LGBT Worst Persons

Worst Persons in the World: Transphobic Elementary School Parents

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

So-called adults are acting terribly again as a school board in Virginia has reversed a decision at a local elementary school that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms that correspond with the gender they identify as.

I don't know who is worse in this situation: the asshole parents or the school board for giving in to them. I'm leaning toward these unhinged parents who evidently see transgender grade school children as predatory deviants.

[At] a school board meeting Tuesday night, many parents spoke out about the “controversy” — mostly against the transgender-inclusive policy. They had organized as part of a group called “Save Our Schools,” and they testified that students’ privacy rights were being threatened and that their children were at risk from “predatory individuals.” One parent went as far as to suggest that the school was inviting bullying, rape, sodomization, and possibly death. Off the official podium, the rhetoric seemed to be even worse. One parent testified that she’d heard opponents of the policy describing transgender students as “freaks” and “undisciplined” outside the meeting.

Believe it or not, this was a discussion concerning elementary school students, more specifically a 10-year-old fourth grade girl. I don't think "rape, sodomization" and murder are serious threats among fourth graders or, for that matter, any other age group of transgender people.

Transgender people are not "freaks" or "undisciplined." And these neanderthals use the term "freak" to describe children.

Every single one of these people is a goddamn embarrassment and should be ashamed. Fuck all of you.


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    Lawrence Geller

    Oh by the way, regarding THIS story. These so called parents are the worst of the worst. No one here in Thailand would ever act in such a deplorable manner regarding children!

  • j hentai

    well said!

  • muselet

    The insane objections from the parents come from marinating in decades of anti-gay propaganda. They’re not idiots, exactly, but they have internalized all the negative stereotypes of people who don’t match gender norms, and have decided to project those stereotypes onto a fourth-grader.

    Five will get you eight, “Save Our Schools” (somewhere in the Universe, George Orwell abandons G&Ts in favor of vodka shots) was organized by a loudly anti-gay church.

    That the school board didn’t tell the bigots to go pound sand is shameful. Understandable, since the board members want to keep their jobs (and their heads), but shameful.

    There aren’t enough fuck yous in the world.


  • gescove

    “Every single one of these people is a goddamn embarrassment and should be ashamed. Fuck all of you.” Nothing to add.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Parents are opposed to the policy because they think (I use the term ironically) that their children could be bullied, why they themselves are busy ganging up on a 1–year-old child.

    And, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind, feeling proud of themselves for doing so.