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Friday, April 01, 2016

Transgender boys denied access to bathrooms, cry out

A set of transgender boys have cried out over denied of access to use the right bathrooms based on their current status, reports ITRealms.

Reports reaching our news desk at ITRealms, revealed that some set of trans-gender boys in Hillsbourough country in the United States are now under anguish as they could not access either the right bathrooms or locker rooms.

One of the transgender boys who identified himself as Austin Wakefield from Tampa Florida, said in a petition registered on, an online parity advocacy group, said that him and his colleagues in transgender business are being denied the right to use the appropriate bathrooms, locker-rooms and even common in a public school.

According to Austin, “I am a transgender student. There are many of us in Hillsborough County schools, and not only do we face constant harassment for being - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender -(LGBT), we are not even allowed to use the restroom that feels most natural to us. This is wrong -- it disrupts our education, and puts us at risk of violent bullying if we go against this dehumanizing policy.”

For Austin, “The tide is turning toward acceptance and tolerance. In January, nearby Pine View School became the first in our area to create a positive bathroom policy for transgender students, allowing them to use the bathrooms of the gender they identify with. I am imploring Hillsborough County schools to follow suit, and stop the transphobic and discriminatory practice of barring transgender students from using the bathroom of their choice.”

He insisted that “It is a matter of civil rights. Please join me in asking Superintendent Jeff Eakins and all Hillsborough County School District administrators to do what’s right, and move forward with plans to adopt a policy allowing transgender students to use the bathroom they identify with.

“Progress is being made in Hillsborough County. This time last year, a bill was under consideration that would have made the use of a restroom that did not match the gender a person was assigned at birth illegal, and punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to one year in jail. I am thrilled to say that this dangerous bill is now dead, and the Hillsborough County School District is now drafting a proposed bathroom policy like the one at Pine View School.

"I feel it is my duty to nudge them. The changes at Pine View School were brought about by one transgender student who had been a victim of bullying over this very same issue. He took a stand, against so much contempt and opposition, and made this amazing change happen. I know that I must follow his lead and take up the cause for my school and the entire district of Hillsborough.

“The fight isn’t over yet. Please join me in urging Hillsborough County School District administrators to make it official, and adopt a policy allowing transgender students to use the bathroom they identify with,” Austin pleaded. 

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Pix: Austin Wakefield, transgender student

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