About 50 Lincoln High School students cut class in Sioux Falls yesterday afternoon to protest Senate Bill 46, South Dakota’s new law banning transgender females from playing school sports. The students recognize that, even if there aren’t that many transgender kids fighting to participate in the jockocracy, an attack some people’s rights is an attack on everybody’s rights:
One student at the walk-out said these bills were “not ok”, especially for students in school.
“They should be able to learn, be educated, feel safe and for somebody to make a bill on someone– who they are as a human being, that’s not right,” Lincoln High School senior, Annabella, said. “Trans rights are human rights; gay rights are human rights and what they are doing is taking human rights away.”
…Laura Jimma and Marta Gevremariyam said they attended the walk-out to do what they can to support equal rights for everybody.
“A human being is a human being,” Laura said [Jazzmine Jackson and Don Jorgensen, “Students Organize Walk-Out to Protest Anti-Transgender Bills,” KELO-TV, updated 2022.03.31].
The Governor’s Office did not immediately liken these protestors to terrorists, but it also didn’t deploy DOT signs to welcome them to the streets or the Governor to come shoot campaign video.
Let us hope the students who walked out of class yesterday to defend human rights will next walk to the courthouse to register to vote, walk to doors to canvass, and walk to the polls in June and November to support candidates who support human rights.