Aidan DeStefano knows what it feels like to have your dignity threatened by opponents of LGBTQ equality. The notoriously anti-LGBTQ group Alliance Defending Freedom at one point filed a suit against his high school, Boyertown Area High School, challenging their transgender-inclusive school policy. Multiple courts ruled against the group and Boyertown’s policy remains in place, but this could be challenged in the Supreme Court. Aidan considers himself lucky to also have the support of his mother Melissa, who strongly believes it is wrong to discriminate against others simply for being who they are, and the ACLU, who represented his school in court.
“I was so shocked and angry when I found out that other students were suing the school to stop the policy of allowing kids like me from using a bathroom that matches our gender identity,” Aidan wrote. “I’m lucky to have a supportive family and friends, but most transgender kids I know don’t. What happens at school can make or break their world. And being allowed to use the bathrooms we choose is a way to show support and make us feel recognized for who we are. … Being able to be my true self is more important than I can describe.”