Transgendered parent Julia Malott found out last week that even someone who has dealt with gender dysphoria and the uphill battle of transitioning is not immune from having her words pre-approved by the radically woke trustees and bureaucrats who operate Ontario school boards.
Malott, who came to the Halton District School Board (HDSB) meeting to lend her insights into what the dress code for staff should look like, was informed she’d have to remove a portion of her speech because it “violated” the board’s privacy rules.
The Waterloo parent, who transitioned at age 28 after going through an “undesired” male puberty, told Halton trustees that in the first six months of her transition she wore silicone breast forms sized 34B, which she characterized as ones that emulate “natural breast dimensions.”
The part she was not permitted to say – but which was subsequently posted on social media – referred to silicone forms that “exaggerate breast proportions” and are often used by the “drag industry and sex workers.”
A dress code policy should be able to distinguish between the two forms, she wrote in the banned portion of her speech, later noting that the intent of getting parents and other parties to speak is to acquire diverse opinions, instead of filtering opinions.
She was of course referring to Boob-Gate, the now internationally known case of trans shop teacher Kayla Lemieux, who has turned up at Oakville-Trafalgar high school wearing mammoth prosthetic breasts and tight tops with the nipples sticking out. In September this inappropriate costume was accompanied by a blond wig and short shorts, the latter now replaced by ankle-length leggings .
The story and the inept handling of the situation by the trustees and senior management has made the HDSB the laughingstock south of the border and overseas.
Essentially, afraid of repercussions from the teacher and his union, Lemieux has been moved around Oakville high schools with a police escort to protect her/him.
Trustees voted in early January to have education director Curtis Ennis craft a dress code policy with a deadline of March 1. At last week’s meeting, flooded by upset parents, he was supposed to provide a status update.
But his update suggested he’s done little if anything to craft such a policy (despite the outcry).
Ennis claimed he’s soliciting responses from the public but couldn’t say how he was doing so when asked. He also kept repeating that they were in collective bargaining, which meant a statutory freeze on changes (in my view a convenient excuse to further drag his heels).
I spoke to Malott the day before pictures surfaced in a New York newspaper of what was supposedly Lemieux emerging from his/her residence after school to do errands dressed as a male, having shed his/her outlandish costume. (Lemieux has since told other media that these photos are incorrect and also that the extremely large breasts are indeed real.)
Malott said she was invited by Halton parents to speak – all of whom have been dismissed as transphobic for expressing their concerns about Lemieux being in the classroom and the board’s poor handling of the situation.
Malott said she felt it important to make the “distinction” between the silicone breasts worn by most transitioning males and the mammoth breasts sported by Lemieux.
She said only the former should be permitted under the dress code policy.
Malott added that there’s a reason there are so many protests at the over-the-top in your face Drag Queen Story hours.
“I don’t see a need for it at any age,” she said. “I don’t know why anybody considers it (these story hours) anything different than Blackface.”
The story hours are “very objectifying to women,” she said.
Malott said the parent protests started because of the board’s mishandling of the situation with Lemieux, but it is quickly becoming “so much more.”
She also spoke at the Waterloo Region School Board early last week warning trustees that “widespread acceptance” by school officials should not mean “encouragement” (or indoctrination) to become trans.
“Leading the non-gender dysphoric down the path (to transitioning) may not be right for them,” she said.
Malott said her daughter, who is in the WRDSB system, has been led to believe that if she makes a mistake with names or pronouns or anything gender related, it will result in punishment and she will be labelled “transphobic.”
Her daughter shows acceptance through love and not through ‘virtue signaling and nitpicking,” she said.
“The tides are turning,” she said. “The more ridiculous the narrative, the stronger the pushback.”
It strikes me that a transgendered woman who has lived through the pain and suffering of being in the wrong body and of transitioning would have better insights into appropriate dress than a bunch of trustees and overpaid bureaucrats desperately trying to be woke.
Malott’s insights made it ever more clear that these school boards have completely lost the plot.