I’ve been following the story of Cassidy Lynn Campbell in the Los Angeles Times. Friday night she was crowned Queen of her Huntington Beach high school.
If I win it would mean that the school recognizes me as the gender I always felt I was,but with all the attention, I realized it’s bigger than me," she said. "I’m doing this for the kids who can’t be themselves.
Although CA (and many other states) have general non-discrimination statutes that can be applied in the context of transgender students, they don’t specifically protect them.Which means that the ability to participate in sports or use appropriate facilities is often dealt with in an inconsistent, school-by-school, case-by-case manner. What may be allowed for a student this year in school A, may not be allowed five years later for another student in the same school.
Ashton Lee, a 16-year-old transgender boy from of Manteca, California, testified before the Senate Education Committee last month. Lee wants to play high school football.”I just want to be treated the same as all the other boys, but my school forces me to take P.E. in a class of all girls and live as someone I’m not,” Lee said in a statement. “I can’t learn and succeed when every day in that class leaves me feeling isolated and alone.”
So the What Would You Do TV team, hit up a NJ Prom Dress Shop with a “transgender” teen, hir supportive mom and hir angry dad. What do the customers do…it’s mostly uplifiting. Love the one mom giving fashion advice with everything else.
I’d say it’s one of the more dramatic moves that the armed services has made with their new acceptance policies (After the continental shift from exclusion to inclusion). Considering that open service is still in its infancy, it’s a acknowledgement of just how far they will go to live up to their new ideal.
“In a short letter dated May 2, a Navy official told Autumn Sandeen, a veteran and transgender activist: “Per your request the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System DEERS has been updated to show your gender as female effective April 12, 2013.”
And on a less positive note for inclusiveness, Coy Mathis who has been living as a female for quite sometime found out half-way through the school year that she will no longer be allowed to use the girls’ restroom…as it’s not a problem now, but might be in the future, and even though no parents or other students have complained.
A transgender rights group announced Wednesday that it has filed a discrimination complaint in Colorado on behalf of a first-grader who was born a boy but identifies as a girl.
Considering the stereotype of fraternities, its nice to see a positive response to a F2M transition like this.
Phi Alpha Tau members, defying the conventional stereotype of a fraternity, launched a campaign on an online fundraising site — Indiegogo.com — with a goal of collecting the $8,100 needed for the procedure, scheduled for May.