The East Aurora School Board, last week, approved a measure that would allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender, not necessarily their physical sex. This was done unanimously. As a result, the Illinois Family Institute, an SPLC hate group, freaked the fuck out and one of the board members made it clear that this was an accident.
Turns out that the provision was part of a larger package of rules they approved and it just sort of slipped by them. So, after the mistake they made, they voted unanimously to rescind that portion of what they had allowed.
Friendly Atheist published a report from somebody who was at the meeting and tried to transcribe, as best he could, the remarks from the school board president. The speech was about what you would expect from somebody who is doing the wrong thing and wants to find a way to make it look like she actually gives a shit. There was a lot of saying that there are two sides to things (neglecting that one side is irrational and bigoted), talking about how they did unrelated good things (nothing personal, but a laptop to bring home for school work will not help a trans* student being beaten up), and just saying how sorry she was.
The fact of the matter is, the school board had a chance to do the right thing and accidentally did. Then they caved to the likes of the disgusting Laurie Higgins. They failed their students in an effort to please the imaginary friends of some parents and a lot of people too old to have children in school, but not so old that they can’t ruin the lives of other people’s kids in the name of their faith. They unanimously voted against their trans* students and I don’t much care how sorry Ms. Johnson is. Her sorrow will not change the life of a trans* student. Her vote may have, but she abandoned the chance when it came up.