Bath­rooms for trans­gen­der stu­dents

The Avenue News - - Letters | Editorial -

I have re­ceived many e-mails in op­po­si­tion to Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s de­ci­sion forc­ing public schools to al­low trans­gen­der stu­dents to use the bath­rooms which they say matches their gen­der iden­tity.

Let me state that I do not ap­prove of this de­ci­sion by our Pres­i­dent. The gov­ern­ment should not be reg­u­lat­ing our bath­rooms and forc­ing our schools to take ac­tion but if this man­date is not forced, we could lose fed­eral fund­ing.

Do we want men, trans­gen­der or not, in­side the women’s re­stroom? We have all heard the fears about a child preda­tor dress­ing up as a wo­man to gain ac­cess into the women’s bath­room. In ad­di­tion, ado­les­cence is a chal­leng­ing time for all kids and we don’t need to com­pli­cate life more by al­low­ing boys in the girls’ locker room.

Trans­gen­ders should be treated fairly and given rights, but is it worth the safety con­cern to the rest of the pop­u­la­tion? Only .3 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion is trans­gen­der, but this law also af­fects the other 99.7 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion.

A Ras­mussen Re­ports poll last week re­ported finds that 51 per­cent of the countr y op­poses al­low­ing trans­gen­der stu­dents to use the bath­rooms of the op­po­site sex. Is Pres­i­dent Obama lis­ten­ing to the will of the peo­ple or is he look­ing for po­lit­i­cal gain?

Pres­i­dent Obama is wrong by forc­ing schools to al­low trans­gen­ders in the bath­room of the op- posite sex and we must stand up as a na­tion to fight this ridicu­lous man­date. Del. Bob Long 6th Dis­trict

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