The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District (CMS) in North Carolina has caused outrage among some residents because it is considering allowing transgender students to use the school bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice, which would conflict with the state's controversial HB2 law.
A training presentation created by the school district for its faculty includes a "Gender Unicorn," which is a quick guide to gender identity, gender expression, sex assignment at birth, sexual attraction and romantic attraction. The unicorn and other training content were posted on KeepMyNCSafe.com, a website run by the pro-HB2 group N.C. Values Coalition.
Jim Quick, a spokesman for the N.C. Values Coalition, told The Christian Post that a complaint letter created by the group to be sent to the school board before a meeting on Aug. 9 has been downloaded over 1500 times.
"We have had 1,575 individuals download the NC Values Coalition letter to sign and mail into Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and an additional 877 families have sent each board member an email through the KeepMyNCSafe.com website," Quick stated.
"95 percent of the individuals we are connecting with through the email service have children inside the CMS school system," Quick added.
CMS Superintendent Ann Clark said on Aug. 4 that the school district was delaying the transgender access policy because of a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on Aug. 3 to temporarily allow a Virginia school board to block a male transgender student (born female) from using the boys' bathroom, reported The Charlotte Observer.
Clark said her decision was not based on the letter campaign by the N.C. Values Coalition, but the high court's hold on a previous ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that CMS was using to justify its transgender policy.
The N.C. Values Coalition's protest letter against CMS' transgender policy is very clear:
[T]his policy ignores both federal and state law, and jeopardizes the privacy, safety, and dignity of my child(ren). My child(ren) feel both anxious and disrespected faced with the reality that this new policy will force them to share intimate facilities with members of the opposite sex, threatening their well-being and peace of mind on a day-to-day basis.