This is completely wrong, unnecessary, irresponsible, and cruel.
Conservative media has been quite exercised this week by a story about a transgender student at Florence High School in Colorado allegedly harassing girls in the locker room. The Pacific Justice Institute, a California-based anti-LGBT group, spurred the media focus by sending a letter to the school demanding accommodation for the supposed victims. Cristan Williams at The TransAdvocate debunked the story by speaking directly with Superintendent Rhonda Vendetti, who explained that no harassment took place — a few parents just don’t like that a transgender student is being allowed to use the locker room of the gender with which she identifies. Now, PJI has basically admitted they invented the story because they’re just transphobic.
Transgender persons are already under a tremendous amount of stress and scrutiny and are often victims of hate crimes and discrimination. Making up wild stories about them and potentially provoking reprisal attacks or reactionary legislation is a horrible thing to do.
I’d call it criminal.
Pacific Justice Institute my ass.