Guide to the Debunked “Bathroom Predator” Myth

Media Matters, May 5, 2016,  Erin Fitzgerald

The “bathroom predator” myth has been repeatedly debunked — by rape crisis experts, law enforcement officers & school administrators across the country with decades of practice under nondiscrimination & trans-inclusive laws. However, many continue to repeat this debunked anti-LGBTQ myth.

USA Today columnist on “Why, as a parent, I sympathize with my students’ moms & dads – not politicians using them”

USA Today, April 15, 2023, Larry Strauss

Opinion columnist for USA Today writes, “Parents at odds with their child’s sexual orientation or gender identity and who express intolerance about it are harming their children. This might not always rise to the level of reportable child abuse, but it is abusive, and no educator who cares about kids should support it.”

Trans and other gender issues become heated in school district

by Genesis Lara
Arizona Daily Star
Some 30 people spoke to the Catalina Foothills School District board Tuesday in favor of transgender students being allowed to choose bathrooms, in response to about the same number who spoke out last week against that choice.

A national spotlight in conservative media has become focused recently on the Tucson-area district, as issues about student bathrooms and locker rooms, as well as the handling of the pronouns used by students, have been highlighted by Fox News and the Daily Caller website.

Many who spoke Tuesday night, April 11, were district students, including students who said they are transgender, transitioning or nonbinary, along with other students who said they are cisgender, meaning their gender identities match those they were assigned at birth.

Schools owe a special duty to trans kids

Tucson Sentinel, April 13, 2023, Rex Scott

District 1 Pima County Supervisor Rex Scott writes, “We must show that we have learned from a painful past that “otherizing” any child is dangerous, shameful and wrong…you owe a special duty to children and teenagers who for too long have felt that what they are most likely to be taught is to despise themselves.”

Angry intruders speak against trans students

Blog for Arizona, April 11, 2023, Kim Bayne

“The evening of Tuesday, April 4th (was)…another school board meeting full of “concerned parents” aka “angry proselytizing intruders sent on a mission from their churches…repeating the same convoluted talking points about transgender bathroom rights and student privacy. These “paid actors”…voiced their pre-packaged, off-the-shelf opinions against students’ privacy rights while whining like victims about the district’s nondiscrimination policy.”

Transgender Youth: ‘Forced outing’ bills make schools unsafe

ABC News, March 22, 2023, Hannah Schoenbaum & Sean Murphy

Forced-outing laws for schools could create life-threatening situations for those kids with unsupportive families. Forcing teachers to call home and “tell the parent things that those children have told them in confidence is going to hurt kids, it’s going to get kids beat.”