By former Lancaster resident Samantha Cox. A student at San Francisco State University and former student at SOAR High School, Cox writes this letter in response to our article: Local officials push effort to repeal transgender student law
I spent my entire life in the AV. I grew up in Lancaster and lived there for 17 and a half years of my life.
I left it the first chance I got.
And even as a straight woman, I left because this town breeds folks of intolerant behavior, lacking of any empathy and interested in only solutions that convenience themselves.
What AB 1266 does for students struggling with their identity or trying to assimilate into the gender identification they desire is progress. What it does for students who were born without this struggle is make them better people.
Transgender individuals experience incredible amounts of bullying and alienation from the world, so why perpetuate this treatment further?
What we’re looking at here are adults bullying children out of which bathroom they can use, what sports they can participate in, and being referred to correctly.
If they can’t feel great at school, what’s the point of going? Repealing AB 1266 would be a tragedy to all students and all hope for equality in public education.
It’s absolutely ridiculous that we have grown men complaining about their rights, while innocent children – children who don’t know true comfort, children who are battling everything the world tells them, children who risk their lives everyday by being who they are in a place like the Antelope Valley – get pushed out of the bathroom they wish to use, get trampled by the rights of privileged men, and get bullied by folks who can’t even begin to experience the transgender community’s strife.
We have folks on the forefront of division, when we desperately need the nurturing push for accommodation.
Our only problem here is ignorance, not gender. And our only solution is erudition, not cowardice.
I appreciate this platform at which you offer up. Thank you.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of The AV Times.
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