Posts Tagged ‘transgender issues’

Bullying has taken an entirely new form: student protests at a high school because a trans girl named Leah is dressing like the girl she truly is.

South Panola High School in Batesville, Mississippi, has students rising up to protest discrimination at their school. Sounds great, right? Students in Mississippi taking a stand against discrimination would seem to be something exciting considering how close this particular county is to Oxford, Mississippi, and Memphis, Tennessee. Oxford recently saw the 50th anniversary of the integration of Ole Miss, which brought KKK and gunfire and death in the three day siege on the town in 1962. Memphis is well known for being the location of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination.

Yet, this is not the kind of discrimination that these children are protesting. In reality, they are not protesting discrimination at all. They are protesting the right of a transgender girl to exist without pretending to be something she is not. Yes, that’s right. She is trans, so dressing and acting like a boy is pretending to be something she is not. She is a girl. She is not a boy. She is a girl who was born with the wrong socially ascribed gender. Is this complicated? Perhaps, but it seems fairly simple to me.

Furthermore, what harm is being done to these “protesters” by Leah’s transition? They have to watch someone exercise her right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? They have to think about something beyond their own self-centered desires to understand it? If I don’t like what someone else is wearing, I don’t wear it. How simple is that?

I was born in Oxford, and I do not appreciate the way that these students are furthering a legacy of hate. However, I was happy to find this on Facebook: a page supporting Leah. Not everyone in Mississippi is an ignorant bigot, and I am glad to see that there is proof of this. Support Leah by liking this Facebook page.