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What is at stake: Attorney General Tong files brief to hide social gender transition from CT parent and children’s father.

Resources for legislators . . .

The Family Institute of Connecticut Action has initiated a“Let Parents Parent” bill for the 2024 legislative session.  To that end, FIC Action is hosting ongoing zoom meetings on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10am to update legislators on the proposal, provide legal and gender experts to answer questions, discuss the bill language, true statistics on suicide and more.

Legislators are welcome to register in advance for these meetings to attend any or all sessions:

What is the proposed bill?

A Let Parents Parent bill would require guardians to be notified by a school if several events happen to their minor child . . injury, suicide ideation, behavior intervention meeting, social gender transition including change of pronoun and use of opposite sex bathrooms/lockers, bullying, pattern of poor academics and more.

Why is this bill needed?

Among other reasons, Attorney General Tong intervened against a CT Mom’s case in July 2023 to demand secrecy by schools and continued social transition of her 2 children contrary to the CT Mom’s parental authority and direction (Foote v. Ludlow).

This bill is a reaction to Attorney General Tong intervening in a MA case by a Connecticut mom, Marissa Silvestri.  Marissa sued her children’s school system in Ludlow, MA.  The facts are not in dispute: the school was facilitating a social gender transition of her son AND daughter, against her and their father’s parental authority and initially without their knowledge. She and other parents sued the school system and Attorney General Tong is using our state legal resources to intervene against them.

CT State Department of Education issued a Transgender Policy and Q&A for schools that discourages parental notification or consent.

In their guidance, if a parent “disgrees” with a social gender transition in school, then that parent should be referred to counseling and the transition continue in school at the child’s discretion. The Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) guidance states that parents should not even be informed.  Like in Marissa’s case, CT schools are encouraged to facilitate and hide a child’s gender social transition.

What is the big deal?

There is robust evidence that children who do not start a gender social transition (adoption of characteristics and traits of opposite sex), but instead receive counseling for their underlying mental health conditions, resolve their gender dysphoria once puberty is completed at a rate of 80 to 90%.  On the other hand, children who begin a gender social transition persist 5 years later at a rate of 94%.  Children who persist traditionally start puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and surgery with all the long term affects, including fertility loss, increased risk of suicide and more. The stakes are very high and at the very least, CT parents deserve to be informed.

The Attorney General and Department of Education bureaucrats are not doctors or guardians and run afoul of Connecticut law and standards of medical care in this matter.

The Attorney General and Department of Education’s actions and policies are contrary to section 45a-604(5)(B) of the Connecticut General Statutes reserving to guardians “the authority to make major decisions affecting the minor’s education and welfare, including, but not limited to, consent determinations regarding . . .  major medical, psychiatric or surgical treatment”. They also contradict treatment protocols for gender dysphoria and incongruence developed by the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (“WPATH 8”) which emphasize “parental collaboration” at every stage.  (see page S52 of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s (WPATH) Standards of Care—Eighth Edition (SOC-8) and throughout)