Glenn Youngkin, the governor of Virginia, took office in 2021 after surprising pollsters by beating Clinton operative Terry McAuliffe, who was seeking a second non-consecutive term. The triumph of the Republicans was primarily based on cultural concerns, particularly those relating to what is taught and done in public schools. In relation to that, Loudoun County made national headlines when many investigations indicated the school board had hid a cross-dressing boy’s sexual assault in a girl’s bathroom.
After entering office, Youngkin issued a number of directives to address the matter while Jason Miyares, the newly elected attorney general, started conducting inquiries. The battle rages on right now. Youngkin has reversed the rules that required schools to use students’ “preferred pronouns” and that let both sexes use the restroom and locker room of their “choice.”
Call me traditional, but I still find it absurd that this is even a contentious issue. Even ten years ago, there would have been no debate on the fact that you shouldn’t penalize educators for sticking to the facts and refusing to “affirm” a transgender person’s “identity.” However, the transgender movement has become increasingly authoritarian, supported by a political party that is prepared to deny that the water is wet if it would help them.
The idea of allowing boys and girls to use the same facilities raises serious safety issues. But guess what? A female should have the right to use the toilet with some expectation of privacy even if there are no genuine physical safety issues present. My kid should not have a male in the restroom with her. Period. I may be labeled a bigot by the left, but how much do I really care?
Anyone who has paid attention to how pronouns operate is aware of how absurd it is. It’s now more complicated than simply mixing gendered pronouns, which is unacceptable. Instead, children are identifying themselves as animals, inanimate objects, and other ludicrous made-up terms. Even if they tried, no instructor could keep up with such madness.
People in America may have the freedom to deny having the sex they were born with, but they are not allowed to insist that others confirm their beliefs. They surely have no right to insist on being addressed as xe, per, or ze.
Only if the majority of Americans rise up and say enough will rationality finally win out here. The resistance has been successful, but there is still a long way to go. Governors like Youngkin who are prepared to risk their political future for unbiased normalcy will spearhead the effort.