At the core of our Unitarian Universalist faith is a profound affirmation and celebration of the worth and dignity of all people.
The Clovis Unified School District dress code makes no accommodation for gender expression.
A transgender youth is forced to dress in a manner that is misaligned with their true identity. This is wrong. This is abusive. This creates irreparable harm.
The suicide attempt rate among transgender youth is frighteningly high. No transgender child should be driven to end their lives because they are not being permitted to live out their true identity. This places the value of hair length, pierced or unpierced ears, dresses and pants above the life of a child.
Our Unitarian Universalist faith teaches that all people on earth have an equal claim to life, liberty, and justice – and that no idea, ideal or philosophy is superior to a single human life.
The role of a school should be to educate and protect all our children. Clovis Unified is not doing this, and we believe this is immoral.
Our children deserve better. Clovis deserves better.
Rev. Tim Kutzmark and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno board of trustees