OK. Let's say I agree to go along with the idea that a boy can identify as a girl and that society MUST treat her as a girl.
Does this "identify" business have any limits?
1. Can a white kid identify as a black kid and be legally treated as such by University admission boards and reap all the benefits set aside for blacks?
2. Can a 30 year old identify as a 17 year old and legally enroll in high school and compete in athletics?
3. Can anyone identify as an American citizen and demand to be let into the US?
4. Can anyone identify as a doctor and legally set up a medical practice?
5. Can anyone identify as the President and force the country to treat them as such?
6. Can anyone identify as Benevolent World Ruler and force everyone to bend to their will?
You see where I'm going with this. In fact let's go there. I identify as Benevolent World Ruler, so according to the new rules ignoring truth and reality, everyone MUST bend to my will or be accused of bigotry and have all their school funding revoked. If not, then please tell me why any of us should be forced to treat a boy as a girl. Any logic you use to justify that will also justify my claim to world domination.
There is actually a book, called the DSM V, that specifically states what and what does not constitute symptoms of mental disorders, such as being transgender. So the extent of identifying goes exactly as far as what it says in the DSM V, no more no less. People can say they identify as whatever gender they want, but if they don't show symptoms of being transgender, then they are not transgender. It really isn't that complicated. You can identify as the supreme world leader, but until you win some sort of election or earn your way to power, the DSM V of leaders would say that you are not the supreme world leader.
Nope. The DSM has been overridden by Obama's Decree which states clearly that a school may NOT ask for any evidence at all, so changing gender is as simple as saying you identify as something else that morning.
Apparently it's much more complicated than you think it is. I don't need any evidence to identify as Benevolent World Ruler. Please tell me why I am not.
The article linked above states that parents must provide confirmation that their kid is transgender, and what gender they identify as. Only then is the school obligated to let the transgender person use the bathroom of their choice. This is not perfect, but neither is any policy. To me, the parental consent is a good bridge until the child is medically diagnosed as being transgender, but still I don't think we should run into that many issues. I think the best thing to do would be to give the family a certain number of days to produce a diagnosis for the child after they give permission. If not diagnosed, the parents will have to face legal trouble. The legal trouble will stop people that just want to make a point and let their child go into the restroom of the opposing sex.
I agree with you on the fact that transgender athletes must compete within their biological sex.