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Cobb County. Again.

Cobb teen told he can't dress like a female at school

Of course, I support Escobar. However, thinking practically, it seems like the teen might at least have been mentally prepared for this unpleasantness had he or his sister been aware of Cobb County's infamous record on this sort of thing. It probably wouldn't have hurt to have chatted with a lawyer just in case of a fight.

Let's just take a little look at history. Remember that ...
  • This is the county that chose to stick with an anti-gay resolution they had enacted, rather than rescind it and host the Olympic volleyball competition as originally planned (they moved it to the University of Georgia). Here's a handy excerpt from the "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" chapter of C. Richard Yarbrough's book, And They Call Them Games, courtesy of Google Books. Start with the second paragraph on page 96, and read through the end of page 105.

    Here's a New York Times article on the matter.

  • This is the county that wanted to discredit evolution by placing a sticker on all biology textbooks.

  • This is the state in which approximately 77% of the population voted against gay marriage in 2004.
    (With 97% of precincts reporting, 77% of Georgia voted yes on Amendment 1.)

I'm just saying that while I applaud the determination he displayed in leaving Florida, he didn't exactly improve his situation much. From one frying pan to another, so to speak.

However, I'm pleased to see the outpouring of support for him on Facebook that the article mentions.


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Oct. 7th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's a tough one. I think that in all situations, you have to be aware of where you are and what you are doing, and that doesn't just apply to GLBT issues. (Read here for a great example of how the British show Top Gear made a serious error in the Deep South.) If you are a brand new student (and noobs always get picked on anyway) and then you go into a highly conservative, anti-gay school and dress like a woman, and then expect that everyone will bend over backwards to accommodate you... well, it's ingenuous at best.

Edited at 2009-10-07 08:14 pm (UTC)
Oct. 7th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
Exactly. I don't walk dark alleys at night. While, in an ideal world, we should all be free to walk public streets in safety at any time, we do not live in an ideal world. I am in no way comparing this to a "she was asking for it" situation. Escobar should be free to dress however he likes, as long as it isn't hurting anyone. The school and police should be defending him.

However, there's such a thing as using common sense in the reality of a situation. There's such a thing as choosing your battles. And maybe I am getting old, but I am at least willing to entertain the idea that perhaps the assistant principal is not a fascist on a power trip trying to curb a rebellious teen, but is instead genuinely interested in protecting the lad, a student in his care, from getting beaten up or worse. Perhaps the AP was trying to choose the lesser of the two evils in giving Escobar this advice.

I'm not saying it's right -- it isn't. It shouldn't be that way. But the reality of where he is ... well ... a little caution wouldn't go amiss. I wouldn't go into Afghanistan without expecting to observe the dress codes that are customary for women there. It's not about agreement: it's about what's in my best interest in terms of safety in a hostile area.
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