7-Year Old Transgender Child Refused Proper Bathroom Visits in School

25 Aug

Tommy Theollyn’s son is transgender. The child’s doctor has confirmed this. Despite female genitalia,his son identifies as a boy and all the students know him as a boy. But Dr. William A. Hunter – the Superintendent of his school has demanded he use the girl’s room. On top of that, he has threatened Tommy with a call to Child Protection Services.

Here we have a parent who has worked with his child’s doctor and clearly done what is right for his son who is transgender. And here we have a school superintendent overstepping his bounds into what is quite clearly dangerous territory.

In addition to not allowing Tommy’s son to use the bathroom of the gender with which he identifies, he will not even let the child use the unisex bathroom in their school because it is a faculty restroom. This is a child who would not feel safe using the restroom which does not apply to his gender. This is a case of a school administrator bullying a child.

Tommy has started a Change.org petition targeting the McIntosh County School Board as well as the Superintendent and other members of the faculty and staff, demanding that all students be allowed safe access to bathrooms and other facilities.

Sign his petition here and add your name to the quickly growing list of people demanding protections for our youth. Ask yourself how you would feel if your child was denied access to a bathroom in school, how you would feel if your child was punished unjustly, how you would feel if your child did not feel safe and protected by the very people who are charged with molding and shaping your child’s future. When you’ve asked yourself and you have an answer, go sign the petition.

12 Responses to “7-Year Old Transgender Child Refused Proper Bathroom Visits in School”

  1. Shula Asher Silberstein September 8, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    I signed the petition and reblogged on tumblr as well. This makes me so incredibly angry I can barely type. I’m a trans guy. I wasn’t allowed to express my maleness as a child. It caused unspeakable psychological damage.

    Is there an official press release or media story about this? I’d like to write an article for gather.com about this incident. Thanks, Shula J Asher Silberstein

  2. suzy anand garfinkle September 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    My heart breaks for that very brave seven year old boy and his wonderful father. Tommy Theollyn is doing everything right and his son is so fortunate to have him as an advocate. I am sickened to know that a bigot such as Dr. William A. Hunter has been able to rise to the seat of superintendent in the Georgia schools. Conversely, I am grateful to know that even in rural Georgia they have been able to find doctors who are not narrow minded bigots. All the best to Tommy, his son and their doctors!

  3. Insulin September 21, 2011 at 4:45 am #


  4. Petrov September 23, 2011 at 7:29 am #


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  7. Alice May 6, 2012 at 12:59 am #

    I feel badly for you and think you should live your life to be happy but I draw the line with sharing a bathroom with other boys. You are still a biological girl and the other boys shouldn’t have to feel uncomfortable. We must think of everyone not just one person.

    • Jamie McGonnigal May 7, 2012 at 9:17 am #

      Funny, I thought they had stalls in boys’ and girls’ rooms. Still trying to figure out who would be harmed by this?

  8. Paul Netzer April 20, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

    Transgender people are doubleplusungood.

  9. Pilsbury August 16, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    what 7 year old knows what they want to be for the rest of their lives? Are you acting the same as when you were 7? no probably not, the parents and doctors shouldn’t reassure this child so much. I’m sure the child will regret all of this someday.

    • Jamie McGonnigal October 13, 2013 at 9:20 am #

      The only way the child will regret all of this someday is because when they grow up, they’ll have to face enormous bigotry and hatred from the likes of you.


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