President Obama in 2016 Mother’s day proclamation, has given identity to a new class of mothers: transgenders.
“On Mother’s Day, we celebrate those who are first to welcome us into the world,” Obama began. “Performing the most important work there is, mothers – biological, foster, or adoptive – are our first role models and earliest motivators. They balance enormous responsibilities and shape who we become as adults, their lessons guiding us through life.”
The president continued, “Regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status, mothers have always moved our nation forward and remained steadfast in their pursuit of a better and brighter future for their children.”
Obama’s announcement comes amid a flurry of news developments involving transgender issues. In North Carolina, lawmakers adopted a law in March requiring people to use gender-designated public facilities that correspond to the gender listed on their driver’s license. The aim was to protect women and children from being confronted by a naked man. But the U.S. Department of Justice this week threatened the state with financial penalties, claiming the law violates the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
The transgender campaign even has affected the NCAA, which said Wednesday it is now protecting “participants and spectators from discrimination.” That’s happening through new rules that will need cities or states wishing to hold NCAA events to “demonstrate how they will offer an environment that is safe, healthy, and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event.”