Fight for equality: Transgender Kenosha student allowed to run for prom king following outrage

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KENOSHA -- Earlier this week, FOX6 News first told you about a transgender high school student who identifies as a boy but was not allowed to run for prom king. That has since changed -- but the fight for equality has not.

Ash Whitaker

Ash Whitaker

School administrators at Tremper High School in Kenosha told a transgender high school junior, Ash Whitaker, who is 16, he either had to step down from prom court, or run for prom queen because he wasn't born a male.

Since then, school officials have decided to allow him to run for prom king, but supporters say more needs to be done.

A small group gathered outside the school Friday afternoon, April 8th to make that point.

The fight of 16-year-old Ash Whitaker has become a rallying point for equal rights for transgender students.

"I don't understand why it's so hard for them to allow a student who's being himself not to be able to run for prom king or to use the boys bathroom," said Sister Angel, protester. protest3

School officials had originally told Whitaker he could not run for prom king, because he had been born a female. They did say he could run for prom queen. They have since changed that position and Whitaker is being allowed to run for prom king.  But he still has to use either the female restrooms or a private restroom in the main office.ash supporter

"If it's a safety issue then OK, but he identifies himself as a boy so he should be allowed to use the boys bathroom regardless," said Guadalupe Paredes, protester.

A small group showed up outside Tremper High School on Friday, to show support for equal rights for bathroom access. A spokeswoman for the Kenosha Unified School District said in a statement:

"The District asks all students to continue to use the bathroom assigned by biological sex or to work with their counselor and administrator to find an alternative to meet their needs. The District is currently reviewing laws and regulations as it relates to transgender and gender nonconforming students in an effort to develop a policy for Kenosha Unified."

For some, that response is a step in the right direction.protest

Ash Whitaker was not out at the protest Friday afternoon. Several of the people who showed up were not current Tremper High School students. One woman even drove down from Milwaukee to show her support.

15 comments

  • Big Man

    This is very simple. If you were born a boy, you can run for prom king. If you were born a girl, you can run for prom queen. If you are screwed up and had a sex change, you run neither. If you are a boy, you go to the men’s room. If you are a girl, you go to the ladies room. What’s so hard about that? Enough of this PC BS!!!!!

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  • Larry

    Let’s get back to the old days when the teacher could actually whoop some arse with their ruler. They should allow teachers to spank students and make them sit in a corner for being stupid. As far as trans whateveryoucallit I don’t really give rats. Let them use the water closet.

  • Opinion8d

    I wanna see her use the urinal in the boys bathroom…….hahahaha. And they say it’s not mental illness!

    • Kacey Moeni

      You’re obviously an expert on the subject, you must be familiar with stps. They’re to the point that for some of them you can hardly even tell. My roommate’s a trans guy and he shows me some of the stuff, totally looks like a real penis, in my opinion.

  • Opinion8d

    I laugh at everyone who spouts the ‘human rights’ slogan. No one is depriving her of using a restroom -just use the girls since you are one. Is it human rights for the teacher to bang the student if the student is willing? How about me to marry my kid how is over 18….after all, it’s love….or should I say a ‘human right’ of mine?!?!?

  • AbleWitness

    If this person has two X chromosomes (XX) then she is a she. If this person has an X chromosome and a Y chromosome (XY), then he is a he. These are absolutes as far as the medical profession is concerned. If this person comes in for treatment, what the individual imagines himself/herself to be is utterly irrelevant as far as any pathophysiologic condition is concerned, except in the realm of psychology or endocrinology. For instance, sometimes homosexuality in the female is caused by a tumor of the adrenal or ovary in the female’s mother while the person was in-utero. Such pathologies are, unfortunately, NOT rare.

  • ablewitness

    If this person has two X chromosomes (XX) then she is a she. If this person has an X chromosome and a Y chromosome (XY), then he is a he. These are absolutes as far as the medical profession is concerned. If this person comes in for treatment, what the individual imagines himself/herself to be is utterly irrelevant as far as any pathophysiologic condition is concerned, except in the realm of psychology or endocrinology. For instance, sometimes homosexuality in the female is caused by a tumor of the adrenal or ovary in the female’s mother while the person was in-utero. Such pathologies are, unfortunately, NOT rare.

  • Andy G

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    If she wants to be a man then why not be superman ? Then she could jump in front of a speeding train and stop it with her bare hands.

  • Dean Teagan

    Poor kid, just another victim exploited by the gay lobby. It’s all a soapbox for the LGBT lobby – push the kid onto the stage, turn children into gay activists. Here are the facts: so called “transgenderism” is a mental disorder affecting less than a half a percent of the population – the DSM classes Gender Dysphoria as a mental disorder – it should be treated, not celebrated. LGBT, as a group, is characterized by the high prevalence of other mental disorders like borderline personality, OCD, sexual compulsivity and bipolar – all these conditions are treatable but the rush to “affirm” confused children prevents them from getting the help they need. Why don’t this child’s parents get some help instead of allowing this unseemly debacle – or do they like the attention? I see very bad parenting here – this isn’t about being “transgender”, it’s about getting in the spotlight. The soapbox, the “pride” parades, drag shows, all of it – look at the acting out and exhibitionism that typifies any “pride” parade across the country – the public disrobing, the gyrating and exhibitionism – it doesn’t inspire respect and many normal families feel bullied by the LGBT lobby because they have to keep their children home to avoid the displays of public indecency. How many normal, healthy kids will stay home from prom now that it’s been politicized into another special interest “pride” fest?

  • Kacey Moeni

    I’m actually surprised the article’s using the correct pronouns in the article. It’s kinda cool that you guys are finally joining the majority of Americans who don’t believe in spreading hatred, lies and fear, like your commenters appear to be. At least they’re a dying breed.

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