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School Board Drops Trans-Student Protections Five Days After Passing Them

On Monday, the East Aurora School Board in Illinois passed a policy protecting trans and gender-variant students—and then quickly rescinded it five days later.

The measure asked teachers to use appropriate pronouns and names, and to allow trans students to engage in activities like phys ed without disclosing their birth gender.

By midweek the Illinois Family Institute (IFI) was up in arms: In a blogpost, IFI Cultural Analyst Laurie Higgins called the trans-inclusive measure a “radical policy on gender confusion.”

The school board is now imposing non-objective, “progressive” moral, philosophical, and political beliefs—not facts—about gender confusion on the entire school. This feckless school board has made a decision to accommodate, not the needs of gender-confused teens, but their disordered desires and the desires of gender/sexuality anarchists who exploit public education for their perverse ends.

I wonder how many of these board members have thought or read deeply on the issue of gender confusion or Gender Identity Disorder. And I wonder how many of them have read deeply the writing of not just “progressive” scholars but conservative scholars as well.

Gender confusion affects approximately .003 percent of males and .0001 percent of females. Aurora East High School is now accommodating the disordered impulses and unproven beliefs of a statistically miniscule segment of their population and in so doing ignores the beliefs of the majority. Some would argue that this policy also reflects a gross distortion of compassion and profound ignorance about what truly helps the few students who suffer from gender dysphoria or Gender Identity Disorder.

Do we even need to mention that the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the IFI as a hate group?

Bowing to criticism, the school board withdrew the policy at a special meeting on Friday, despite the fact that the policy was drafted by the assistant superintendent and parents and community members spoke in favor of it.

Board president Annette Johnson tried to make it sound like the district wasn’t caving in, but wasn’t very successful: “It’s not a question of are we backing down or being intimidated–we are not.” she said. “It’s just… we have to try to make everybody happy.”

Isn’t that essentially caving in?

Johnson did reveal that, of the more than 1,000 emails she received about the change in policy, a majority of complaints came from non-residents.

So, the school board is trying to placate people that don’t even have children in its schools? Someone needs to work on her comprehension skills.

Photo: Ryan Yuk/The Dartmouth

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Oct 22, 2012
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  • 9 Comments
    • Eric Auerbach
      Eric Auerbach

      Trans students need to show that they have the balls to fight this. The school board won’t take them seriously until trans people grow a pair, so I hope every trans student in that school district has the cojones needed to make their voice heard.

      Oct 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Amos15
      Amos15

      @Eric Auerbach: Jonathan Swift much?

      Oct 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • paulahare2
      paulahare2

      @Eric Auerbach: im transgender i have no balls – im m to f -what have you done?

      Oct 22, 2012 at 7:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • paulahare2
      paulahare2

      @Amos15: paula hare v.s. The State of Minnesota Supreme? Court

      Paula Hare V.s. The City of Minneapolis

      Decisions made it so transgenders oculd have male and female sex changes paid for by the State of Minnesota

      Paula Hare v.s. Blue and WHite Cab Co. City of Minneapolis
      im transgender i have no balls – im m to f -what have you done?

      Oct 22, 2012 at 7:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt
      hyhybt

      Apart from anything else, I’m curious where they got those numbers from. Apparently, FTM’s are literally one in a million? That would mean only about 150 of them in the entire country.

      Oct 23, 2012 at 2:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billysees
      Billysees

      The article states —

      “….the school board withdrew the policy at a special meeting on Friday, despite the fact that the policy was drafted by the assistant superintendent and parents and community members spoke in favor of it.”

      How can a policy with so much input from “those involved” be withdrawn ???

      Could “outsiders” have that much influence ???

      Oct 23, 2012 at 4:27 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Thedrdonna
      Thedrdonna

      @hyhybt: Actually, the numbers for both trans men and trans women are still somewhat up in the air, but the most common numbers I’ve seen are between 1:4000 and 1:30,000 for assigned-males-at-birth, and roughly half as prevalent for assigned-females-at-birth. Many authorities think that the numbers are significantly higher than that, and as being trans* becomes destigmatized we will get more realistic numbers.

      Oct 23, 2012 at 11:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt
      hyhybt

      @Thedrdonna: Which is still orders of magnitude more common than their numbers.

      Oct 23, 2012 at 11:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Thedrdonna
      Thedrdonna

      @hyhybt: Yeah, that’s like 1/10 the prevalence of even the old DSM IV numbers, and those are pretty outdated.

      Oct 23, 2012 at 11:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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