CA Legislator Claims Mandating the Use of Transgender Pronouns Will Help Recruit New Foster Parents

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California Assemblyman Mike Gibson (D-Compton) claims his bill (AB 175) to force foster parents to use transgender pronouns will attract people to become foster parents. Gibson made this dubious argument in the Assembly Human Services Committee two weeks ago after concerns were raised over whether his bill would further exacerbate the state’s foster parent shortage.

“I think this bill has great potential of one, increasing parents taking in foster children,” Gibson said, responding to a legislator’s direct question over whether his bill “helps get more foster parents.” After making his unsubstantiated claim, Gibson quickly changed the subject and rambled on about “complicities and trauma” of foster youth and then started reading other parts of his bill to legislators.

Watch Assemblyman Gibson claim his bill help with foster care recruitment at the 10:30 minute mark.

California Family Council representative Greg Burt brought up this issue in his opposition testimony at the hearing. “Forcing [Christian] foster parents to refer to their foster children as the wrong gender is forcing them affirm what they believe is a lie. And not only a lie, but harmful to the child,” Burt testified. “Many foster parents are people of faith. They seek to obey and follow God by loving and serving others. Foster parents are heroes that you should be respecting, not driving away. “

AB 175 adds the following new rights to the current “Foster Youth Bill of Rights”:

  • The right to be referred to by one’s preferred name and gender pronoun;
  • The right to receive adequate clothing, grooming, and hygiene products, that reflex a child’s sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression;
  • The right to attend school clubs, parades, and other activities consistent with the child’s age, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression;
  • The right to have reasonable access to computer technology and the internet.
  • The right (10 years of age or older) to age-appropriate, medically accurate information about reproductive healthcare (abortion), the prevention of unplanned pregnancy (condoms and birth control), and the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (Comprehensive Sex Education).
  • Read more bill details here.

The Assembly Human Services Committee eventually voted to approve AB 175 with a vote of 7 to 1 at the Feb 26th hearing. Assembly members Arambula, Friedman, Gipson, Maienschein, Mathis, Reyes, and Stone voted yes. Assemblyman Steven Choi voted no.

Call to Action!

AB 175 will be heard in the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday March 12th at 9 a.m.

CALL members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee ASAP and tell them to not push Christians out of the foster care system by requiring them to lie to their foster children about their gender.

  • Mark Stone (Chair) (D – Santa Cruz) (916) 319-2029
  • James Gallagher (Vice Chair) (R – Yuba City) (916) 319-2003
  • Ed Chau (D – Monterey Park) (916) 319-2049
  • David Chiu (D – San Francisco) (916) 319-2017
  • Lorena Gonzalez (D – San Diego) (916) 319-2080
  • Chris R. Holden (D – Pasadena) (916) 319-2041
  • Ash Kalra (D – San Jose) (916) 319-2027
  • Kevin Kiley (R – Folsom) (916) 319-2006
  • Brian Maienschein (D – San Diego) (916) 319-2077
  • Jay Obernolte (R – Barstow) (916) 319-2033
  • Cottie Petrie-Norris (D – Newport Beach) (916) 319-2074
  • Eloise Gómez Reyes (D – San Bernardino) (916) 319-2047

(2) Comments

  1. Not this again! No, no, and no! Since a vast number of foster parents are Christians, this bill will NOT increase the number of people who will sign up to foster children in need. Calling a child by an unorthodox gender pronoun will NOThelp that child to develop into a well adjusted adult but will only push them to more confusion and despair as they look to the adults in their lives to give them sound advice and teachings. Most children are confused when it comes to sexuality and need common sense adults to guide them, not people that will experiment with them concerning the latest societal trend. And last, this is NOT in accordance with the Creator’s will or blessing. If He is pushed further from these vulnerable children by those promoting alternate lifestyle choices, they will not find the peace and security they seek, and will turn into at-risk, unhappy kids as a result. Please do NOT vote in favor of this dangerous legislative proposal. Thank you.

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  2. This is a government infringement on free speech!!!!!. You cant force ANYONE to use made up language to satisfy someones feelings. The church needs to be at these assemblies and speak out on this from a legal point of view. This isnt just happening to foster parents they’re trying to force this language in SCHOOLS!!!! Christians cant just sit an pray anymore, but need to get loud and bold like the lgbt community who are getting away with everything now!!

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