Some stories aren't being told.
Some months ago I was contacted in my office by a woman I'll call Lucy. She was distraught and didn't know where else to go. For months, the public school where she worked had been installing draconian rules to ensure that the children in her care be allowed, if they wished, to pursue a change of gender. Though she opposed the new practices, she felt powerless to speak up against them publicly without losing her job.
After some research it became clear to me that a considerable number of teachers and parents are finding themselves in Lucy's position, and more will soon. This essay, which presents firsthand accounts from Lucy and others like her, is an effort to make their voices heard.