American Heritage Girls to Remain Exclusively Girl-Oriented

CINCINNATI, Oct. 12, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — With the recent statement shared by the Boy Scouts of America regarding changes in membership, American Heritage Girls (AHG) announced that the organization will remain committed to the foundation for which the non-profit was built on 22 years ago — providing an all-girl environment in which girls can thrive and grow.

“While we are always hopeful that Boy Scouts of America will return to its historical roots, American Heritage Girls is focused on strengthening and growing the AHG Program for the benefit of girls everywhere,” said Patti Garibay, Executive Director and Founder of American Heritage Girls. “We continue to be passionate and laser-focused on providing a faith-based opportunity that teaches girls leadership skills, patriotism, outdoor skills, life skills, and assists in the development of girls as confident women in faith.”

American Heritage Girls believes and research supports that the all-girl structure of Troops is more beneficial to girls than a co-ed environment. Girls have the opportunity to occupy every role within a Troop; there is a strong focus on Girl Leadership which encourages girls to become more confident in who they are and whose they are, as well as providing an emphasis on mentorship to younger girls within the Troop structure. Girls also have the opportunity to learn life skills, offering through Badge work and outdoor experiences that are unique to a female audience. The all-girl structure also allows girls to grow physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually through the support and encouragement of other girls who are just like them.

“American Heritage Girls celebrates girlhood and also actively prepares girls for godly womanhood. The benefit of a single-gender learning environment is part of the beauty of AHG’s Ministry and one that we feel we have been called to. AHG will continue to develop programming that offers exciting outdoor adventure, leadership development, opportunities to strengthen faith, all while having a lot of fun,” says Garibay.

American Heritage Girls has a close partnership with Trail Life USA, the boys’ counterpart to the AHG Program. While allowing boys and girls to develop their abilities, confidence, and faith in the welcoming environment of their own gender, youth are able to explore and grow at their own pace.

American Heritage Girls is the premier national character development organization for young women that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement. AHG currently has over 47,000 Members, including AHG Girls, Leaders, and Adult Volunteers. These Members comprise over 1,020 Troops throughout the United States of America, as well as representation in 12 countries globally through the Trailblazer Program.

Founded in 1995 in Cincinnati, Ohio, AHG is a faith-based character development program for girls 5 to 18 years of age. AHG is dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. AHG girls across the nation and the globe participate in badge programs, service projects, leadership opportunities and outdoor experiences, all with an emphasis on Christian values and family involvement. For more information, visit the AHG website at www.americanheritagegirls.org.

Sex-Change Surgery Regrets on the Rise

SACRAMENTO, Oct. 11, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — A world-leading genital reconstruction surgeon is alarmed by the increase in his patients seeking reversals of so-called “gender reassignment surgery.”

According to a report in The Telegraph, Professor Miroslav Djordjevic has seen a high number of “transgender” people who have undergone sex-change surgeries later express regrets and experience crippling depression and suicidal thoughts. Djordjevic cites two reasons: a lack of robust research on the topic and a lack of psychiatric evaluation and counseling before the surgeries. While Djordjevic requires his patients to undergo a year or more of psychiatric evaluation followed by hormone evaluation and therapy, some patients seeking reversals have told him that they were only asked if they had the money for the surgery beforehand.

Djordjevic said the average age of his patients has dropped from 45 to 21 since he first started more than 20 years ago, with some in the medical community advocating for allowing minors to get sex-change surgeries. Djordjevic believes that to be dangerous ground and said he personally will not do those surgeries.

“I’m afraid of what will happen five to ten years later with this person,” Djordjevic said of patients younger than 18 who may eventually have the surgery.

James Caspian, a psychotherapist at Bath Spa University in Southwest England, tried to do research on so-called “detransitioning,” but his proposal was rejected after his preliminary findings revealed that an increase of young people, particularly women, were regretting “gender reassignment surgery,” according to The Guardian.

Liberty Counsel has been instrumental in defeating proposed laws in numerous states which sought to prohibit counselors — including pastors, teachers, and parents — from providing counsel to any minor (including a parent’s own child) about the child’s unwanted same-sex attractions or gender confusion.

Walt Heyer struggled with gender dysphoria as a result of being sexually abused as a boy by a family member, combined with his grandmother’s decision to secretly clothe him as a girl. Heyer had “gender reassignment surgery.” However, after he experienced restoration and healing from a relationship with Jesus Christ, Heyer reverted back to his biological gender as a man.

“I see the tragic consequences of polices to expand gender/sex beyond male and female, in the desperate letters I receive from those who regret gender transitioning and from the families of those who are still caught in the transgender delusion,” said Heyer.

“To suggest that people can change their sex like they change clothes or dye their hair is dangerous,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “People’s discontentment with their birth sex cannot be solved by hormones and body mutilation,” said Staver.

AG Reverses Policy on Gender-Identity Rights

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a new memorandum stating that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bans gender discrimination, but does not include sexual orientation or gender identity, in the workplace.

Title VII specifically bars employers from discriminating against employees based on sex, race, color, national origin and religion. The Attorney General officially withdrew a 2014 Obama-era policy protecting so-called “transgender” employees from discrimination under Title VII. The Attorney General stated that the Department of Justice will no longer interpret Title VII to mean that the law’s protections extend to discrimination based on gender identity. Sessions said the change will apply to “all pending and future matters” relating to “transgender” workers, which means that it could have an immediate impact on open discrimination cases.

Sessions wrote in the memo: “Title VII expressly prohibits discrimination ‘because of…sex’…and several other protected traits, but it does not refer to gender identity. “Sex is ordinarily defined to mean biologically male or female. Congress has confirmed this ordinary meaning by expressly prohibiting, in several other statutes, ‘gender identity’ discrimination, which Congress lists in addition to, rather than within, prohibitions on discrimination based on ‘sex’ or ‘gender.’ Accordingly, Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination encompasses discrimination between men and women but does not encompass discrimination based on gender identity per se, including transgender status. Therefore, as of the date of this memorandum, which hereby withdraws the December 15, 2014, memorandum, the Department of Justice will take that position in all pending and future matters…”

“Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 has never included sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “We commend Attorney General Jeff Sessions for ending the Obama-era policy that purported to allow Title VII to be interpreted to include so-called “transgender” employee rights,” said Staver.