A school is forcing a trans male student to run as prom queen

Dex Frier (Photo: YouTube)

A school in the USA is reportedly trying to remove a transgender male student from the prom king ballot.

Students at Johnson High School, Georgia nominated Dex Frier as a potential prom king, according to WSB-TV.

He would run as one of six nominees at prom this Saturday (23 March).

But, Frier claims, last week he attended a meeting in the principal’s office.

‘They called me there to tell me I couldn’t run for prom king ’cause I wasn’t legally male,’ he told Buzzfeed.

‘The only way I was eligible to run for prom was to be put on the prom queen ballot.’

He told the new site it was ‘upsetting’ and that he felt ’suppressed’ by school officials.

Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield spoke to WSB. He said the district had ‘never removed any student from any prom’.

He did not want to ‘disrupt us from our core mission of providing an education for the boys and girls in our community’.

Petitions

Frier’s classmates have started an online petition. It calls for Frier to be allowed to run as prom king. What’s more, it accuses Hall County Schools of a ’transphobic attitude’.

‘We, the Johnson High School student body, elected Dex Frier to represent us as a male member on Prom Court’ the petition says.

‘Not only are we confused at this decision, but we are severely disappointed in the Hall County School Board’ it goes on to say.

The petition seeks ‘solidarity in the fight for human rights regardless of gender, race, class, or any other perceived difference’.

More than 12,000 people have signed the change.org petition.

WSB reports students also launched a petition calling for the school to disallow Frier.

Author: Rik Glauert

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This 11-year-old wants to be the first lesbian US President

Ella Briggs wants to be the first lesbian US President (Photo: YouTube)

An 11-year-old lesbian in Connecticut has pledged to shake up US politics.

Ella Briggs was just elected Connecticut’s Kid Governor. She ran on a pro-LGBTI ticket.

About 6,400 fifth-graders from 87 schools across the state elected her as their representative, according to Connecticut Post.

‘Love is love’ was her campaign slogan.

At her inauguration, Briggs declared she wanted to be the first lesbian US President.

Sporting a rainbow bowtie, she said: ‘I will begin important conversations with students and adults all over this great state’

‘We will talk about what it means to be accepting and respectful of everyone, including those of us in the LGBTQ community’.

Briggs attends the Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary Magnet School in Avon.

Unfortunately, the parents of some of her peers stopped them from attending the ceremony, according to the Post.

‘I’m just so happy that most kids in my class came,’ Ella said.

‘Haters going to hate. It’s just so amazing being in a room full of people who accept me. It feels really good.’

Author: Rik Glauert

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Japan must stop forcing trans people to be sterilized

A transgender man in Japan takes off his bandages after a mastectomy (Photo: HRW)

Japan should stop forcing transgender people to be surgically sterilized, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday (20 March).

The rights group released an 84-page report detailing the harm caused by Japan’s Gender Identity Disorder Special Cases (GID) Act.

According to Japan’s law, two ‘respected medical professional’ must first diagnose a trans person with ‘gender identity disorder’ before they can apply to change gender.

They must also be over 20 years old, unmarried, not have any underage children.

Importantly, the law forbids them to have functioning genitalia.

‘Japan should uphold the rights of transgender people and stop forcing them to undergo surgery to be legally recognized’ said Kanae Doi, Japan director at HRW.

The law is based on an outdated premise that treats gender identity as a so-called ‘mental illness’ and should be urgently revised.’

Medical procedures are lengthy, expensive, invasive, dangerous, and irreversible, the report says.

The practice is also contrary to international human rights law and international medical best practices.

What’s more, Japan’s Supreme Court recently upheld the law.

‘It is humiliating’

HRW spoke to 48 transgender people, as well as with lawyers, health providers, and academics from 14 prefectures in Japan.
They painted a picture of how the law infringes on their rights.

Some of the trans people included in the report said they felt forced to undergo surgery.

‘I don’t want to [have surgery], to be honest’ one transgender man told HRW. ‘I feel pressured to be operated on – so terrible.’

Another transgender man said he felt ’severely insulted’ and that his human rights had been neglected. ‘It is humiliating.’

‘The surgery requirement itself feels wrong. It feels a lot like a surgery to maintain order. Why do we have to put a scalpel through our healthy bodies just for sake of the country’s order?’

Many transgender Japanese people have to decide between being legally recognized and having the body they want.

Japanese law rushes them into making life-changing and irreversible decisions about their bodies.

 

Author: Rik Glauert

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