We’ve seen this before, when some swimmers on the University of Pennsylvania’s girls’ swim team anonymously broke their silence about their transgender teammate, Lia Thomas. Parents of some of the girls sent a letter to the NCAA, which was forwarded to the Ivy League and University of Pennsylvania officials, expressing their concerns about fairness. Penn officials read the letter and composed a reply, suggesting that student-athletes upset by the school’s “welcoming and inclusive environment” utilize the “robust resources” available to them at Penn, including Counseling and Psychological Services and the LGBT Center.
Libs of Tik Tok (which now has a million followers thanks to Taylor Lorenz — congratulations!) notes that the Massachusetts Department of Education has adopted the same policy. If a girl has a problem sharing a locker room with a biological male, she should work with school administrators and counseling staff “to foster understanding of gender identity.” What’s the transgender student supposed to do, take into consideration the feelings of others and change in private?
Massachusetts Dept of Education guidelines says students can use whichever bathroom and locker room they wish to match their gender identity. They advise that students who are uncomfortable with this, seek counseling to better understand gender identity. pic.twitter.com/GdZzaEWUXH
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) April 28, 2022
Reason number 4,628 to homeschool your child.
— Mike Mason (@MikeMason830) April 28, 2022
Yeah this will certainly end well. Definitely won't be abused by teenagers going through puberty.
— Ed Tynes (@EdgarTynes) April 28, 2022
How has society reached a point where the government is telling girls that it's a problem with them if they don't want to be ogled by men in the locker room?
— resueman (@resueman__) April 28, 2022
— James West (@we27593443) April 28, 2022
So this is the hill they want to fight on. They have decided to pick a fight with parents. There is a reason they say don’t ever get between a mama and her cub. A lot of new people who have otherwise been quiet gonna be joining this fight. Bad decision but should be entertaining
— 💎JF💎 (@alright1more) April 28, 2022
Just wondering when compassion and empathy is going to be extended to the millions of Americans who are opposed to these initiatives.
— thefactcheckersfactchecker™️ (@lsnslad) April 28, 2022
Why doesn't the school work with the trans student to address their discomfort and help them understand why bathrooms are segregated by biological sex?
— The Dude (@TheDude42596275) April 28, 2022
Why even have gender specific rooms then? Privacy is an inalienable right. Why should an arbitrary label be the reason to violate it?
— Daniel De Leon (@dandeleon275) April 28, 2022
At this point why even put signs on the doors? Anarchy.
— Fake Internet Man (@FakeInternetman) April 28, 2022
"… A school culture that respects and values all students."
Except the fascists who don't want boys in the girls locker room, of course. They don't count.
— Daemonick (@Daemonick1) April 28, 2022
It’s nice of the education department to acknowledge that “some students may be uncomfortable” sharing a locker room or changing facility with a transgender student, but they need to work through that discomfort “to create a school culture that respects and values all students.”
If they’d just teach gender identity starting in kindergarten, they could eliminate that discomfort by puberty, right?
Penn refers female swimmers upset about their trans teammate to counseling and psychological services https://t.co/t4UdzGlgL9
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 16, 2021