Articles by Laurie Higgins
Trans Wreck
By Laurie Higgins   |   10.09.19
Anyone born before 1990 likely remembers the "tomboys" they grew up with. Well, that was then. This is now. Today those girls are told they're boys trapped in girls' bodies, acquiring new names and invented pronouns, cross-dressing, and having their natural puberty treated as an endocrine disorder.
Slowly Leftists Turn, Step By Step
By Laurie Higgins   |   10.08.19
Last month, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee made it clear that it is specifically coming after your Illinois Family Institute. Led by some of the country's most liberal and political activists, members of the Oversight Subcommittee held a hearing on "How the Tax Code Subsidizes Hate" for the purpose of stripping certain Christian groups of its tax-exempt status.
You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Or Can You?
By Laurie Higgins   |   10.04.19
In an essay published by the online magazine Quillette titled "'I Basically Just Made It Up': Confessions of a Social Constructivist," Christopher Dummitt, associate professor of Canadian Studies at Trent University, confesses to "making up" his argument in defense of the dubious proposition—now widely accepted in academia as well as the culture at large—that "gender" is a social construct.
What All Conservatives Must Learn from District 211 “Trans” Activism
By Laurie Higgins   |   10.03.19
Folks, if you hope to defeat “trans” activism in your public schools, public libraries, the Springfield Swamp, and halls of Congress, you must first find those old rubbery spines that have been gathering dust in your attics. Then muster some...
Mattel’s New Gender Neutral Dolls
By Laurie Higgins   |   10.01.19
In order to reflect, promote, and indoctrinate children with the radical sexuality ideology of Leftists, Mattel, the toy manufacturer of Barbie dolls, has introduced a new line of “Creatable World” gender-neutral dolls that come complete with boyish- and girlish-looking wigs,...
Imagine A Revision of Greta Thunberg’s Screed
By Laurie Higgins   |   09.30.19
Buzzfeed has an article about social media attacks on the tweens and teens whom Leftist adults are exploiting as shields by allowing these children to lead the climate change charge. Since every adult knows what a poisonous and malevolent force...
Incredible Story of District 211 School Board Elections
By Laurie Higgins   |   09.23.19
Last Thursday night, District 211—the largest high school district in the state with 12,000 students and five high schools—held a board meeting to discuss Superintendent Daniel Cates’ boneheaded proposal to allow students who “identify” as the opposite sex to have unrestricted access to the locker rooms of opposite-sex peers. Expecting a large crowd, the district moved the meeting to Palatine High School. The Daily Herald reported that 25 speakers were randomly selected, 16 of whom opposed the proposal, which is well over 50 percent.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary and the “Transing” of Language
By Laurie Higgins   |   09.18.19
Yesterday I commented under an article on The Hill on Merriam-Webster Dictionary adding “they” as a pronoun for “gender nonbinary” persons, an article that also referred to British singer Sam Smith‘s announcement that he’s “nonbinary.” Like Merriam-Webster, the Chicago Tribune...
Chicago Tribune’s Flawed Theologian Zorn Goes After Eddy Piñeiro
By Laurie Higgins   |   09.18.19
Last Sunday in an on-air, post-game interview and subsequent tweet, Chicago Bears kicker Eddy Piñeiro Jr. said, “If you don’t believe in God you better start believing he’s REAL.” Anyone watching the moment with eyes unclouded by hatred of and...
Debate on Co-Ed Locker Rooms with Irrational Executive Director of Uptown People’s Law Center
By Laurie Higgins   |   09.16.19
A remarkable and revelatory debate took place on IFI’s Facebook page on Sunday between me and Alan Mills, the executive director of the Uptown People’s Law Center, who received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Ivy League Brown University...
Largest Illinois High School District Opposes Single-Sex Locker Rooms
By Laurie Higgins   |   09.13.19
Just when you thought civilized first-world countries had deposited mythology and science-denying irrationality in the dustbin of history, the “trans” cult emerged seeking to force science-loving Americans to embrace the solipsistic, “trans”-centric worldview in which biological sex has neither reality...
Can Homosexuality Spread Via Culture?
By Laurie Higgins   |   09.10.19
Much of what the homosexual community (i.e., those who choose to place their unchosen homoerotic desires at the center of their identity) claims is false, and increasingly they’re being forced to admit their claims are false. Some of these claims...
Toxic Progressivism in Public Schools and at the Chicago Tribune
By Laurie Higgins   |   09.04.19
On August 15, I wasted a half hour of my day by agreeing to be interviewed by Chicago Tribune reporter Hannah Leone for an article she was writing on the “LGBTQ” school indoctrination bill that Governor J.B. Pritzker recently signed...
Unexpected Responses to Criticism of Feckless Yard Sign Campaign
By Laurie Higgins   |   08.31.19
Something unexpected happened following the posting on Illinois Family Institute’s Facebook page of my article on the divisive “HATE HAS NO HOME HERE” yard signs. Well, actually two unexpected and related things happened. One of the things is the Chicago Tribune’s restaurant critic Phil Vettel left a response. Here’s his...
Hate Hoaxes Have a Home Here
By Laurie Higgins   |   08.29.19
It was announced a week ago that the bizarre hate crime of which actor Jussie Smollett alleges he was a victim and the subsequent clean-up of his mess by incompetent fixer State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is going to be investigated...
Laurie Higgins
Cultural Affairs Writer
Laurie Higgins

Laurie Higgins became the Illinois Family Institute’s Cultural Affairs Writer in the fall of 2008. Prior to working for the IFI, Laurie worked full-time for eight years in Deerfield High School’s writing center in Deerfield, Illinois.

Her cultural commentaries have been carried on a number of pro-family websites nationally and internationally, and Laurie has appeared on numerous radio programs across the country. In addition, Laurie has spoken at the Council for National Policy and educational conferences sponsored by the Constitutional Coalition.

She has been married to her husband for forty-four years, and they have four grown children and nine grandchildren.

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