I strongly oppose the proposed guidelines as they have the effect of substituting the state’s temporal prerogatives over the rights of parents to raise their own children as they see fit. Specifically, these guidelines explicitly allow unelected school administrators to withhold important information from parents regarding their children. Furthermore, these guidelines extend beyond the school to specifically stipulate that parents could be held liable for child abuse solely for not affirming a child’s stated gender preference at any particular time. In effect, these guidelines marginalize parents even further by usurping parents’ deeply held moral or religious convictions as they apply to how they raise their children, and even to the very essence of humanity itself.
These guidelines, presented without actual debate, do not mention minimum age of child, suggesting that they still apply even when child is too young to be aware of the importance of such a decision has on their life. These guidelines have no rational scientific basis, rather, they rely strictly on a child’s emotional whims at any particular moment.