Fourteen-year-old Jolene Grover went to a school board meeting wearing a “Woman is Female” t-shirt to call out her district for prioritizing “boys’ wants over girls’ needs” in its new transgender policies. The eighth-grader joins teachers and parents in fighting Loudoun County, Virginia’s proposed policies that would allow students to use whichever locker room corresponds with their self-described gender identity rather than their biological sex.
During her speech at a school board meeting, Grover argued the new policies are “dangerous and rooted in sexism” and could lead to harassment or assault, exclaiming, “You do this in the name of inclusivity while ignoring the girls who will pay the price.” She further noted the existing harassment and bad behavior by junior high boys, telling the board, “Now, boys are reading erotica in the classroom next to girls, and you want to give them access to girls’ locker rooms.”
“Two years ago, I was told policy 1040 was just an umbrella philosophy and you weren’t going to allow boys into the girls’ locker rooms,” Grover said of the proposed change. “But here you are doing just that.”
“Everyone knows what a boy is — even you,” Grover continued, pushing back against the idea that identity is ever-changing. “When woke kids ask me if I was a lesbian or a trans boy because I cut my hair short, it should tell you these modern identities are superficial.”
Last year, due to potentially harmful policies considered in the school district, Grover’s concerned mother took her out of the Loudoun County public school system and has been homeschooling her. Grover joins many Loudoun County residents standing against the school district’s radical proposed policies in the aftermath of gym teacher Tanner Cross’s suspension and reinstatement for his stated refusal to “lie to students” about whether boys can be girls.