Equality NY held a rally in front of the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village on Thursday evening and among the crowd of people chanting, “Stand up! Fight back!” were two mothers whose school-age children transitioned.
On Wednesday, Trump rescinded former President Obama's order in which schools faced loss of funding if they did not allow transgender students to use the bathroom matching their chosen gender identity. An "emergency rally" was called in front of the birthplace of gay rights, The Stonewall Inn.
Robin Norwood and Jamie Psarras of Brooklyn (who declined to be on camera) told Metro their sons are two of three transgender students in school. Norwood said “hell yeah” President Trump’s reversal of transgender protections is personal.
“But it should be [personal] for anyone who has kids,” the mother of the 9-year-old said.
Norwood, although thankful for her “bucolic neighborhood,” which made it easy for her son to come out, said she knows it will be harder once her son grows up, “but he’s a happy kid and that’s all that matters.”
According to Norwood, Psarras and her now 11-year-old son “paved the way” for transgender kids in their school. Psarras’ child transitioned from female to male when he was 9 and was the first of the three students.
The mom, holding her sign, told Metro though the din of LGBTQ supporters that she is “fortunate” and the school has been “amazing.”
“He may hear things, but I try to keep him out of that scene,” Psarras said of the “real world.” “There’s already talk of suicide in the documentaries I share with him and violence against transgender kids. I try to keep him out of that scene.”
This article was originally published on Feb. 23 at 7:20 p.m.