The Minnesota Child Protection League has developed a Toolkit to help parents and the public understand the dangers to the hearts and minds of women and young girls from the dangers of the erotic book and film 50 Shades of Gray. The Toolkit, available for free consists of the following:
- A reality-check FACT SHEET: What everyone need to know about the movie;
- LINKS & RESOURCES: A sheet to help understand the dangers and talk to teens;
- The PLEDGE: For all to sign, share, and go viral;
- GRAPHICS: Posters, online and social media-sized graphics, twitter posts, and hash tags to spread the word.
Here is the pledge:
Please help this information to go viral to protect the hearts and minds of our girls and women!
Sadly, despite massive outcry by the public, letters from the American College of Pediatricians and Liberty Counsel, testimony of three legislators, and a well-organized resistance led by the Child Protection League Action, the Minnesota State High School League went ahead with a tragically unfair and unsafe policy that allows transgender boys to compete as girls if that is their declared orientation. The board president even admitted that they had received pressure and coaching from the Obama administration’s Office of Civil Rights.
CPLAction State Coordinator Michele Lentz said the following:
“Aside from violating the law, this policy is an aggressive and hostile act against Minnesota’s children, families and the public, violating every principle of human biology and reason. This policy,” she continued “has nothing to do with what is best for Minnesota children, transgender or not. The MSHSL has chosen to be complicit in a nation-wide design to quickly impose a false interpretation of the anti-discrimination laws upon us, dishonestly insisting this is what the law requires, and to do it as fast as possible, before public resistance can grow.”
As terrible an idea as this is, there is at least the good news that the policy, despite very deceptive statements from the board, is is not mandatory. Here is another excerpt from the CPL Action press release:
Contrary to a media statement by MSHSL President McCready yesterday in which he stated that “the measure amounts to a mandatory policy for schools,” what was passed yesterday is guidance, not a mandate. Even the MSHSL Meeting Synopsis describes it this way:
“League member schools will now have some guidance [our emphasis] from the Board on determining the eligibility of transgender male-to-female (MTF) students to participate in gender-specific athletic programs. Effective with the 2015-16 school year, member schools are encouraged [our emphasis] to base such MTF eligibility decisions on the criteria the Board approved.”
McCready wants schools to believe that they are mandated to allow transgender male-to-female athletes to compete on the team of their gender identity. CPLAction vehemently disagrees. While the policy intentionally does not state it, schools cannot lose their MSHSL membership by not following this guidance.
CPL Action encourages schools not to comply:
“We strongly advise schools not to adopt the MSHSL criteria or insert it to their handbooks,” stated Lentz. “We urge them to comply with the law that protects girls’ sports and that also respects the physical privacy of both boys and girls, privacy which will inevitably be compromised by adopting the MSHSL view of the law. Let transgender students appeal to the MSHSL as this policy establishes, and let the MSHSL be fully liable for the legal and judicial consequences that are soon to come. The MSHSL does not have the authority to overrule state law.”
In addition, there is a petition that individuals may sign that will be used to continue to oppose this policy with the MNSHSL and the legislature.
Please read this important alert from, Child Protection League Action, the action arm of our special project organization, the Minnesota Child Protection League. This Alert has gone viral, and we encourage you to take action and share it widely:
THE MINNESOTA STATE HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE BOARD
IS NOT LISTENING TO YOU!
Last October, the public rose up to OPPOSE the new MSHSL transgender policy that would force all member schools to allow transgender students to play on the team opposite their biological gender. All league schools will come under this dictate-public, private and religious. Instead of voting it down, the MSHSL tabled the proposal. It is BACK for a vote on December 4th, and they intend to pass it!
This MSHSL policy creates the potential for children of the opposite sex to:
SHOWER WITH EACH OTHER, DRESS WITH EACH OTHER, and SHARE HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS.
The MSHSL Executive Director David Stead, in a recent article, wouldn’t respond to the privacy and safety issues his policy will create. He just passed the buck. Let the schools deal with it, was all he had to say.
Well, Mr. Stead,
These are our schools!
These are our children!
We are dealing with it right now!
TAKE THESE THREE ACTIONS NOW!
- Contact your MSHSL Region Representative. If you know your region, contact information is here. If you do not know your region, this Handbook (pp 13-14) will list your school.
- Get your school to speak up to oppose this policy. This means your school board members, your principals, and/or your athletic directors. All MSHSL member schools-public, private, religious-will be affected.
Get your friends, family, and community leaders involved.
You know who they are and you have the greatest influence on them.
Mr. Stead distributed this information at a recent meeting with Athletic Directors and School Board members:
It is important for policy-makers to understand that transgender girls (who were assigned a male gender at birth) are not boys. Their consistent and affirmed gender identity as girls is as deep-seated as the gender identity of non-transgender girls. The belief that transgender girls are not “real” girls is sometimes expressed as a concern that allowing transgender girls to compete on girls teams displaces opportunities for “real” girls to participate.
So we are to “understand” that boys are not boys, and that boys who feel they are girls, are “real girls.” Gender is not feelings. Feelings-no matter how “deep-seated”- will never change a person’s DNA. Gender is biology. It is incredible that we are being told to believe something so absurd.
Research shows that 70% – 80% of children who expressed transgender feelings spontaneously lost those feelings by the time they were adults. We need to provide help to these precious, gender-confused children, not bind them into something they cannot be freed from. They should not be used as tools of aggressive special interest groups with dangerous agendas that will harm children.
Mr. Stead’s hand-out then made the preposterous case that parents’ concerns over male/female physical inequities were “gender stereotypes” and that “no research” supports such concerns. What world are these people living in? Unfortunately, our children are the victims of their fantasies.
Finally, if you can make it, show up at the MSHSL meeting:
2100 Freeway Boulevard, Brooklyn Center
While you can still make a difference!
Thank you to those of you who emailed and called and went to testify in order to protect children’s innocence. Your willingness to serve had a great effect! Here is the report on the outcome of the Minnesota State High School League meetings after this ad was placed in newspapers around the state by CPL Action:
A week ago, most Minnesota parents of school age children were entirely unaware that the Minnesota State High School League was on the verge of passing a dangerous and controversial new policy that would affect the extracurricular activities of over 500 schools—public, private, religious and home schools. The policy provided special accommodations for transgender students to participate on the team of their choice – the team matching their biological gender or cross over to the team that matched their gender choice.
The implications of boys and girls co-mingled in games and locker rooms were profound.
Last Sunday, Child Protection League Action (CPLAction) took out a full page, color ad in the sports section of the Star Tribune newspaper to alert the public that the policy that was moving rapidly under the radar and coming up for a vote this week.
The secret was out.
The public reacted swiftly. Within a matter of days, the MSHSL received over 10,000 emails. TV and radio outlets all over the state, and many nationally, ran a story. Talk radio took it up, social media lit up, and emails fanned out across the state. Suddenly, it was on everyone’s radar.
Organizations, schools, school board members, and individuals lined up to testify at Tuesday’s first public hearing. TV cameras elbowed for room with the standing-room-only crowd of elderly to students, moms to grandparents, and attorneys to former athletes. This is what public awareness looks like.
In his opening statement, MSHSL Executive Director David Stead made the most unfortunate and inaccurate claim that federal law required the Board to pass this draft policy. He was corrected by at least one attorney in the crowd who clarified that guidance from the U.S Office of Civil Rights does not constitute federal law.
CPLAction State Director Michele Lentz said, in response to the Director’s complaint about the newspaper ad, “If the MSHSL had taken out a full page ad in the Sunday paper to inform the public that an important and controversial policy that would affect all schools was up for consideration, we would not have had to.”
What became painfully obvious through testimony is that only one state organization seems to have been given a seat at the MSHSL policy-drafting table – OutFront Minnesota, an LGBT special interest group. That’s no way to make public policy or to build a consensus. And, unfortunately, it undermines the entire credibility of the MSHSL, which has a very important role to play.
In the end, after being inundated since Sunday with public reaction, the MSHSL Board prudently did not take up its original draft proposal. One Board Member pulled out and introduced a new and hastily constructed substitute that may have had some merit. But expecting to submit something, on which the public has had no opportunity to either review or comment, is completely irresponsible.
The Board chose to table the newest draft until its December 4th meeting. CPLAction will make that draft available to you, study it carefully, and make our analysis public.
The MSHSL has indicated it will appoint a committee to allow input from a wider group of the public. That’s good news. Any future policy draft should not reflect the interests of one particular group of students to the exclusion of all others. We hope they will include CPLAction in the discussion. We have demonstrated our willingness to represent the interests of the general public and the broad base of student interests in this conversation.
As with many other testifiers at the public hearings, CPLAction firmly believes all students should be allowed to participate in extracurricular athletic programs. They should be able to do so in a way that does not jeopardize anyone’s personal privacy rights, safety, or well-being, or in a way that jeopardizes the values and institutional integrity of MSHSL member schools.
This issue is far from resolved. All of us – parents, schools, organizations, churches, and interested individuals—must stay completely engaged until a fair, reasonable, and safe policy is in place in Minnesota. Please make contact with your local principals, administrators, school board members, neighbors, and your area MSHSL representative soon. December 4th will be here too quickly. Tell them what you think, ask them to be engaged and informed, and request that they get back to you on their involvement.
Working together has temporarily prevented something very unsafe from happening. But our voices must continue to be heard. Thank you.
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