Two Bills to Look out For:
SB 225 – Bullying Private Schools
Under the guise of creating a “safe and respectful learning environment” SB 225 would require all private schools, including religious schools, to adopt anti-bullying policies and practices, provide instruction to staff and students, and communicate messages that conflict with the schools’ beliefs regarding human sexuality or the immutability of biological sex.
For example, a religious school could be found in violation of SB 225 if it:
- Maintained separate showers, locker rooms, and restrooms based on biological sex;
- Implemented a dress code that required students to dress consistent with their biological sex;or
- Held a chapel service where Biblical teachings regarding humans sexuality and the belief that marriage is between a man and woman are taught to the students.
SB 225 imposes state-sanctioned views regarding sexual orientation and gender identity upon religious schools, violating the freedom of speech, religion, and association afforded to private schools. This bill clearly infringes on the right of religious schools to speak and act consistent with their religious beliefs.
Please contact the Senate Education Committee members and urge them to oppose SB 225.
SB 201 – Prohibitions on Counseling
SB 201 will prohibit licensed “psychotherapists,” from counseling minors regarding unwanted same-sex attraction and gender identity. If a 6-year-old biological boy believes he’s a girl, this bill would prohibit counseling for that child about his biological sex. He could only receive counseling affirming his choice to be a girl.
Under SB 201 “gender identity conversion therapy” is defined as any psychotherapy, counseling, hypnosis, or other treatment or therapy aimed at altering the gender-related identity of a person so that such gender identity, appearance, expression or behavior of a person, regardless of the person’s assigned sex at birth, is eliminated, reduced or, redirected to the person’s assigned sex at birth.
A minor who is confused about their sexual orientation as a result of sexual abuse will be denied therapy simply because it is not LGBT affirming. The child is, in effect, raped twice – first by the perpetrator and then again by the political environment, which refuses to treat the child unless he sees a LGBT-affirming therapist.
Every patient should be free to choose the therapy that they believe will best help them accomplish their therapeutic goals. SB 201 interferes with the freedom and liberty interests of patients and their parents.
Please contact the Senate Commerce, Labor and Energy Committee members and urge a NO vote on SB 201.
Kevin Atkinson – Chair
Pat Spearman – Vice Chair