As presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee continues to make headlines for cracking a tasteless joke about wishing he'd pretended to be a trans teenager so he could have snuck into women's locker rooms, a far more noteworthy occurence happened: The scenario Huckabee imagined has failed to materialize in any of the 17 largest school districts within U.S. states that have trans-inclusive nondiscrimination policies.
In fact, not one of the schools — which serve more than 600,000 students — has reported a single inappropriate act, harassment, or "negative consequence" since they began implementing policies to include and protect trans students using gender-affirming bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams, according to a new report by Media Matters for America.
Noting that right-wing media have long promoted the myth that cisgender (nontrans) students will claim they're trans to gain access to the opposite gender's facilities, Media Matters called each of the schools to see if that scenario really plays itself out in real life. As it turns out: it doesn't.
In fact, as the Media Matters video explains below, many of the schools within Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Washington, D.C., Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado, California, Oregon, and Washington State are quite proud to say that their trans-inclusive policies have improved the safety of their environments.
The report, "17 School Districts Debunk Right-Wing Lies About Protections for Transgender Students," corroborates findings Media Matters published last year in "15 Experts Debunk Right-Wing Transgender Bathroom Myth," and echo similar arguments other transgender advocates have been making, particularly in reponse to this year's onslaught of antitrans bathroom bills.
Learn more in Media Matters's video below.