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Illinois School Board May Cave To Hate Group And Rescind Trans-Inclusive Policy

1:34 pm - 10/18/2012

The East Aurora, Illinois School Board did an admirable thing this week when it unanimously passed a policy affirming transgender students by recognizing their identities. The Illinois Family Institute provided its unsurprising and unwelcome rebuke, calling trans students “disordered” and “perverse,” and it seems the hate group’s response may have stuck. Yesterday, the Board announced it will hold a “special meeting” on Friday to “review,” and possibly rescind, the policy. According to Board President Annette Johnson, the Board assumed the policy was a recommendation from the the Illinois State Board of Education, as opposed to a progressive policy brought forth from a Board member:

JOHNSON: The board never at any time came up with this (policy) on their own… It’s something we (board members) would not have questioned in light of the attorney and the administrators bringing it forward. [...] This was just a policy the board felt they needed to keep up-to-date with.

We usually follow (the Illinois Sate Board of Education) and their recommendations. All of us thought, “Oh jeez, this is another bullying policy we should comply with.” [...] Administrators are constantly bringing policy forward. [...] We will wait on the ISBE to come up with any policy (regarding transgender students).

In other words, it sounded like a good idea until Board members started hearing from people who oppose it. Rather than stand by their principles, they may choose not to be leaders for trans-inclusiveness and instead cave to the nasty anti-trans propaganda being fomented by groups like the IFI.

It also seems, however, that the Board was not fully aware of what they were even passing. A reader at FriendlyAtheist.com emailed the Board members thanking them for their voted and received a response from board member Raymond Hull expressing his regret:

HULL: I do not support the LGBT. I slept on the truth; shame on me

It’s astonishing that basic affirmation for people’s identities is still cause for controversy, let alone that a school board would cater to a hate group’s smear tactics rather than take a leadership role to support its students.

chaya 18th-Oct-2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
For an lj cut to work, you can't have the /lj-cut immediately after the cut.
aviv 18th-Oct-2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
thanks, I think I fixed it :3
the_physicist 18th-Oct-2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
i don't find it astonishing. sadly.

it sounds like most of the members were asleep and once they realised what they'd done they were like... what?! no!!! i can't imagine if they actually supported this they would be swayed by stuff like "trans* folk are perverts!"
kishmet 18th-Oct-2012 09:31 pm (UTC)
“Oh jeez, this is another bullying policy we should comply with.” Anti-bullying policies are soooo haaaaard to comply with you guys

Board member Raymond Hull can go fuck himself. I may actually attend this meeting and deliver some scathing remarks in person idk. I feel like I should bring my 6'7" father along so my perverse self doesn't receive any abuse from these homophobic, transphobic idiots though
tabaqui 19th-Oct-2012 12:51 am (UTC)
Oh, *please* do, please please please. Just keep 'em free of profanity so they can't dismiss you.
flyingwild 19th-Oct-2012 05:55 am (UTC)
I'm tempted to do the same, even though I didn't go to East Aurora schools (district 204 alum here).
jeweledvixen 18th-Oct-2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
“Oh jeez, this is another bullying policy we should comply with.”

Holy crap! They are expecting us to add another policy that will make it safer for our students to attend school and get the education they deserve! This is annoying in the extreme! It's for those LGBT types, too. That's even more annoying! I need to clutch my pearls harder and whine more.
cellared 18th-Oct-2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
HULL: I do not support the LGBT.

He makes it sound like we're some kind of unified terrorist organization.

Ugh this is so gross. That they'd go to this much effort just to be shitty human beings.
maladaptive 18th-Oct-2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
Guerrilla queer ops.
maladaptive 18th-Oct-2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
"Another bullying policy we should comply with"

If it's all too hard for you to understand, then don't bully anybody. Play it safe and keep your nastiness to yourself.

And if you see someone get bullied for any reason, do something about it.

There, see? A nice, simple, unified policy.
tabaqui 19th-Oct-2012 12:53 am (UTC)
Man, i wish there was some kind of petition or phone number or *something* to call and voice support. Anything to give them some backbone.
tabaqui 19th-Oct-2012 10:30 am (UTC)
romp 19th-Oct-2012 01:50 am (UTC)
So they were accidentally inclusive? I would have thought they'd have seen this coming but I guess they didn't even know what the policy meant.
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