After months of activism, Vinnie Holt of Charlotte, North Carolina, successfully persuaded his school to create strong, trans-affirmative bathroom policies.
Pastor Ralph Van Ness, who also works as a high school security guard, has been vocal in his fight to prevent trans people from using the bathroom. I wanted to see what he'd say face-to-face with a trans person.
In light of Gavin Grimm's fight against discriminatory "bathroom bills," trans celebrities share with Broadly what high school was like when there was no precedent for gender non-conforming people.
Gavin never wanted to become a symbol for trans rights in America: He just wanted to use the bathroom. But now he resides at the center of the national battle around anti-trans policies that threaten the rights of trans people across the country.
"It wasn't just about water fountains then, and it's not just about bathrooms now."
My trans daughter was discriminated against by her elementary school, forcing me to realize that if I didn't protect her—no one would.
Vinnie struggled to find his identity—but now his school won't treat him like all the other boys.
After meeting with transgender teens across America, I saw how anti-transgender "bathroom bills" have tragically disrupted an entire generation.
When Trinity transitioned, her kindergarten rejected her, which forced her mom to quit her job and homeschool her kids—pushing their family into poverty.
You don't have to be transgender to recognize the danger of allowing the government to scrutinize and criminalize your appearance.