The Joe Biden Foundation has launched a campaign that seeks to protect gender-confused children from parents who do not affirm their desire to transition to a gender that is incompatible with their biological sex.
A press release from the former vice president’s foundation Tuesday states the new initiative, dubbed “As You Are,” claims it is parental rejection that leads to the high rates of severe mental illness among LGBTQ youth:
Family rejection can lead to heartbreaking outcomes for LGBTQ youth, so we want you to share your stories about the value of acceptance—because you deserve to be safe and affirmed #AsYouAre. https://t.co/Ry4X20j9bw pic.twitter.com/I8lDXTpVXy
— Biden Foundation (@bidenfoundation) August 7, 2018
— overpasses4America (@o4america) August 8, 2018
“[F]amily rejection significantly contributes to negative outcomes” for LGBTQ young people, specifically severe depression and suicidal ideation, states the Biden Foundation.
“Rejecting behavior is not limited to a parent disowning or kicking out their child,” the foundation says. “It can also include subjecting young people to ‘conversion therapy,’ blocking their access to LGBTQ friends and networks, or keeping a young person’s LGBTQ identity ‘secret.’”
Though 14 states have passed a ban on so-called “conversion therapy” that seeks to change sexual orientation, Gov. Paul LePage of Maine recently vetoed a bill that would have banned therapists in his state from working with children who are uncomfortable with same-sex attraction or their experience that their gender is incompatible with their biological sex.
The governor wrote that mental health professionals are already regulated by licensure requirements, and he rejected the notion that they require regulation beyond what is already mandated.
LePage observed that while he strongly agrees that adolescents should not be physically or mentally abused by adults if they share concerns about their sexuality with them, the bill could open up a mental health professional to a malpractice issue even over a simple conversation about sexual orientation or gender initiated by the patient himself.
The governor wrote:
This is so broad that licensed professionals would be prohibited from counseling an individual even at the individual’s own request. We should not prohibit professionals from counseling an individual even at the individual’s own request. We should not prohibit professionals from providing their expertise to those who seek it for their own personal and basic questions such as, “How do I deal with these feelings I am experiencing?”
LePage also went on to voice his concerns that such a bill might be interpreted as a “threat to religious liberty.”
“Parents have the right to seek counsel and treatment for their children from professionals who do not oppose the parents’ own religious beliefs,” he asserted. “Because the standard of practice for these professionals already prohibits any practice or therapy that would amount to physical or mental abuse, what we are really trying to regulate are the private, consultative conversations between a licensed provider and a client.”
Biden’s foundation makes unfounded claims that immediately affirming the identity of LGBTQ young people can prevent serious mental illness among them.
“I’m so proud to announce the Biden Foundation has launched this campaign,” Biden said in a statement. “We’ll use our resources to highlight the harms of family rejection—and lift up research, best practices, and personal stories to powerfully show the significant value of family acceptance.”
As it kicks off its campaign, the Biden Foundation will be gathering personal stories from young people with sexual orientation or gender identity issues, as well as parents, educators, and other professionals, as a way to raise awareness about the dangers of mental illness when these youth are not immediately affirmed and accepted.
Members of Biden’s LGBTQ Advisory Council include Michael Guest, who, as his bio states, “was our country’s first Senate-confirmed, openly gay ambassador (to Romania, 2001–2004).”
Jason Collins, a retired Boston Celtics NBA basketball player, who announced in 2013 that he is gay, is also an advisory council member, as is Mara Keisling, founder and executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.
Award-winning song artist Cyndi Lauper, who launched the True Colors Fund, is also a member of Biden’s foundation advisory council for LGBTQ issues, as is Sara Ramirez of CBS’s Madam Secretary and formerly of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.
Also on the foundation’s LGBTQ Advisory Council is Phillip Picardi, who oversees the content of Teen Vogue magazine, which he transformed from a fashion and celebrity publication to one devoted to gender equality and social justice.
Advisory Council member Jacob Tobia has been the host of NBC OUT’s Queer 2.0 and “a leading voice for genderqueer, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people.”
According to his bio on the foundation’s website, Tobia is “an avid Sriracha devotee and has worn high heels in the White House twice.”
Meanwhile, boys will continue to be allowed in girls’ restrooms and locker rooms in Oregon after a judge dismissed a lawsuit against that policy, saying, “high school students do not have a fundamental privacy right to not share school restrooms, lockers, and showers with transgender students whose biological sex is different than theirs.”
Students who are unwillingly subjected to seeing students of the opposite sex are not having their rights violated, U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez wrote.
This ruling “reveals everything people need to know to understand the utter corruption of our court system,” Julie Quist, Board Chair of the Child Protection League (CPL), told LifeSiteNews. “Decency and respect for our children…are being cast aside for the political advantage of a militant political force that is systematically violating the innocence, dignity and freedom of our children and all of us.”
The lawsuit against Oregon schools allowing boys in girls’ restrooms and vice versa was filed by parents and students in Dallas, Oregon. This gender-free policy caused “embarrassment, humiliation, anxiety, intimidation, fear, apprehension, and stress produced by using the restroom with students of the opposite sex,” they said in the lawsuit.
The problems began when the Dallas School District allowed a girl to change in the boys’ locker rooms. She didn’t like changing in the gender-neutral bathroom because it was too far away and other students noticed, according to the Washington Post.
“This ruling, and others like it, is a hostile takeover,” Quist continued. “CPL urges parents to immediately begin to take steps to remove their children from any public schools where this policy is being enforced, and to take seriously a new burden of their responsibility of citizenship to throw out all incumbent elected officials everywhere who will not fight for them. If we love our children, it’s that important.”
School districts across the country have faced a slew of legal issues over whether to allow gender-confused boys in girls’ restrooms or hotel rooms on school trips and vice versa. The Obama administration threatened to pull federal funding from schools that didn’t enact transgender-approved policies. The Trump administration dropped that effort.
In 2017, the Supreme Court declined to hear a case about transgender school bathrooms, kicking it back to a lower court.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
August 9th, 2018