Kansas GOP Resolves to Oppose Validation of Transgender Identities
By Mila Madison
The resolution, which was approved on Saturday, was one of several approved by the Kansas GOP during its state convention in Wichita. It was sponsored by Eric Teetsel, the 3rd District Delegate and president of the Family Policy Alliance of Kansas.
The resolution itself is full of religious statements, as the party affirms it holds the view that "God’s design for gender” is “determined by biological sex and not by self-perception." In addition, the measure opposes “efforts to surgically or hormonally alter an individual’s body to conform with one’s perceived gender identity." The document also affirms that the group also opposes “all efforts to validate transgender identity.”
At the same time the resolution claims the Kansas Republican Party “recognizes the dignity of every human being, including those who are LGBT.”
Teetsel told the Wichita Eagle that he was “motivated by love” when creating the anti-transgender resolution. "Ultimately, we are motivated by love. It is concern for the well-being of others that drives us to seek out what is true and not just for society, but for them personally," Teetsel said in an interview. "And ultimately, an ideology that says you can determine your own gender identity is broken and it’s going to lead to a lot of pain, and that’s why it’s important to bring us back to what we know to be true and good.".
The new GOP resolution prompted a response from Tom Witt, the director of Equality Kansas. "This is a cheap election year attack by (former Kansas Governor) Sam Brownback's son-in-law,” Witt said in a statement. “And yet another attempt to dehumanize those who do not fit inside the narrow world view of Brownback, his family, and his wing of the Republican party."
Paige Hungate, the student body president of Wichita State University, also spoke out against the resolution on Saturday. Hungate said she feared the resolution would simply polarize the party. "To me, it is not a pressing issue for us to state that we believe in only two genders. This hurts us more than it helps us; this makes us seem less willing to accept individuals into the party who may not identify with that stance," Hungate said.