by The Chicago Times Staff
June 10, 2021
Jolene Grover, a 14-year-old girl in Virginia is speaking out against Loudoun County Public Schools’ (LCPS) decision to let “boys into girls’ locker rooms.” which she believes is sexist. The policy follows a previous one, 1040, in which the county pledged to provide an egalitarian, safe, and inclusive workplace regardless of “sexual orientation, gender identity” or other personal traits.
The current proposed policy, 8350, states “students should be allowed to use the facility that corresponds to their gender identity.”
At the school board meeting on Tuesday, Grover, who was dressed in a shirt that stated “Policy 1040 was just an umbrella philosophy two years ago, and you were not going to allow boys into the girls’ locker rooms,” she claimed. But you are doing just that right now.”
Grover is an eighth grader whose mother withdrew her out of an LCPS school last year after learning about a number of divisive woke rules. She is now being educated at home.
“Everyone knows what a boy is – even you,” she added, raising her eyes to the board members.
“Your suggested ideas are inherently unsafe and sexist. When enlightened youngsters wonder if I am a lesbian or a trans boy because I cut my hair short, it is a good indicator that these modern identities are only skin deep.”
“Now, boys are reading erotica in the classroom next to girls,” she continued during her address on Tuesday, “and you want to give them access to girls’ locker rooms and you want to force girls to call those boys ‘she…You do this in the name of diversity, but you ignore the girls who will bear the brunt of the consequences of your policies…Your policies prioritize the desires of guys over the needs of girls.”
Grover’s comment was one of many about gender made by participants in response to Tanner Cross’s ongoing dispute. Cross was suspended last month after giving a now-viral lecture criticizing the district’s new gender policy.
He stated to the school board that he would not participate “Because it is against my religion that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa. It is lying to a child, it is child abuse, and it is a sin against our God.”
Cross received a letter a few days after that speech telling him not to trespass on school grounds.
The school district was looking into allegations that Cross engaged in conduct that has had a disruptive impact on the operations of LCPS.
On Tuesday, a judge ordered LCPS to reinstate Cross, claiming that it had infringed his right to free speech.
Cross had also mentioned draft policy 8040, which mandated the use of preferred pronouns by Loudoun employees.
“LCPS staff shall allow gender-expansive or transgender students to use their chosen name and gender pronouns that reflect their gender identity without any substantiating evidence, regardless of the name and gender recorded in the student’s permanent educational record…When addressing a student, school employees must use the name and pronoun that corresponds to their gender identification, unless the student or parent/legal guardian requests otherwise…It is acceptable to use gender-neutral pronouns…Inadvertent mistakes in the use of names or pronouns may occur; however, staff or students who fail to respect a student’s gender identity by using the incorrect name and gender pronoun on a consistent basis are in violation of this policy.”
Others in the room stated that LCPS’ policies were based on righteous goals like love and inclusion.
“I want to thank you for your commitment to equality and making sure every child feels loved and valued.” state Sen. Jennifer Boysko said to the board, wearing a rainbow pin and mask. Another speaker claimed that policies like 8040 were not new and that they would make “trans and gender-expansive kids feel a little more welcome.”
However, some women and girls have begun to question the cost of such practices. In women’s sports, the issue has grown particularly pressing in view that transgender athletes will diminish opportunities for biological women. They also fear that males may pose as transgenders to have access to female facilities for lude and sexual deviant motives.