Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2015-08-26
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


  WINDY CITY TIMES

Uncertain future for Aurora school trans committee
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
2012-12-07

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


Advocates in Aurora are growing concerned that a committee charged with creating a transgender student policy for Dist. 131 will be disbanded.

East Aurora School Dist. 131 has been dealing with the fallout over transgender protections since October when it passed a new transgender policy and then quickly repealed it amid protest from anti-LGBT groups.

Now, some worry that the school board is poised to disband a committee formed to re-write those protections, after officials postponed the committee's next meeting.

The controversy started this fall when the Dist. 131 voted to adopt protections for transgender students. The Illinois Family Institute (IFI), an Illinois-based anti-gay organization, vociferously opposed the policy on its website. The board voted to repeal the policy just days later.

Intending to craft new protections for trans students, the district formed a committee of more than 20. But a recent meeting left some members worried for their safety.

"It was the weirdest experience I have ever been through," said Joanie Rae Wimmer, an equal rights attorney who sits on the committee. "I was a little scared after everything that happened."

Committee members had expected that opponents of the transgender policy would flood its Nov. 29 meeting.

More than 100 people attended the meeting, according to a Beacon-News report.

But the level of intensity left some feeling scared. Several spoke out against the transgender policy, taking up the bulk of the 90-minute scheduled meeting.

Wimmer said that throughout, the meeting, a man stood directly behind her. At some point late in the meeting, he accused Wimmer of trying to put her "lifestyle" onto Aurora children, she said.

At the conclusion of the meeting, committee chair and school board member Anita Lewis, announced that the committee's Dec. 13 had been postponed. The Beacon-News reported that Lewis said committee members were worried about their safety.

Lewis could not be reached for comment. Dist. spokesperson Clayton Muhammad did not respond to requests to comment.

Crystal Ann Gray of U.S. Transgender Advocacy is one committee member who had concerns. Gray reported that she was greeted at the door to the meeting by people in camouflage with badges that read "chaplain." Gray said she was kicked in the leg on the way into the meeting.

"Safety was definitely an issue," said Gray.

Sarah Schriber of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance described the meeting as "shocking."

"I didn't feel unsafe in the room," said Schriber. "But I can very well imagine that others did."

IFI recounted a different version of events on its website.

In a post on the IFI website, Laurie Higgins, cultural analyst for IFI, noted that the committee was not elected and included people from outside the community.

"Over 20 people, including a high school student, voiced their opposition to any policy that would permit boys and girls to use the restrooms and locker rooms designated for those of the opposite sex," Higgins wrote. "And they expressed their views with unapologetic, unself-conscious, bold, and impassioned conviction, often with the help of a translator."

But while members of the committee expressed concerns about safety, they want the meetings to continue.

Wimmer said she believes that the postponement of the meetings signals that the school is again caving to the demands of IFI, largely seen as instrumental in overturning the first policy.

While advocates had expected to hear from opponents Nov. 29, they also expected Dec. 14 to hear the side of supporters.

Still, committee members interviewed said they had not received official word that the committee had been suspended yet.


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Chicago panel calls for awareness, action for murdered Black trans women 2015-08-27
Project Fierce buys building for LGBTQ youth housing 2015-08-26
Transgender murders in Aurora, IL and Kansas City, MO 2015-08-26
Report: Military's transgender ban could end by May 2016 2015-08-26
Homeland Security raids Rentboy.com offices in New York 2015-08-26
Trans group to hold 'education rally' outside Warner Bros on Stonewall film 2015-08-26
Trans-led documentary series launching soon 2015-08-26
National: Hillary; Texas hate crime; Trump; 18th trans murder 2015-08-25
Trans Liberation and Black Lives Matter, Tuesday, 5:30pm, 1255 S. Halsted 2015-08-24
Caitlyn Jenner to headline Chicago House Speaker Series 2015-08-24
Caitlyn Jenner to headline Nov. 12 Chicago House luncheon 2015-08-24
Conference to look at HIV and the trans community 2015-08-19
Upcoming events: TransReelization; Rodeo Round Town 2015-08-19
LGBTQs in LA protest homicides targeting transgender people 2015-08-18
Chelsea Manning found guilty of breaking prison rules 2015-08-18
National roundup: Ohio ruling; trans candidate; Missouri murder 2015-08-18
NCAVP mourns deaths across the nation 2015-08-18
NCTE policy advisor is first openly trans White House official 2015-08-18
Chicago researcher among recipients of transgender-health grant 2015-08-16
New England Journal of Medicine: Health costs minimal for trans military 2015-08-12
13th trans woman murdered in U.S. 2015-08-12
TransReelization fest Aug. 29 features stars of Wachowski's Sense8 2015-08-12
Trans immigrants in custody are subject of U.S. House briefing 2015-08-12
Guide for helping trans students released 2015-08-12
APA adopts trans, GNC guidelines 2015-08-12
Trans woman killed in Detroit 2015-08-12
Gov. Christie vetoes second bill for transgender New Jerseyans 2015-08-12
Conference to look at HIV and the trans community 2015-08-10
Transgender individual charged with attacking alderman 2015-08-10
Attorney calls for trans-related legal challenges 2015-08-10
City insurance to cover transgender-related health services 2015-08-10
Survey to assess needs, realities of transgender people with HIV/AIDS 2015-08-06
APA adopts guidelines for working with transgender, gender-nonconforming 2015-08-06
Youth & families share their #transTRUTH 2015-08-06
Mayor Emanuel says city health benefits to cover trans services 2015-08-05
Upcoming: TransReelization; Tiki Holiday; Kristin Lems release CD 2015-08-05
National: Pope in Philly; 'confused' politician; trans woman punched 2015-08-04
Amanda Lepore releases "I...Amanda Lepore: Make Over Sessions" 2015-07-31
Seattle to host international confab on trans, gender-nonconforming topics 2015-07-29
Torch carried by Jenner to be auctioned 2015-07-29
 



Copyright © 2015 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.