Transgender student’s quest to use girls’ locker room defines school board race in Chicago suburb

Apr 5, 2017

By Moriah Balingit and Sandhya Somashekhar

Bob LeFevre Jr.’s reelection campaign for school board this year wasn’t much different from his first run 18 years ago. He relied on word of mouth to carry his message of fiscal stewardship and high-quality education. He repurposed the same yard signs, even though they are getting a little rusty.

But Tuesday — Election Day in the Palatine-Schaumburg area of suburban Chicago — will be anything but routine. The typically low-key school board race has become the epicenter of a national debate over transgender students. The Township High School District 211 election has received national attention and thousands of dollars from outside groups as a slate of conservative candidates seeks to wrest control of the board from LeFevre and other members who voted to allow a transgender girl to use the girls’ locker room at a local high school in 2015.

The election comes as an ever larger number of school districts nationally are grappling with how to accommodate an increasingly visible and vocal cohort of transgender students seeking to use the facilities of their choice. Policies supporting these students have often drawn protests from some of their peers and parents who think transgender students should use facilities based on the gender on their birth certificate. The school board election could have broad repercussions in that fight, as both sides hope it will set a new national standard for how schools balance the needs of transgender students with the privacy of their peers.

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4 comments on “Transgender student’s quest to use girls’ locker room defines school board race in Chicago suburb

  • @OP – Policies supporting these students have often drawn protests from some of their peers and parents who think transgender students should use facilities based on the gender on their birth certificate.

    I would say that it is a gross exaggeration to attribute thinking to such people!

    . . . . . protests from some of their peers and parents who parrot bigoted dogmas that transgender students should use facilities based on the gender on their birth certificate.

    Biological study and thinking about needs of transgender individuals, really does not cross their feeble minds!

    We would have to ask how those obsessed with the sexuality of others, could possibly know if people who bodily appear male or female, are not the genetic gender which is on their birth certificates – unless the busy-bodies wilfully intruded on their privacy?

    Where public male, female, and disabled unisex facilities, are provided without fuss, these issues mostly do not arise!



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  • @OP – The election comes as an ever larger number of school districts nationally are grappling with how to accommodate an increasingly visible and vocal cohort of transgender students seeking to use the facilities of their choice. Policies supporting these students have often drawn protests from some of their peers and parents who think transgender students should use facilities based on the gender on their birth certificate.

    There other backward places where ignorant “black and white” thinkers with discontinuous minds, demand to exercise their ignorance of biology to the detriment of others!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-39780214

    Five years ago a midwife in Kenya delivered a child with male and female sexual organs. The father told her to kill it, but instead she hid it and raised it as her own. Two years later, the same thing happened again – and before long she was forced to flee to save the children’s lives.

    Zainab was used to delivering babies. As a traditional birth attendant in rural western Kenya, she’d delivered dozens over the years. But none like the one in front of her now.

    It had been a tricky birth, but nothing Zainab couldn’t handle. The umbilical cord had got twisted around the baby’s head and she’d had to think quickly, using a wooden spoon to untangle it.

    After clearing the baby’s airway, she washed the child and cut and tied the umbilical cord. It was then that Zainab saw something she’d never seen before.

    “When I looked to see if it was a boy or a girl, I saw two things protruding – this baby had male and female parts,” she says.

    Instead of saying what she usually said at this point – “It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!” – Zainab handed the baby to its mother and simply told her, “Here is your baby.”

    When the exhausted mother saw that her child’s sex was unclear, she was stunned. But when her husband arrived, he was in no doubt about what should happen next.

    “He told me, ‘We can’t take this baby home. We want this baby to be killed.’ I told him that the child was God’s creation and must not be killed. But he insisted. So eventually I told him, ‘Leave the baby with me, I’ll kill it for you.’ But I did not kill the baby. I kept it.”



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  • The instance of Klinefelter’s syndrome is hovering at around 1 in 500 “male” births, so let’s acquiesce to that shitty term and assume that it is 1 in 1,000 births. The instance of children born with ambiguous genitalia or both male and female genitalia is at around 1 in 4,500.

    So, looking at these numbers, and coupling them with the facts that there are 13.506 school districts in America and 50.4 million pupils enrolled in these public schools, it is conservative to say that (Using the “median” number between the 1 in 500 and the 1 in 4,500 stat) there are approximately 20,240 CHILDREN in America that are affected directly by these bigots. As you see, that is well above a child in every single district in the nation.

    What concerns me is this idea:

    The election comes as an ever larger number of school districts nationally are grappling with how to accommodate an increasingly visible and vocal cohort of transgender students seeking to use the facilities of their choice.

    And the group that are going to willfully distort reality and claim that the number of these children is on the rise, when in fact, the number holds constant, these folks have just gained a voice and are finally speaking up. That’s why it is important to stand with them and let them know that they are cared about and that no one, no one has the right to shit on them.



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  • @#1 – Biological study and thinking about needs of transgender individuals, really does not cross their feeble minds!

    https://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v427/n6973/full/427390a.html

    New evidence suggests that the brain begins to develop differently in males and females much earlier than was thought — before sex hormones come into play.

    New findings about the genetic and other factors that influence the brain’s sexual development could do more than simply rewrite the textbooks. They might provide insights into conditions such as transsexualism — and perhaps eventually lead to tests that could determine whether a baby with an intersex condition is more likely to grow up thinking, feeling and behaving like a man or a woman.

    The dogma that hormones are the only important players in the brain’s sexual development stems from early experiments showing that castrated male rabbit fetuses seem to develop as females, and newborn female guinea-pigs exposed to testosterone come to look and act like males. These results indicated that the ‘default’ sex in mammals is female, and suggested that male brain anatomy and behaviour develop as a consequence of exposure to testosterone.

    More recently, geneticists uncovered the ‘master switch’ that kick-starts the development of the testes in mammals — a gene called Sry on the male-specific Y chromosome.



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