Fairness Fort Worth is asking for as many people as possible to turn out for the Tuesday night, May 10 meeting for the Fort Worth Independent School District board meeting to show support for new guidelines on transgender issues recently signed by Superintendent Kent Scribner.
Those attending in support of the guidelines are asked to wear red shirts.
FFW President David Mack Henderson, who praised the guidelines as “excellent template for other schools seeking a reasonable solution to this issue,” warned that Scribner and the new guidelines are “under attack by the most virulent of conservatives.” He said it is rumored that right-wing commentator and radio host Glenn Beck will be attending the meeting, bringing with him a host of Tea Party activists to speak against the guidelines.
From the FFW Facebook page:
“Some trustees and citizens said they’d like to hear open discussion. We’ve planned a response that does just that — by educating. This is not a protest, but a “Thank You” that we’re eager to deliver.
“We understand there will be speakers from various stakeholder perspectives, but we MUST FILL THE ROOM with as many of our supporters as possible. Those out to harm us plan to be there and we need to show our community’s strength and not take their bait.
There are indicators this will be a significant press event. (Glenn Beck is coming?)
“Our show of support is vital to keep and implement the guidelines and, by extension, move the needle in other school districts. Part of the backlash plan after our Marriage Equality decision last summer is to target our most vulnerable people, trans children. They want to turn back our clock. NOT IN MY CITY! We must respond as a solid LGBTQA community block.
“These are our children too. Please invite your ally friends especially! SEE YOU TUESDAY! (Parking will be tight; get there early.)”