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22 states sue USDA for tying school lunch funding to compliance with LGBT ideology


By Ryan Foley, Christian Post Reporter

Read more at https://www.christianpost.com/news/22-states-sue-usda-for-tying-school-lunch-funding-to-lgbt-policy.html/

Students eat lunch in the cafeteria at a middle school in San Diego, California March 7, 2011. | (Photo: REUTERS/Mike Blake)

More than 20 state attorneys general have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for threatening to withhold funds for the National School Lunch Program from schools that do not comply with the Biden administration’s LGBT ideology

On May 5, the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service announced its intention to interpret “the prohibition on discrimination based on sex found in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972” to include “discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.” 

In a memorandum published that same day, the agency informed state and regional directors of all Food and Nutrition Services programs of the policy change. The department cited the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2020 decision in Bostock v. Clayton County finding that the provision of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibiting discrimination based on sex also applies to sexual orientation and gender identity as the justification for the new interpretation of Title IX. 

As a result of the USDA’s interpretation of Title IX, “state and local agencies, program operators and sponsors that receive funds from FNS must investigate allegations of discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation” and “update their non-discrimination policies and signage to include prohibitions against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.” 

The FNS administers the National School Lunch Program, which provides low-cost and free lunches to 29.6 million children at nearly 100,000 public and nonprofit private schools in the fiscal year 2019.

On Tuesday, Tennessee’s Republican Attorney General Herbert Slatery joined 21 other Republican attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against the USDA and its top officials in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee Knoxville Division. The attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia are also plaintiffs in the lawsuit. The states contend that USDA’s interpretation of Title IX would cause the plaintiff states to lose federal funding for the National School Lunch Program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) Program.

Describing the USDA as the latest example of the Biden administration’s “misinterpretation” of Title IX, the lawsuit states that the final rule issued by the department requires states to ensure that “no person, on the grounds of sex, including gender identity and sexual orientation, race, color, age, political belief, religious creed, disability, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subject to discrimination under SNAP.” The final rule takes effect on Aug. 15. 

Additional guidance issued by the USDA requires “FNS nutrition assistance programs, state or local agencies, and their subrecipients” to post a nondiscrimination statement. The statement.

The complaint argues that language in the additional guidance indicates that while “the old policy prohibited discrimination only ‘in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA,’ the new policy seemingly implies to each program-administering ‘institution’ as a whole.” It warned that “the USDA Memoranda and Final Rule [will] Irreparably Harm Plaintiff States.”

The lawsuit listed plaintiff states’ “laws or policies that at least arguably conflict with” the USDA’s final rule.

Tennessee state law asserts that “[a] student’s gender for purposes of participation in a public middle school or high school interscholastic athletic activity or event must be determined by the student’s sex at the time of the student’s birth.” The state law also provides a right of action against schools that permit “a member of the opposite sex to enter [a] multi-occupancy restroom or changing facility while other persons [are] present.”

The complaint urged a federal judge to issue “a declaratory judgment holding unlawful the Department’s Memoranda and Final Rule” and a “declaratory judgment holding that Plaintiffs are not bound by the Department’s Memoranda and Final Rule.”

The complaint also sought a declaration that the department did not have the authority to penalize and withhold federal funds from Title IX and Food and Nutrition Act recipients that “continue to separate students by biological sex in appropriate circumstances.” 

The plaintiff states requested similar declarations preventing retaliation against Title IX and Food and Nutrition Act recipients that “maintain showers, locker rooms, bathrooms, residential facilities, and other living facilities separated by biological sex or regulate each individual’s access to those facilities based on the individual’s biological sex.”

The states also want the court to prohibit retaliation against schools that “do not require employees or students to use a transgender individual’s preferred pronouns,” “maintain athletic teams separated by biological sex or” assign individuals to teams based on biological sex.

The lawsuit comes a month after 26 state attorneys general wrote a letter to President Joe Biden outlining their concerns with the USDA’s administrative action and asking the administration to rescind the guidance.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack defended the agency’s actions as part of a commitment to “administering all its programs with equity and fairness and serving those in need with the highest dignity.”

“A key step in advancing these principles is rooting out discrimination in any form – including discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity,” he added. “At the same time, we must recognize the vulnerability of the LGBTQI+ communities and provide them with an avenue to grieve any discrimination they face. We hope that by standing firm against these inequities we will help bring about much-needed change.”

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be reached at: ryan.foley@christianpost.com

Progressives blast Bill Maher as ‘transphobic’ for saying it’s ‘trendy’ to be LGBTQ, declaring children transitioning to transgender is not science-based


Reported by PAUL SACCA | May 21, 2022

Read more at https://www.conservativereview.com/progressives-blast-bill-maher-as-transphobic-for-saying-it-s-trendy-to-be-lgbtq-declaring-children-transitioning-to-transgender-is-not-science-based-2657366383.html/

Bill Maher dared to discuss the sacred cow of transgenderism – which instantly caused progressives to attack the liberal talk show host.

During Friday night’s episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” the HBO host discussed a Gallup poll about the increase of Americans identifying as LGBT. The survey found, “The percentage of U.S. adults who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or something other than heterosexual has increased to a new high of 7.1%, which is double the percentage from 2012, when Gallup first measured it.”

The Gallup poll published in February said that each generation had increased by around double from the previous generation. There were 0.8% who identify as LGBT in the Silent Generation, 2.6% of Baby Boomers, 4.2% of Gen X, 10.5% of Millennials, and 20.8% of Generation Z. Maher hypothesized that some of the massive increase in people identifying as LGBTQ could be because it is currently “trendy” to be considered as such.

“Yes, part of the rise in LGBT numbers is from people feeling free enough to tell it to a pollster and that’s all to the good, but some of it is — it’s trendy,” Maher said.

Maher said, “I’m just saying when things change this much, this fast, people are allowed to ask, ‘What’s up with that?’ All the babies are in the wrong bodies?”

Maher questioned a recent statement by the American Civil Liberties Union that listed groups that would suffer “disproportionately harm” by abortion bans. The ACLU did not name women, but did mention “black, Indigenous, other people of color, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, young people, those working to make ends meet, and people with disabilities.”

Maher asked, “Abortion rights affects gay and trans people more than you know – breeders?”

“I’m happy for LGBT folks that we now live in an age where they can live their authentic lives openly, and we should always be mindful of respecting and protecting,” Maher stated. “But someone needs to say it. Not everything’s about you.”

Maher moved on to children transitioning – which he described as “literally experimenting on children.”

He noted, “Maybe that’s why Sweden and Finland have stopped giving puberty blockers to kids because we just don’t know much about the long-term effects, although common sense should tell you that when you reverse the course of raging hormones, there’s going to be problems.”

Maher then listed the potential health risks of puberty blockers for children.

Maher then highlighted that no gay men were selected as a Grand Marshall for the upcoming New York City Pride Parade. “That’s where we are now – gay men are not hip enough for a Gay Pride Parade,” he said.

Maher pointed out that the “prime directive” of teens is to do “anything to shock and challenge the squares who brought you up. It’s why nobody gets a nose ring at 56.”

“If you attend a small dinner party of typically very liberal, upper-income Angelenos, it is not uncommon to hear parents who each have a trans kid having a conversation about that,” Maher stated, then asked, “What are the odds of that happening in Youngstown, Ohio?”

Maher inquired, “If this spike in trans children is all-natural, why is it regional?”

“Either Ohio is shaming them or California is creating them,” he continued. “If we can’t admit that in certain enclaves, there was some level of trendiness to the idea of being anything other than straight, then this is not a serious, science-based discussion. It’s a blow being struck in the culture wars using children as cannon fodder.”

Maher cited Dr. Erica Anderson – a “prominent” transgender clinical physiologist – who believes some children are identifying as transgender due to the “influence of their peers and social media.”

Maher explained that children are not just “gender-fluid,” but “fluid about everything.” He added, “If kids knew what they wanted to be at age 8 – the world would be filled with cowboys and princesses.”

Maher joked, “If you are a man who wants to experience life without a pair of balls, you do not have to get surgery, you can get married.”

New Rule: Along for the Pride | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)www.youtube.com

According to multiple Twitter reactions, Maher’s monologue about LGBTQ enraged progressives. They lashed out and labeled the liberal talk show host “transphobic” and a “transphobe.”

A Twitter user accused Maher of spreading “Gay Replacement Theory.”

One activist said Maher was “spewing dangerous and hateful rhetoric.”

Some progressives demanded that HBO cancel “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

There was at least one Twitter user insinuated that Maher be sentenced to death for the crime of being a transphobe.

Meanwhile, conservatives such as Jason Whitlock and Steve Deace applauded Maher’s nuanced take on the dangers of children transitioning.

Brilliant.

Originally tweeted by Christina Sommers (@CHSommers) on May 21, 2022.

“Kids are fluid about everything.”

Bravo. 👏👏👏

Originally tweeted by AJ Kay (@AJKayWriter) on May 21, 2022.

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