For my 5thand final blog post, I will be gladly be discussing one hot button issue for some. Most people have an opinion on whether they are for or against children, let alone people in general, becoming transgender. The very least all people should agree on is that transgender students get the right as the gender they feel more naturally as.
My hometown news station KCCI recently covered and updated a story on a transgender student in Center Point, Iowa. This students name is Emmet Cummings, he was originally born a female but has begun transitioning into the male gender. The focus of the article is that originally, Emmet was not going to be allowed to participate in a boys summer program.
That summer program’s name is “Boy’s State”. This is a program for high school juniors that focuses on legal aspects of being a citizen, including state government (which Emmet is interested in). During the summer students attend seminars, and have opportunities to participate in music ensembles. Emmet was nominated and accepted by the Center Point chapter of the American Legion to attend Boys State this upcoming summer. When receiving his application, the state legion board originally accepted his entry into the program. However, upon further looking into who Emmet is, the state legion board realized he is transgender and denied him rights to the camp.
Fortunately, but mostly because of backlash, the board has decided to allow Cummings to attend and make an exception only for him. This means though no other transgender may stay at Boy’s State, at least for now. Through the updated portion of the article it describes Emmet’s relief of being able to go, but also the frustration. Frustration in the whole ordeal for himself, but also that others are being treated unfairly for simply being themselves. Emmet hopes at the very least he can provide a pilot or a test run to show the board all transgendered students should be allowed to attend their program. Emmet just wants to learn the basics of how our government runs, and simply because of his preferred gender he almost was not allowed to. How can anyone claim these people are un patriotic and do not belong in our country, when in this example, Emmet was trying to learn more about the government instead of defying it.
Hopefully, this summer will allow Emmet to pioneer a new movement to allow transgender students to attend Boys State to learn about our government. If you have read this article an argued with every single thing I have stated, then consider this. How would it feel to be a college student and not be allowed to go to a graduate school simply because of your under-grad’s mascot? Something that defines you is now not allowing you to get ahead in life. That is exactly how Emmet feels, one could at least value his bravery.