Over 100 teens in Missouri walked out of their high school classes on Monday in protest of school officials approving a request from a transgender student who wanted to begin using the girls’ restroom and girls’ locker room.

The 17-year-old student, who was born a male but began publicly identifying as “Lila” in February of this year, says she hopes things will die down and hopes that her fellow peers at Hillsboro High School in Missouri won’t continue protesting her use of the girls’ facilities throughout the remainder of her senior year.

Monday’s walk out came on the heels of a school board meeting filled with parents demanding that the administration put an official policy in place with regard to the issue.

One parent says he felt inclined to get involved after hearing about a female student walking in on a “fully intact” male student in the girls’ locker room during a PE class. He told the NY Times that he believes it’s a “violation of my daughter’s rights” for the school not to have a policy in place.

Meanwhile, Lila says she hopes the issue can be resolved so that other, younger transgender students will have a better high school experience than she has had since making the decision to publicly identify as a female.

“It feels really awful that people are going to these extremes against me, not just in school but all over the Internet,” Ms. Perry said. “But I’ve also received so much support. It feels really surreal to be in the middle of all of this.”

In all fairness, this student JUST began publicly identifying as a female in February, which most likely means that the majority of her peers have only seen her as a female for the last six months versus seeing her as a male for over a decade before that. Expecting there to be no push back from parents or their daughters when being mandated to share the girls’ facilities with a nearly- adult student who still has male genitalia isn’t very realistic on the part of the school board or Lila.

What are your thoughts on the female students protesting against transgender-friendly facilities at their high school, Clutchettes?

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  • Rizzo

    i think ‘Lila’ may be enjoying all the attention …

  • Edith Wherton

    frankly i am thinking that this is not going to be the last of these protests. we keep hearing that people are becoming more and more accepting and that the younger they are the more readily they accept. well perhaps not. this may be the beginning of a back lash. and if it is ….. people like “Lila” better hide the wig and the eyeshadow. could be that the golden era has already gone

  • Phoenix Ares

    LilO has zero business in a girls’ locker room. I’ve zero sympathy for him. Clown moves like this hurt his kind’s cause not help. What’s next…a transgendered man in a men’s locker room who starts shrieking sexual harassment because she sees men’s dongs flapping in her direction?

  • FromTokyo

    This is what started to confuse me as well. I thought transgender (originally) meant someone with both male and female sex organs, or at least in the process of going from one gender to another. They now say transgender when they mean transvestite too.

  • mywordsaremypower

    I’m seeing a lot of ignorance, so I’m willing to help make you actually think. To start off with Gender and Sex are not the same thing. Sex determines what genitalia we have which is usually Male and Female sex organs ( Some people are born with both). Gender is a social construct that is assigned to us depending on what our sex is. As soon as we are in the womb and our parents know what sex we are, we are given a gender role to play out to until we are old enough to choose our own. The assignment is put down to just simple things like pink is for girls, therefore girls like princesses and barbie dolls. Obviously when that little girl grows up she will continue to either be feminine (which is what majority of society sees as “ladylike”) or she can attain masculine attributes (which is deemed “unladylike”). Either way she has chosen to be feminine or masculine or both.We choose our gender, unfortunately we do not choose the sex we are born. Let say I like masculine things like clothing and choose to wear male clothes and identify as being a male then so be it (I don’t but using it as an example) Gender is not just black and white, its more than that. It may be complex to understand but once you do your ignorance may come to a halt.

    In the case of this teen, she feels like she is female, people can argue with me all day on this but she feels like she is female and has chosen her identity to be feminine. Yes she will never know what it is like to be a woman but at the same time each woman shares their own unique experience. She never got the birthright of being giving the female gender as we all did, so she gave it to herself once she realised who she is and what she feels like she is. Every females gender was chosen by society (at birth) as we are all pushed into the female gender. So when we grow up from little girls, we already know what society expects from us as females. This is who she is. Wearing a wig and a dress just to get so much backlash from “normal” standards of society is beyond a stretch for anyone to put themselves through. It takes a lot of guts to stand up for who you are. What is normal anyway it is just a myth we cling on to. For all you critics complaining its a male and he may get sexually aroused when he sees females (if she is attracted to females) is that she will commit some type of sexual act. What about the females who are attracted to other females who use the same bathroom and locker rooms. I feel for her to be in state that is so backwards in it’s thinking. She has a lot of guts and she has my support. As far as I’m concerned woman’s bathrooms have cubicles, so what is the big deal. You go to the bathroom with lesbians or have showered with them at one point and not even known. Your putting it down to because he is male he will have this male like predator behavior and pounce when he sees some boobs is highly comical, not all teen boys are that sexual aroused and for all you know he may be Asexual. Her rights are seen as demands, she should feel how she wants and sees herself not made to be a side show freak. Everyone else is allowed to be heard about their plights but as soon as a situation like this occurs its funny how quick people become deaf.

    I’m really astounded by all the people who want rights for black people and other people of colour but when it comes to people from the LGBTQIA community you spew the exact same ignorance white people spew at us. The black communities issues are a world apart from the LGBTQIA community, I know. However we are all fighting to be accepted for who are and not what we are supposed to be. We will never get anywhere with equality if we hold others to higher standards. We are all not the same, we are all individuals in this world. Not all individuals get to be exactly who they are, as people tend to be more about their own views and not about re-educating their mind sight. Instead of hating and spewing such nastiness, why not go educate yourself on Transgender people. I’m really disgusted by these comments. You want people to accept as as equals into a society but your not willing to give other people the exact same welcome mat.