THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — I’ve sort of thrown in the towel on East Aurora School District’s attempt to create a transgender protection policy. If a school board can rescind a trans kids policy in a matter of days after adopting it in the face of pressure from religious extremists, then there’s no hope that this current board will be able adopt another one anytime soon — even if they appeased us by creating an Ad Hoc committee to come up with something. An election cycle or two needs to happen and hopefully new board members with backbone get seated.
At the most recent Ad Hoc committee meeting, with police presence ordered by the Department of Justice, the organized opposition to any transgender policy was so intense that the chairperson, Anita Lewis, declined to schedule further meetings over concerns of the safety of the committee’s members — some of whom are transgender. Pro transgender supporters were booed and shouted down according to one news report, and a transgender committee member felt intimidated — one man kept referring to her as “him”.
Ms. Lewis, who also serves on the school board, will be reporting her concerns to the board, placing the ball back in the school board’s hands — the same people who dropped the ball the first time around.
More about the school board’s flip-flop: http://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/illinois-school-board-decide-not-to-fire-official-who-suggested-pro-transgender-policy-maybe/
More on the recent Ad Hoc committee meeting: East Aurora schools transgender policy committee put on hold : Chicago Phoenix.
Ad Hoc transgender policy committee chairperson Anita Lewis calls Time Out on future meetings
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