Did A Raytown, Missouri School Do Right Or Wrong By Outing A Transgender Student? – VIDEO

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Last Friday, Robinson Elementary School in Raytown, Missouri sent a letter home to parents announcing that a male student known as Adam had returned to school as a female named Jasmine.

According to KMBC.com, the letter — which was sent out at Jasmine’s parents’ request — “asked students and parents to treat everyone at school as they would want to be treated.”

From KMBC.com:

"This is not about who you want to be. This is what you are," said Caroline Gibbs, of the Transgender Institute. "This is a genetic, medical condition, hardwired. One is born with it."

"Gender identity is separate from sexual orientation," said Jessica Farmer, a counselor who works with gay and transgender youth. "They are two separate things. So if you ask a young person if they're male or female, they'll usually have an answer."

Farmer said very young people and their families who deal with these issues at an early age usually have fewer problems adjusting than those who deal with them later on.

Vincent Paolo Villano, Director of Communications for the National Center for Transgender Equality said that the NCTE had an internal conversation about whether the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act meant to protect student educational records applies in this case or whether the letter revealed too many identifying characteristics about the youth.

Furthermore, if the school’s letter meant to make the community aware of Jasmine’s transition as a medical condition, Villano doubted that the school’s action in this case mirrored how it would handle other medical issues, like if a kid had to stay home with chicken pox.

But acknowledging that the school may have sent the letter as a way to raise awareness and forestall bullying, Villano said, “Whenever schools and teachers take action to feel affirm a student’s identity and help them feel good about themselves, that’s to be applauded.”

The district had no additional comment.

Comments

  1. Hrm says

    “Outing” a transgender student how? If the kid returned as a girl, obviously the clothes, hair, and everyday conversation would do that. Good job to the school for insisting beforehand that people act like adults and show respect. “Did the school do right or wrong by being proactive?” Any moron knows the answer.

  2. MaryM says

    “National Center for Transgender Equality”

    If LGB people are meant to unquestioningly accept T people are part of our community, then why are they allowed to have specific groups like this? Double standards?

    Is this pupil L or B.

    If not then why is this story of any significance to an LGB audience?

  3. Homo Genius says

    How exactly do they pick their tranny names? I mean Jasmine? Is anyone never Cathy or Laura.

  4. Lara Landis says

    Tranny names? I would think Barney Frank’s colossal ENDANGERED screw up and the support it had from Gay, INC organizations shows their is a need for organizations that focus on trans* issues.

    Now, going onto choosing a female name, my roommate is Cathy. I’m not Laura, but is Lara close enough?

    And whybare there so many anti-trans bigots in the comment section of an LGBT site? Every trans story contains at least one such rant.

  5. Lara Landis says

    Tranny names? I would think Barney Frank’s colossal ENDANGERED screw up and the support it had from Gay, INC organizations shows their is a need for organizations that focus on trans* issues.

    Now, going onto choosing a female name, my roommate is Cathy. I’m not Laura, but is Lara close enough?

    And whybare there so many anti-trans bigots in the comment section of an LGBT site? Every trans story contains at least one such rant.

  6. Homo Genius says

    WAIT!!!!!!!!! This is an ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. These are children. Something is just wrong about someone who is 10 or under “transitioning”. How does a child have the maturity and understanding to make gender decisions. Like maybe he also wants to be a fireman or race car driver. IMO there are a bunch of irresponsible adults here. Its just not right.

  7. MaryM says

    Please stop with all these trans stories.

    The T and the LGB needs to be split.

    The hysterical aggression, abusive behaviour and blatant homophobia of the trans activist community is clear evidence of that.

  8. Ted says

    It’s not their faith that’s the problem. It’s their douchyness. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but your also entitled to what ever repercussions follow. That’s life.

  9. Operative Phrase says

    “…which was sent out at Jasmine’s parents’ request…”

    Everyone else shut up.

    More trans-awareness stories, please.

  10. kipp says

    There is absolutely no scientific evidence that transgenderism is genetic. Physiologically intersex individuals are rare and frequently do not identify as transgender. The deep, sincere desire to live and be treated as a gender different from the one’s biological gender should be respected and supported. That does not mean it is genetic. Much like with homosexuality, we need to stop trying to gain respect for ourselves and our lives by claiming that we can’t help it because it’s genetic.

  11. Thedrdonna says

    @Kipp: That was one of the things I thought as well. Gender identity can be very much biological, and immutable, but there is no evidence whatsoever that it’s genetic. I think Caroline Gibbs is making the false assumption that immutable+biological=genetic.

  12. Evan says

    ” “Gender identity is separate from sexual orientation,” said Jessica Farmer, a counselor who works with gay and transgender youth. “They are two separate things.” ”

    Yup. 100% correct. So let’s stop lumping the 2 separate things together and pretending that they are one. End LGBT.

  13. Helene says

    Lol! The trans wanker activist quoted in this article is from the “National Center for Transgender Equality”? So i guess that means it is OK for LGBs and Ts to have their own identities and their own groups.

    You know all those mindless slogans that get violently shouted at anyone who questions the logic of “LGBT” — (“We are all in this together! Unless all of us are free, none of us are free!” Blah Blah)? Well, those apparently don’t apply when trans activists form their own apartheid-style T-only groups, excluding LGBs. Throwing us under the bus!

    LGBs should insist that all T-only apartheid groups change their names to reflect the ideology of LGBT and that they should all appoint cis (i.e., normal) LGBs to their respective Boards of Directors. These groups should not pursue any legal or public policy goals that do not include LGB issues. If these T apartheid groups refuse, all LGBT groups should promptly revert to being LGB.

  14. Tyler says

    Helene/MaryM/Homo Genius (same person, so I’ll just refer to you as Rick, since that’s your actual name): We know you’re just one angry transphobic creep with too much time on their hands. Perhaps join OMM?

  15. Derrick from Philly says

    @ “so I’ll just refer to you as Rick, since that’s your actual name)”

    Absolutely, TYLER.

    But it’s crazy–every time I think of Rick (and her alter ego, Enchantra) In my mind I keep seeing Michael Caine as the murderess in “Dressed To Kill.” I’m not lying.

    Rick has not dealt with her transsexuality very well…at all.

    Except yourself, Enchantra, and get rid of Rick. You’ll be a lot happier and healthier.

  16. Derrick from Philly says

    @ “so I’ll just refer to you as Rick, since that’s your actual name)”

    Absolutely, TYLER.

    But it’s crazy–every time I think of Rick (and her alter ego, Enchantra) In my mind I keep seeing Michael Caine as the murderess in “Dressed To Kill.” I’m not lying.

    Rick has not dealt with her transsexuality very well…at all.

    Accept yourself, Enchantra, and get rid of Rick. You’ll be a lot happier and healthier.

  17. Helene says

    Sorry to disappoint you Tyler/Kiwi, but I am not Rick or anyone else. In fact, I abhor his sexism. I use my real first name and only that. I state my own views and those views are the same as those of the counselor quoted in this article: sexual orientation and gender identity are 2 separate things and LGB and T are 2 separate groups.

  18. Jan says

    gender is pretty inate, so yes at the point that a young child begins to realize that they are a boy or girl, a transgender kid begins to realize that their gender doens’t match what they are being told they are. There is no “education” or maturity needed, some kids just know.For others the process takes longer. In modern America good parents have enough sense to know that telling a kid to be someone they are not is a recipe for unhappiness, just like if the kid was gay. I’m kind of shocked at how anti-transgender some folks are on here.

  19. says

    While profound psychological differences can be detected by a competent professional I do question the wisdom of transition at such a young age.
    Transgender people can be homosexual, but it is a completely different set of issues we face. Thus I do think it would be better to not lump us all in this mythical LGBT “community”… to straight cis people it just spells “sexual deviants” which doesn’t help anyone at all.

  20. says

    The LGBTIAQQPxxx umbrella exists because its members face common struggles in self-identification, self-acceptance, coming out, struggling with rejection and discrimination, and trying to achieve social justice. To think the umbrella is about sexuality is as ignorant as thinking gays are all about the eggroll, and lesbians are all about the jellyroll.

  21. Kathy says

    MaryM said:
    “”National Center for Transgender Equality”

    If LGB people are meant to unquestioningly accept T people are part of our community, then why are they allowed to have specific groups like this? Double standards?”

    Exactly!!!!! It’s like someone had started a group called the National Center for Lesbian Rights or the Gay Men’s Health Crisis or BiNet USA.

    You’re so smart……

    Jesus – who did the graphic design for this site? Well – there goes another stereotype, right down the drain.

  22. Wendy3Becca says

    They really should clean their gutters. There are trees growing off the school roof

  23. whatever says

    This is a fad. It is also homophobic and anti feminism. If you want to be whatever, you can as the sex/gender you are born.

    CALL it what it is:Transgender is transsexual.
    Caroline Gibbs is a very bad woman and NOT an expert. Look her up… she is in for the money…whatever is a fad…she will change.

    BTW Caroline Gibbs will give you the credentials if you pay her…then you also can open up a transgender (whatever the f that is) institute.
    How is someone an expert on kids taking drugs that are NOT FDA approved and are NOT reversible while ‘they make up their minds”??? Look up Lupron and the off label, etc. EXTREMELY damaging. Adults fear it.

    WHY do we allow experiments on children????
    Caroline Gibbs should be tried criminally for the damage to our childrens undeveloped brains and bodies.