After nearly a year of waiting for the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Policy to be voted on, the Monroe Board of Education majority took the most cowardly and shameful route by voting it down without a word of discussion. The transphobia, xenophobia and “don’t say gay” mentality that has gripped the national Republican Party for some time was beyond evident at the June 6 board meeting.
Isn’t it the responsibility of elected officials to explain their votes? Would we expect our congressman or senators to take a vote and not answer questions about it? Absolutely not. To not say a word on a policy that has generated the largest amount of discussion in our community over the last year should be unacceptable to us. Monroe’s students deserve an explanation.