HILLSBORO, Mo. – Dozens of parents showed up to a school board meeting in Missouri because of a situation surrounding a transgender student.
High school senior Lila Perry says she has known that she was transgender since she was 13-years-old.
Last February, she decided to come out and began dressing as a female.
At the time, she wasn’t taking gym class and used a gender-neutral faculty restroom.
This year, Perry says she wanted to fit in with other girls, so she started using the girls’ bathroom and locker room.
Parents became concerned because although Perry dresses as a female, she is still physically male.
“They should have the ability to do whatever they need to do in the privacy of the bathroom without having a male in there,” said Derrick Good, a parent of two girls at the school. “They have a right to their own bodily privacy, and I’ve raised my girls, and many of these parents have raised their girls, to protect that privacy. They don’t share that with members of the opposite sex.”
He drafted a policy that calls for students to use a restroom associated with the gender they were born with, or a gender neutral restroom.
Perry told KTVI that there is no risk to anyone.
“I’m not going to hurt their daughters. I’m not going to expose myself. I’m not a pervert; I’m a transgender woman; I’m a girl. I’m just in there to change, do my business, and that if they have any questions about being transgender, they are more than welcome to talk to me, and I’ll be happy to explain it,” Perry said.
Perry said she has been attacked on social media and is fearful of using the boys’ restroom.
On Thursday, Hillsboro High School’s board meeting had to be moved into the gym because of all the attention from parents.
It is unclear if or when the school board will decide on the matter.