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Should children be allowed to choose their gender identity?

Delaware is considering a proposal that would allow children as young as five years old to choose their own gender identity without parental approval. The nondiscrimination policy is meant to acknowledge that not all parents are supportive when their children "come out" and should, therefore, be free to make their own decisions about his or her identity. But many parents believe letting kindergarteners "choose" their gender is ridiculous and has nothing to do with discrimination. What do you think?

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Delaware lawmakers are considering a proposal that would allow children as young as five choose their own gender identity without parental consent. The proposal is meant to function as a nondiscrimination policy that would protect students from potential emotional or physical abuse if their parents are not supportive of their child's gender identity.

Gov. John Carney in July directed the Department of Education to come up with the nondiscrimination policy. It was written to acknowledge the fact that not all parents are accepting when their children "come out" and tell their parents they are of a different sexual orientation or gender.

Trans students face higher risks of bullying, harassment, and suicide. The proposal is intended to alleviate the pressure already put on trans children in particular by allowing them to embrace the gender identity they choose without possible repercussions at home.

Transgender youth whose parents reject their gender identity are 13 times more likely to attempt suicide than transgender youth who are supported by their parents.
Concerns about both the suicide rates and lack of student support were brought up at community meetings held while drafting the DOE regulation, minutes show. Also discussed was how to balance parental rights and student safety. 
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But opponents of the proposal argue it violates parental rights and unfairly labels parents hesitant to embrace a child's gender identity as "unsupportive."

If you as a parent are perceived to be "unsupportive," your child can take on a new identity without your knowledge, or consent. And who is defining "unsupportive" and deciding that your role as a parent can be bypassed and disregarded?
Policies like Regulation 225 are setting parents up as a “non-ally” and "unsupportive," discriminatory, even abusive, if they affirm their child’s biological realities and work through it instead of embracing the confusion.

Nicole Theis, founder and president of the conservative Delaware Family Policy Council, argues the proposal oversteps parental rights while also making things worse for students. Theis writes that ignoring biological differences between the sexes, especially in the area of competitive sports for example, "is a serious setback for the advancements made to equal athletic opportunities for girls." 

Theis also argues if bullying and harassment are the key reasons behind the proposal, there are better ways to accommodate those struggling with their gender identity that doesn't take rights away from parents.

Every student should be valued and treated with respect. Delaware has strong laws to address bullying. Compassionate accommodations can and should be extended to students struggling with biological realities in a way that protects the privacy, safety, and dignity of everyone.
[But] Regulation 225 violates the right of parents to care for their children without government intrusion. If a student wants to change his/her gender or race, and the school perceives that the student's parents may not be supportive, the school may bypass the parents.
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