ORLANDO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - APRIL 21: Students and others participate in a 'Walkout 2 Learn' rally to protest Florida education policies outside Orlando City Hall on April 21, 2023 in Orlando, Florida.  Demonstrations were held in four Florida cities and included students walking out of class as a reaction to Republican-led legislation that organizers say censors education, including topics on gender, sexuality and education. and includes instructions regarding breed.  (Photo by Paul Hennessy/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Students and others participate in a “Walkout to Learn” rally to protest Florida education policies outside Orlando City Hall on April 21, 2023 in Orlando, Florida.

Photo: Paul Hennessy/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

in their latest In an absurd and exaggerated effort to end gender nonconformity, Florida Republicans have found a new strategy: nicknames. If a child in Florida’s Orange County Public School System wishes to use a name that differs in any way from their legal name, they must now submit a signed parental permission form.

according to a memo Issued Monday, the new rule, while transparently targeted at trans kids, applies to all students, including cis students who use common surnames.

The new guidelines state, “For example, if a student’s name is Robert but prefers to be called by the nickname Rob, teachers and other personnel must fill out a form authorizing Robert to be nicknamed Rob.”

Far right school boards are willing to go to extreme lengths to oppress young trans people.

If a cis boy with the legal name Robert cannot be called Rob at school without parental permission, neither can a trans girl be called Roberta. Even though Roberta can obtain parental permission to use her chosen name, Florida law ensures that the school is still free to assign her the wrong gender.

“Under the recently adopted House Bill 1069, teachers or other personnel may elect not to use the pronoun ‘he/her’ when referring to Roberta,” the school board memo states. If parents fail to serve Republicans as a disciplinary force against gender inequality, the GOP’s passion for parental rights fizzles out.

is orange county No First public school system introduce A guideline regarding the chosen names of the students. However, overall, the school board is new Rule It contains some of the most extreme and sweeping anti-trans policies of any public institution in the country—the result of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s fundamentally reactionary takeover on education policy. Like most apocalyptic attacks on trans existence in recent years, Orange County’s ordinances are a disgusting mix of restrictive and coercive speech; fixation on Bathroom And reproductive organ, threats of harsh punishment and watchful enforcement; and depth selective invocation parental rights,

As Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern noted On Twitter, these anti-trans rules were introduced during a “severe teacher shortage” because the Orange County public school system “has been unable to retain teachers year after year.” Faced with hundreds of vacancies, the school board nevertheless prioritized new guidelines that would either exclude or remove trans and trans-assistant teachers and staff.

These policies are extremely frustrating for the school board intrusion by the far right extremist group Orange County and other districts in Florida also had Moms for Liberty Last year, However, when it comes to names and pronouns, the new rules go particularly far: According to Monday’s memo, teachers — adult workers — must use the pronouns and titles that correspond to their assigned gender at birth. be consistent guidance brings school board policy in line with a low Florida lawwhich was passed in May.

This detail bears repeating, because it clarifies Republicans’ selective approach to free speech: teachers are not required to use the chosen pronouns of their trans students, but trans teachers should steer clear of using those pronouns. forms that align with their gender. This policy appears to be in direct violation of the First Amendment as well as the Supreme Court bostock Judgment that protects LGBTQ+ activists from discrimination.

The fact that the rules for student-chosen names apply to both cis and trans children may at first glance appear to be merely a cynical ploy to avoid legal challenges, as anti-trans laws continue to apply. have been happening blocked in federal courts in recent months. No one really believes that a teacher would face disciplinary consequences for calling out a cis boy Rob without his parent’s form. Any such rules would be selectively enforced to attack gender non-conformity.

The sweeping name change rule is undoubtedly a legal fig leaf, but it nevertheless suggests that gender conformity requires far more extensive authoritarian enforcement than the policing of trans and gay communities and individuals.

An education policy committed to eliminating abolitionism should also emphasize that all children are placed in disciplined conditions.

This is not to take away the suffering caused to trans students through such rules. Enforcing the use of dead names of trans children is a violence; Mandating the use of legal names for cis children doesn’t come close, but it is a significant denial of autonomy.

The emphasis on gender conformity required extensive social control; Committed to ending abolitionism, an education policy must also emphasize that all children are placed in disciplined conditions. This is a feature of the far-right agenda, not a bug.

Thankfully, hundreds of thousands of students have protested and continue to protest at school board meetings, staging walkout against anti-trans laws and policies, Involved in Orange County. They will not be easily controlled – they will use each other’s names.

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