Lila Perry, 17, protested by fellow students for using the girls’ locker room. (x)
Nearly 200 Hillsboro High School students protested a transgender student’s right to change in the girls’ locker room. The protest occurred on Monday August 31, where the Missouri teenagers walked out of the school.
Lila Perry, 17, identified as a gay male until the age of 13. Then, in February, she publicly came out as transgender. Perry previously used a gender-neutral faculty bathroom before changing in the girls’ locker room prior to her physical education class during this school year.
This led to last week’s protests, which were divided between those who think Perry has the right to use the girls’ locker room and those who think she should continue using the gender-neutral bathroom.
“I find it offensive because Lila has not [gone] through any procedure to become female,” student Sophie Beel told Fox News. “Putting on a dress and putting on a wig is not transgender to me.”
“I’m not going to expose myself. I’m not a pervert,” Perry said. “I’m a transgender woman. I’m a girl. I’m just in there to change, do my business, and if they have any questions about being transgender, they are more than welcome to talk to me, and I’ll be happy to explain it.”
“The girls have rights, and they shouldn’t have to share a bathroom with a boy,” said Tammy Sorden, whose son attends the school. She added that it’s not fair for the other girls to have to “suck it up” while Perry gets special treatment.
“It wasn’t too long ago white people were saying, ‘I don’t feel comfortable sharing a bathroom with a black person,’ and history repeats itself,” Perry told Fox News.