The 2024 legislative session began yesterday with what the Hartford Courant called a "meandering" speech by Gov. Lamont that "largely glossed over several problems plaguing the state."
But the "glossing over" began two days earlier, when Attorney General William Tong gave a strange interview to WDRC radio host Gary Byron.
Gary challenged AG Tong over Tong's legal brief saying schools should be able to secretly transition students from one gender identity to another without parental knowledge or approval. The charge was "totally inaccurate," Tong claimed. But Tong himself misrepresented the charge, falsely claiming that we were conflating medical intervention with mere discussion.
Our point was that the one can lead to the other. In fact, social transitions from one sex to another (changing names and pronouns, wearing clothes of the opposite sex, using tuckers and binders, etc.) is itself a psycho-social treatment. So AG Tong is on record as supporting the process to send kids down that road... and to hide it.
Worse, Tong admits our central claim against him. After hemming and hawing about "inaccuracies," he goes on to say of children struggling with gender identity that teachers should not "rat them out" to their parents. Those are his exact words.
AG Tong's position is that there should be "no blanket rule" that teachers must tell parents when their children are struggling with gender identity because a small number of children come from homes where they may be harmed. But there are already robust laws to protect children against such abuse.
The school that AG Tong is siding with in his legal brief used one set of pronouns with the student, and another with the parents. That was active deception and implementation of a psycho-social treatment program for which schools and teachers are not licensed. They hid it from the child's mother for months. It was not an offhanded remark between teacher and student.
Tong's legal brief prioritizes the transient student/teacher relationship over the long-term, legal and social obligations of parents. Children are put in danger when secrets are kept by other adults and school administrators as official policy.
In his legal brief and his radio interview, Tong stresses that keeping serious secrets from parents is good. The state is, in effect, creating a “New Closet” where students stay in to deceive only their parents, with the help of adults. This is ripe for sexual abuse and predators.
FIC Action and our allies are fighting for a parental right-to-know law that will put a stop to this. Please check out the website devoted to this one issue. Please also check out our own website regularly, where we will be providing more updates on this and related matters than can be done in email alerts.
Tampon dispensers in the boys' rooms of Connecticut schools is just the tip of the iceberg in this reality-denying madness. The things that are not making the news, the things that FIC Action and our allies are working on, is where your help is needed the most.