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Pennies From Heaven

Filed By Guest Blogger | August 22, 2010 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: donation plea, Kansas, lawsuit school, trans

Editors' note: Kim Pearson is the executive director of TransYouth Family Allies, TYFA.

bio-kimpearson_clip_image002.jpgThose of you who follow my Facebook may be aware that I made an emergency trip to Kansas this week. A school there was refusing to recognize a 10-year-old transgender girl's gender identity. They were requiring her to attend school as male and wouldn't budge.

I met with a school across town and they were happy to have her and wanted to learn how to make her school experience safe and productive. We registered her and expected that she would start school later in the week. I flew home to AZ.

Now the district administration has become involved and informed the parents (two moms) that their child will not be accommodated at any school in their district. The child must present male or gender neutral, must use a male name and male restroom. The reason given is that to do otherwise would "interfere with the learning environment."

We are going to file suit against this school system. TYFA has retained the best attorney in Kansas with experience in GLBT discrimination. We need to raise an estimated $25,000 (or more) to litigate this case. I am calling this fund raising effort "Pennies From Heaven". Make any donation amount but end it with .01 (for example, $20.01), so that we know you are donating for the KS Defense Fund. Are you with me here?

It is time to take back our schools for gender variant students everywhere and we are going to start in Kansas.

Make your donation now.


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That's absolutely absurd. Nowhere in the district?

Will spread the word where I can.

Thank you all for your support and for spreading the word! Every child deserves an education and every child should have the right to be themselves while receiving it!

This is where we should be sending the money we've been witholding from the politicians that have not been supporting LGBT causes. The DNC and others have shown us that we cannot count on them, so we must do it ourselves. We must help our own. This is a chance to affect change based on what is right and just, not the judgement of the majority. We can no longer count on fancy parties in D.C. that bring us nothing.

Can or will the LCLR help out in this one the way they assisted Clay Greene in Sonoma County? Can or will you? This is an attack on all of our children. It is an attack on all gay, lesbian, bi and trans kids. And their parents, straight or gay.

We need to put pressure on the school district. We need fund this fight. And we need to spread this story far and wide as yet another case where a non gender conforming child and his parents are being treated as less than. Remember Juin Baize? He is the Itawamba Agricultural trans kid that was suspended repeatedly for not presenting as his expected gender. In other words, for being LGBT. Out of fear for their safety his mom decided to move the family to Florida rather than subject him to a long and public fight. It was in no small part for him, specifically, that Constance McMillen was fighting to attend her prom.

This is the fight that is forced upon our youth, the fight to simply exist. This is the fight against bigotry and hatred.

We can stop this. We can stop schools' treatment of LGBT youth that is dehumanizing and demeaning. And we must, because every time they get away with it an entire school body is taught that it is acceptable to treat us as less than. And that is a lesson that will last a lifetime.

This is where we should be sending the money we've been witholding from the politicians that have not been supporting LGBT causes. The DNC and others have shown us that we cannot count on them, so we must do it ourselves. We must help our own. This is a chance to affect change based on what is right and just, not the judgement of the majority. We can no longer count on fancy parties in D.C. that bring us nothing.

Can or will the NCLR help out in this one the way they assisted Clay Greene in Sonoma County? Can or will you? This is an attack on all of our children. It is an attack on all gay, lesbian, bi and trans kids. And their parents, straight or gay.

We need to put pressure on the school district. We need fund this fight. And we need to spread this story far and wide as yet another case where a non gender conforming child and his parents are being treated as less than. Remember Juin Baize? He is the Itawamba Agricultural trans kid that was suspended repeatedly for not presenting as his expected gender. In other words, for being LGBT. Out of fear for their safety his mom decided to move the family to Florida rather than subject him to a long and public fight. It was in no small part for him, specifically, that Constance McMillen was fighting to attend her prom.

This is the fight that is forced upon our youth, the fight to simply exist. This is the fight against bigotry and hatred.

We can stop this. We can stop schools' treatment of LGBT youth that is dehumanizing and demeaning. And we must, because every time they get away with it an entire school body is taught that it is acceptable to treat us as less than. And that is a lesson that will last a lifetime.

Sorry, at least one typo. And the first post is redundant. Sloppy on my part.

'LCLR' s/b 'NCLR', of course and the trans legal advocacy group they co-sponsor, SF-based & centered Transgender Law Project.

"And we need to spread this story far and wide as yet another case where a non gender conforming child and his are being treated as less than. Remember Juin Baize?"

should have read, "another case where a non gender conforming child and his or her parents are being treated as less than"

I was getting ready for work, the cutting and pasting was sending letters flying all over the kitchen...Juin was using male pronouns when his story was reported.

I strongly agree with Sara. We MUST support TYFA in this lawsuit against the Kansas school district. I agree that this is where the greatest "bang for your buck" can be found.

Thanks for helping us spread the word, Kim!