Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Some Good News

With all the negative news about law suits here is some good news; not all students protesting are against trans people some stand in solidarity with us.
Transgender bathroom conflict prompts GMUHS student protest
By Adam Sullivan
Posted: May 09, 2016

A transgender Vermont student denied access to the boy's bathroom prompted a protest in Chester Monday.

Just before 10 a.m. Monday a couple dozen students at Green Mountain Union High School in Chester walked out of class.

"It was painful to look at someone who is my friend who was so hurt," said Rachel Spigel, a GMUHS senior.

"We felt as though we needed to to something big," said Connor Rose, another GMUHS senor.

Recently a transgender student, who identifies as a boy, was told he could no longer use the boy's bathrooms at the school.  A complaint from a fellow student prompted the school's decision.

It's an issue that has sparked ferocious debate across the country, pitting LGBT rights advocates against conservatives. But students here say the solution is an easy one. "The answer is very simple.  Transgender teens, of all ages of course, should use the bathrooms that they identify with," Rose said.

"This kind of discrimination can't continue. It creates a really bad atmosphere for some of our students, and it distracts from learning," Spigel said.
"That is not acceptable any way more than segregation was. The whole idea of separate but equal wasn't ok then, and it isn't ok now," Rose said.
The students got it right, the school administration didn’t.

There are some who say that there no legal precedent on bathrooms and locker rooms in Vermont and they are right but there are plenty of federal court cases, and a similar case in Maine on bathrooms. In addition, the U.S. Department of Education says it is a Title IX violation not to let students use the bathroom of their gender identity. Also the other school systems in Vermont that do not discriminate

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