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HelenW:
This letter was in our local newspaper last week:

Can It Get Any More Twisted?
9/19/2006 - To the Readers’ Forum: Batavia High School is embroiled in a dispute over a transvestite science teacher. Last year, the teacher was male, but this year, a female. Actually, the male is still male. The sex change is a year away, but the man will have to be addressed as a woman. So, why refer to him as her? Dress. He will be dressed as a ‘‘she."

Do you ‘‘she’’ a problem? The school superintendent doesn’t. He says, ‘‘This individual is the same person as he was when he left in June ... Will he look somewhat different? That I will agree, but everything else will be the same. Hmmm ... if everything is to be the same, does that include the restroom?

I can’t help but notice how the superintendent refers to the person as ‘‘he’’ when the school, for the upcoming year, requires students to refer to the individual as ‘‘she." According to a concerned parent, a student has two weeks not to mess up by referring to him, I mean her, as a male. Otherwise, students will be subject to harassment violations if he — that is, she — is not addressed as a female while having a male physique.

‘Some adults have no problem with him being her. The only thing, they say, students have to do is merely focus on science. How focused would your focus be if she, a man, is teaching you with her male features being dressed in female clothing? Most people would need a double dose of ‘‘Focus Factor’’ before having to endure that!

Seriously, how sensitive is it to publicly display gross gender-confusion to a younger captive audience in a classroom? Yet, who gets grilled about being sensitive? Why do sensitivity lectures apply to one group and not the other? It’s not the wanna-be woman who has to make any transition for them. It’s those questioning and disapproving who have to make a transition for him. He/she is not hung-up. It’s the others who disagree with the school that have the hang-up. Can it get any more twisted? As much as the gender-confused person has caused a problem, the greater problem is with people who refuse, won’t admit or don’t even realize that a problem exists.

The Rev. Mel McGinnis, F______burg

It doesn't make me feel very hopeful about coming out around here.  I sent a very strong reply and the newspaper never printed it or any other rebuttals.  I guess I know now where THEY are coming from!   >:(

helen

Melissa:
Well, the "Rev." in the signature sure says a lot.  Honestly, I couldn't help but think of Chaunte while reading that.  At least Chaunte is in new york.  The funny thing is that if you aren't visibly gender variant, then nobody knows to harrass you because they don't realize you're TS.  Anyways, it's things like this that make me hesitant about disclosing my TS status to people.  Of all the people I interact with on a daily basis, less than half know I used to live as male.

Melissa

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That's their problem right there: ignorance. They just don't know, and are not willing to listen. Gah, I hope the newspaper somehow ends up losing business over this.  >:(

Kate:
The sex change is a year away, but the man will have to be addressed as a woman. So, why refer to him as her? Dress...

if everything is to be the same, does that include the restroom?

Otherwise, students will be subject to harassment violations if he — that is, she — is not addressed as a female while having a male physique...

At first blush, it sounded like the usual religious bigotry. But I'm wondering now: is his only objection to the fact that the teacher will still appear male and have a penis? It almost sounds like he'd be OK with it if the teacher was fully transitioned (less appearance incongruence) and had SRS (for bathroom issues).

SusanKay140:
This underscores what I've long believed - you can drop out of school in an early grade and be an ignoramus as soon as possible, or can go for many years, obtain many degrees and reputed professional standing, and just be a slow learning ignoramus.  It doesn't much matter what the profession - journalist, minister, doctor, congressman or president - dumb is still dumb.  Let us cherish smart people, people that care, people that love and respect not hate and tear apart, and fully recognize the difference between well educated and well schooled.  Ignorant people should be ignored and not trusted to provide service and advice regardless of education and training, particularly when they supposedly provide education and news.

Of course, having dropped out early, I fully realize I am defensive about accepting direction and information from supposedly educated people that seem oblivious to common sense, basic decency and caring for humanity.  But, of course my natural scepticism about society totally balances that out .... that and my refusal to have a sense of humor about these things.  (Please insert your choice of yellow round face-like objects sometimes used to punctuate postings.)

Susan K

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