Monday evening, pro-privacy parents and concerned citizens FLOODED Monday evening's Anoka-Hennepin public school board meeting - even spilling into an overflow hallway!
Pro-privacy attendees urged board members to continue compassionately accommodating students who struggle with biological realities without compromising the privacy, safety and dignity of all other students. Parents urged school board members to continue designating intimate spaces such as changing rooms, showers and restrooms according to biological sex.
In addition to parent testimony, excellent statements were offered by Douglas Wardlow of Alliance Defending Freedom, Emily Zinos of Hands Across the Aisle and consultant with Ask Me First MN, attorney Renee Carlson with North Star Law and Policy Center, and long-time ally of Minnesota Family Council, Barb Anderson!
Featured below is the testimony Emily Zinos' presented to A-H board members:
My name is Emily Zinos and I am a mother of 6 children who attend MN schools. I am also a member of a national coalition of women called Hands Across the Aisle, which unites conservative Christians, lesbians, and feminists in our support for biological sex-based rights.
I’d like to begin with a couple of definitions: “Sex” is the reality of being male or female as determined by unchangeable biology, anatomy and chromosomes. Gender identity is a person’s inner sense of being male, or female, or both, or neither.
Sex is a verifiable fact.
Gender is an idea.
Sex-based protections in law are a big part of why women comprise such a large number of today’s college graduates, why girls have their own high school and college sports teams and why women have equal employment opportunities.
But it’s not just women’s and girls’ rights that are at stake when sex is redefined as gender identity; students and parents also have much to lose. Last year, as a mother to public school students, I watched as a gender inclusion policy at our school quickly eroded privacy protections, free speech rights, and science itself.
The gender inclusion policy at our school:
- Allowed students to use the showers, locker rooms, bathrooms and overnight accommodations of the opposite sex,
- It proclaimed that sex was arbitrarily assigned at birth and that it can be changed at will,
- Shut down free speech, forcing students to use preferred pronouns or be punished.
Privacy is important to the parents who entrust their children to Minnesota public schools every day. At our school, over 100 parents joined forces to demand that the privacy, safety and dignity of their children was respected. When the school didn’t listen and a gender inclusion policy was passed, over 90 students were pulled out of the school and applications for enrollment dropped for the first time in the school’s history.
We all know that biological sex matters when we’re in a communal locker room. As a member of the Hands Across the Aisle coalition, I work with lesbians, feminists and progressives to advocate for intimate spaces like showers, locker rooms and bathrooms to be designated by biological sex.
We all know...
biological sex matters
I’d like to commend the Anoka-Hennepin School Board for respecting student privacy and encourage you to continue doing so. This is not a partisan issue, this is commonsense.
Watch the full Anoka-Hennepin Board Meeting here. The first 80 minutes were given to public testimony.