It's an accommodation for transgendered kids that's permitted in a few, but increasing numbers of schools.
It could end up as the latest civil rights issue: Children who are born with a boy's or girl's plumbing but who believe they are respectively a girl or a boy should be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice.
The argument is made by the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund and others that kids using the bathroom of their choice is a civil right. The group has filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division on behalf of a six-year-old "girl"* who has been ordered to stop using the the girls' bathroom. She instead has been ordered to return to use the boys' or the school nurse's bathrooms.
Coy Mathis, born a male triplet, has behaved like a girl since she was 18 months old. When her brother Max was consumed with dinosaurs, she was playing with Barbie dolls. By 4, she
was telling her mother that something was wrong with her body.
Since being enrolled at Eagle Elementary School in Fountain, Colo., the 6-year-old has presented as female and wearing girls' clothing. Her classmates and teachers have used female pronouns to refer to her, and she has used the girls' bathrooms.
It's not just in tots' bathrooms that this is happening. Reports City Watch:
RUSS REPORT - Hats off to California State Assembly by Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco for passing what could become one of the most contentious bills in the state. AB 1266, dubbed the “School Bathroom Bill” by some, sailed through the Assembly on May 9 with a strictly partisan vote of 46 to 25.
Ammiano’s legislation mandates that elementary, middle and high school students be allowed, among other things, to access opposite sex bathrooms, locker rooms, and other “facilities,” based on the student’s chosen “gender-identity” and regardless of what gender is listed in the pupils records.
In these and other cases (here), the wishes of parents of other students are not considered to be part of the equation. But, I guess, they don't count. It won't be long, I predict, until those parents who object to the arrangement will be called homophobes.
* The transgendered community prefers that we use pronouns whose gender is preferred and not the "birth" gender. I am following that preference.
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