- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 14, 2000

In a gender-bending victory for the Great Cause of "transgendered" rights, a Massachusetts judge has ruled a 15-year-old-boy can continue attending school in women's clothing including a padded bra, wig and high heels.

Judge Linda Giles said "Pat Doe" as the youth is known to the court can wear "any accessory that any other male or female student may wear." The boy had been suspended three times previously for borrowing the garb of the fairer sex which was considered disruptive by school administrators. But the youth, who has been diagnosed with a "gender identity disorder," according to therapists, must be allowed to express his feminine side or damage to his mental health might occur. And so Judge Giles ruled on Wednesday that the action taken by South Junior High in Brockton amounted to the "stifling of a person's selfhood merely because it causes some members of the community discomfort." Judge Giles, it's worth pointing out, is an open lesbian who believes that "students need to be exposed to differences at an early age to learn tolerance."

Despite the altogether reasonable concern about the judge's impartiality in this matter, she elected not to recuse herself from presiding over this case; the school system has indicated it may appeal her verdict, however.

In any event, we have come a long way from the days when cracking chewing gum or passing notes was considered sufficiently "disruptive" to warrant disciplinary action. That we now live in a day where a judge cannot see that the spectacle of an adolescent male student dolled up like a Victoria's Secret model might not be exactly conducive to the learning environment, and hence not especially desirable, is merely another barometer of the state of modern public education.

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