Transgendered Teen Pursuing Diversity
SPRINGFIELD - By mid-May, most high school seniors are focused on matters other than school district policy statements. Esmael Spencer is the exception.
Spencer, an 18-year-old at Thurston High School, is a transgendered youth - born female but identifying as male. At the start of the school year, Spencer asked teachers and classmates to call him Esmael - a variation of the Hebrew name Ishmael.
The graduating senior insists he will feel less like an outcast if the Springfield School Board ultimately approves a diversity plan that specifically lists gays, lesbians and transgendered youths as among those who are guaranteed equal rights and protection from harassment.
I would feel like less of an outcast if school boards everywhere would approve a diversity plan that specifically lists conservatives as among those guranteed equal rights.
He typically spends the lunch hour on his own, often in a corner of the band room. When nature calls, he uses a unisex bathroom in the school's health room.
If this bathroom is not open to everyone then the school should be sued. That isn't "equal rights."
Earlier this spring, Spencer reluctantly declined a school award that is traditionally presented to the top female senior in English literature. He had hoped to be nominated as the top male senior in English lit.
This is where the problems start. If you have a mental disorder (see the DSM IV) and want to eat lunch by yourself that is one thing, but when you expect everyone else to take you seriously and let you participate in areas that are strictly for a specific gender then you are asking us to ignore reality.
Kash said the school district has no statistical evidence to suggest that discrimination against gay or transgendered students is a persistent problem.
He said the U.S. Constitution guarantees equal protection of all citizens, and that he objects to the listing of specific protected classes.
"By listing a few, you inescapably exclude the majority," he said.
Exactly. If an assault or harrasment occurs then the offender should be arrested and charged with the appropriate crime. However this is what we do for everyone so it isn't good enough for the transgenders (or the gays), they want their disorder put up on a pedestal of special protection.
The Fishwrappers in this state are working in tandem to create an evironment of normalcy for transgender youth. Their goal is to make it appear that this is a common situation and put a human face on these troubled kids. But don't be fooled, they can find one or two kids with a gender identity disorder but this is not a common occurance. I could just as easily find one or two kids who live in a fantasy world where they would rather be goblins because they play too much Dungeons and Dragons. (Really, I took my kids to a comic book store the other day, there are people like that)
See previous post (Fishwrapper story where parents took their sixth grade boy to a transgender parade dressed as a girl)
See previous post (Fishwrapper tries to explain their story)
It gives me no small amount of pleasure that a Google search for "sander" (the boys name in the first Fishwrapper story) and "transgender" has my blog posts listed before the original Fishwrapper story in the search results. We aren't living in the mainstream media world any longer!
My collection of identity disorder stories that the fishwrappers won't emphasize
Sci-fi fan gets Spock ears - Who wouldn't want pointy ears?
Virtual worlds, real romance - "Vickie Annett spends more than a dozen hours each week pretending to be an elf in a make-believe world of ogres, gnomes and barbarians. She never thought that's where she'd find real-life romance."
Everquest Fest - These people think they are in a game.
Are the schools going to give these people special accomodations?