Female Volleyball Players Banned From Locker Room After Raising Concerns About Trans Teammate

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Several high school volleyball players have been banned from the team locker room after voicing concerns about sharing the facility with a trans teammate according to a local report.

One of the young women, Blake Allen, told WCAX-TV that she and a number of other girls raised their concerns after the unnamed trans player made an “inappropriate comment” while the team members were changing their clothes in the locker room.

Allen says that she is not the only student who has questioned the male player changing in the same facility as the girls on the team and that parents have also contacted school officials to express their objection to the arrangement as well.

“There are biological boys that go into the girl’s bathroom, but never a locker room,” she said.

Now, she says, team members who do not want to share the facility with the trans student have been forced to change elsewhere, The Epoch Times says of the original report, which appears to have been taken off WCAX’s website.

School officials cite Vermont state law, which requires that transgender students be allowed to use facilities that correspond with their gender identity.

Parents were told in response to questions about the shared space that there is “plenty of space where students who feel uncomfortable with the laws may change in privacy.”

Yet Allen says this arrangement is highly dysfunctional for the girls who object.

“They want all the girls who feel uncomfortable—so pretty much 10 girls—to get changed in a single-stall bathroom, which would take over 30 minutes. Where if one person got changed separately, it would take a minute, like no extra time,” she explained.

Allen says she feels as though she is being wrongly accused simply for desiring a sex-specific space in which to change.

“I feel like for stating my opinion—that I don’t want a biological man changing with me—that I should not have harassment charges or bullying charges. They should all be dropped,” she explained.

Vermont law states that “use of restrooms and locker rooms by transgender students requires schools to consider numerous factors,” but that a “transgender student should not be required to use a locker room or restroom that conflicts with the student’s gender identity.”

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