Thursday, July 20, 2017

Gender Identity

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Driving Crazy
"Well, Bruce, it looks like you were going 87mph in a school zone"

The famously corrupt local government surrounding the nation’s capital is offering gender-neutral driver’s licenses, even though it violates federal law. Beginning next week residents in Washington D.C. can obtain the gender-neutral licenses, according to a local news report that quotes the D.C. councilwoman behind the measure proclaiming “you have the right to make a choice between male and female.” In the article the lawmaker, Brianne Nadeau, is referred to as a gender-neutral “council member.”

Residents will have an array of gender choices that include “non-binary” and “undesignated,” according to the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Depending on what option is chosen, an “X” will appear on the card in the place of an “M” for male or “F” for female. Councilwoman Nadeau, who represents Ward 1, is sponsoring a bill to make the gender-neutral licenses part of the permanent city code. She’s concerned that the gender-neutral license program can be revoked by a new administration in D.C. government.

“The District has always sought to be a safe and welcoming place for our LGBTQ community, and today we are continuing to deliver on that legacy,” the councilwoman said in a statement posted on her official website. “Gender is a spectrum and some of our residents do not identify as male or female. Current licenses force residents to conform to genders that don’t accurately reflect their identity. This has not only a practical impact but also a deeply negative emotional and mental health impact. This bill changes District identification documents so they can accurately reflect the needs of our residents.”

D.C. is the nation’s second jurisdiction to offer gender-neutral licenses. Oregon was the first, allowing residents to mark gender as “not specified” on applications for learner’s permits, identity cards and driver’s licenses. Beginning next month, the state is also allowing residents to change the “sex designation” on existing licenses or ID cards. “The information you provide to DMV when changing your gender designation will be kept confidential,” according to the Oregon DMV website.

Not surprisingly, California is also working to pass a similar measure and the state’s Senate has already approved a bill (Gender Recognition Act), that also includes gender-neutral birth certificates. The California bill states that “every person deserves full legal recognition and equal treatment under the law” and the legislation aims to “ensure that intersex, transgender, and nonbinary people have state-issued identification documents that provide full legal recognition of their accurate gender identity.”

The problem with all this is that it’s at odds with federal law, at least the driver’s license portion. The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress after the 9/11 terrorist attacks specifically requires gender on each driver’s license and identification card issued to a person by a state. The law was enacted in 2005 at the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission to establish minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s license and ID cards. It also prohibits federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards that do not meet these standards.

Title II of the act specifically states that “features on each driver’s license and identification card issued to a person by the State” must include: The person’s full legal name; the person’s date of birth; the person’s gender; the person’s driver’s license or identification card number; a digital photograph of the person; the person’s address of principle residence; the person’s signature; physical security features designed to prevent tampering, counterfeiting or duplication of the document for fraudulent purposes; a common machine-readable technology with defined minimum data elements.

Under the Real ID Act federal agencies are prohibited from accepting driver’s licenses or ID cards from noncompliant states for official purposes, including boarding an aircraft, accessing federal facilities and entering nuclear power plants.

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mental disorder

As recently at 2013, the psychiatric “bible,” The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), listed transsexuals as suffering from “Gender Identity Disorder.”

The disorder called for a diagnosis based upon two factors: a desire or insistence that a person is actually the opposite sex of which they were born, and a real sense of discomfort about their God-given gender.

It’s also important to note that at the time, the DSM (IV), ruled out Gender Identity Disorder for those suffering from real physical disorders such as Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome or Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia.

The DSM also addressed Gender Identity Disorder in children saying that “cross-gender interests and activities is usually between ages 2 and 4 years . . . and only a very small number of children with GID continue with symptoms into adolescence or adulthood.”

The above reference is important to those parents who “come out” on behalf of their toddlers and encourage their transformation to another gender – those parents who do so may suffer from an undiagnosed case of Liberal Reality Confusion (LRC).

However in May of 2013, the new edition of the DSM was released, version five, that conveniently deleted Gender Identity Disorder and replaced it with “Gender Dysphoria.”

The change in diagnosis was very important to the gay and transgendered community as they objected to the term “disorder.”

Upon the announcement of the change, advocates stated, “Transgender people may no longer be subject to a lifelong default diagnosis of their mental health.”

Also, the very nuanced difference between the definitions was the inclusion of a single odd symptom: “A strong desire to be treated as the other gender.”

Basically, the American medical community succumbed to pressure by the LGBTQ community and flipped the script. What was a mental disorder just three years ago is now only a disorder when society refuses to treat a man as a woman or a woman as a man.

Huh?

So the “discomfort” of the disorder is caused by society’s refusal to accept transsexuals and their mental condition.

An appropriate correlation would be saying that serial killers are perfectly normal, it’s society’s refusal to accept their desire to kill that’s the problem.

But not all medical communities have lost their collective minds.

Of all places, the United Nation’s World Health Organization still lists transsexuals and transvestites as being mentally defective . . . right along side pedophiles and sadomasochists.

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Obama Gender Identity
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In July of 2014, President Obama signed an executive order requiring federal contractors to assign “protected categories” within their private companies, to prevent discrimination against individuals based upon Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity.

Last week, the Department of Labor passed their “Final Rule” on the executive order, EO 13672, meaning the requirements will take effect within 120 days.

The new requirements affect half a million private companies in the United States that represent 42% of the civilian workforce according to the Family Research Council (FRC).

FRC, along with many other conservative and pro-business organizations are protesting the executive action by President Obama as they say it creates a $50 million compliance burden on these private companies.

Additionally, the regulations are imposed when no proof of widespread discrimination have been provided by the government.

Given the LGBTQ community represents only, at best, 3.8% of the population, the rules that will impact 42% of the civilian workforce seem unnecessary.

Obama’s executive order also provides no religious exemption for employers who must now hire and employ everyone from cross dressers to transgender employees in conflict with their religious beliefs.

The new rules also create significant issues with what used to be simple solutions to restrooms and dressing rooms. Rather than separating facilities based upon biological gender, private employers will now have to come up with creative ways to accommodate basic facilities by dividing them along individual sexual preferences.

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