Target: W. Bruce Benson, Superintendent of the Stafford County School Board
Goal: Don’t reverse decision to let trans elementary school student use the right bathroom.
A transgender girl in Virginia could soon be forced to use the boys’ bathroom after the Stafford County School Board bowed to the complaints of bigots and unanimously voted to restrict her to the bathroom of the gender she was assigned at birth. This is a violation of this girl’s rights and federal law. Demand that the school board reverse its decision.
In a brief moment of progressivism, the fourth grader in question at Hartwood Elementary School had already been allowed previously to use the girls’ bathroom, as was consistent with her identified gender. However, following complaints from other students’ parents that the school was letting a “boy use the girls’ bathroom,” the Stafford County School Board voted to reverse its policy. The fourth grader now has to use either the boys’ bathrooms or single-stall bathrooms.
Not only is this reversal a profound infringement on this student’s right to spaces that are consistent with her gender, it also brings the Stafford County School Board up against the federal government. According to a recent clarification from the Department of Justice, the sex protections included in Title IX—the federal law schools are mandated to comply with—grant students the right to use gendered facilities that match the gender they themselves identify with.
The school board’s decision is unethical and, in all likelihood, illegal. Sign the petition below to demand that the Stafford County School Board let trans students use bathrooms that are consistent with their identified gender, not the gender they were assigned at birth.
Dear Superintendent Benson,
I am writing you today regarding the recent vote the Stafford County School Board made reversing its policy on the use of restrooms by transgender students. This was the wrong decision and I urge you to correct it.
Trans people have the right to use facilities that are consistent with the gender they identify with. That right extends to students, even those young enough to still be in elementary school. Indeed, that right has been affirmed by the Department of Justice through Title IX.
By opting to bow to the pressure of a few bigoted parents who came to a school board meeting exclusively to complain about where a fourth grader goes to use the toilet, your school district has crossed into noncompliance with federal law. You’re also discriminating against a child who, in all likelihood, already faces more discrimination on the basis of her gender than anyone at any age should have to endure.
Your initial policy was progressive and compassionate, and you should not have reversed it. I demand that you reinstate your original policy and let this Hartwood Elementary School student, and all other transgender students in your district, use the bathrooms that are consistent with their gender identities.
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