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