Today I am writing about transgender teen Gavin Grimm and the simplest civil rights issue of all, which bathroom to use.
I never thought I'd be writing about bathrooms. It was not exactly my favorite part of being a Principal. But it still mattered. A lot can happen in a couple minutes in an unsupervised bathroom. Bullying is usually out of sight and I doubt there are cameras.
I admit I have gone in men's rooms on more than one occasion, when the women's lines were their usual snake down the corridor. But I have never had to worry on a routinized basis which door to enter.
When I have Morgan, our Kinder with me, she knows to walk into the door with the picture of the skirt, not the pants door. But what if she decides later that she is really wanting to be with the pants door?
After raising four kids, I understand how a parent feels, being 'mama and papa bear' to protect our unique children. Really we are all the same, and we owe respect to any and all variations in society at large, at home, and in this situation, at school.