Rethinking Chicago

I’m sure it’s ignorance and my Western bias, but I’ve never really associated Chicago too much with common sense.  The city’s reputation for political shenanigans is legendary, so while admitting to some prejudice on this matter, I don’t think it’s entirely without cause.

So imagine my surprise to hear that Chicago is demonstrating some common sense.  They are refusing to allow a transgender boy (a boy who wants to be a girl) from using the female locker rooms.  The ACLU is pressuring them to cave on the issue.  The school district in question has previously ceded ground on this matter, allowing transgender students to compete in sports as their self-identified gender rather than their actual gender, and to utilize their self-identified gender restrooms in schools because there are stalls that allow for privacy.  However the district is refusing to back down on allowing the boy to use the girl’s locker room.  The student can use a private room away from the girl’s locker room, but this is not enough for the ACLU.

I hope that more and more school districts will begin challenging the foolishness of their political higher-ups.  This will require parents to be vocal and supportive of such stances.  The ACLU claims that forcing the boy to change in a separate room amounts to “ostracizing” him, and claims that shifting American views on such topics demand that schools no longer treat transgender students differently.  I’m willing to wager money that, when put to an objective vote, most parents of school children would vote to provide transgender students separate facilities, but would not like them getting naked with people of the opposite gender, regardless of how they self-identify.  But parents are going to need to stand firm on this and not get bullied into accepting something that pits the interests, privacy, and mental health of the majority against the interests, privacy, and mental health of a tiny, tiny, tiny minority.

This is not disrespectful, it is common sense.  Boys and girls are physically different, regardless of how they choose to think about their gender.  It is unfair to subject the rest of the students in a school to an uncomfortable situation so that one or two students can be encouraged in their preferences.

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