(MSN by: Jessica Marie Baumgartner)- Two Alabama LGBTQ bills, SB184 (The Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act) and HB322 (Public schools, restrooms or changing areas, required to be used based on individual's biological sex, kindergarten to fifth-grade classroom instruction, limited regarding sexual orientation or gender identity, State Board of Education to adopt rules) are now fully enacted. Although the Governor signed them in the spring, full implementation was delayed until preparations for the 2022-2023 school year began. Students attending class in the fall will now be required to use bathrooms based on their biology, and refrain from changing their gender, and K-4 children are not allowed to be taught sexual education or gender theory.
While some say these Alabama bills are harmful, many parents are celebrating a return to science and childhood innocence. For years now parents have been fighting to keep harmful sexual education from being forced onto children before they are old enough to understand complex concepts like sex, birth control, and transgenderism - which affect 1.4% of American teenagers. In addition, the safety of natural-born girls has been said to have been compromised by schools that allow boys who identify as girls to enter the bathroom of their choice. The nation has not forgotten the case of the male Loudoun County student who sexually assaulted a female classmate in the school bathroom.
While some claim that the rights of trans students entitle them to special treatment, many parents have expressed their displeasure at this rhetoric in favor of safety for young girls who have been historically allowed female-only spaces for their safety. States lawmakers have had to consider both sides and act based on the best interests of everyone involved. Like Florida, Alabama is addressing LGBTQ overreach in order to get back to teaching children more universal lessons.
These Alabama bills focus on the three most pressing areas of concern, child sex changes, sex ed, and bathrooms. SB 184 (The Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act) outlaws child sex changes, taking a "wait and see" approach instead of rushing young children into a life-altering medical intervention that they may regret later. Doctors who violate this will be charged with a Class C felony. Teachers are banned from discussing gender identity and other misleading sexual education concepts until students are in the fifth grade.
The newly enacted Alabama law, HB322, requires students to use the bathroom which corresponds to their biological sex. Young males can no longer visit the lady’s room for deciding to be a girl or wearing a dress. This is expected to protect young females and abate unnecessary gender confusion.
Many are comparing these bills to Florida's similar policies and even call them, "Don't Say Gay," legislation. In fact, none of these documents bar teachers from saying "gay." These new Alabama LGBTQ laws merely protect parents' rights to ensure that they are informed of their children's behavior and allow them to once again trust that schools are protecting children from harm while teaching them age-appropriate lessons.
After June's pride month displays, more and more families are condemning overtly sexual displays being performed in front of children. While many members of the LGBTQ community obsess over sex and sexuality, Alabama's ban on LGBTQ lessons has now taken effect. K-4 students will no longer be subjected to controversial content and natural-born females who oppose transgender access can now find safety in girls' only spaces. How these changes affect students will not be known for some time, but they are likely to reinforce the widely accepted belief that "kids should be kids."