September 19, 2018
While the U.S. House of Representatives is out this week, we thought we'd give you an update from a different Congress, so to speak. Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at Family Research Council, was a speaker at the latest meeting of the World Congress of Families (WCF), held Sept. 14-16 in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova (a former Soviet republic located between Romania and Ukraine). The theme of the Congress was "The Natural Family: Uniting East and West."
Peter's talk described "Five Myths About 'Gender Identity,'" as part of a panel discussion on "Gender Ideology." The five myths Peter described were:
- "If the mind is in conflict with the body, the mind is right."
- "Gender non-conforming children will always grow up to be transgender adults."
- "Gender transition (hormones and surgery) is 'medically necessary.'"
- "'Gender identity' discrimination is a form of 'sex discrimination.'"
- "The transgender movement is a progressive movement" (noting that even some self-identified lesbians and gays, as well as radical feminists, have a problem with it.)
FRC renewed its formal partnership with the World Congress of Families this year, and Peter has attended all but one of the WCF events since 2004, speaking in Mexico City (2004) and Salt Lake City (2015).
The event had the active support of the President of Moldova, Igor Dodon, who spoke at both the opening and closing ceremonies. Dodon declared:
[T]he philosophy aimed at strengthening the institution of the family and based on the priority of traditional family values should become an alternative to the actively propagated anti-family ideology.
At the closing ceremonies for this year's Congress, Brian Brown, President of the International Organization for the Family (IOF), which organizes the WCF, announced that the next World Congress of Families will be held in Verona, Italy from March 29-31, 2019.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.