Another facepalm moment brought to you by the legions of cis people who are apparently still allowed to leave their brains at home in a jar while they roam freely around in public…
Sometimes I think it’s not the students who are most in need of education; particularly when it comes to issues related to trans people. The News10 channel’s website has this report about a trans man who seems as if he’s trapped in a bizarre mediaeval nightmare where he’s being hounded out of house and home by angry villagers armed with pitchforks and blazing torches.
The truly depressing part is that the basic truth of the nightmare is still there when he wakes up. Except he’s not living in a mediaeval village in a mythical country ‘somewhere in central Europe’ – no, this horror story is unfolding in 21st century California…
Transgender Teacher Outed By Students At Vacaville School
VACAVILLE, CA – A Vacaville teacher’s gender reassignment surgery has caught the attention of some parents who want to know why the school district didn’t notify them ahead of time about the change.
Question: Why do they think they have any right to know about his surgery? From the rest of the story it’s clear they weren’t exactly planning on sending him flowers and grapes…
Question: If someone’s good enough at their job to hold down that position before they have surgery, how is having genital reaffirmation surgery going to remove those skills and abilities?
A music teacher at Foxboro Elementary School, who was formerly a woman, returned to school as a man at the beginning of the school year.
W-a-i-t a minute…
“[…] formerly a woman […]”
Formerly a woman? Way to erase his identity and demonstrate the journalist’s own prejudices…
The teacher, who was not identified is now being addressed as “Mister.”
How very generous. And what, pray, was he addressed as before?
No, don’t tell me, I can guess…
Some parents told Travis Unified School District that they feel like their rights to know were violated.
As above: why do they think they have any right to know about his surgery? Would they, I wonder, be even remotely interested if he’d gone in for, let’s say, a hernia repair? No, of course not. But this is about – gasp! – his genitalia, isn’t it? Therefore, by virtue of benefitting from cis privilege, these parental units believe they are somehow, by some (presumably) divine right, entitled to know about his genitals.
Yes, I said “divine right”, and yes, I meant it sarcastically, because I’m damned sure there must be anti-discrimination laws about this kind of harassment.
And if not, why not?
“All the information came straight from our kids and didn’t come from the school board or the teachers … this has all been second-hand information,” parent Melissa Oiland said.
Ah, so that’s why you’re all so indignant. Because the school didn’t tell you about the personal details of a teacher’s surgery. And why do you suppose they didn’t tell you?
Anything to do with this, perhaps?…
The district said it has to respect privacy and personal issues, and that it must preserve privacy rights of the teachers.
The school board said such disclosure would violate HIPAA privacy rules.
“I understand what parents are saying, but we have a right as an employer, we have a legal obligation as an employer to protect our employees,” Superintendent Kate Wren Gavlak said.
Gavlak said the district consulted with lawyers and determined that legally, it could not disclose any information about the teacher’s gender change.
“We will not be discussing personal matters with either the students, or the parents or the community at large … because we cannot,” Gavlak said.
Well, thank Maud for that. Somebody realises there are privacy rules.
But since when do legal protections matter when we’re talking about trans people? After all, a parent’s right to reactionary, ignorant outrage is far more important than any worthless trans person’s statutory rights, isn’t it?
Gahh, this makes me so frickin angry.
…in case you hadn’t noticed…
People, this is a real human being we’re talking about here – not some fictional scary monster marauding unfettered through the hallowed groves of academe, terrorising your precious babies.
Although, clearly, these idiots don’t see it that way:
Parent Angela Weinzinger, who has three children at the school, said she has since transferred her children out of the class.
“I wasn’t given the opportunity to make a choice on what I wanted to do with the situation,” Weinzinger said.
So far, 23 students from 15 different families have transferred their children out of the music class and into a physical education class.
Yeah, and don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.
“Was there no injustice in this? Am I to be thought the only criminal, when all human kind sinned against me?” (Mary Shelley ‘Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus’, 1818 – Ch. 24. [Via])