Yesha Callahan

High School Students Protest Against Transgender Classmate’s Use Of Girls’ Bathroom

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Over 100 teens in Missouri walked out of their high school classes on Monday in protest of school officials approving a request from a transgender student who wanted to begin using the girls’ restroom and girls’ locker room.

The 17-year-old student, who was born a male but began publicly identifying as “Lila” in February of this year, says she hopes things will die down and hopes that her fellow peers at Hillsboro High School in Missouri won’t continue protesting her use of the girls’ facilities throughout the remainder of her senior year.

Monday’s walk out came on the heels of a school board meeting filled with parents demanding that the administration put an official policy in place with regard to the issue.

One parent says he felt inclined to get involved after hearing about a female student walking in on a “fully intact” male student in the girls’ locker room during a PE class. He told the NY Times that he believes it’s a “violation of my daughter’s rights” for the school not to have a policy in place.

Meanwhile, Lila says she hopes the issue can be resolved so that other, younger transgender students will have a better high school experience than she has had since making the decision to publicly identify as a female.

“It feels really awful that people are going to these extremes against me, not just in school but all over the Internet,” Ms. Perry said. “But I’ve also received so much support. It feels really surreal to be in the middle of all of this.”

In all fairness, this student JUST began publicly identifying as a female in February, which most likely means that the majority of her peers have only seen her as a female for the last six months versus seeing her as a male for over a decade before that. Expecting there to be no push back from parents or their daughters when being mandated to share the girls’ facilities with a nearly- adult student who still has male genitalia isn’t very realistic on the part of the school board or Lila.

What are your thoughts on the female students protesting against transgender-friendly facilities at their high school, Clutchettes?

Photo Credit: AP

  1. September 2, 2015 - Reply

    I think the decision to allow Lila to use the girls’ facilities was a good one in theory. It seems that they didn’t do any education of their school community beforehand. That’s a bad move. Someone has to be the first though. Change is not always smooth and easy.

    • September 2, 2015 - Reply

      @niksmit

      6 ft Fully INTACT male with a wig wants access to the girls locker room. Not surprised folks are giving him/ her the side eye.

    • September 8, 2015 - Reply

      @niksmit

      They were educated, though, in that they had a gender neutral room in place for such a situation, yet he decided that wasn’t good enough for him, only thinking of him. He had only been a “she” for 6 months at that point, besides, and who knows if he will decide to go through with surgery (or be able to) or if he will stay that way. If that’s the case, then he’s more a transvestite than transgender, and that would be more awkward to have a transvestite in the bathroom with you rather than a transgendered person, given he may be attracted to women.

  2. September 2, 2015 - Reply

    Why the infringement upon, and dismissal of biological young women/women rights though?
    If I do not care to share a restroom, dressing room, locker room etc with biological males peens intact, why is that forced upon me as a woman???
    This society has gone insane.
    Gender neutral areas for trans folk is the solution.

    • September 2, 2015 - Reply

      @OSHH

      The rights of girls/women don’t seem to matter much these days. I rarely see society rally behind girls the way they do trans girls. It’s crazy. Girls are expected to step aside for boys even when the boy wants to be a girl.

      • September 2, 2015 - Reply

        @Ang

        Ain’t that nothing?!

  3. September 2, 2015 - Reply

    Everyone shouldn’t be treated with disregard just because what you identify with is different from what you are. What’s the point of having separate bathrooms and locker rooms if girls are still going to have to change next to someone with a peen?

    • September 2, 2015 - Reply

      @Ang

      I know that trans advocates argue that we should view genitalia and physical build and socialization as completely irrelevant because all that matters to them is how a person “feels” but in that case yeah you’re right, we should just have coed bathrooms, prisons, sports teams, everything.

  4. September 2, 2015 - Reply

    When they open up the door to normalize transgender people and their issues they should expect backlash. Is it me, or does the transgender community seem a little pre-occupied with what only makes them comfortable? This young man still has his natural sexual organ still intact but HE wants people to come on board and accept the fact that he thinks of hisself as a female?? Honestly, If I had a daughter, I would not want her to be exposed to that. I am all for people doing what makes them feel happy but it becomes another thing when they expect people to understand and fall in place when it comes to their lifestyle choices.

    • September 2, 2015 - Reply

      @2NatuRho

      It’s not you. There is a total disregard for natural biological women and girls rights.

      • September 2, 2015 - Reply

        @OSHH

        I Second that

    • September 2, 2015 - Reply

      @2NatuRho

      I agree. No it isn’t you. That mantra, “me, myself and I,” seems to be an entitlement to those who feel their needs should usurp others.

  5. September 2, 2015 - Reply

    I am one of the biggest fans of ” live and let live” you can find, but NO..I would not feel comfortable with my 15 yr old daughter having to remove her shorts or shower beside a ” girl ” with his stem and berries still intact for all to see. Just…no. Why can’t my child feel comfortable taking off her bra and changing into her sports bra for PE without there being a male present? What about all the other girls? Do only HIS feelings matter?

    • September 2, 2015 - Reply

      @Aria Whitaker

      Lol at “stem and berries.

  6. September 2, 2015 - Reply

    There’s a gender neutral bathroom available to Lila and she’s still placing her own desires and wants above that of every other girl who feels uncomfortable changing in front of a 6 ft tall intact male in a wig.

    Yeah, you can tell she wasn’t born and raised a girl with that kind of viewpoint. Me, me, me, my penis feels unwanted, what about meeeeee.

    • September 2, 2015 - Reply

      @Saber

      Entitlements are a hell of a drug.

  7. September 2, 2015 - Reply

    I understand where she’s coming from, but just use the gender neutral changing area/restroom that is provided and move on. I personally wouldn’t mind if I were a high school student, but not everyone feels the same as I do and I respect that. It’s not always about you.

    • September 2, 2015 - Reply

      @ronnieTX

      Exactly.

  8. September 2, 2015 - Reply

    I know that California has a law that allows transgender students (K-12) to have access to bathrooms (that matches what they believe their actual sex is) too. So, this issue is not new, but it is a controversial issue nevertheless. Many of the parents want an explicit policy on this issue and they are entitled to it. First, there should be the promotion of privacy for the female students in the school. In situations like these, there should be special facilities for transgender youth. I believe that gender neutral bathrooms (for transgender youth) is the best policy. In that sense, young girls won’t have their privacy violated, it is not a controversial measure, and Lila will still live the life that Lila wants to live. I find it disrespectful for some to assume that all parents who have questions and who want their daughters’ safety plus privacy protected are a bunch of bigots. We should balance human rights and privacy in the right way.

    • September 2, 2015 - Reply

      @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      Agreed. Women/girls already have enough to deal with in terms of privacy now a FULLY INTACT male wants to encroach upon that.

  9. September 2, 2015 - Reply

    My biggest problem with this is that the trans student was ALREADY given special permission to use the gender neutral teacher’s lounge/bathroom, but CHOSE to give that up and infiltrate the girls locker room, penis and all. Your wig does not change the fact that your biology is intimidating to girls and women. Teen girls have it hard enough changing in front of each other in those communal spaces, let alone to be changing in front of a male body. That’s too much to ask. Go back to the teacher’s lounge and enjoy your privileges there. Stop forcing yourself on girls.

  10. September 2, 2015 - Reply

    If he is a fully intact male, he needs to use male facilities.

    • September 2, 2015 - Reply

      @noirluv45

      Exactly.

    • September 2, 2015 - Reply

      @noirluv45

      Second that!

    • September 2, 2015 - Reply

      @noirluv45

      Right. I don’t mean to be crass, but what happens when the fully intact male gets “excited” looking at girls undress in the locker room? As far as I know, transgender people are not gay. So if this kid who identifies as female is still attracted to girls biology is going to take over at some point (especially with teenagers).

  11. September 2, 2015 - Reply

    Exactly. What’s the protocol for a transgendered “lesbian” who doesn’t take any hormone therapy, has greater body mass than all the girls in that locker room, and still possesses fully functioning male genetalia? How far down this rabbit hole is everybody going to keep travelling before we wake up?

  12. September 2, 2015 - Reply

    It’s a bunch of foolishness. The education system is not a social experiment. All it will take is one accusation against a trams-gender person to throw all this mess into a tailspin. There is too much time spent on try to accommodate someone’s personal feelings. Educate the children and go home. Save your social experiments for yourself.

    I can easily say I’m transgender just to get into a woman’s bathroom so I can get my sick fix. It’s pitiful how these administrations bend over for all of this mess.

    • September 2, 2015 - Reply

      @Darkness901

      Truthfully–with this sick Society that we live in, you really have to consider this as a possibility–it is definitely not outside the realm.

  13. September 2, 2015 - Reply

    I know I am in the minority in regard to this issue of transgender but what if he is using this as a ruse to ogle the girls? If he was given a facility to use then he needs to utilize that space.

    • September 5, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      “…I am in the minority in regard to this issue of transgender…”

      I’m probably part of that “minority” you are referring to. ALL fellow human beings are entitled to RESPECT. This particular situation is about “1” Individual trying to “FORCE” his/her??? desires on the larger community. This has little to nothing to do with “transgender”–It’s about a DISRESPECTFUL, “SELF-ish”, attention seeking Individual. This “1” at 1 yr of High School remaining with safe, respectful PE accommodations is trying to “FORCE” his/her presence in a very Private / SENSITIVE space. What next??? Him/her demanding private bathroom stall be removed???–SERIOUSLY???

  14. September 2, 2015 - Reply

    Exactly!

  15. September 2, 2015 - Reply

    Like watching a trainwreck.

  16. September 3, 2015 - Reply

    i think ‘Lila’ may be enjoying all the attention …

  17. September 3, 2015 - Reply

    frankly i am thinking that this is not going to be the last of these protests. we keep hearing that people are becoming more and more accepting and that the younger they are the more readily they accept. well perhaps not. this may be the beginning of a back lash. and if it is ….. people like “Lila” better hide the wig and the eyeshadow. could be that the golden era has already gone

  18. September 7, 2015 - Reply

    LilO has zero business in a girls’ locker room. I’ve zero sympathy for him. Clown moves like this hurt his kind’s cause not help. What’s next…a transgendered man in a men’s locker room who starts shrieking sexual harassment because she sees men’s dongs flapping in her direction?

  19. September 8, 2015 - Reply

    This is what started to confuse me as well. I thought transgender (originally) meant someone with both male and female sex organs, or at least in the process of going from one gender to another. They now say transgender when they mean transvestite too.

  20. September 9, 2015 - Reply

    I’m seeing a lot of ignorance, so I’m willing to help make you actually think. To start off with Gender and Sex are not the same thing. Sex determines what genitalia we have which is usually Male and Female sex organs ( Some people are born with both). Gender is a social construct that is assigned to us depending on what our sex is. As soon as we are in the womb and our parents know what sex we are, we are given a gender role to play out to until we are old enough to choose our own. The assignment is put down to just simple things like pink is for girls, therefore girls like princesses and barbie dolls. Obviously when that little girl grows up she will continue to either be feminine (which is what majority of society sees as “ladylike”) or she can attain masculine attributes (which is deemed “unladylike”). Either way she has chosen to be feminine or masculine or both.We choose our gender, unfortunately we do not choose the sex we are born. Let say I like masculine things like clothing and choose to wear male clothes and identify as being a male then so be it (I don’t but using it as an example) Gender is not just black and white, its more than that. It may be complex to understand but once you do your ignorance may come to a halt.

    In the case of this teen, she feels like she is female, people can argue with me all day on this but she feels like she is female and has chosen her identity to be feminine. Yes she will never know what it is like to be a woman but at the same time each woman shares their own unique experience. She never got the birthright of being giving the female gender as we all did, so she gave it to herself once she realised who she is and what she feels like she is. Every females gender was chosen by society (at birth) as we are all pushed into the female gender. So when we grow up from little girls, we already know what society expects from us as females. This is who she is. Wearing a wig and a dress just to get so much backlash from “normal” standards of society is beyond a stretch for anyone to put themselves through. It takes a lot of guts to stand up for who you are. What is normal anyway it is just a myth we cling on to. For all you critics complaining its a male and he may get sexually aroused when he sees females (if she is attracted to females) is that she will commit some type of sexual act. What about the females who are attracted to other females who use the same bathroom and locker rooms. I feel for her to be in state that is so backwards in it’s thinking. She has a lot of guts and she has my support. As far as I’m concerned woman’s bathrooms have cubicles, so what is the big deal. You go to the bathroom with lesbians or have showered with them at one point and not even known. Your putting it down to because he is male he will have this male like predator behavior and pounce when he sees some boobs is highly comical, not all teen boys are that sexual aroused and for all you know he may be Asexual. Her rights are seen as demands, she should feel how she wants and sees herself not made to be a side show freak. Everyone else is allowed to be heard about their plights but as soon as a situation like this occurs its funny how quick people become deaf.

    I’m really astounded by all the people who want rights for black people and other people of colour but when it comes to people from the LGBTQIA community you spew the exact same ignorance white people spew at us. The black communities issues are a world apart from the LGBTQIA community, I know. However we are all fighting to be accepted for who are and not what we are supposed to be. We will never get anywhere with equality if we hold others to higher standards. We are all not the same, we are all individuals in this world. Not all individuals get to be exactly who they are, as people tend to be more about their own views and not about re-educating their mind sight. Instead of hating and spewing such nastiness, why not go educate yourself on Transgender people. I’m really disgusted by these comments. You want people to accept as as equals into a society but your not willing to give other people the exact same welcome mat.

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