Today Gretchen Peters took a stand in support of LGBT equality in Tennessee, in an op-ed in The Tennessean.
Peters, who is the loving parent of a transgender boy, is speaking out against HB2414 and its Senate companion SB2387, which would deny transgender students access to bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity. This disturbing and unnecessary bill applies to all public schools, both K-12 and public universities.
The op-ed reads, in part:
"We tell our children that if they have a problem, they should go to an adult. My son learned early on that going to an adult would not necessarily result in help and support, but more likely in pain and shame.
If we allow this kind of legislation to pass, we are telling teachers that these kids are somehow not who they know themselves to be. We are telling children that the world cannot be trusted to believe them.
When we institutionalize this kind of discrimination, we force transgender kids deeper into the closet, shut them off from the support they so desperately need, and very possibly inch them closer to suicide. I don’t like to think about how close my son came to ending his own life. I don’t believe this is what we want for any of our children."
Tennessee, transgender students need you to take action now. The House Education Administration & Planning Subcommittee will hear HB 2414 tomorrow.