Lily is a 9-year-old, 3rd grade student at Jefferson Elementary School in Follansbee. She also happens to be transgender.
Over the past few years, Lily has been at the center of controversy. Her mother, Michelle, says the families of some of her peers have complained to the school board, claiming that they feel uncomfortable with Lily using the girl’s restroom. Some have even requested that Lily use a separate, unisex bathroom.
“They don’t want their kids to go. They want my child to go to that unisex bathroom, and that’s not happening. They’re not going to single her out. They’ve got a long fight on their hands with me.” said Michelle Moorehead, Lily’s mother.
Recently, the issue was taken to the Brooke County Board of Education. They ruled that Lily will be permitted to use the girl’s restroom in compliance with Title IX rues and regulations.
They released a statement saying, “Brooke County Schools follow federal law and are in compliance with the rules a regulations put forth by Title IX. We provide a safe, nondiscriminatory environment for all of our students, and we make every effort to meet the needs of each student, regardless of gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.”
Michelle says Lily and their family have received a lot of support, but she will continue to defend her daughter against those who act negatively toward her.
“It’s not just a bathroom issue. These people are people. They’re not freaks. They’re people. They’re kids. They’re adults. They’re your sister, your brother, your cousin. They’re people. They’re human, and they don’t deserve to be treated any differently than anybody else,” added Michelle.
Lily says her friends at school have been kind to her, and she is happy to see so many people supporting her.