“People’s behavior makes sense if you think about it in terms of their goals, needs, and motives.” – Thomas Mann
Small actions often have a greater impact on history and culture than the ones that are louder and more spectacular. They creep by unnoticed, and because we don’t see them, we also don’t anticipate the impact they’ll have down the line.
The transgender movement has gained incredible traction over the last several years, but its linkage to the gay rights movement has caused it to take on many of the negative traits of the gay mafia. The transgender movement has become one that bullies and screams as loudly as it can until it gets its way, and if you counter the beast, you get mowed down.
The trans movement claims that it doesn’t want to erase or tear down cultural traditions, but that’s not the case. Take for instance the recent decision by a Maryland high school to abandon its long-standing tradition of two-color graduation robes. At Blake high school, female graduates wear white and male graduates wear blue. Now, under pressure from the school’s gay-straight alliance, the school has decided that going forward, gender-neutral robes will be the norm.
According to The Washington Post:
“The issue arose at Blake last spring after teacher Mary Wagner, faculty sponsor of the gay-straight alliance, got a call from a counselor at another county high school where four transgender students were not allowed to wear their preferred colors.”
Additionally, Kate Campbell, co-president of Blake’s senior class, argues that the move is necessary because “the color of the gown correlates with their [trans or gender-confused teens] identity, and it can be like coming out to their parents and family members on graduation day.”
So the school bowed to the pressure, despite an even split across the student body, and changed the dual-color system. But let’s look at the two arguments presented in the Washington Post piece.
- Students were denied the ability to choose the gowns they wanted based on their preferred gender identity.
- Having two colors forces students to “come out” to their parents on graduation day.
There’s a remedy for both of these arguments. Allow the minuscule percentage of gender confused or transgender teens to choose the color they prefer. Minute exceptions. Side note—a new study reported in The New York Times pegs the percentage of Americans who identify as transgender at 0.3 percent. Let’s be generous however, and quintuple that percentage to account for possible misrepresentation. That’s still just 1.5 percent. Even multiplying the number five times means that out of every 200 students, approximately three will identify as trans.
Let those who want to choose their robe color do so accordingly.
Next, if someone doesn’t want to come out to their parents as trans or gender-confused, they’re not being forced to choose the color opposite their gender. The argument being presented is that if given the choice between white and blue, a male grad who feels like he’s a female will be tortured between the two colors; so tortured, in fact, that in order to represent who he truly is, he will choose the white, female gown. This will lead to his parents discovering his gender confusion.
However, if it’s the case that this male grad doesn’t want his parents to know about his secret, why wouldn’t he simply opt to wear the blue, male gown? But no, if two colors are to be chosen from, this gender-confused teen absolutely must choose the white gown. It’s the gown’s fault he will come out to his parents, not the fact that he couldn’t suck it up for a day and wear blue.
Am I supposed to believe that choosing between two colors of polyester robes that will be worn for two hours on one day of someone’s life is so torturous that we need to abolish dual-colored robes? The average American lifespan is approximately 683,280 hours. You really can’t last for two of those hours in a gown that “doesn’t represent who you are?” Get over it.
But this isn’t about transgenderism or acceptance, it’s a tactic. This is symptomatic of a larger goal to normalize transgenderism. This seemingly stupid little fight that will go unnoticed by a majority of people is just one step toward a greater goal. It begins by making neutral graduation gowns, but what comes next?
Rather than keep the long-standing tradition and allow small exceptions for trans students to choose their gown color—which would have been the more reasonable response—they have backed down completely. If a high school is willing to back down on an issue as asinine as the color of a graduation robe, what comes next? What will be the outcome of a much more prominent fight?
There are many possibilities, but here’s one scenario. What if trans individuals are too poor to get the surgery and hormones they want to fully transform into their desired gender? They then demand that the government pay for their surgeries because it’s a “human right” to feel correct in your body. The government acquiesces, because it’s what they do, and ponies up the cash on the taxpayer dime.
Then religious people decide they don’t want their tax dollars going to pay for a procedure that is morally contrary to what they believe. A fight ensues, and who wins? Do you think this sounds crazy?
Well, as the Obama administration’s legal battle with The Little Sisters of the Poor demonstrates, the government is currently doing something analogous to the situation I painted above. The Catholic organization—run by freaking nuns no less—is being told they must violate their moral convictions by providing for their employees coverage for abortifacients and contraceptives.
The government is badgering nuns, saying they must violate their faith. Given that, who do you think the government would side with if the increasingly belligerent trans movement demands that taxpayers fund their transitions?
What’s next? The trans movement will become offended by the teachings of various faiths (Christians, because we know they won’t touch Muslims), and those teachings will be targeted. Think that’s crazy?
A man in England was arrested and detained for 11 hours in 2013 for street-preaching. A lesbian became offended, called him a homophobe—though he hadn’t even mentioned homosexuality—and he was arrested for it. He was later released. Google it.
This minute graduation robe incident is a microcosm event; its predictive of what’s to come on a much larger scale—but because it’s such a non-event story, nobody will see its importance.
Don’t gloss over this story; it is so much more relevant than most realize.