Target: Superintendent of the Hillsboro school district, Aaron D. Cornman
Goal: Insist that transgender students are permitted to change in the dressing room of their identified gender.
Recently, a 17-year-old transgender student at Hillsboro High School requested to be able to use female restrooms and changing rooms in the school. Because she was born male, the rest of the student population was so opposed to the idea that more than 100 students walked out of class in protest. The transgender student, Lila Perry, began identifying as a woman when she was 13, and said that school officials had then given her permission to use the women’s facilities upon the beginning of the new school year.
However, upon attending Hillsboro High, Perry has only been given the option to use the unisex bathroom. Perry told reporters that she doesn’t appreciate being treated like an other and just “wants to be a regular girl.” Protesters of Lila’s admission in the girl’s facilities in an interview done by CNN stated that, “if someone has mixed feelings about where they are, they need to have their own [facilities] also.” Lila does not have mixed feelings about her gender, and whole-heartedly sees herself as a woman.
Sign the petition below to tell Hillsboro High School’s district superintendent that all students have the right to fair and equal treatment, and that transgender students have the right to use the facilities of their identified gender.
Dear Superintendent Aaron D. Cornman,
Transsexuality is a very complicated issue to tackle in state-run public school systems. Sexual education is a tense and often awkward endeavor, and often doesn’t include crucial things such as the difference between biological and identified gender. This has become one of the many reasons that transgender student Lila Perry has had such a difficult time with her peers at Hillsboro High School.
Because of Lila’s biological gender, more than 100 students walked out of class in protest of Ms. Perry using the female locker rooms and restrooms at the school. While Perry has a personal unisex bathroom, she is still unsatisfied with the segregated exclusion. As high school students, these teenagers should be aware of both biological human anatomies and Lila’s physical appearance should not be any concern or threat to any other student. Please make sure that Hillsboro High School permits Lila to use the female facilities at the school and help ensure that transgender students are treated as equals.
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