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The “Parent Resource Guide” for the Trans Movement

October 24, 2019
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by Andrè Van Mol, MD

The “Parent Resource Guide: Responding to the Transgender Issue” is a just-released project of the Minnesota Family Council available gratis at www.GenderResourceGuide.com. Print copies can be purchased as well.

It is endorsed by organizations right (Heritage Foundation and Family Policy Alliance), center (Kelsey Coalition and Parents of ROGD Kids) and left (Women’s Liberation Front). Their stated common concerns are the “negative consequences that result when society regards bodily sex as irrelevant,” and the belief that “public schools should never feel pressured to force boys and girls to sacrifice their bodily privacy, promote unscientific theories about human biology, or celebrate ideas that place young children on a path to chemical sterilization or cosmetic ‘gender confirmation’ surgery.” I was honored to be one of many who were invited to help shape its content.

The guide is arranged in five chapters—terminology, FAQs, Children and the Transgender Trend, Schools and the Transgender Trend, and Parent Involvement and Community Building—along with a conclusion and appendix sections. Each is replete with clear, understandable and highly useful information and tools to help parents and schools navigate this trans craze. It is rich with citations from professional literature and links for further education. There are “Fast Fact” sheets for quick reference, as well as numerous brief testimonials by parents of involved children and people who experienced gender affirmation and subsequent regret whose stories provide valuable reality checks.

The six-fold purposes of the guide (page two) are to:

  • “Help you understand the consequences of the transgender trend
  • Consider the implications of transgender activism and “gender inclusion” policies in schools
  • Explain what your parental rights are and give you the tools to protect your child’s constitutional privacy and First Amendment rights
  • Encourage parents and school officials to work together to create a respectful school environment
  • Help you communicate with your school officials and advocate for common sense policies that will respect the dignity of all students
  • Give tips on creating community and support among like-minded parents.”

The fifth chapter, “Parent Involvement and Community Building,” is a particularly welcome contribution to assist parental efforts to create a “respectful school environment,” be informed and prepared, and know how to respectfully and effective advocate for their children. In tandem with this, the appendix provides a “Student Physical Privacy Policy” from Alliance Defending Freedom and several sample letters for contingencies such as opting out of programs, concern regarding gender inclusion policies and public records request.

The Guide is under 50 pages, excluding the appendix, which adds another 10. Even for readers who feel very new to the transgender issue, this free document is highly accessible and impactful.

The Parent Resource Guide succeeds in its goal of “Educating and Equipping Parents on the Transgender Trend.” It offers comprehensive content in a concise and clear manner. It uplifts biological reality over the loaded ideological language of the day. Parents and students alike will find the guide refreshingly affirming of their own rights in the school system and how to promote them. This is an exceptional and urgently needed resource for parents and students to navigate the trans craze. I strongly recommend obtaining a complimentary electronic copy of the guide at www.GenderResourceGuide.com today and passing around the link to others.

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About Andrè Van Mol, MD

André Van Mol, MD is a board-certified family physician in private practice. He serves on the boards of Bethel Church of Redding and Moral Revolution (moralrevolution.com), and is the co-chair of the American College of Pediatrician’s Committee on Adolescent Sexuality. He speaks and writes on bioethics and Christian apologetics, and is experienced in short-term medical missions. Dr. Van Mol teaches a course on Bioethics for the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. He and his wife Evelyn —both former U.S. Naval officers—have two sons and two daughters, the latter of whom were among their nine foster children.

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