In recent months, transgender plaintiffs have beaten anti-trans policies in courts across the United States. Now, in Wisconsin, a federal judge says a trans girl student can use the girls bathroom.
I’m someone who transitioned in their 40s, and I have a lot of regrets and disappointment about how my life has turned out. Knowing that some young people can experience childhood and puberty in their own gender is one of the sources of joy in my life that keeps me going. I’m so grateful to this wonderful little girl, her parents and supporters, and the judge and legal system that is protecting her now.
YESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! So happy to see my home state doing the right thing!!!!! Still some tall orders ahead before Wisconsin can be truly a safe place for LGBT people (like undoing how badly gerrymandered the state is) but any step, no matter how seemingly small, in the right direction needs to be celebrated and built upon
This is a huge win, and the trend is encouraging. The supportive parents' comments are heartening. Reading about the school board's policy and some of the ignorant parents' comments in the article you referenced makes my blood boil. For example:
"Parent Jen Fritz stood in solidarity with other concerned parents.
'I do not want biological males sharing restrooms, locker rooms, or other private places with my daughters,' Fritz said."
This brings me back to the 90s and Don't Ask, Don't Tell. I was in the USAF at the time, and I had to listen to a lot of ignorant comments about how problematic it would be for gays to be in the "same foxhole" as straight soldiers. The assumption that every gay soldier was automatically attracted to them was comical. Then to assume that somehow, on the front lines, the opportunity for sex would even come up. That they were already serving with gay and transgender people without incident didn't even dawn on them.
Similarly, the idea that transgender people are visiting the bathroom to do anything other than use the toilet isn't based on anything real. There were no incidents related to her behavior. And since this girl hasn't presented herself as male at any time since she started school, it's likely her schoolmates didn't know or care. No, it takes a warped adult to sexualize a child and make it all about "safety."
Further, Jen Fritz does not even live in the Mukwanago school district where she spoke out about the the issue. So she made a point to visit a school board meeting in another district just to get her bigotry on record. This is also happening here in Los Angeles, where people drive hundreds of miles from up north to protest against trans inclusion at school board meetings.
The good news is that increasingly, it seems like people are beginning to see through the bullshit.
FWIW, Judge Lynn Adelman is male and uses “he” pronouns.
The girl’s note is so sad.
How could any decent adult, especially one who made a career choice to work with children, be so actively cruel to an eleven-year-old child?
It's been 8 years since I weighed in on this exact subject in a college publication at UW Milwaukee. I shared in front of everyone I knew just how humiliating and emotionally draining it was to be a literal teenager and have a group of adults police the mere act of peeing while also claiming to care for my safety. I've never been actually proud to say this is my home town before now. This is my state. The fight isn't over, but it feels so good to see a W come in from WI. I don't even have the words.
This story froze my blood. The cruelty manifest against this eleven year old sears the heart. I'm very grateful to you, Erin, for your fantastic reporting.
The cruelty of these bigots know no bounds. My heart broke reading that poor girls message. If I were the parent, oh the stink I would have raised. (I’m sure they did; thus the law suit) it makes me so angry that people are heartless and needlessly cruel. For what, an election?
Screw your politics conservatives. You all deserve to lose power and NEVER hold any kind employment again. These people are too dangerous to interact with society.
Thank you for reporting these rays of light as they happen, it’s so refreshing in the midst of so much gloom! Cannot believe they’d treat a little 11 year old girl like this, how cruel and unnecessary. They shouldn’t even have had the conversation with her without her parents being present.
We are winning. This round we are glad the judge referred to the U.S. Constitutional rights in this case. These rights apply to all U.S. Citizens from birth? Oh, and before I forget again; thank you, Erin & Co. for setting up those links to the various platforms. This makes the exercise of sharing that much easier for old cats like yours truly. Everyone, please stay as safe, and healthy as possible. Sending lots of Love from London, Ontario, Canada.
You (& Zooey) are brave too, Erin. Thank you for what you do for our community. Enjoy your well deserved vacation. Namaste 🙏🏼
Title IX gives us great things, like this awesome ruling and an Amazing Women's Association Football Team!