A 14-year-old girl is speaking out publicly against a Virginia school board's plans to allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity.
Jolene Grover, an eighth-grader, attended the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) board meeting last week to oppose a proposed policy that would allow, for example, biological males who identify as female to use girls' restrooms and locker rooms, Fox News reports.
Grover wore a shirt that read "Woman is female," according to Fox News.
The new proposed policy builds on a previous policy known as 1040.
"Two years ago, I was told policy 1040 was just an umbrella philosophy, and you weren't going to allow boys into the girls' locker rooms. But here you are doing just that," Grover said.
"Everyone knows what a boy is – even you," she told the board members. "Your proposed policies are dangerous and rooted in sexism. When woke kids ask me if I was a lesbian or a trans boy because I cut my hair short, it should tell you these modern identities are superficial."
Grover attended a Loudoun County school before her mom pulled her. She is now homeschooled.
She told Fox News she fears girls will be harassed due to the policy.
"Boys are reading erotica in the classroom next to girls," she told board members, "and you want to give them access to girls' locker rooms, and you want to force girls to call those boys' she.'
"You do this in the name of inclusivity while ignoring the girls who will pay the price," Grover said. "Your policies choose boys' wants over girls' needs."
Loudoun County is the same school district that suspended a teacher, Tanner Cross, after he spoke out against a section of the policy that would require teachers to use the name and pronouns that correspond to a student's gender identity.
Cross sued, and a judge ordered the school to reinstate him. The school district is appealing the judge's ruling.
The lawsuit, filed in Virginia state court, says Cross believes children "should not be encouraged to undertake social or medical transition" because of "their inability to assess long-term consequences." He is a Christian who "endeavors to treat every person with dignity, love, and care," the lawsuit says. Alliance Defending Freedom is representing him.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.