Here’s an example of how unique and singular we are in this state.
In the fall of 2015, seeing everything that was happening with the transgender/gender identity issue, with our backing Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) and Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) introduced a bill that would have required all WI public school districts to designate restrooms and changing rooms, including locker rooms, as being exclusively for either boys or girls. The bill further required that students use the facilities that correspond with their biological sex, as recorded on their birth certificate. Students and/or parents could request special permission to use a single-user facility for any reason, and the school would have been required to accommodate that request.
When the bill had a hearing in the State Assembly Education Committee, no other group whatsoever showed up to testify in favor of the bill other than WFA and our attorney. We arranged for a couple of other individuals to join us—citizens who had fought the battle in their local schools and a family therapist who has some professional background in this issue. That was it. Of course those opposing the bill had group after group testify against the proposal.
Check out the groups that registered with the Government Accountabilibity Board on this bill. You’ll see what we mean. Start at the top and scroll all the way down, noting the red down arrows and the green up arrows.
It didn’t (and doesn’t) matter to us, really. Right is right. Good is good. Protecting all children in our public schools is vitally important. That’s why we worked with the legislators, spoke to the media, showed up and spoke at the hearing and continue to this very minute working doggedly on this issue. Though no one join us, we will keep standing for what is good and right.