Trans Student Kicked Out Of Constance McMillen’s Mississippi School

Reposted with permission from Joe. My. God.

http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2010/03/trans-student-kicked-out-of-constance.html

Dan Savage reports that the same Mississippi high school that canceled Constance McMillen’s prom also kicked out a trans student on his first day.

Juin Baize was a student at Itawamba Agricultural—for a grand total of four hours. Baize, his mother, and his two sisters moved to Fulton, Mississippi, from New Harmony, Indiana, to live with Baize’s grandmother at the beginning of the year. (For now Baize says he prefers to use male pronouns.) Baize, age sixteen, enrolled at Itwamba Agricultural High School, where Constance McMillen was also a student. McMilllen clearly recalled Baize’s first—and only—day at Itawamba Agricultural. “People were talking about him all day, trying to get a look at him,” said McMillen. “It was insane, it was ridiculous, it made me so mad. They said he was causing a distraction with what he was wearing but it was a half day of school and people didn’t have time to get used to him.” The other students wouldn’t be given a chance to get used to him: the next time Baize came to school, according Kristy Bennett, legal director of the ACLU of Mississippi, Baize was given a suspension notice and sent home. When Juin returned to school after his first suspension, he was suspended again.

After a story about the suspensions made the local newspaper, Baize’s grandmother ordered the entire family out of her home. And they’ve now been asked to leave the home of the friends who took them in. Head over to Dan Savage’s post for information on how to help. The ACLU will not be pursuing action against the school because the family no longer lives in the district.

2 Responses to “Trans Student Kicked Out Of Constance McMillen’s Mississippi School”

  1. Willow Arune Says:

    Terrible. Horrible. I fear we are seeing the leading edge of these types of affairs as trans kids are more and more accepted by parents and siblings and then have to confront the world outside the family. In Naniamo, a town on Vancouver Island, we had to fight the good fight when the school board allowed a Transkid to attend school and use the girl’s washroom only to have a group of concerned Christian type parents start a demonstration. The school board did not give in.
    We are more accepting up here – other transkids have gone to school with no problem but I fear the rising temperature of American politics generally will encourage the lunatic fringe to react in any situation they do not like…

    • Suzan Says:

      I’ve come to the conclusion that most people who publicly proclaim their Christianity aren’t.

      The last real Christians I encountered were in liberation movements, on freedom marches and at anti-war rallies.

      And they would have been there with or without their religion.


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