Texas Lt. Governor Tells Schools to Ignore Federal Guidelines on Discrimination

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

In addition to calling for the head of the Dallas-Fort Worth school superintendent for following federal guidelines against transgender discrimination, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick is addressing letters to every school system in the state telling them to ignore the guidelines from the Department of Justice and Department of Education.

I assume Patrick has done so with Governor Abbott's blessing, but he's reportedly telling school systems that the Abbott administration will defend them in court for violating the Civil Rights Act.

Patrick also took a brief moment during his press conference yesterday to remind us that he has no idea what he's talking about.

Patrick, who has previously said Texas is willing to forfeit $10 billion in federal education funding rather than comply, said he was sending a letter to all school district this week emphasizing that the state will support schools that defy the directive. [...]

"Transgender students deserve the rights of anyone else. It does not mean they get to use the girls' room if they're a boy," Patrick said.


They deserve the same rights except they don't?

Transgender girls are not boys. Transgender boys are not girls. Patrick says transgender students 'deserve the same rights,' but he doesn't seem to understand what that means. He doesn't seem to understand anything.

The opposition to transgender rights is so fucking stupid I'm actually somewhat optimistic that the arch conservative 5th Circuit Court will rule against them.

Can the judges twist themselves in enough directions to make up for the abject idiocy of the plaintiffs? I guess we'll see.

  • kman

    The government should just cut ALL funds for texas and not just education funds.

  • ttopper2016

    Problem is, the Obama Administration has bypassed normal processes with this issue. Normally there would at least public comment, policy discussions at local levels, but Obama decided he didn’t have to do that. Guess what? Law suit time! And the president and his administration took the Title IV law that’s been on in existence for decades and unilaterally changed the meaning of sex as understood and likely intended by the law (as about one’s physical gender) and made it about how a person feels about it with “gender identification.”
    The president can’t just do these things without expecting a response. And he got one. Big surprise to just about nobody.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    Transgender girls are not boys. Transgender boys are not girls.

    That’s the key, right there, in that it’s the one critical fact that conservatives cannot get through their thick skulls. The most they’re willing to accept is that a transgender girl is a boy pretending to be a girl, and vice-versa. But a boy pretending to be a girl is not transgender. They can’t fathom the difference.

    • ttopper2016

      The one critical fact that the gender warriors excel at overlooking is basic common sense. If you are a parent of teenage girls and your school district, with the backing of the DOE and DOJ, says that your 15 year old neighbor boy who identifies as a girl, with the backing of HIS parents, can shower with your daughters in the girls’ showers at school, you won’d likely appreciate it, no matter how hard President Obama tries to shame you into it.
      The common sense thing to do is get the transgenders counseling in how to deal with the reality that the vast majority of people in society aren’t going to appreciate someone of the opposite sex showering with them in public facilities. It’s just not going to happen.

      • GrafZeppelin127

        I don’t know how many public schools still have “open showers” (as opposed to stalls with curtains), or among those that do, how many kids still actually use them. I find it impossible to imagine any transgender student ever using one, indeed ever exposing his/her genitals to others in a locker room or anywhere else.

        The fact that this vague, unrealistic “showering with them” scenario (complete with delusions of coercion) is the only thing that occurs, and the only thing that seems important, to people like you is truly astounding.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius
  • Draxiar

    Meanwhile, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) is expected to sign a bill protecting the rights of transgender individuals.

  • muselet

    Dan Patrick is using the same rhetoric Righties use when talking about gays and lesbians: they deserve the exact same rights as everyone else, but they don’t deserve special rights (ooh, scary!). You know, special rights like not being discriminated against and being allowed to marry the ones they love. Or, in the case of transgender people, micturate in peace.

    Can the judges twist themselves in enough directions to make up for the abject idiocy of the plaintiffs?

    In the Fifth? Count on it.


    • D_C_Wilson

      The Fourth Circuit has already come down on the side of the administration, so if the Fifth rules in the opposite direction, that makes it more likely the Supreme Court will take up the case next session. That will make what happens with the vacancy left by Scalia’s death all the more important.

      • muselet

        Couldn’t agree more.