A Wisconsin school district will be prevented from concealing gender transitions of children while a legal challenge is underway, thanks to a recent court ruling.
The controversial policy at the heart of the case assists children as young as five to socially transition to a different gender at school, and instructs teachers to keep their parents in the dark.
The injunction is the latest development in a lawsuit filed against Madison Metropolitan School District by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL).
Under the policy, staff are directed to revert to a child’s birth name and pronouns whenever their parents are nearby, if the child has not consented to having them informed.
In an expert affidavit, psychiatrist Dr Levine said: “For a child to live radically different identities at home and at school, and to conceal what he or she perceives to be his or her true identity from parents, is psychologically unhealthy in itself”.
Levine also testified that the majority of children who struggle with gender dysphoria grow out of it, warning that affirming a child’s gender confusion reduces the chances of that happening.
The legal challenge on behalf of 14 parents from eight families seeks to uphold the “fundamental and constitutional right” of parents to “direct the upbringing of their children”.
However, in Minnesota, a school district will be forced to let transgender pupils use the shower and changing facilities of the opposite sex after losing an appeal against accusations of discrimination.
In dissent, Judge Johnson said the court failed to have a proper consideration of the anatomical differences between the transgender complainant and the boys using the changing rooms.