An Illinois school district has sparked national outrage by choosing, after four years of debate, to grant transgender high school students unrestricted access to the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choosing.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the overwhelming — and, frankly, baffling — 5-2 decision by School District 211’s Board of Education came as a shock, eliciting “mixed emotions” from an audience of some 250 local residents Nov. 14.
Judging from video taken at Fremd High School just minutes after the vote, however, talk of “mixed emotions” hardly does justice to the immense outpouring from local students and parents.
Most notable among those emotional accounts was that of junior student-athlete Julia Burca, who fought back tears explaining her frustration for the school board’s utter unwillingness to “accommodate” students uncomfortable with the idea of undressing in front of their transgender peers.
“I feel uncomfortable that my privacy is being invaded,” Burca told a reporter in the video. “As I am a swimmer, I do change multiple times, naked, in front of the other students in the locker room.”
The lack of self-awareness was, one can only assume, palpable. The disconnect here is unfathomable.
As a bunch of teenage girls expressed genuine feelings of disappointment, frustration and discomfort with the prospect of being forced to undress in front of male students who identify as female, laughter and celebration arose from a rapidly growing, vocal minority that contends people’s gender is somehow entirely separate from their sex.