Situations Like Lila Perry’s Are Not Uncommon
In Missouri, a transgender teen (with male genitalia) is caught in a struggling debate over whether he should be allowed to use a girls’ locker room. It caused a massive protest where around 200 students from Hillsboro High School exited doors and continued to rally for 2 hours.
Lila Perry, a 17-year-old transgender, identified as a gay male up until the age of 13 when he came out as transgender earlier this year in February. He had always chosen to use gender-neutral bathrooms until he made the switch to girls’ locker rooms before physical education classes. When he began using the locker rooms, a wave of complaints rolled in.
Of the people involved in the protest, Lila’s supporters make up around half of them. The others wish that he could continue to use the faculty’s gender-neutral restroom, but Lila says that he feels segregated that way.
I’m not going to expose myself. I’m not a pervert. I’m a transgender woman. I’m a girl. I’m just in there to change, do my business, and if they have any questions about being transgender, they are more than welcome to talk to me, and I’ll be happy to explain it,” says Lila.
Other female students have expressed that they are uncomfortable because Lila is only transgender and not transsexual, meaning that he still has not received reconstructive surgery to physically become a woman. The school has become divided over this issue, and according to the Human Rights Campaign’s senior legislative counsel Alison Gill, it is not uncommon for a less famous person to be subject to heated debates as opposed to the more famous transgender people like Caitlyn Jenner, Chaz Bono and Candis Cayne.
The girls have rights, and they shouldn’t have to share a bathroom with a boy”
Spoke Tammy Sorden, a parent of a student at the school. She also said that it’s not fair for Lila to be treated in speciality whilst the other girls have no choice but to put up with it.
It is only right that Lila should continue to use the gender-neutral restroom kindly provided by the faculty, as Lila is still anatomically a male. It would make very little sense and be unfair to allow Lila to use the girls’ locker room. The other female students are clearly uncomfortable, and the male teen should be able to respect that rather than cause trouble and distractions. It is already generous enough that the staff has allowed him to utilize the faculty’s restroom.
Article: Yahoo! Health