Rex Engle, Amherst OH Board of Education president, at 6-20-16 meeting in the junior high gymnasium.
The Amherst Board of Education met this past Monday evening at 4:30 in the Junior High School gymnasium, a venue sized to hold the crowd of interested parties expected there to voice their concerns over the new federally “mandated” bathroom policy.
Board President, Rex Engle, opened the BOE’s meeting in their standard way with the Pledge of Allegiance and included a tiny amount of housekeeping items before he dove straight into Agenda Item 6, the “transgender bathroom policy.”
Amherst resident and parent, Markos Athineos
One-by-one, those citizens who signed up to speak to the Board stepped up to the podium and shared their concerns. Engle did have to change plans slightly when a few audience members complained loudly that they were being prohibited from speaking; it turned out that those folks were late to the meeting and didn’t sign up to speak. Engle acquiesced and assured the audience that everyone who wanted to speak would be granted the opportunity. They were still limited to five minutes, no matter what their own timing pieces indicated. (It took nearly two hours to complete the roster of speakers.)
Kirsten Penton Hill, one of the Amherst residents who spoke at the BOE meeting Monday, 6-20-16
There was only one real surprise that came out during the meeting, something that even the Board might not have picked up on, and it was that “transgender” people felt debased and insulted when they are called “transgender.” Who knew? They want to be called merely “Trans.” Again, who knew?
If you’ve been living under a rock – or in outer space, perhaps – and don’t know what the uproar is about, in a nutshell it is this:
People with boy “parts” shouldn’t be allowed
in the bathrooms where there are
People with girl “parts,” and, of course, vice versa.
But it’s the sexualization of the transgender issue that has nearly obliterated the emotional needs of both Cis and Trans children. (Cis and trans are latin for “on the side of” versus “on the other side of.”) Cisgenders identify with the male or female anatomies they were born with, while Transgenders identify with the opposite of their naturally-occurring anatomies.
Most of the fear expressed at the podium Monday night was all about those people who are neither Cis nor Trans, but rather the “perverts” who prey on young, unsuspecting children and adolescents who enter bathrooms with the intent to practice their perversity. The other expressions were from folks sympathetic to the emotional needs or disposition of the people who feel they were given the wrong body at birth.
The Amherst Board of Education appeared to be sympathetic to both sides of the argument and even claimed to have been considerate of trans needs right along. It remains to be seen, though, if the Board puts its dollars where its mouth is, and how long they can fend off the Federal government in its quest to insinuate itself into each and every aspect of our lives. It’s probably not at all about the children, rather it’s about imposing the Federal will on each and every one of us – whether we need it or not.