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Denying Child's Gender Identity Child Abuse


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10 June 2017 | by Rafaella Gunz
"Replacing old laws determining child protection, foster care, and adoption service, this Act requires all children’s services and judges to consider a child’s ‘race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, citizenship, family diversity, disability, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.’"  -- gaystarnews

This new Canadian law considers denying a child's gender identity a form of abuse

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It's sad that some Christians frame this gender affirming legislation as an attack on their beliefs. Why not open up and learn to embrace God's human diversity?  We see it everywhere. It's natural, normal, and undeniable.

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This is about a child's rights and the state's protecting them in extreme circumstances, such as parents abusing, neglecting, or otherwise not acting in their best interests in major ways that can injure them physically or mentally. Forcing a child to go against their gender identity is potentially, if not always, extremely destructive. It's tragic that some parents act so poorly that the state has to enact and enforce laws to protect children from them. At least In the states, it takes such an extreme pattern of abuse or neglect for a government agency to even petition for termination of parental rights that there are already usually serious and sometimes irreparable effects of it.

 

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Bravo, Blue. This is much less about government's possible overreaching into normal parent-child relationships than those that are actually damaging. I was in the latter camp but almost 60 years ago, so my treatment and abuse by my mother - if anyone other than she was ever aware of it - would probably not have raised eyebrows or concerns anyway.These days we know so much more, there is absolutely no excuse for denying a child his/her identity. To look the other way is irresponsible and cruel.

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10 June 2017 | by Rafaella Gunz
"Replacing old laws determining child protection, foster care, and adoption service, this Act requires all children’s services and judges to consider a child’s ‘race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, citizenship, family diversity, disability, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.’"  -- gaystarnews

This new Canadian law considers denying a child's gender identity a form of abuse

​That's wonderful!  I wonder if the legislation was influenced at all by this case last year in Alberta:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/gender-medicine-hat-child-girl-clothes-mother-custody-battle-alberta-court-1.3829930

Sadly, since this law is specific to Ontario, it wouldn't have helped the child in that case.  But hopefully the new law would now prevent a similar thing from happening here.

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