A 13-year-old trans teen from Boise, Idaho is finally speaking out after parents at her school withdrew their daughter because the transgender teen used the girls’ restroom.
D.W. Trantham said it was never her intention to offend or hurt anyone.
“It was really devastating to think that parents were so scared of me and that their lack of understanding led them to take their child out of school,” Trantham told KBOI Channel 2.
“I have the right, as a 13-year-old girl, to use the bathroom just like anyone else,” she said.
Trantham and her family have been fighting to win her right to use the girl’s restroom for quite some time, outraging some parents at the school. Her father said that before he had a trans daughter, he probably would have been one of them.
“I was some of those people myself at one point in my life,” he said. “I didn’t understand what transgender was or the issues involved.”
After researching the phenomenon of transgenderism, he learned of the high suicide rates among trans people, especially teens. That’s made him realize that his daughter needed his unconditional acceptance.
From The Raw Story:
The parents who have pulled their daughter from Boise’s South Junior High cited safety issues as their concern.
D.W. responded that these parents have it the other way around. She was attacked when using the boys’ restroom.
“Coming from a person who was sexually assaulted in bathrooms for being trans I care about bathroom safety,” she said. “I’m not there to hurt anyone, and what’s between my legs is not a symbol of who I am.”
D.W. said that even the negative attention that she has received only inspires her to work to raise awareness of trans rights.
Watch a report on the story from KBOI Channel 2: