A storm is brewing in Orono, and there's an 11-year old kid in the middle of it, and even though I'm writing this at 5 am in the morning, I can feel my blood pressure rising and the proverbial 'juices' heating up. Find me a soapbox because I need to stand on it and scream.
I know I proposed a holiday cease-fire with a certain group of fundies. I also know that they'll never, EVER, find enough self restraint (or more importantly, compassion) to even consider reporting on something else besides our "evil homosexual agenda" for 30 days. Whatever. I am challenging myself to post about this incident in Orono without mentioning "their names", even though they've now stooped to an incredibly vicious low by aggressively going after a kid. I've given them enough ink and links. I'm going to try and find a more positive, pro-active way to react to what's happening upstate in Orono.
I've been following this story for awhile. Here's the very, very short version of what I think could become a very dangerous situation.
An 11 year old kid in Orono who was born male is transitioning and identifying as female. From what I can gather, her parents have been working closely with the school (gawd love them), one result being that she can now use the girl's restroom. This news twisted the panties of another student's grandfather, and he told his grandson to start using the girl's restroom too, in protest. And the grandson did. And was suspended. And now all proverbial hell is breaking loose in Orono, and They Who Shall Not Be Mentioned are right smack dab in the middle of it, of course.
Pam's House Blend, one of the best blogs in the blogosphere, picked up the story. I appreciate their perspective, and especially appreciate the pro-active slant.
Please read it here, and then pick up the telephone and call WABI-TV and the Bangor Daily News and tell them to get it together. I don't know what I can do in "my neck of the woods", but I'm going to explore that today and if there is anything more to do, I'll be sure to let you know. What I know for certain is that I'm worried for the safety of this kid.
Stay tuned, because I'm certain there's more to come.