California may require transgender indoctrination for all healthcare workers
By Greg Burt/CFC
Sacramento, Calif. – State Sen. Scott Wiener is upset that some medical personnel won’t provide sterilizing drugs and surgeries to trans-identified Californians or use their preferred pronouns.
So the San Francisco Democrat introduced SB 923 to put pressure on those holding to traditional and biblic views on gender.
The bill forces all medical and health insurance personnel to attend transgender “cultural competency training” classes.
Those who fail to provide “trans-inclusive health care” will have to repeat the training over and over.
“It’s simple: transgender, gender non-comforming and intersex people deserve the same quality of healthcare that everyone else receives,” stated Wiener.
“No one should go to a doctor’s appointment only to be misgendered, harassed, or even refused treatment.”
‘Feminizing mammoplasty’ and more
What type of transgender treatment should doctors always say “yes” to? Wiener spells this out in the bill language.
It includes ”feminizing mammoplasty, male chest reconstruction, mastectomy, facial feminization surgery, hysterectomy, oophorectomy, penectomy, orchiectomy, feminizing genitoplasty, metoidioplasty, phalloplasty, scrotoplasty, voice masculinization or feminization, hormone therapy related to gender dysphoria or intersex conditions, gender-affirming gynecological care, or voice therapy related to gender dysphoria or intersex conditions.”
The list includes using sterilizing drugs and surgeries on healthy reproductive organs of adults as well as minors.
Senator Wiener displays a “totalitarian impulse toward anyone who disagrees with him regarding the nature of gender,” the California Family Council said.
“Forced ideological indocrination training is nothing new. Unable to persuade the populace of his point of view within the marketplace of ideas, Wiener now wants to force people into reeducation classes where Christians will be shamed for their faith, and encouraged to sterilize patients and tell them lies about their gender.”
What topics will the transgender training classes have to include? The text of the bill is quite specific. Classes must:
Teach the effects of “historical and contemporary exclusion and oppression of TGI communities.” (“TGI” means transgender, gender non-conforming, or intersex.)
TMI about TGI
Teach about “TGI-inclusive terminology, using people’s correct names and pronouns, even when they are not reflected in records or legal documents; avoiding language, whether verbal or nonverbal, that demeans, ridicules, or condemns TGI individuals; and avoiding making assumptions about gender identity by using gender-neutral language and avoiding language that presumes all individuals are heterosexual, cisgender or gender conforming, or non-intersex.”
Teach attendees to recognize “the difference between personal values and professional responsibilities with regard to serving TGI people.” Translation: Christians’ beliefs about the binary, biological nature of gender have to be abandoned if they want to work in the medical field.
SB 923, which Wiener introduced in February, also requires the training above to be facilitated by a TGI-lead organization that includes the perspectives of TGI people.
To get a glimpse of what a TGI training organization might look like, take a look at one of the organizations co-sponsoring this legislation called Break the Binary.
The Bold and Beard-iful
It is led by a transgendered couple, Addison Rose Vincent (a male with pronouns they/them, see photo), and Ethan Alexander (a female with pronouns he/them).
Vincent and Alexander offer a variety of training, workshops, and speaking engagements to organizations and businesses, eager to become more “affirming, equitable, understanding, and empowering world for LGBTQ+ people.”
According to their website, “Breaking The Binary” means “bringing awareness to identities in-between and beyond sex, gender, expression, and attraction binaries. It means challenging the way we think, and replacing this or that with this, that, and then some.” Here are some of their courses and panel topics:
- LGBTQ+ 101 & 201
- Know Your LGBTQ+ Rights
- Ending Violence Against LGBTQ+ People
- Trauma-Informed Care for LGBTQ+ Clients
- Transgender 101 & 201
- Non-Binary 101 & 201
- Trans & Non-Binary Healthcare
- The Bold and Beard-iful
The pair made national news recently as guests on the Dr. Phil talk show debating gender identity with conservative author and podcast host Matt Walsh.
Both were put on the spot by Walsh after they were unable to answer a question about what a woman is by definition.
Wiener’s bill is supported by numerous transgender legal and health organizations.
SB 923 will first be heard in the Senate Health Committee. A hearing date has not yet been set.
Senator Wiener has tried before to punish healthcare workers for “misgendering” trans-identified individuals.
In 2017, then Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 219, a bill to fine and jail any long-term care workers who refused to use a transgender person’s pronoun of preference.
But in July, the State Court of Appeal struck down the pronoun provision of the law as illegal. The state’s highest court will now make the final decision.
Greg Burt is Director of Capitol Engagement for the California Family Council.