300+ Parents of Trans Children Send Letter Opposing Judicial Nominees
The National Center for Transgender Equality shared a letter, signed by more than 300 parents of trans youth, urging Senators to reject the nominations of Kyle Duncan and Matthew Kacsmaryk. Kacsmaryk is Deputy General Counsel to the First Liberty Institute, which litigates heavily for “religious freedoms” and against LGBTQ communities. As general counsel of Becket Fund, Duncan oversaw the successful Hobby Lobby challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s mandate.
Below is the letter:
We’re writing to you as parents, because we are worried about our children. We love our children, as we know many of you love your own children and grandchildren. We love them fiercely, and sometimes we fear for them. We want to tell you about our families, and how we love and fear for our children, because of the demeaning and dangerous rhetoric used about them by certain nominees for lifetime federal judgeships. Our children are transgender, and the rhetoric of nominees Kyle Duncan and Matthew Kacsmaryk about children like ours is appalling and unacceptable.
Mr. Duncan and Mr. Kacsmaryk have repeatedly promoted fringe, junk science about transgender people, claiming that gender identity doesn’t exist and that being transgender is a “delusion.”
We previously reached out to judicial nominee Jeff Mateer to express our alarm at his description of transgender children as proof of “how Satan’s plan is working.” We are pleased to see that Mr. Mateer and Stephen Schwartz (whose record is similar to Mr. Duncan’s) have not been renominated. However, we remain equally concerned about Mr. Duncan and Mr. Kacsmaryk their demeaning attacks on transgender children and adults. Both have repeatedly promoted fringe, junk science about transgender people, claiming that gender identity doesn’t exist and that being transgender is a “delusion.” These bogus claims have been rejected against and again by the nation’s major medical and mental health associations.
Moreover, their words are deeply offensive. Claiming that our children don’t exist is scarcely better than calling them part of “Satan’s plan.” Our children are not a delusion, and neither is our love and support for them. We believe our children are miracles, like every child. In our letter to Mr. Mateer we wrote:
As every reputable medical and pediatric association agrees, there is nothing wrong with being transgender, and children like ours can grow and thrive if they are loved and supported, just like their peers. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “transgender children fare much better when they feel supported by their family, school and larger community. Shaming children based on their gender identity or expression is harmful to their social-emotional health and may have lifelong consequences.”
We know this to be true because we have seen it with our own eyes. We have loved and supported our children through our own initial uncertainties about what it means to be transgender, through months or years of exploring their gender identity, through countless conversations with experts and other parents, through the fear?—?and for some of us the reality?—?of bullying from our children’s peers or even from adults, and through the relief and the joy of seeing our children be able to live their truth, be seen for who they are, and just be kids.
Unfortunately, we continue to fear for our children of the extreme as we see more nominees for lifetime federal judgeships with a long history of extreme and demeaning rhetoric toward anyone who is transgender, like our kids.
Confirming these nominees as federal judges would send a damaging and dangerous message that the dignity of children like ours does not count in the courts, or in the U.S. Senate.
Hundreds of thousands of children and adolescents throughout this country are transgender, like our kids. So are well over a million adults. They deserve to be treated with respect and dignity?—?and to trust that when they walk into a courtroom they will be treated fairly. Confirming these nominees as federal judges would send a damaging and dangerous message that the dignity of children like ours does not count in the courts, or in the U.S. Senate.
Please, stand up for our children. Reject these nominees.
read the names of the parents in full here
(PHOTO courtesy NCTE)