The ongoing push to give "civil rights" to mentally ill transgendered people continues across the country, especially in public schools.
The U.S. Department of Education announced last year that it interprets Title IX to legally protect transgender students from discrimination.
Title IX, a federal law dating back to the 1970s, prohibits public schools from discriminating based on sex.
In one recent example, a public school district in Illinois was threatened by the U.S. Dept. of Education last year for refusing to allow a male who identifies as a female to change and shower in the girls' locker room.
The New York Times described the threat to Township High School District 211 as the "firmest position yet" by the federal government, since court action could mean losing federal funding.
In a second similar case, the Dept. of Education and the Dept. of Justice filed friend-of-the-court briefs last fall in support of a Virginia boy who wants to use the girls' restroom at Gloucester High School. Both federal agencies cited Title IX in their court briefs, The Washington Times reported.
"This is a pattern of behavior from the federal government where they're trying to redefine what it means to be a man and a woman," observes Roger Severino of The Heritage Foundation.
He says the Left won the legal right to redefine marriage last year via a U.S. Supreme Court decision and now the new fight is redefining a man and a woman through gender identify laws.
Transgenderism is considered a mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association. The illness was identified as "gender disorder" until 2013, when it was changed to "gender dysphoria" under pressure from homosexual-rights groups.
On its own website, the ASA openly admits that it was pushed to remove the condition as a "phychiatric diagnosis." But the group explains that would "jeopardize access to care," because there must be a medical diagnosis in order to receive insurance coverage for counseling, hormone treatment, and surgery.
The issue of transgenderism gained publicity last year when Bruce Jenner (pictured above,) the former Olympic champion, declared he is and underwent surgery and hormone treatments. He now goes by "Caitlyn."
The left-wing push to include transgendered people in state and local laws gained attention last year, too, when the Houston City Council passed a non-discrimination ordinance that included the "right" for the transgendered to use the public restroom of their choice.
Houston businesses that refused would be fined as much as $5,000.
The HERO ordinance, dubbed the "bathroom bill" by opponents, was overturned by Houston residents when it was put before them as a ballot referendum.
In the state of Washington, its Human Rights Commission has adopted rules that require businesses and schools to allow people to use the restroom of their choice.
The result of the rule, says Joseph Backholm of the Family Policy Institute, is that every person in the state "surrenders their right to privacy."
"Because the Human Rights Commission apparently wants to create the right to feel comfortable in the bathroom that you're using," he says.