In all this debate and wrangling about whether the state should legislate who may use which restrooms and locker rooms and showers in public schools, how many transgender students are there, what accommodations do they want? Is this whole debate tantamount to arguing over how many transgender students can dance on the head of a pin?
I wager in most school districts in the state there are none.
In those schools where there are such gender confused students, how are they being handled now?
On Tuesday Assembly Bill 375 — which would have required “any school facility in a public school, including a restroom, locker room or shower which is designated for use by persons of one biological sex must only be used by persons of that biological sex, as determined at birth” and not self identification — was defeated 22-20 in the full Assembly.
A legitimate argument was made by some that such decisions should be left to school district boards and administrators. Though proponents of the law are doubtlessly correct that left-leaning local educrats are too easily gulled, cowed and manipulated by LGBTQ lobby, despite the concerns of the vast majority of parents who want their children to be afforded privacy, decency, modesty, safety, comfort and traditional moral values in school. Who will accommodate their wishes?
The National Center for Transgender Equality has online a model policy that says:
“In most cases, transgender students should have access to the locker room that corresponds to their gender identity consistently asserted at school, like all other students…”
Now that the lawmakers have punted, it is up to the parents to pester their school boards, superintendents and principals about what they will do if ever faced with the transgender accommodation conundrum.
Will they provide separate facilities or just swing open the girls’ restrooms, locker rooms and showers to boys who wish they were girls?