Crowds of protesters gathered in front of Hillsboro High School in Missouri to express their thoughts about a transgender student using the girls’ locker room
More than 150 students walked out of class in protest, 30-40 of which were in support of senior Lila Perry’s right to use the girls’ locker room during gym class, Fox 10 reported.
“There’s a lot of ignorance, they are claiming that they’re uncomfortable,” Perry, who was born a male but said she identified as a female since age 13, told Fox 10. “I don’t believe for a second that they are. I think this is pure and simple bigotry.”
The group of supporters were met by counter protesters, who claimed to have relatives in the school.
“Boys needs to have their own locker room,” Jeff Childs said. “Girls need to have their own locker room and if somebody has mixed feelings where they are, they need to have their own also.”
Perry said school officials offered her a private gender-neutral restroom, but she declined that offer.
“I wasn’t hurting anyone and I didn’t want to feel segregated out,” Perry said. “I didn’t want to be in the gender neutral bathroom. I am a girl, I shouldn’t be pushed off to another bathroom.”
Although some parents reportedly questioned if this was all an act by Perry just so she could get into the girls’ locker room, Patricia Berne, a veteran gender therapist, said that's highly unlikely.
“That’s really important for many people to know and parents to know, that a person does not choose this, they really don’t,” Berne told the news station. “They know it very early on and are in a great deal of pain.”
Perry said she has since dropped out of her gym class because there isn’t enough supervision.
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