Someone Has Got to Say It

Last week, a friend forwarded this email message:

I wanted to update you on information on transgender and bathroom facilities. At our meeting, I shared a new court case that allowed schools to require students to use bathrooms of their anatomical sex. However, XXXXX shared with us that this was not the advice given by the XXXXXX Department of Education attorney. I have checked with XXXXXXXX, XDOE’s civil rights attorney and she has confirmed that a recent OCR settlement agreement requires that transgender students be allowed to use bathroom facilities of the gender with which they identify.

You may still offer the private unisex bathroom option. However, if a transgender student does not want to use the unisex private bathroom, you must allow them to use the bathroom they choose to use. Other students’ rights or parent complaints do not play into any part of this decision. The other students’ rights are protected by allowing them to use a different restroom in the building or allowing them to go at a different time.

Please be aware of this change and share this information as needed with those in your building who need to know if this situation arises at your school. Please also let me know if you have any questions or concerns.



Equity and Legal Compliance Coordinator

While I will not share the state or county in which this email originated, I will tell you that it is a very rural location. If I had to guess, I would say that this particular school district would have less than 10 students who would consider themselves as transgender. The size and scope of this situation, though, is not the problem.

What is? Oh, let me count the ways!

First, unless your head has been buried in the sand, or you have just stepped out from underneath a rock, you know perfectly well what gender you are by the time your mother is potty training you. So then, if you have “gender identity” issues, it’s not because you don’t know what your anatomy indicates. It probably means that there was someone stupid in your life who you believed when they told you some lie about your gender [Think: liberal parents who want their child to self-identify however the child chooses, aka “gender neutrality.” (If children are so great at making wise decisions, perhaps we should elect them to office so they can solve all the problems.)]. Your gender was determined about a millisecond after you were conceived.

Second, I’ve never known a teenage boy who wasn’t an opportunist. If teenage boys are permitted to self-identify as a girl, and obtain permission to use the ladies’ room, schools will be consumed by transgendered males by the day after tomorrow! We know that some boys have already taken advantage of this political correctness and have been caught taking photos in the girls’ restroom. Surprised? I don’t think so. If the opportunity, or anything else, arises, and the young man hasn’t been taught to behave any better, a teenage boy is going to take advantage of it.

Third, safety aside, we need to stop placating the minority groups at the expense of everyone else.

  • A minority of Muslims demanded foot washing stations and prayer chapels in airports, so our government stepped in and paid for them with our tax dollars.
  • A minority of blacks demanded to go to college and get jobs, whether or not they were qualified, so our government initiated the Affirmative Action laws. Now a black student is given more consideration for a job or admission to college than a white student with an equal or even better record.
  • A minority of homosexuals demanded that private business owners give in to their demands for wedding cakes and other services, in spite of those business owners’ personal religious beliefs. This cost them their livelihood as their businesses were protested and eventually closed as they fought in the courts.

Our Constitution and Declaration of Independence provide for equal rights and equal protection under the law for every citizen, especially those in minority groups. Apparently, those rights and protections are no longer enough. How far must we go?

~Temerity Dowell


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