A private primary school in Orange County, California is facing a discrimination lawsuit from parents who claim the school refused their request to treat their 8-year-old son as a girl. Parents, Priya Shah and Jaspret Brar, say Heritage Oak Private School in Yorba Linda refused to use female pronouns to refer to their son, denied his request to wear a girl’s school uniform, and gave him access to a staff restroom instead of girl’s bathroom as requested, according to the Orange County Register.
Several lawsuits have been filed against public schools for “transgender discrimination” before, but the parent’s attorney, Kathryn Eidmann, told the Orange County Register this is one of the first cased targeting a private school. The lawsuit accuses the school of violating California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, which states.
All persons within the jurisdiction of this state are free and equal, and no matter what their sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship, primary language, or immigration status are entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments of every kind whatsoever.
According to the same Act, “sex” is defined as follows:
“Sex” includes, but is not limited to, pregnancy, childbirth, or medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth. “Sex” also includes, but is not limited to, a person’s gender. “Gender” means sex, and includes a person’s gender identity and gender expression. “Gender expression” means a person’s gender-related appearance and behavior whether or not stereotypically associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth.
According to the lawsuit, the boy’s Mother Priya teaches college courses in gender and transgender theory, so she took it seriously when her son Nikki, who has a preference for pink clothes and girl’s toys, told her at age 7 he was a girl.
If this suit is successful, faith-based schools in the state could be forced to determine a child’s gender by his or her subjective feelings and not by his or her God given biology, or face loosing their tax exempt status. Boys and girls would be forced to use the same bathrooms and showers, boys could compete in girls sporting events, and school staff and students would be compelled to use male pronouns for females and vise versa.
It’s time for Christian leaders through out California to stand up publicly for religious liberty, and for the privacy if its children before it is too late.