Lila Perry, a senior at Hillsboro High School in Jefferson County, Missouri, is a transgender girl who wants to use the locker room she feels comfortable in -- the girls' locker room. As a result, on Monday (August 31), more than 150 students walked out of the high school to protest her right to the restroom, KMOV reported.
According to the news outlet, "the walkout lasted for about two hours." The report added that "Out of concern for [her] own safety, [Lila has] dropped out of gym class."
"There’s a lot of ignorance, they are claiming that they’re uncomfortable," Lila said. "I don’t believe for a second that they are. I think this is pure and simple bigotry."KMOV.com
About 30 to 40 students came together and formed a counter-protest in support of Lila. "I love that I had so many people out there that went to counteract the people that walked out," she said.
The school has offered Lila the option of using a gender-neutral bathroom, but she has declined, adding that she still plans to use the girls' restroom. "I wasn’t hurting anyone and I didn’t want to feel segregated out. I didn’t want to be in the gender-neutral bathroom. I am girl, I shouldn’t be pushed off to another bathroom," she said.