DOVER, DE — Children in the state of Deleware may soon be able to “choose” their own race and gender without the approval or permission of their parents.
Under new rules implemented under Department of Education Regulation 225 (https://tinyurl.com/ybed28v8) students in Deleware schools would be permitted to self-identify with whatever sex, race or gender they prefer, even if their parents object.
If passed, the rule would allow students to utilize whatever bathroom they choose to use based on what gender they identify with. The rule would also apply to locker rooms and gender-specific sports facilities.
Transgender activist Mark Purpura says the proposed rule is in the “best interest of the child” and helps support kids “living in fear” of their parents.
“The regulation isn’t about keeping a secret, it’s about what’s in the best interest of the child,” Purpura, president of Equality Delaware. “The reality is there are children living in fear who do not feel comfortable coming out to their parents as gay or transgender.”
But many parents are outraged over the proposed rule, claiming that its passage would violate their parental rights.
“I would be livid if the school allowed my daughter to make such a significant decision without me,” Terri Hodges, president of the Delaware PTA, told Fox News (https://tinyurl.com/y9y8lp5z). “I want to protect children,” she said, “but we can’t pick and choose when to engage parents.”
Delaware’s Democrat Gov. John Carney has gone on record as supporting the measure, but Delaware State Rep. Rich Collins, (R)-Millsboro says he opposes it.
“This is taking our eye off the ball,” Collins said. “We have one school that has a 3-percent math proficiency and there are issues educating our kids [across the state].”
‘This is utter insanity,” said one parent who did not wish to be identified. “You can’t choose your own race or gender. This is really big brother crossing the line. What about our rights as parents?”
So far, it appears there are far more against the measure than for it. During the public hearing on the matter, more than 11,000 Delaware citizens spoke up in opposition to the rule.
If approved, Delaware will become the 18th state to enact rules or laws addressing transgenderism in schools.