Attorney General Jeff Landry is doing the right thing in joining the suit to stop so-called transgender restrooms in schools. Do we want a boy or a man — whether gender-confused or not — barging in on our daughters in the girls’ restroom?

The May 13, 2016 “Instruction” issued by the Obama administration says, in part: “The Departments [Education and Justice] interpret Title IX to require that when a student or the student’s parent or guardian, as appropriate, notifies the school administration that the student will assert a gender identity that differs from previous representations or records, the school will begin treating the student consistent with the student’s gender identity.”

In other words, if a boy signs a paper saying he is now a girl, that’s it. No other requirements are listed. He can dress out, shower, use the restroom, and stay overnight with the girls, under federal mandate.

The American College of Pediatricians, it should be noted, has a statement titled “Gender Ideology Harms Children” on its website. The pediatricians are saying, quite sensibly, that gender dysphoria is a mental disorder, and that children suffering this should NOT be encouraged to try to live as the opposite gender. On the contrary, they need and deserve professional help.

The Obama “instruction” is not the right solution to the problem. I don’t doubt that his administration is trying to help people, and to keep up with current issues. But that does not justify them imposing their views by trying to bully school officials in all 50 states into some kind of unworkable and unhealthy policy.

I’m all for helping people who have some type of problem or condition that they cannot avoid. I’m not in favor of hating or discriminating against anybody. But what happened to normal children’s rights? Back at the dawn of today’s progressive age, G. K. Chesterton observed “the modern and morbid habit of always sacrificing the normal to the abnormal.” As Jeff Landry’s May 18 letter to BESE put it, this “…Guidance places the mental well-being and privacy rights of Louisiana’s children at risk without any demonstrable evidence of benefit to the less than one percent of the population this policy purports to benefit, in direct contravention of recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatricians.”

Mr. Landry’s actions display true courage, as well as common sense.

Don Caffery


Baton Rouge