I Strongly Oppose H.B. 145
I strongly oppose passage of H.B. 145. This proposed legislation is contrary to the rights and responsibilities of parents who are the first and best teachers of their children including matters related to their children's sexual development. Sexual identity is a highly individual, private and critical component of children's healthy psychological, social and biological development. It is wrong and unwise for the state to interfere, with unnecessary and potentially harmful "cookie-cutter" approaches to solving the problems of children and young adults K-12 who, with the guidance of their parents, physicians, psychologists, etc. must work out physical, social and psychological issues of gender confusion as appropriate to each child; this should happen within the confines of the family, medical professionals and psychologists. State interference with gender identity issues only adds another level of complexity for children and teens -- the majority of which do not have gender confusion issues -- parents, educators, school administrators and local children's service agencies.