A child raises a hand in the classroom and asks to go to the bathroom. The teacher excuses the student, who goes into the hall, down a corridor, and pushes open a door. It’s a simple, everyday request. But in this case, it’s a victory.
A transgender third-grader in New Hampshire has won the right to be treated as a girl in her school community — including being allowed to use the girls’ room. Score one for tolerance, and the increasing strides grown-ups are making in understanding that gender isn’t always definitively settled the moment a baby is born, nor is orientation only figured out in adolescence or beyond. Children are a lot more complex than that.
Amazingly honest (and cheeky) article from a major news source publication.
“My son knew he was Spider-Man when he was 7. Should I have made the school accommodate his desire?” Because, of course, fantasy role-playing and the gender at the core of your being are totally the same thing.