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  • Trans Activists: We're Normal, But You Must Pay To Fix Us

    by Peter Sprigg

    June 14, 2019: One of the first major successes of the "gay liberation" movement in the United States was the American Psychiatric Association's (APA's) 1973 decision to remove homosexuality from its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the "DSM"). Early activists in the movement knew they would never persuade the public that they were normal as long as doctors said they were sick. The fact that the decision was more political than scientific complicates the history, but the goal was clear.

  • Is sexual orientation determined at birth? No.

    by Peter Sprigg

    May 25, 2019: The theory that people are "born gay" has been used to argue that sexual orientation is similar to race - that "gay is the new black." Based largely on this premise, the proposed "Equality Act," which is currently under consideration in Congress, would treat sexual orientation exactly like race under federal civil rights laws. But is it true that sexual orientation is determined at (or before) birth?

  • There's no evidence at all that the Equality Act will help the economy

    by Peter Sprigg

    April 30, 2019: A free-market economy-the freedom of willing employers and willing employees, willing vendors and willing customers, to contract with each other-has made our country prosperous. There is a role for government in the economy, but government intervention to dictate how American businesses operate should require the most compelling justification.

  • Opinion: 'Gender X' wages war on reality

    by Peter Sprigg

    March 25, 2019: Does New York City allow residents to have "gender-neutral" birth certificates? The idea seems so absurd that the question was posed to Snopes - the website best known for debunking various urban legends. In this case, however, the claim - that "New Yorkers can select a gender-neutral option on their birth certificates" - received a rating of "True."

  • Department of Defense on Why Those with "Gender Dysphoria" Are Disqualified from Military Service

    by Peter Sprigg

    February 6, 2019: Before 2016, persons who identified as "transgender" (those whose psychological "gender identity differs from their biological sex") were generally disqualified from military service. In 2016, during its last year, the Obama administration reversed that policy. However, in July 2017, President Trump announced he would return to the previous policy, and in March 2018, Defense Secretary James Mattis issued a 44-page "Report and Recommendations" laying out a new policy to exclude those with "gender dysphoria" from the military. Although lower federal courts had blocked implementation of the Trump/Mattis policy in four lawsuits, in January 2019 the U.S. Supreme Court put these lower court rulings on hold, allowing the policy to be implemented pending further litigation.

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