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Nebraska board does about-face on transgender policy

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ABOUT-FACE: Nebraska was being hailed as one of the best states for transgender student-athletes, thanks to a little-noticed policy supposedly passed by the state high school activities association. Now a board member says it hasn’t yet voted on the policy.

By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog

LINCOLN – Turnabout, it seems, doesn’t always equal fair play.

The head of a Nebraska board that governs school activities said the board has not yet voted on a policy protecting the rights of transgender athletes, a statement that appears to contradict what she told national media outlets such as the New York Times and Deadspin.

The group’s executive director, Rhonda Blanford-Green, had said the Nebraska School Activities Association passed a policy in December outlining a process to allow transgender student-athletes to change teams.

Not so.

CONFUSION: The new head of the high school activities association, Rhonda Blanford-Green, now says the policy wasn’t approved, as she previously said.

She now says her board of directors did not vote on the policy, as reported, and will do so in August.

Nebraska Watchdog reported last week the NSAA passed the policy, which sets up procedures for schools if transgendered students want to participate on the team they identify with – if a male student identifies as a female and wants to play on the girls’ team, for example.

But a member of the NSAA’s board of directors – the entity that supposedly passed the policy – told Nebraska Watchdog on Monday the transgender policy was discussed at the December meeting, but wasn’t voted on.

“We did not take action,” said Bob Reznicek, superintendent of schools for Boys Town schools. “Our understanding was we were going to vote on it in the spring.”

Reznicek, who has served on the NSAA board for 13 years, said the board typically discusses a policy one month and votes on it the next. He said he got a brief email from Blanford-Green on Monday confirming there was no official vote taken, so a vote would be taken at the board’s Aug. 21 meeting.

That is contrary to what Blanford-Green told multiple reporters. But this story has been odd from the start.

Stories about Nebraska’s transgender policy first appeared in the national press while few people in Nebraska seemed to know anything about it, until Nebraska Watchdog’s report came out last week. The policy was nowhere to be found in NSAA agendas or meeting minutes, although the policy itself could be found online.

But that online post has since been removed and replaced with a message from Blanford-Green saying the policy will be on the board’s August agenda to “eliminate any confusion on the transparency of the association or myself to formally address procedures for transgender participation within our board procedures.”

After other Nebraska media followed up on our story late last week, Blanford-Green told a Lincoln Journal Star reporter she proposed the policy to the board in November because she wanted to get it in the books before she appeared at a national conference on transgender student participation in sports.

Then, she told the Omaha World-Herald although the policy is on the books, it doesn’t appear in meeting minutes and would come back for “another vote”  July 11 “to ensure that it is placed on official meeting records.” That date apparently has since been pushed back to Aug. 21.

Reznicek tells a different story.

“Yes, we did discuss it, but no, we did not vote on it,” he said. “Whenever we take official action, it should be in our official minutes.”

Whether this is the first or second vote on the policy – which apparently is up for debate – does he think it will pass?

“I don’t want to speculate on that,” he said. “I don’t think anybody’s necessarily opposed to it.”

When asked why the vote wasn’t recorded in meeting minutes, Blanford-Green told Nebraska Watchdog via email she wasn’t sure. “There was a discussion and acceptance,” she wrote, and the situation “will be rectified.”

Asked about Reznicek’s statement that the policy had not yet been approved, Blanford-Green said, “You spoke with a board member and they have provided you with the answer. I don’t think an additional comment from me on a board member’s response is necessary.”

The other seven NSAA board members did not respond to phone calls seeking comment.

Blanford-Green was an 11-time All-American sprinter and hurdler at the University of Nebraska in the early 1980s. She left her job as associate commissioner of Colorado’s High School Activities Association, where she helped craft a similar policy in 2009, to take the top job in Nebraska last July.

Meanwhile, as awareness of the policy has spread in Nebraska, so has opposition. Al Riskowski, executive director of the Nebraska Family Council, said his group would oppose such a policy.

“I think parents should be involved in this type of a decision,” he said. “We certainly would hope that the board would open up public comment in regard to such a controversial policy.”

If a transgendered girl is allowed to participate on a girls’ team, that could be an unfair advantage and “becomes problematic when it comes to bathrooms, locker rooms and showers,” Riskowski said.

“Do we want little girls or young women exposed to a boy in their locker room shower?” he said. “If you’re going to change such a policy, parents should really be involved with such a shift. There’s a lot of parents who are going to care very deeply.”

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  • gerardharbison

    This sounds like a complete travesty. Blanford-Green has lied, and needs to resign.

  • Biff Pocoroba

    Oh-for-good-Lord Mr. High and Mighty. If you can divine all the facts, all the details, all the little pieces and parts that went into this December meeting — and what has ensued since — from this short and simple story, and then call for Ms. Blanford-Green’s resignation, you’re living and thinking on a higher plane than the rest of us. but I don’t think that’s the case. I think you just enjoy finding fault with others. Let the NSAA Board follow through with due diligence. If THEY find fault, they will act. My guess is they are quite pleased with her work.

  • gerardharbison

    The facts are quite clear.There was no vote. it’s not recorded in the minutes, and members of the vote say it never happened. Ms. Blanford-Green said in the previous story and to national media the policy had been adopted, which it had not. For an executive director, that is gross misconduct.

    Do an internet search, ‘Biff’. You don’t have to rely on a single story.

  • BossMan

    It called Hyper Skepticism. It’s when only the perfect answer is the correct answer. It’s unrealistic to try and apply this concept because it’s unattainable.
    Plus GOPigs like to have things dumbed down.

  • Cornroots

    I hope the board moves forward and approves protections for transgender student athletes. This is about students’ mental health, and these students have as much a right to the “good life” as anyone else.

  • gerardharbison

    I wonder at the mentality of someone who has to use expressions like ‘GOPigs’.

  • Biff Pocoroba

    And if you’ll read the story above, she said there was ‘discussion and acceptance’ — which certainly could be construed as adoption in some corners, even without a formal vote. This will play out over time. To call for her resignation here and now is premature and knee-jerk.

  • gerardharbison

    Not the way a board adopts policy.

  • Brenda

    This also affects true gendered athletes. HOW IS IT FAIR to allow a trans-gender girl (born a boy) who is, by nature, built to be bigger, stronger and faster than females to compete against females? Just because you give them hormones, and surgically manipulate certain parts of the body, does not negate their natural tendency to be bigger, stronger and faster than girls.

    As far as mental health, what about the mental health of the young men or young ladies who have to tolerate a person who they feel is of the opposite sex sharing locker rooms, restrooms, touching during contact sports, etc?

    This country has gotten so that we cater to every little whim of every minority that pretty soon, the majority will have to start rising up because the majority is being discriminated against!

  • Biff Pocoroba

    As you said, the facts are clear — based on what you’ve read here and in a few other places. Neither of us were in the room; neither of us has all the facts. The board will act in due time based on the true facts, not on an internet story or on the demands of some guy with a keyboard.

  • Bam

    How many facts do you need? She told multiple reporters of a policy change that never happened! She represented the NSAA for a policy they never adopted! She’s embarrassed the NSAA nationally and statewide – that’s a “gots to go” situation.

  • Biff Pocoroba

    And there are seven other commissioners/board members who have yet to speak. There may be seven more versions of what actually happened. this could be an innocent misunderstanding or a blatant overreach. In any case, I presume innocence until proven guilty. The NSAA board members will be the jury; let them make the decision.

  • Dr_Venture

    Gerard,
    Why don’t you turn off the Lying Liars on Fox News and climb out of your GOP/Tea Party spider-hole ??

    Newsflash:
    Is is no longer 1959, you are living in the 2nd decade of the 21st century.

    WAKE UP !!!

  • Dr_Venture

    “Science is the work of the devil” – Sarah Palin, Tea Party Leader.

  • gerardharbison

    Oh look, a leftist nutball has followed me here from another site, and is now stalking me.

  • gerardharbison

    Please go stalk someone else, psycho.

  • Real Deal

    This story is so gay.

  • gerardharbison

    Have you ever served on any sort of governing body, Biff? Minutes are taken of all significant actions. The minutes are then approved by the body, in a subsequent meeting. If a policy was approved, and it did not appear in the minutes by some mistake, that oversight would have been corrected when the minutes were approved.

    And there is only one version of what happens that actually matters. it’s the minutes.

  • Dr_Venture

    Gerald,

    Why are you commenting on a Nebraska problem when you live in a heavy guarded, gated community for the rich in Florida ?

    Speak UP Gerard !!!

  • Dr_Venture

    Gerard,

    You watch Fox News everyday, FACTS are something you have no experience in.

    Biff is not the problem. YOU ARE THE PROBLEM…

  • Dr_Venture

    Gerard,
    Why do you care about this issue in Nebraska ?

    You live in a heavily guarded, gated community for the rich in Florida.

    Why don’t you leave us Nebraskans alone and take a swim on your private beach?

  • gerardharbison

    Please go stalk someone else.

    Warning to all: this nut started posting abuse to me on the CNN Money site. He’s now following my comments all over the net. I strongly suggest you not reply to him.

  • Dr_Venture

    Gerard.
    Calling people hurtful names is not what we do in Nebraska.

    Since you live in a gated community in Florida, Why don’t you stop bothering us.
    Go climb a coconut tree, then you could have a Piña Colada and chill out…

  • LukeinNE

    This is a terrible idea. As a modern society, we can and should go to reasonable lengths to protect and accommodate minority populations, but not when that seriously imposes on the majority.

    I can understand that a transgendered person would feel more comfortable around the (physically) opposite sex when it comes to sports and so on. The problem, as is noted at the end of the article, is everyone else. A transgendered girl may identify as a guy, but every single other guy on that team is going to look at that person as a female. This one isn’t about bigotry and acceptance, it’s about how this would logistically play out, and I’m convinced the answer is “not well.”

  • Jazzee

    ALL students rights should be protected not special carve outs for certain students this is so silly beyond belief

  • Jazzee

    amen the same guy/gal who is bashing you
    figures doesn’t it?????? shows how stupid and what a double standard don’t hurt the ‘children’ but call other people ignorant names…..ignore the person

  • Jazzee

    what I don’t get is this: WHO cares what any person wants to be but why does this all have to be shoved down everyone else’s throat? Do you care if I’m straight? NO and I care less if you’re not but why do we have to have special this and that for some ..it’s gotten way out of control
    just treat each person as a person and move on

  • Aunt Bea

    Brenda – You seem not to know much about Transgender.
    Perhaps instead of being fearful of what you don’t know you should find someone reputable to give you some better advice and knowledge.
    You also seem not to know about kids and locker rooms or bathrooms. It is really strange to get so worried about how someone else will react to any other person in a bathroom or lockerroom. Most people do not spend lots of time just hanging out in these places, and I am not sure there is much mental health damage done by having been seened naked in a locker room without regard to the gender that person was born. And being seen going in or coming out of a bathroom stall seems to have little risk of psychiatric damage.
    Besides, the policies at the school may include privacy for people whether transgender or not. The Olympics have worked this out without that much strife. I am sure the Schools in Nebraska can handle it.

  • Aunt Bea

    “but every single other guy on that team is going to look at that person as a female. This one isn’t about bigotry and acceptance”
    I think that is exactly what the definition of bigotry is all about. It matters little what “every single other guy” is looking at or thinking. Not dealing with someone because they make you uncomfortable is prejudice, and it is not legal to use your biases to set public policy.

  • Aunt Bea

    Actually this is about a transgender school policy, and about inclusion. I am not sure that that is what your comment was doing.

  • Aunt Bea

    This has nothing to do with what a person wants to be, but about who a person is, and their right to participate in public school and taxpayer financed school activities.
    I am not sure that your being straight or not is really relevant, nor that you have been considered for exclusion based on that. This is not special anything, but quite the opposite, it disallows the specialized treatment of exclusion based on something not relevant to participation in school based sports activities.

  • Aunt Bea

    And this is only about protecting ALL Students rights. There is no carving out of anything. On the contrary it is including everyone. It is the exclusion that is a carving out, and making certain youth into “special” and therefore not able to participate in what others can do.

  • Aunt Bea

    Not everyone who may have misspoken intentionally or accidentally “needs to resign.” There seems to be no call from the Board for that. ”
    What needs to be examined is why the reporters did not look for the minutes of the meetings before writing the articles.
    It would seem a good journalistic pratice to verify a story and maybe interview more than one person before going to print.
    In spite of all of that, why would you consider this a “complete travesty.”
    This type of erred message seems rather harmless, although the disclosure could have been more in the open.

  • Aunt Bea

    I would strongly suggest that you also not reply to him.

  • Bam

    No, what needs to be examined is why the director spoke out to draw attention to herself and the NSAA, knowing that what she said wasn’t true. If there’s evidence the media erred, then you can examine them – for now, it’s obvious that the director erred and that’s why we’re examining her.

  • Aunt Bea

    My comments were related to the comment about the “Complete Travesty” and the “need to resign.”
    I went on to add that it is poor journalism not to seek verification on any story. This always requires examination, as it speaks to the quality of reporting as well as to the truth of the story.
    The Headline now reads that the Board has reversed its policy.
    I don’t know that calling for a resignation on the basis of an online news report is really “examining her.” You are just putting in your two cents worth, with or without any examination. Since your knowledge of the facts is from the same person who reporter the other story, it would seem logical to also examine the media source before this story also get retracted.
    As of know all we really have is one person interviewed twice and another only once, on an issue of great importance, yet this story does not really deal with the issue of the policy. It could be that there is quite some difference of opinion as to when a policy becomes an actual policy.
    Without regard to errors made, the whole Board deserves praise for dealing effectively with such and important issue effecting youth. At this point, it really looks like “no harm, no foul.” But it seems that people are not really concerned about he policy nor about whether any harm was actually done.

  • Aunt Bea

    Even the correction needs a correction:

    “Bob Reznicek, the board’s chairman, said Tuesday that the board discussed the topic in December but did not take a formal vote.
    “It was our understanding that the policy would come forward sometime in a subsequent board meeting for an action item,” said Reznicek, Boys Town’s superintendent of schools.
    He said there was some confusion about whether the policy should be placed on the July or August meeting agenda.
    “It’s unfortunate that there has been some confusion, but Ms. Blanford-Green has been trying to be honest with the media and keep them abreast of the situation,” he said. “To me this clarifies the situation and a vote will be taken in August.”

    Much ado about nothing.
    http://www.omaha.com/article/20130618/NEWS/706199886/1694#nebraska-policy-on-transgender-students-school-activities-to-be-voted-on-in-august

  • Bam

    She went to the national media and told a lie that reflected badly on the organization she was hired to represent. You can write a short story if you want, but those are the facts, Rich.

  • Aunt Bea

    Rich – There is nothing to suggest that there is a poor reflection on the State. On the contrary, this progressive policy that is being considered is reflecting very well on Nebraska.
    The Board seems to be supporting the policy and her. It does seem she was a little anxious to get this in place prior to her presentation, but the only ones who will think this reflect poorly are the ones already opposed to the policy.
    What you are suggesting is speculation or inuendo, not fact. Since opinion is not a science, it matters little. This news blog reported the facts in error and wrote a story about the error. Other are just clarifying that the poicy has yet to be officially accepted. This is quite similar to the status of the OPS GPA policy.Ecept that is still in development. At the same time many will be saying that there is now a GPA policy. That “fact” hurts no one, nor reflects poorly in any manner of importance.
    This part of the story will soon be another “So What?”

  • Anon

    It IS carving out exceptions. What about the female athletes who feel uncomfortable because a person who “feels like a girl” still has male body parts and is changing in their dressing room? How about the girl who loses a spot on the girls volleyball team because a boy who feels like a girl and is taking girl hormones gets the spot due to the fact that he is taller?

  • Anon

    She CLAIMED that it was on the November agenda and that there was no public opposition to it. There is a Public Meeting LAw in this state and it applies to this body as well. It shouldn’t have been discussed in the first place because it was not posted. She just wanted to make a name for herself before a conference on transgender students.

  • Anon

    “The policy was nowhere to be found in NSAA agendas or meeting minutes, although the policy itself could be found online.”–from this article. It was discussed without public notice which is a clear violation of the Public Meetings law. She did it this way to AVOID public comment, because she wanted to ” make herself look good” at a conference on transgender students.

  • Bam

    Actually, I was referring to YOU as Rich (you might be punctuation disabled), but if you’re reinventing yourself as “Aunt Bea,” that’s cool. You do seem calmer since you’ve taken on the feminine guise but you’re posting as much as ever.

    Saying “the Board seems to be supporting the policy and her” is speculation on your part, not fact. Only one member spoke about it and he didn’t indicate how he’d vote; the other seven members didn’t return the calls so we don’t know how they’d vote either. There is no “yet to be accepted” that you can draw from the story above, so please don’t inject your opinion and try to pass it off as fact.

  • Aunt Bea

    I am not sure that you understand the policy, what transgender means or about Student Athletics.
    Naturally there is always competition for a spot on the varsity team, but decisions are generally made as to the students with the betters skills participating in competitve sports. No decision is based upon height, and all children born male are not taller than all children born female. I am sure that the policy allows for this type of discussion. Yet that is not an “exception,” but rather the rule. The decision is made without regard to one being transgender with each on equal footing.
    As for the obsession with locker rooms, people need to grow up. This is certainly something that will be discussed in formulating the local school policy. Not every girl is comfortable being naked in front of another girl or seeing her naked. The “male parts” argument is rather juvenile.There are many ways to deal with this. I would suggest that you research your concerns as soon as possible.
    You can be uncomfortable about transgender youth, you just cannot act illegally or with discrimination about them.

  • Aunt Bea

    This is not a violation of public meeting law, as this board is not an elected board subject to airing agendas in your mailbox.
    There is nothing wrong with wanting to look good, especially if it is about bringing good activities to youth who have been kept apart. This is a person you should be proud of, as she is leading the way. But reread the quote from Reznicek, and you will see that the Board is well aware of the policy and has discussed it, and has scheduled a time to vote on it.
    As he says, “To me, this clarifies the situation.”

  • Aunt Bea

    You seem more able to give advice than to follow it for yourself.
    I have no idea why you want to be angered by this, as I would suppose you barely knew of this board or this woman before these articles.
    I could care less what names you want to use or not use or to call others by.
    You are reaching pretty far to suggest that this is a big story. But you can do what you want.
    I am more concerned with the people who are freaking out because they have not considered transgender chidren or their needs in school. If anything, this is the central point of this article, not your search for a problem about who is saying what.
    Opinions are great, but I would suggest that your positioning as Moderator of this blog and of the “truth” is a self-appointed role. There has never been a vote on approving that as policy, either.
    “so please don’t inject your opinion and try to pass it off as fact.” Bam, June 19, 2013.
    Words to live by.

  • LukeinNE

    It is my understanding that transgender students are more than welcome to participate in sports—with others of their *physical* gender.

  • LukeinNE

    What this comes down to is very simple. Transgendered people likely feel uncomfortable competing with people of their physical sex (but not the one they identify with). I can understand that discomfort.

    So the preferred solution for accommodating this tiny minority is effectively forcing the other 99% to accept gender integration into sports? Absolute madness.

  • Bam

    Ant Bee (nee Rich K.), I’m guessing by the column inches you’re writing and by responding to everyone’s posts that this is a HUGE STORY to you! You must go to all of the NSAA’s meetings or have a transgender student athlete or maybe were even one yourself based on your interest and passion.

    While you’re freaking out on people “freaking out,” I’m wondering whether we actually even HAVE transgender student athletes in Nebraska schools, and this was just an excuse for the director to make a name for herself at a national conference and for you to again bloviate as an “expert” on a subject (seriously, already 11 posts on this this morning?)

  • Aunt Bea

    I understand that this type of consideration may be threatening to some who post here, but you seem to have no concept of what Transgender means.
    You are free to hold you biased views, however the state of Nebraska cannot.

  • Aunt Bea

    There is information available to person who want to understand. If you just want to mock others, I suggest you do it off line.

  • LukeinNE

    It’s not my intention to mock anyone. Your comments would be much more helpful if you did more than sanctimoniously scold people you disagree with.

  • LukeinNE

    I’m pretty sure I know what transgender means.

    “An umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex they were assigned at birth.”

    And? I’ve already acknowledged that playing on a team along with their “assigned” gender is likely uncomfortable for a transgender person. That same discomfort applies to non-transgendered team members who’ve just had someone of the opposite sex forced on them because of that person’s gender identity.

    This is simple math to me. The discomfort of one person, while unfortunate, is not important enough to put 20 or 50 other people in a similarly uncomfortable situation.

  • Aunt Bea

    Not that it is or should be of any concern to you (again the self-appointed moderator) yes this an important issue for many people. Although you just seem to be concerned about running people down.
    For someone who appears to be in the know, I am surprised that you are not aware of anyone who is transgender, perhaps even someone who is a friend or loved one.
    As for my expertise in this matter, yes I am quite knowledgeable, and have a great deal of experience dealing with LGBT youth and with School systems. If you were trying to insult me by referring to me as transgender, please know that, although I think it is rather silly to insult people in this manner, I do not consider the association to be insulting at all.
    Your concern about my number of post is rather silly when you have made a number of them yourself. Your “rules” are quite strange, and the interest a little eerie.
    Yet I do not mind writing many “column inches” for your edification. Isn’t that what this type of conversation is all about. Who knows when what I have to say will finally sink in, and you will know something you did not realize before.
    If you want to be my student though, I probably should receive compensation. What is a fair price for my tutoring you?

  • Aunt Bea

    You may be able to quote from Wikipedia, but you certainly do not really know what you are talking about. You are making such senseless remarks. Stop for a bit and reflect upon what you are saying.

  • Aunt Bea

    I am not so concerned with your poor feelings as I am with you lack of knowledge, and total lack of awareness as how much you sound ignorant and bigoted.
    Please do not focus on me being sanctimonious, but on you being discriminatory.
    Perhaps if you refurse to honor and respect youth that are transgender, then you should be scolded. How you are talking about people is degrading and insulting, and you should be ashamed. But even more, you should chose to learn more abotu what you are takling about. This is an issue that effects real people, not just a high school debate.

  • LukeinNE

    Then by all means enlighten me. I’ve reflected fully on what I’m saying.

    1. I have no doubt it is uncomfortable for transgendered people to compete with people of the opposite gender identity.

    2. I am equally certain that it would be equally uncomfortable for non-transgendered students to compete with students of the opposite sex.

    Since the students that are put in a tough situation are far more numerous in situation 2 than in situation 1, and this is a decision where one or the other must come to pass, I side with the least disruptive option.

  • LukeinNE

    The majority are people, too, and you apparently don’t care about them. I have no problem with gay marriage, for example, because it does not affect anyone else.

    I think schools should make accommodations for transgendered students, but not to the point of putting other students in a difficult situation, which this proposal does, dramatically.

    Now, do you care to state why I’m wrong, rather than just calling me ignorant and bigoted?

  • Bam

    Lordy, Lordy, look who’s wordy! No, this really isn’t an issue, or won’t be after the board meets and gives her a reprimand or walking papers while not changing their policy. If you want any compensation from me, I’ll let you do my laundry, Rich Ant Bee. Isn’t that also your area of expertise?

  • Aunt Bea

    1. This is not about “competing” with people of opposite or same gender identity, but about being safe in schools for the biases and bigotry or mocking and abuse and bullying. It is about being free to express oneself in the gender role they feel is most comfotable for them, including trying out for a team sport. participating in that sport as a full member of the team, and not be treated in a disrespectful way.
    2. Again this has nothing to do with competing. Students who are not transgendered are not facing the possibity of exclusion simply because they are not transgender. (The pivotal point) If the are “uncomfortable being around people who are different than they are, teams sports are a great way to work through these issues.
    No one has a right to exclude anyone else simply because the other make me uncomfortable.
    Equality is never measured out by majority/minority. but by equal access.
    Siding with the least “disruptive option” is discrimination.

  • Aunt Bea

    You are correct the policy on inclusion will not be changed as it is approved.
    I hope that settles this for you.

  • LukeinNE

    1. This is about sports, the whole point is competition.

    2. I don’t think team members would be uncomfortable with the fact that their hypothetical teammate is transgender, I think they would be uncomfortable with the fact that their hypothetical teammate is of the opposite sex.

    3. Schools *should* be a safe place for all students. Bullying can’t be tolerated, and counselors should be available and prepared to deal with issues of gender and sexuality. None of this has anything to do with forcing gender integration upon sports, though.

  • Aunt Bea

    What you seem not willing to look at is that the Majority is almost never the one who faces discrimination. The non-transgender child is able to go out for the sport and be on the team, while the transgender student in many schools is not. That is why the policy is needed.
    The policy can address you concerns about the “difficult situations,” but I would guess these are more difficult foryou than for the other kids in school.
    What is it about the “proposal” that drastically put other students in difficult situations, as is this really in the Policy statement (the local school policies have yet to be written) or just your worry?

  • Bam

    You might have missed this key quote from the story: “She now says her board of directors did not vote on the policy, as reported, and will do so in August.” I hope this makes you realize that it is not approved, and likely won’t be.

  • Aunt Bea

    1.) No, some sports are competative, while others are competing only against oneself. Still, on the high school level, they are also about participation and team work.
    Moreover, one can compete against a transgender student or a non-transgender student. Being transgender does not always give a person a competative edge. The discomfort you speak of seems to have more to do with bathrooms and locker rooms, and not the competative field. There is nothing that should be uncomfortable about swimming against, running against or shooting hoops with a transgender person.
    2. This is absurdity. This is where you are showing that you have yet to really understand what transgender means. Further, you have nothing to back up what you are saying, and the policy has been researched and has been implemented in places with great success. You may be projecting your discomfort on the the kids that you want to defend.
    3. This has nothing to do with whatever gender integration may or may not be. Safe places also include the competative sports arena. And it remains the schools job to focus there as well as the classroom, the halls, and the cafeteria.
    I do hope that you particpate when your local school district writes their own policy. You may be surprised in what you actually find out. Your bathroom fears may actually vanish.

  • Aunt Bea

    Boy for something you say is not an issue, you sure to comment a lot.
    In case you only receive the “news” that is spoon fed to you and are not able to search beyond this to find more;
    “Bob Reznicek, the board’s chairman, said Tuesday that the board discussed the topic in December but did not take a formal vote.
    “It was our understanding that the policy would come forward sometime in a subsequent board meeting for an action item,” said Reznicek, Boys Town’s superintendent of schools.
    He said there was some confusion about whether the policy should be placed on the July or August meeting agenda.
    “It’s unfortunate that there has been some confusion, but Ms. Blanford-Green has been trying to be honest with the media and keep them abreast of the situation,” he said. “To me this clarifies the situation and a vote will be taken in August.”

  • LukeinNE

    1. Yes, from my perspective, the locker room issues are major. I feel less strongly about the competitive aspect, *but* you’re opening Pandora’s box, especially for non-transgender girls. From a competitive standpoint, the main reason that boys and girls are separated from competing with one another is that boys on average because of biology are typically superior athletes. By eroding that barrier, you are endangering females’ rights to equal opportunities in the athletic realm, not to mention their physical health in more contact-oriented sports.

    2. It’s not absurd at all, and I have the existing system to back me up. Why do males and females at schools shower separately? Why do men and women have separate public restrooms? Unless by transgender you mean folks who have already had gender reassignment surgery and hormone treatments, I’m not sure how you can so easily dismiss the gender issue.

    3. Again, unless you’re referring only to transgendered people who have been medically altered so that their sex and their gender identity now align, this is totally about gender integration, the full realization of which would end female sports as we know them.

  • Anon

    As a former young girl, teenager and now woman, I WOULD feel uncomfortable sharing a locker room or restroom with someone who was NOT anatomically a female. And don’t tell me to grow up. Genders/sex ARE different physically. I shouldn’t be FORCED to be in the same “personal” area.
    My example of “height” was not a good one. Physically, men’s masses develop differently than women’s giving them an unfair advantage. Giving a man hormones to make him a women is NOT going to negate this fact.
    And since not all people believe in God, I will take the science route: Mother nature created or evolved man and woman TWO DIFFERENT SEX/GENDERS. Fact. Different hormones, body parts chromosomes etc. By the way, when a transgendered dies, their chromosomes will still show their original sex, not the sex they CHOSE to be.

  • Anon

    Muscle mass…not masses.

  • Bam

    Boy, for someone who says he’s very familiar with the issue, you sure don’t sound like it. None of what you posted says the board has approved it nor has expressed an opinion on it.

  • Anon

    Have you read the Nebraska Open meetings Act Aunt Bea? Apparently not. It has nothing to do with whether or not a board is elected.

  • Jamie Johnson

    “A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a
    man put on a woman’s garment, for all who do so are an abomination
    to the LORD your God” Deuteronomy 22:5

  • Aunt Bea

    1. You realize that nothing in a policy says that people have to expose their naked bodies to one another. This is where you have leaped to a conclusion without understanding the facts.
    As for a competative edge, you are again making assumptions. You realize that some of the aspect of sex differentiation in stregnths has to do with the hormones testoterone and estrogen. The policies can also address issues related to the possible edge. You do know that the Olymics has dealt with this for many years, and that this policy is said to be modeled after that.
    This is what I mean by expressing your concerns, but not making assumptions.
    2, Again you are jumping to conclusions. Do you know the policy would require and showering together? This is not about sexualized exposure, but about the ability to live life freely as the gender they feel they actually are without regard to the physical demonstrations at birth. The absurdity is the lengths you are taking to not like a policy that has yet been developed in the local school.
    3. It will not and has not ended female sports. That is ridiculous. Again, similar policy is in place, has been tested, and is working. The only risk or womens sports in schools is the failure to enforce Title VI.

  • Aunt Bea

    I refuse to have any more conversation with you on this issue.

  • Aunt Bea

    I did not say that the Board was not subject to the law, but that they are not required to seek you out before they meet. You have to exercise you own responsibility to be informed. Just as you would for a utilities board or a student advisory board.
    You are not in any position to be saying that this was not done properly. Although the reporter failed to check out the facts of the story, surely she would have reported if anyone made a complaint about the Open Meetings Law.
    As the Board knew they they talked about it and knew that the minutes record that it was discussed but not voted on, you have made inaccurate assumptions.

  • Aunt Bea

    You have issues that will not be resolved by the discussion here. Suffice it to say, that, without regard to your opinion, this is a policy that has been tested, and has been discussed, and will serve as a template for the local school districts to create their own. You can certainly put in your opinion, but as you are incorrect about the aspects of science, you will not be making a winning argument. I hope you air your concerns and seek answers to questions instead of making wild assumptions.
    You may never feel comfortable, but that law does not require that you do. Hopefully any children you have will be more open minded and tolerant. Unless you want to chance and learn, you will remain in your fosilized mentality.
    The truth is out there, but you have to be open to hearing it.

  • Aunt Bea

    You may want to read a science book that was published after 1956. You seem to be very unaware of a lot of the science of sexuality and gender. Even from the biological and genetic understanding, although no one would be very one dimensional in those considerations any more.
    By the way you might like to know that the earth rotates around the sun, and not the other way. You have to keep up on the science.

  • Bam

    THANK YOU, ST. JUDE, FOR FAVORS GRANTED.

  • Aunt Bea

    this is not a dress code, nor about the Ancient Israelis. The Bible is not a relevant resource for this policy. Especially this quotation.
    Have you read the one about Loving your neighbor? Now that one may have some legs in the debate. You may know that hating in any form is also an abomination, so try not to be abominaable.

  • ReaganS

    After reading through most of the comments here I have gathered that most of the people protesting the policy haven’t actually read the policy. First off it has nothing to do with restroom or changing room policy. That is a source for another debate.

    Second the policy clearly stated that there are guidelines that a transgender student will have to comply with to be deemed acceptable to competing in the crossed gender activities. Having these policies helps ensure that guidelines are followed and everybody’s rights are made aware of. So this will prevent some male student that want’s to say I’m transgender and I want to compete with the girls just to gain some competitive edge. The true transgender student that may have been or may be on hormone / puberty blockers or on cross hormone therapy will have a chance at a normal life and be able to peripatetic in athletic activities of the gender that they are in the process of transitioning to. Things like parent’s meeting with the principal and doctor’s notes will have to be submitted in order for the student to be allowed to play.

    The phenomena of transgender student is becoming a issue in school systems across the county and there clearly needs to be a set directives for staffs and coaches to follow. The understanding of how transgender students should be treated and cared for is not something that can be left up to individual schools and coaches to decide. There is a lack of knowledge that comes with having a student that is transgender is understandable. This is why a policy needs to be drafted and passed. Just simply saying that if you are transgender you have no right to play in activities is clearly discrimination.