Gender-bender bathroom doors flung open for preschoolers The cultural battle over opening bathrooms to people based on their gender identity rather than their biological sex has reached one of the largest school districts in the nation and is playing out just outside the nation’s capital. The school board in Fairfax County, Virginia, is now considering a policy change to accommodate students and teachers who consider themselves transgendered. “It’s a ludicrous request,” said Meeke Addison, director of Urban Family Talk, which is a division of the American Family Association. The AFA sent out an action alert earlier this week to alert parents in Fairfax County of the possible change. “This decision would effect from preschoolers right on up to senior year, kids during their formative years being exposed to what would be considered an alternative way of expressing yourself,” said Addison. In addition to the transgender accommodations, the policy would also forbid parents in the district to opt their children out of complying with the rules. “This ‘no opt out clause’ is incredibly disturbing,” said Addison. “Do public teaching institutions have the right to usurp authority of parents and teach children things that will go counter to that household’s convictions. Do they have the right to do that? Wherever you fall on the transgender or homosexual debate, it doesn’t really matter. The question is do public school systems have the right to usurp a parent’s authority?” asked Addison. MORE