Local parents concerned with talk of transgender bathroom policies

Some parents in Green Country are concerned with the new directive, allowing transgender students to use the bathroom they most identify with. (KTUL)

Some parents in Green Country are concerned with the Obama administration's directive on allowing transgender students access to the bathrooms they most identify with in public schools.

"I think we should leave it to where boys go in boy's bathrooms and girls go in girl's bathrooms," said Jill Latham, the mother of three elementary students who disagrees with the order.

Latham believes it could make the problems worse.

"It's not that I am uncomfortable with a little boy thinking that he is a girl and going into the girl's bathroom. I am worried that is just giving children more initiative to pick on him," said Latham.

She's not alone. Dustin Little, who has a young son, disagrees with the new directive as well.

"I'm a little uncomfortable, to be honest. I feel like I am pretty open but I don't think it's quite right for a male to be in a female's restroom," said Little.

But Alyssa Bryant, an attorney who happens to be transgender and an advocate, says the message from Washington to give transgender teens the freedom to choose their bathroom brings relief.

"They will know they have a clear right, under existing law to become comfortable in their skin. They will not have to dehydrate themselves and avoid going to a bathroom where they might be bullied or victimized or seriously harmed," said Bryant, who chooses to use male or female bathrooms, depending on conditions and potential conflicts.

But school districts have to come into compliance or risk losing federal funds.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, however, in a letter to the Education and Justice departments Friday said if the federal government tries to enforce the directive in Oklahoma schools, "we will vigorously defend the state's interests.


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