As I was about to check my yahoo email a couple of weeks ago, I saw a title of an article on the homepage that caught my attention, “Transgender Girl’s Parents Lobby for Her Right to Use the Bathroom.” The title immediately reminded me about the discussions and lectures we have talked about in our Women and Gender Studies course.
The article was about a mother in Colorado who became furious when the public school her transgender child attends banned her from using the girls bathroom. With the help of a lawyer, the mother was able to file a discrimination complaint and is using the opportunity to spread awareness about this issue. I believe that every parent will react in a similar if not in the same manner. Schools don’t allow discrimination against students with disabilities and there is zero tolerance for bullies, why should this situation be any different. The mother made very good points in this article. She says: “They could be taking the opportunity to teach all of the students that everybody is different and that we should embrace our differences and we should respect everybody. Instead they’re creating this divided environment where they’re showing all these children that a child is different and we’re going to treat them poorly because of it.” I agree that it is important that the school systems teach students about the differences among them to prevent the possibilities of bullying. When divisions and different classifications of students are brought out, it encourages students to treat others with less respect than they deserve. This creates emotional dilemmas in victims. The article explains that Coy (the daughter) was very happy when she under went the transition; it was something she had been waiting for for a long time and to think that her school could stand in the way of her happiness. The mother and father decide to homeschool their daughter until they figure things out, which adds more stress on their daughter. It is hard to believe that a young girl has to undergo these kinds of hardships because of who she is. She was happy with who she became until it was pointed out that she is different by her school. In this situation I think the bully is definitely the school system. Coy is unable to defend her rights or herself at this point in her life, and I think she is lucky to have parents who are by her side so that she can be herself. The parents are great role models to every other parent out there. I truly believe that when Coy is older she will be fighting for the same rights her parents are fighting for today.