My latest column is up at AND Magazine.
Here is an excerpt:
The United States of America is such a horrible place to live. It’s a wonder that anyone lives in this nation voluntarily, we’re such a motley collection of racists, bigots, homophobes, trans-phobes, and haters.
It is virtually unimaginable to think that, in 21st Century America, anyone would have a problem with someone in the LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ community using any restroom they choose, whenever they choose. It’s so abhorrent, no other nation on Earth would even think to stoop so low as to require anyone to use any particular bathroom! This is the Civil Rights issue of our time, amiright?
Well, am I?
Last week, I spent an evening watching a live-stream of the Kern County (California) High School District’s board meeting, where they were taking public comments on the board’s recent decision to craft new policies that would bring the county’s high schools into compliance with AB 1266, the state’s decree that schools must open up their restrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities to any student of any gender, based on whatever gender they feel like they are on a given day.
My oldest daughter is 5, so I don’t typically follow the goings-on at the High School District that closely, but my little girls will be in high school one day, so these kinds of policies are definitely something that I care about. This change in district policy came close on the heels of President Obama’s edict, wherein he threatened public schools with the withdrawal of federal funding if they failed to bow to Dear Leader’s wishes as pertained to their restrooms…