Transgender and gender nonconforming students in Marion County are under attack.
The Marion County School Board will be voting on an “emergency” resolution next Tuesday, April 26th that will prohibit transgender students from using the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity.
The “Gender Inspection” resolution will require that all students be restricted to using the bathroom that corresponds with their “biological sex” assigned at birth, regardless of how a student identifies. If passed, this resolution will be enforced starting Wednesday morning, stigmatizing transgender and gender nonconforming kids and putting them at risk for further harassment and bullying.
Marion County School Board members need to hear from YOU! This extreme Gender Inspection resolution flies in the face of common sense and the Department of Education’s recent guidelines for school districts. Gender Inspection policies are a direct attack on transgender and gender nonconforming students who simply wish to be their authentic selves at school and use the bathroom that makes the most sense for them.
TAKE ACTION: Send emails to the Marion County School Boar members telling them to vote NO on this harmful resolution!
SAMPLE EMAIL TO USE:
Dear School Board Member,
I am writing to urge you to vote NO on the emergency resolution targeting transgender students. It would be inappropriate to ask students and teachers to monitor who enters restrooms. If they do, it could result in invasions of personal privacy of all Marion County children that will expose schools to liability, lawsuits, and even potentially losing millions of dollars in federal education funding.
School gender inspection policies similar to this one have been found to violate Title IX of the Education Amendment Act, and Title IV of the Civil Rights Act — laws that prohibits sex discrimination in public schools. Gender inspection policies would force schools to violate federal laws and could put Marion County at risk of losing federal funding.
The bottom line is this: transgender girls are girls and belong in the girls’ room. Transgender boys are boys and belong in the boys’ room. But the most important thing to know is that transgender people visit the restroom for the same reason as everyone else — to use it. And when they do, they want privacy, safety, and respect just like everyone else.
Please vote NO on the Gender Inspection resolution and reject this extreme attack on transgender and gender nonconforming students in Marion County.
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SHOW UP TO THE MEETING:
Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Time: 5:30pm ET
Location: 512 SE 3rd St., Ocala, FL 34471
THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS:
Transgender girls are girls and belong in the girls’ room. Transgender boys are boys and belong in the boys’ room. But the most important thing to know is that transgender people visit the restroom for the same reason as everyone else — to use it. And when they do, they want privacy, safety, and respect just like everyone else. Thank you for jumping in to protect Marion County students. We knew it was only a matter of time before dangerous Gender Inspection policies arrived in Florida, and we’ll need your help to defeat them.