Teens organize trans youth prom

The Hill, May 22, 2023, Brooke Migdon

Dozens of transgender children, teens and their families from more than 17 states gathered in Washington on Monday to celebrate their identities at a prom organized specifically for trans youth.

Daniel Trujillo, a trans 15-year-old from Tucson, AZ in the CFSD school district and one of the event’s co-organizers, the prom is also a way to tell lawmakers, “I’m just a kid….Senators say they want to protect children, but they’re actively working against me.”

School board battleground: Emotions erupt

NBC 12 Local News, April 24, 2023 Hunter Bassler & Joe Dana

School board meetings recently are not just about budgets and student awards. Emotions are high over what is taught and what is tolerated. Three education experts discuss the issues: President of the Arizona Teachers Association, Director of Government Relations for the Arizona School Boards Association, and Deputy Superintendent of the Arizona Department of Education.

It’s not just transgender people: public restrooms have bred fear for centuries

Vox, May 27, 2016, Sarah Frostenson and Zachary Crockett

Fears over sharing bathrooms with those who are different from us have roots that extend back more than 150 years: Fear created the gender-segregated bathroom and the race-segregated bathroom — and today, fear continues to govern our uncertainty with transgender-friendly facilities.

Anti-Trans Bathroom Hysteria is based on a Myth

Vox, Feb 22, 2017, By German Lopez

The debate over bathrooms is based on a myth. The examples cited by some to prove the “bathroom predator” myth are actually examples of men doing awful things regardless of the law — which has, unfortunately, happened since the beginning of civilization. They are not, as has been alleged, examples of predators taking advantage of nondiscrimination laws meant to let trans people use the bathroom or locker room for their gender identity.

Stochastic Terrorism: Lone Wolf Violence

Insider, Nov 8, 2022, Erin Snodgrass

Stochastic terrorism is a “lone wolf” type of extremist violence that occurs when a group of people has been dehumanized and othered. Those prone to such violence have a strong sense of moral righteousness, and have created a strict binary between good and evil, casting their enemies as villains.

Public Comments in support of trans youth at Peoria School Board meeting in Glendale, AZ

Secular AZ Facebook, April 2023

Here’s a video of how members of the public spoke up in support of trans youth. The Peoria Unified School District in Glendale, AZ had proposed a policy banning trans students from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity. And guess what? The public spoke out against it and board members listened. The proposal was shot down 3-2.