This is so sweet.
This is so sweet.
Jacob spoke first.
“I want to know if my hair is just like yours,” he told Mr. Obama, but so quietly that the president asked him to speak again.
Jacob did, and Mr. Obama replied, “Why don’t you touch it and see for yourself?” He brought his head level with Jacob, who hesitated.
“Touch it, dude!” Mr. Obama said.
As Jacob, who was 5, patted the presidential crown, Mr. Souza snapped.
“So, what do you think?” Mr. Obama asked.
Virginia, Don’t Ban “Cross-Gender” Dress
A school district in Suffolk, Virginia is trying to ban “cross-gender” dress in order to protect students from bullying, and murders and suicides that are connected to it. This policy would ban students from wearing clothing that does not match their [assigned] gender, or that causes a “disruption” or “health or safety concern”.
Despite the fact that the policy is vague — what exactly is outside of a student’s gender? — it is also very problematic. Students who don’t identify as their biological sex would be forced to dress a certain way, making so many kids feel uncomfortable and prohibiting them from expressing themselves. This would violate the freedom of expression.
Forcing people to conform to make other students feel comfortable does not get to the root of the problem — prejudice — it will simply shove it under the rug. The way someone expresses their gender is never a disruption or a health or safety concern unless it is allowed to be.
Instead of violating these students’ freedom of expression, tell the Suffolk School District to enforce bullying policies that strongly protect gender expression and teach their students to accept people as they are!
Petition is here — http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Virginia-Dont-Ban-Cross-Gender-Dress/
is anyone else reminded of the old laws where butches and drag queens were required to wear at least three articles of clothing pertaining to their assigned genders?
more like EVERY night.