This commentary is by Renee Brodowski, of Addison County. It is Part 2 of a three-part series.
Part 1 of “Who has custody of our children: parents, or the State?” covered legislation in Vermont that usurps parental authority, with an emphasis on H.659, the “Hormone Blocker Bill.”
What is driving this type of legislation, and who is driving it?
The 45 Goals of Communism provide State control for the care, education, and socialization of children pre-K through Post-Secondary: “#26 present homosexuality, degeneracy, and promiscuity as normal, natural, and healthy; #40 discredit the family as an institution; #41 emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents; and #39 dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals” are a few goals that serve to usurp parental authority through gender ideology in health care and sex education.
According to legislative bios, the 10 Vermont legislators who co-sponsored H.659 have degrees in social work, have private practices working with youth, and serve on school boards:
TANYA VYHOVSKY, Chittenden 8-1, has a private practice working with youth and young adults and is a social worker at Charlotte Central School.
TAYLOR SMALL, Chittenden-6-7, has a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies with a minor in sexuality and gender identity studies, and “has a strong background in mental health services, community organizing, outreach, and cultural humility education.”
ELIZABETH BURROWS, Windsor-1, served on school boards and “strives to institutionalize inclusion.”
BRAIN CINA, Chittenden 6-4, has worked with youth and families, served on a school board, is now in clinical social work/psychotherapy, and served on the Vermont Artificial Intelligence Task Force utilizing his “expertise in human rights and ethics.”
SELENE COLBURN, Chittenden 6-4, cofounded Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom and has served in several capacities for the organization.
MARI K. CORDES, Addison-4, RN, led a coalition to require insurance coverage for gender affirming surgery.
KATE DONNELY, Lamoille-2, has a private therapeutic practice, served at-risk youth and families, and facilitated “the integration of behavioral health care into primary care doctor’s offices in Vermont.”
EMMA MULVANEY-STANAK, Chittenden-6-2, founded a social change strategy consulting business, EMStrategies. Some of her clients are school districts.
BARBARA RACHELSON, Chittenden-6-6, has experience working in family services, runaway, homeless, and youth services, is on the board of Human Rights for Kids, served on the board of Vermont Children’s Forum as well as on the Vermont Committee for Child, Adolescent, and Family Mental Health.
HEATHER SURPRENANT, Windsor-4-1, has a B.A. in government and experience in human rights work.
Now that we know what and who is driving legislation that usurps parental rights through gender ideology, what can parents do? To be continued in Part 3.