Tuesday, June 28, 2005

I guess this is worse than two mothers...

Straight from GenderPAC:
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"Next time you drop your child off at school, you better be sure you look like Ozzie if you are the dad and Harriet if you are the mom. At least, that’s how St. Mary Star of the Sea Preschool in Oceanside, California would have it. Last week, the school barred a three-year-old girl from enrolling because her father presents himself as 'feminine,' according to a news report in the North County Times.
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'It’s wrong to discriminate against anyone and it’s wrong to deny this little girl of her educational opportunities. No one has the right to sit as judge and jury over whether a dad looks like a dad to them,' said Riki Wilchins, Executive Director of Gender Public Advocacy Coalition.
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The school accepted the little girl when her mother, a teacher, filled out the paperwork. But officials changed their minds when her father showed up in a tie-dyed tunic and pants. The father told the newspaper, 'My lifestyle is so average. I’m a married, heterosexual, working parent.'
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The enrollment deadlines for other preschools have passed and the little girl will have to wait another year to apply to another school.
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'If a dad in a tunic is too feminine, is a mom in jeans and sneakers too masculine? I’ve heard of dress codes for students, but I’ve never heard of dress codes for parents,' said Wilchins."
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- Thanks C.D. Oldenburg for writing about this. Gender identity is a branch of the LGBT civil rights movement that I formally knew little about. This school should not have done this, in fact, something reeks here that is not legal.
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I visited this website which listed the rights of Parents regarding their child's school enrollment in California. They said nothing about barring rejection of Parents and their children from that school based on a parent's sexual or gender identity.
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Thus I e-mailed webmaster@fusd.net and asked him the following:
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To whom it may concern,
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I was brought to attention recently of a very disurbing and outragous act by a school to deny a student enrollment to their school based on her father's gender identity.
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The school was St. Mary Star of the Sea Preschool in Oceanside, California. Last week, the school barred a three-year-old girl from enrolling because her father presents himself as 'feminine,' according to a news report in the North County Times.
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The school accepted the little girl when her mother, a teacher, filled out the paperwork. But officials changed their minds when her father showed up in a tie-dyed tunic and pants. The father told the newspaper, 'My lifestyle is so average. I’m a married, heterosexual, working parent.'
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Now thanks to this action taken by the school, The enrollment deadlines for other preschools have passed and the little girl will have to wait another year to apply to another school.
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I am very concerned about parents not being able to enroll their children in basic schooling simply because of the way they dress or their sexual preference. the child's dad was not wearing anything flamboyant for that fact either, simply showing up in a tie-dyed tunic and pants.
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Please get back to me on this issue because I am very concerned, and am ready to take further action on this issue. I want to know if it is legal to deny a child a basic education based on the gender identity or sexual preference of a parent. Thank you very much, and I hope to hear from you soon.
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Sincerely,
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Your name here
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E-mail this to webmaster@fusd.net

1 Comments:

At 3:21 PM, Anonymous C.D. Oldenburg said...

Good job Kevin. The issue, it seems to me, is if California and the local laws cover discrimination because of gender identity (not sexual orientation). If that is the case, then does it apply to a private (and religious) school? That's where things get tricky. I am awaiting work from Gender Pac as to what their next move will be. It is important to raise these issues and let people that this is wrong. Keep up the good work.

 

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