Supporters of a campaign to repeal California’s new law supporting transgender students are once again publishing false claims that allege trans teenagers are harassing their female classmates in restrooms.
BY Sunnivie Brydum
October 29 2013
Right-wing opponents of California’s new law ensuring equal access for transgender students have fabricated yet another story about a trans teen “harassing” cisgender (nontrans) students in the school bathroom, reports Zack Ford at ThinkProgress.
After the California-based Pacific Justice Institute publicized a now-debunked story about a transgender teenager in Colorado who it claimed was “inherently harassing” fellow female students simply by using the same restroom as her classmates, another Christian group has followed suit.
Dran Reese, founder of Salt and Light Ministry, a nonprofit project of Temecula, Calif.’s Calvary Chapel Upland that claims it “provides resources that promote good government according to Biblical principles without any party affiliation,” told San Diego’s ABC affiliate last week that a transgender student in Los Angeles was peeking over the tops of restroom stalls to look at female schoolmates.
The station didn’t bother to fact-check the claim, so trans blogger and advocate Cristan Williams called the Los Angeles United School District to see if the harassment actually took place.
And as was the case with the Colorado story, an official with LAUSD’s office of communications confirmed to Williams that no harassment occurred. Williams published audio of her conversation with the official, who acknowledged that the school did receive a complaint, but “it turned out that it was fabricated by one of the parents who opposes transgender students in schools. So it was an unfortunate situation, to have put the students through, but it was fabricated.”