A roundup of news and commentary from around the interwebs.
From The Daily Wire: “Biden Faces Backlash After Trans Activist Goes Topless At White House Pride Event: ‘A Disgrace To Our Country’.” The president who promised to bring “honor” and “decency” back to the White House invited half-naked LGBT activists to frolic on the lawn while he praised them for their “courage.” Biden used the opportunity to promise more cash and resources to nearly every aspect of the LGBT agenda, and referred to the Pulse nightclub shooting as an attack on the LGBT community. It is worth noting that there is no evidence whatsoever that the nightclub was targeted for being a gay club, and plenty of evidence to the contrary.
Under Catholic president Joseph R. Biden, the United States is becoming known as one of the primary global purveyors of gender ideology. The U.S. plays by their own rules, and those rules are set by the transgender lobby. From The Post Millennial: “US rugby team IGNORES official guidelines, allows biological male to play.”
That, of course, will result in more of this, from the New York Post: “Controversial trans cyclist Austin Killips wins North Carolina race by 5 minutes.” An excerpt:
Controversial transgender cyclist Austin Killips has won a North Carolina race by a whopping five minutes — prompting the second-place finisher to declare that her power was “not comparable” and suggest a separate category for trans athletes. Austin Killips, 27, who recently became the first openly trans woman to win an official Union Cycliste Internationale stage event, won $5,000 after easily coming in first in the 131-mile Belgian Waffle Ride in Hendersonville on Saturday, Cycling News reported.
By “trans woman,” the New York Post means “man.” Killips is a man who beat women in a female-only cycling competition.
At World Opinions, Bethel McGrew writes about the new “Pride onesie” released by Kohl’s: “This is not a debate. This is war. And the winner gets our children’s hearts and minds. The LGBTQ lobby has understood this for a long time. Do we?” Good question.
A newly revised California bill would treat parents’ refusal to “affirm” their child’s gender identity as a violation of health, safety, and welfare in the context of custody disputes. The bill, which has already passed the State Assembly, would require judges adjudicating such disputes over transgender-identifying children to favor the parent who “affirms” the child’s preferred identity. Earlier this week the authors released an updated version that specifically defines “the health, safety, and welfare” of a child to include “a parent’s affirmation of the child’s gender identity”—a change that the bill’s opponents worry will open the door to non-affirmation being treated as abuse.
“When you say that gender affirmation is in the child’s best interest for health, safety, and welfare, it takes nothing to say [non-affirmation] is now abuse—because you’re not taking care of the health, safety, and welfare if you’re not affirming them,” said Erin Friday, a San Francisco attorney and co-lead of the parent coalition Our Duty.
The amended bill, known as A.B. 957, is the latest in a slate of legislation to enshrine left-wing gender ideology in California law. State senator Scott Wiener (D.), who coauthored A.B. 957 with Assemblywoman Lori Wilson (D.), is simultaneously advancing a separate bill that would require foster parents to promise to “affirm” trans-identifying children. In 2022, he introduced a first-in-the-nation law enshrining California as a “haven” where out-of-state minors can obtain sex changes without their parents’ consent.
As Jonah Goldberg put it: “This is lunacy. The logical upshot of it is that the state can superintend the decisions of parents of 7-year-olds based on some social worker’s understanding of gender theory.” In fact, that was a specific example used by Wilson to defend her bill—a 7-year-old being taken from his or her parents if the parents decline to “affirm” gender dysphoria. As Ben Shapiro noted: “I told my wife that we needed to leave California in 2020 because in 5-10 years, it would simply not be possible to raise children in line with traditional morality and decency there. My timeline was optimistic.”
From The Cato Institute: “Nearly a Third of Gen Z Favors the Government Installing Surveillance Cameras in Homes.” What in the world were the questions for that poll?