OCALA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35)
Transgender students in Marion County will be forced to use the bathroom based on their sex at birth and not their gender identity, after the school board approved the restrictions earlier this week. The vote directly challenges a federal appeals court ruling on transgender students.
Students on Friday protested the resolution saying it has more to do with "irrational fear" and "control," than privacy and protection, as school board members have claimed. "if you were born with one part, but then decide you are a different gender, that's who you are," said student Dominique Yarbrough, who participated in the rally held at Vanguard High School. "You shouldn't be discriminated against for being yourself."
It's a sentiment echoed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which calls the measure unlawful. ACLU attorney Daniel Tilley, warns that banning transgender students from using the bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity would be "profoundly harmful to students, but would also violate Title IX sex discrimination requirements, violate the equal protection clause of the US Constitution, and jeopardize federal funding for the school district."
About 70 students showed up for the protest. They spent about an hour holding signs, walking up and down sidewalks and chanting -- all in support of their transgender classmates.