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Member # 36725
posted 09-04-2013 08:16 AM
It's no secret to anyone that knows about Pennsylvania that the state has a bad history of close-mindedness and a reputation for unyielding to the changes of society on a whole. Richland School District near Johnstown PA is the newest in this question of changes needed.
This article was in the local paper this morning about a student that despite enough votes to be on the ballot for homecoming king was told they could not run for the king's ballot because their driver's license identifies them as female. It's also on the table whether Kasey will be able to choose which color cap and gown they will wear at graduation - and it's not the first PA case. At what point does PA open their minds to the world and the needs of its people? What do you think the school should do / have done? Is it time PA looks at its laws again? What are your thoughts - (Please remember Scarleteen is a SAFE PLACE for all of our users, and be conscious of that in our answers and offerings of our opinions) [ 09-04-2013, 08:19 AM: Message edited by: Stephanie_1 ]
Member # 101745
posted 09-06-2013 06:41 PM
Wow, I'm actually just horrified by the language used in that article. It's really inappropriate and disrespectful to say Caron "is a girl but identifies as a female-to-male transgender" and bring up his PCOS which probably has no relation to his identity (higher testosterone levels don't make people trans). If that's a reflection of supposedly unbiased journalism, then I can only imagine what the biased rest of the community is like. =(
It's really terrible to tie any sort of recognition of gender to one's driver's license, especially since PA's requirement to change the marker on a license is a letter from a doctor certifying that someone's had "transsexual surgery" which of course not everyone can access or even wants to have. Few high schoolers can access that sort of treatment even if they want it. There's really no excuse to not let this student be in whatever homecoming court and graduation color he feels most comfortable in.
Member # 36725
posted 09-11-2013 07:57 AM
I totally agree. And the interesting part is that for a journalist it's probably something that is not as biasedly written as what others would write and think there is nothing wrong with (or in some misguided notion that they are helping people and supporting them). It's a scary concept.
Working in a school in PA, and teaching sexual education, I see a lot of this same close mindedness. I won't lie, living in PA can be really hard sometimes. When you speak out against actions or words of others it's often a feeling of you versus the masses, but I guess PA is not alone in that either. And so many of the students in the school are expressing its time for eyes and minds to be open and really understand a person, any person, every person. So at what point does that happen?