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In case you missed it, @bethanymandel brought up some excellent and important points regarding the messages that schools are sending to young girls when they force them to accommodate transgender girls (actual boys) in their formerly sex-segregated spaces.
I’d like to add that our school board has issued the following draft policy for addressing transgender accommodations on field trips:
Extended Instructional Field Trips
Students should be allowed to participate consistent with their asserted gender identity. Sleeping arrangements should be discussed with staff, the student and family (if the family is supportive of the student). Upon request, the student should be provided with a safe alternative sleeping area.
A student’s transgender status is confidential information and school staff members should not disclose a student’s transgender status as it relates to a field trip without the consent of the student and/or the student’s parent/guardian.
In other words, the student with a gender identity other than the one “assigned at birth” is to be accommodated, without regard to the other students and families involved.
My daughter is in high school and attends school-sponsored trips and camps that involve hotel and dorm rooms. She knows of two transgender boys and at least one individual who identifies as non-binary who attend the same overnight activities. This isn’t hypothetical.
The school board policy has no regard for a young girl’s sense of modesty or safety when sharing a bedroom or possibly a bed! While the policy is still in draft form, there’s no reason to believe that it’s not current procedure. Note the chilling parenthetical “if the family is supportive of the student.”
A lot of Ricochetti greet this topic with mockery, and I think it deserves its fair share, but it’s also such a dead serious issue for parents with kids in school, at any age. We know transgender kids in church and school at elementary, middle and high school levels, but we have yet to see how any of this will play out in the long-term. While I want to treat every person with kindness and compassion, I don’t think the school policies show such treatment of young, impressionable and vulnerable boys and girls (especially girls) who identify as they are.
I realize these are local policies and decisions, but certainly the Democratic Party and major Democratic politicians would like to impose them nation-wide. I find it hard to believe that parents truly favor these changes.