A Virginia school board said late last week it intends to appeal a federal court ruling that forces it to allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their self-declared gender identity. The Gloucester County School Board had established a policy requiring students to use either a private restroom or the facility corresponding to their biological sex for the protection of their privacy and safety. On Friday, the board said it is complying with the order “while it pursues an appeal.” —K.C.
An Illinois father penned a heartfelt editorial in USA Today this week lamenting his thwarted efforts to get help for his transgender-identifying child who is on the autism spectrum.
Jay Keck detailed how his 14-year-old daughter, who had never exhibited any previous gender dysphoria, suddenly declared she was transgender after meeting another female student at her high school who said she was identifying as the opposite sex. Despite the fact Keck’s daughter had clear and documented underlying mental health conditions, her school embraced the new identity without informing Keck or his wife. School administrators also began referring to her by a male name and male pronouns. Once the girl told her parents she was identifying as transgender, Keck and his wife requested the school call her by her legal name, but administrators ignored their plea.
Keck’s story embodies the cost of an ideology that refuses to acknowledge the role of peer pressure and mental health problems in spiking rates of transgender-identifying youth. After a school-approved psychologist examined the girl, he told her parents it was clear that underlying mental health conditions drove her sudden transgender identity. But the psychologist refused to share that conclusion with the school district, fearing backlash under the state’s “conversion therapy” ban.
“Now, thanks in large part to my daughter’s school, my daughter is more convinced than ever that she is a boy and that testosterone may be necessary for her to become her authentic self,” wrote Keck, adding his now-18-year-old daughter can access testosterone injections at any one of Illinois’ 17 Planned Parenthood facilities. “No extensive mental health assessment will be required, and there will be nothing I can do to stop her.” —K.C.