or “gender non-specific” (GNS) bathrooms, is being waged primarily on college campuses all across America, and it is a central part of the homosexual agenda.
The Bi-sexual, Lesbian, Gay, and Transgendered Student Association at Harvard recently conducted the “Harvard University Bathroom Study” – yes, Virginia, there is such a thing – and made it clear that creating GNS bathrooms is a central part of its campaign for full normalization of all gender variations.
Say the authors of the study, “Besides reinforcing gender norms, bathrooms that are clearly marked as male/female force many individuals to enter bathroom environments that they consider uncomfortable and unsafe. People face discrimination daily for entering marked bathrooms containing other individuals who perceive their gender to be variant from the social norm. Increasing awareness and identifying the locations of gender-safe bathrooms will prevent people from being threatened by violence and harassment.”
What is entirely missing here is any mention of the obvious solution: helping these troubled individuals, through love, care, and therapeutic counseling, reach a place where they are able to reconcile themselves to their God-given sexual identity, and can freely and without embarrassment use the facility appropriate to the sex they were assigned at birth.
It is plain from the Harvard statement that the push for GNS bathrooms simply a way to force society to readjust what it considers “gender norms” and to promote society’s acceptance, endorsement, and approval for genders that are “variant from the social norm.” It is a deliberate effort to undermine the teaching of the Judeo-Christian tradition that there are just two genders, male and female, assigned by God at birth.
The Harvard Student Council voted last May to pressure the University for more GNS bathrooms (at that time, there were 38 GNS bathrooms on campus), and approved by a 32-3 vote a proposal that will allow “gender variant” students to use whatever restroom they deem appropriate to their perceived gender identity.
The same campaign is being waged at virtually every Ivy League university, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Massachusetts (by a transgendered group calling itself the “Restroom Revolution”), the University of Chicago (under the heading “Queer Action Campaign”), and a host of other schools, as a simple Google search readily confirms.
According to a 2002 Washington Times article, the United States Students Association (USSA) has been pushing the nation’s colleges and universities to provide single-stall “gender neutral” restrooms since at least 2002. An op-ed piece in the UCLA student newspaper heralded the USSA’s resolution as “the arrival of the transgender liberation movement.”
There is even a website – safe2pee.org – that intends to create a map of every GNS bathroom in the United States for the benefit of those with gender identity disorders.
The Transgender Law Center argues that every student has the “right to use a restroom that corresponds to the student’s gender identity, regardless of the student’s sex assigned at birth,” and says that the “student’s self-identification is the sole measure of the student’s gender.”
According the Gay Straight Alliance Network, the lack of safe bathrooms “is the biggest problem that gender non-conforming students face,” and is “the most frequent form of discrimination” they encounter. The suggested solution, naturally, is more GNS bathrooms.
With regard to the developing situation at BSU, if Ms. Barrett spoke in error, then an official retraction from her on BSU’s behalf would certainly be in order. We also should expect that the university administration ensures that no one representing the school and no one posting information on the BSU website (including student clubs) will describe the new restroom as a restroom for the transgendered, or intended in any way for use by the transgendered community.
As I wrote on Tuesday, according to the New York Times, the new “political frontier” in the culture war is “the campaign to establish gender-neutral bathrooms in public places.” The idea is to make sure that transsexuals, cross-dressers, and “those with a fluid, androgynous identity who do not consider themselves completely male or female” can use bathrooms “without fear or harassment.”
It will clearly be in the best interest of Idaho’s public policy for the university to make it abundantly clear that this new restroom will not be presented in any way as a step forward or as a victory in that campaign.
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