A 14-year-old girl in Virginia speaks out on what she says is a sexist move by Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) to allow “boys in girls’ lockers.”
The policy followed a previous one, 1040, which committed the county to providing a fair, safe and inclusive work environment regardless of “sexual orientation, gender identity” and other individual characteristics. The most recent proposed policy – 8350 – states in a draft that “students should be allowed to use the facility that matches their gender identity”.
At Tuesday’s school board meeting, Jolene Grover, who wore a shirt that read “Woman is a woman,” said: “Two years ago I was told that the 1040 policy didn’t was just a general philosophy and that you weren’t going to allow the boys into the girls “locker rooms. But here you are doing just that.”
Grover is an eighth-grader whose mother pulled her out of an LCPS school last year after seeing various controversial policies emerge. She is currently homeschooled.
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“Everyone knows what a boy is – even you,” she added, looking up at the board members. “The policies you are proposing are dangerous and rooted in sexism. When awakened children ask me if I was a lesbian or a transsexual because I cut my hair short, that should tell you that these modern identities are superficial.”
In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, Grover said she was concerned the new LCPS rule would lead to harassment and assault on girls.
During her speech, she claimed her guidance counselor addressed her concerns about privacy and security by noting that the washrooms had cubicles. Fox News did not confirm this, and LCPS declined to comment on Grover’s speech.
“Now the boys are reading erotica in the classroom next to the girls,” she added during Tuesday’s speech, “and you want to give them access to the girls’ locker rooms and you want to force the girls to call these boys ‘she’ “.
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“You are doing this in the name of inclusiveness while ignoring the girls who will pay the price. Your policies choose the wants of the boys over the needs of the girls.”
Grover’s comments were just one of many gender-related comments as attendees responded to the ongoing controversy over Tanner Cross. Cross was suspended last month after giving a now-viral speech opposing the district’s proposed gender policies.
He told the school board that he would not assert that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa because it is against my religion. It is lying to a child, it is abusing a child and it is sinning against our God.
Just days after this speech, Cross was informed in a letter not to come to the school premises. The letter vaguely stated that the school district was investigating “allegations that you engaged in conduct which had a disruptive impact on the operations” of its school. A judge on Tuesday ordered LCPS to reinstate Cross, arguing it violated his right to free speech.
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Cross had referred to the project politics 8040, which required Loudoun staff to use preferred pronouns.
“LCPS staff must allow transgender or transgender students to use the chosen name and gender pronouns that reflect their gender identity without any proof, regardless of the name and sex recorded in the permanent academic record of the student body. ‘student’, we can read.
“School staff should, at the request of a student or parent / legal guardian, when using a noun or pronoun to address a student, use the name and pronoun that correspond to their gender identity. The use of gender neutral pronouns is appropriate. Unintentional slippages in the use of nouns or pronouns can occur; however, staff or students who intentionally and persistently refuse to respect a student’s gender identity by using the wrong name and gender pronoun are in violation of this policy. “
Other meeting participants suggested that the policies of the LCPS were fair pursuits or love and inclusion.
Wearing a rainbow pin and mask, Senator Jennifer Boysko told the board: “I want to thank you for your commitment to equality and to making sure every child feels loved and loved. valued. ” Another remote speaker argued that policies such as 8040 were not new and would make “transgender and gendered children feel a little more welcome.”
Some women and girls, however, began to question the cost of such policies.
The question has become particularly relevant in women’s athletics. Fox News reported last week how five-time national track and field champion Shannon Arena argued that “transgender athletes will reduce opportunities for biological women.”
“It’s not equality because when you’re competing against a biological man it’s not a level playing field – even if they’re on hormones,” she told Fox News. .
Groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have championed more inclusive policies at sports and school facilities. In 2016, James Esseks of the ACLU wrote a blog post titled “Anti-trans bathroom bills have nothing to do with privacy and everything to do with fear and hate.”
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“As a threshold, no one is offering to let the boys enter the girls’ bathroom,” Esseks said. “Relying on misinformation about transgender people and calling transgender girls boys, advocates for these nefarious measures completely denounce the fictitious end of spaces of gender segregation.”
“But even beyond the absurd distortions peddled in state legislatures across the country, these alleged privacy justifications for unconstitutional government discrimination are not at all convincing. It does not infringe any person’s right to another to share public space with those who are different. “