Colorado Trans Girl Targeted by Faith Group’s Manipulative Video (Trigger Warning)
In what might be a new low for conservative advocates, the Colorado based group Pacific justice has released a video saying mixed gender bathrooms in schools victimizes girls.
Under the guise of religious freedom, “the safety of their children,” and (shudder) respect, the video shows a group of parents and students expressing concerns over an unnamed trans girl, known as Jane Doe, who recently entered Colorado’s public school system and was given the right to use the female bathrooms.
The irony here is something we in the LGBTQ community have become all too familiar with – the interpretation of pro-equality measures as some kind of bullying, hampering peoples ability to express their faith.
TransAdvocate.com has communicated with Doe’s mother and has more details:
“My wife and I were visiting my sister who was in the hospital while my daughter was in school. The principal called to inform me that a newscaster was at the school and wanted to interview me about my daughter’s ‘bathroom rights’ – this was the first I’d heard about any of this. From what I understand, the school didn’t even know. From what I was told, some adults tried to hold a rally protesting my daughter in a town close to ours, but only a couple of people showed up, so the news crew went to the school and the school called me to say that the news crew was showing up to talk about my daughter.
I didn’t want our daughter to be left there alone, so we headed to the school. I wasn’t sure what was going on, but I knew they were coming for my daughter. I had no idea who started this, but we had we had to be there.
I know my daughter. She’s a shy and timid person. It was upsetting. As a matter of fact, before we moved to this town, she was afraid that she would be bullied at school. She had a fear that if she went to this new school, something would happen and she wouldn’t be safe.
I reassured her. I told her that everything was going to be fine and to not worry… We’re going through a lot.”
It’s funny how distorted peoples views can be, and how well funded and organized hate groups like Pacific Justice can manipulate people to their cause. but the fight against trans-bathroom use is nothing new for the group, which also advocates for ex-gay therapy – they lead the fight against California’s trans-bathroom use law - a fight they lost.
The fight for civil rights has always found advisories in those who misconstrue faith for hate. Sadly, this time a child has become the victim of that hatred.
Tim is a writer, video game nerd, and music fan. You'll see him at shows, or you wont really see him at all.
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