This past week, news stories have erupted of Anry Feuntes, a 19 year old student at Denair High School in California and the first transgender cheerleader. Anry, formerly known as Henry, was kicked out of her house when she came out to her parents but has been receiving enormous amounts of support from her school and community. She stated: "I've gone to school here since the second grade, and most of the girls on the squad have been here their whole lives, too....So it's kind of hard, like 'Oh Henry'' (Source). Feuntes also stated that "It's so much harder to hide than to come out and be yourself" (source).
However, other schools have not been as progressive as Denair. For example, Gavin Grimm; a transgender student in Virginia, sued his school because of policies requiring him to either use a uni-sex bathroom or the girl's bathroom. (source). We live in a considerably liberal and accepting area in California, conveyed in Denair's district superintendent's response; "all kids are entitled to equal access to public education" (source). Do you think that Feuntes will be able to inspire change in the attitudes towards transponders? Many minorities have gotten their legal rights (women, gay/lesbians, african americans) through determination and gained support, are people like Feuntes (Cailtyn Jenner?) a large part of progression for transgender rights?