We looked right and left before photographing Patrick Tierney pushing open the bathroom door of the women’s restroom and then the men’s restroom at a hotel in Ontario. Just to be safe, I checked both restrooms first to make sure they were vacant. If staff saw us, we might be accused of weirdness, voyeurism or even worse – been asked to leave the premises before obtaining the photo we needed!
Why, you might ask, were we photographing the president of the Arcadia Teachers Association alongside restroom doors? It was to go with this month’s California Educator story about the new law granting transgender students the right to use facilities for the gender they “identify” with.
Transgender students are often excluded from physical education classes, sports teams and restroom facilities of the gender they identify with, which violates their civil rights, jeopardizes their psychological wellbeing and makes it difficult to focus on learning. The new law, which CTA and the state PTA supported, will change that.
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