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Missouri High School Students Walk Out To Protest Transgender Girl

More than 150 students walked out of a Missouri high school to protest a transgender student using the girls’ locker room, Fox News reports.

Lila Perry, a Hillsboro High School senior, was born male but came out as transgender last school year.

“There’s a lot of ignorance, they are claiming that they’re uncomfortable,” Perry said about the walkout, which lasted for two hours. “I don’t believe for a second that they are. I think this is pure and simple bigotry.”

A small crowd of 30 to 40 people stayed to show their support for her.

“She is choosing her life to better herself, to better accept herself,” friend Gianna Warfel, 16, told STL Today. “I don’t know what there is to discriminate about that. I really support the bravery she has.”

Skyla Thompson, 16, calls Perry her best friend and explained that the girl often stays at her house overnight, since the Perry family struggles to accept their daughter.

“She is such a good person,” Skyla said. “[Critics] are just judging her on the outside.”

And Perry has plenty of critics.

Although Superintendant Aaron D. Cornman did not comment on the issue, he submitted a written statement explaining that the district “respects the rights of all students and appreciates the fact that the students we are educating are willing to stand on their belief system and to support their cause/beliefs through their expression of free speech.”

Jeff Childs, who has a niece and nephew at Hillsboro, showed up to join the Perry protestors.

“Boys need to have their own locker room,” Childs told Fox News. “Girls need to have their own locker room and if somebody has mixed feelings where they are, they need to have their own also.”

But Lila, who used the gender-neutral staff restrooms last year, says that she has identified as a woman since she was 13, and that she has every right to use the girls’ facilities.

“I wasn’t hurting anyone and I didn’t want to feel segregated out,” she 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.”

Perry ended up dropping her gym class, out of concern for her own safety.

Sources: Fox News, STL Today
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