East Aurora puts time-out on transgender committee

The Beacon-News
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December 7, 2012

The controversy continues over the formation of a policy on transgender students for the East Aurora School District. The district’s Ad Hoc committee, focused on discussing the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming students, has met twice in the last month, but will postpone its upcoming meeting because of concerns about the safety of some of the committee members. “Several people said they were worried about their own safety,” said committee chairman and East Aurora School Board member Anita Lewis. Because of this, “I just decided I want to take all of this information to the full board to talk about whether what we’re doing is helping us or hurting us,” she said Thursday. At the most recent meeting on Nov. 29, more than 100 community members and pastors from churches throughout the city took time to speak before of the 22-person Ad Hoc committee about the creation of a new policy. “I’m going to try to be respectful, but will be blunt with what I have to say,” said Robert Pryor, a father of four. “What’s going on here is very destructive, not only to the school, but to the town and the state. My hope is that the community rises up and expresses its disapproval for what is going on here.”