Rachel Charlene Lewis
Updated September 15, 2016 5:16 am
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Today in absolutely incredible things, one 7th grader spoke out against transphobia at his school, and it’s truly so fantastic, and so important. In the wake of harmful, anti-trans arguments being made by cisgender students, Ari Bowman wanted to make sure his school district being inclusive (and not falling into measures similar to the never-ending “bathroom debate,”) so he decided to take a stand. We’re just like, amazed over here.

Bowman came out as trans over the summer, and, despite his own struggles with bullying, he did something brave: he called out school district officials on their BS.

In the amazing video uploaded to Facebook by Bowman’s mom, Bowman reminds us that trans people are constantly dehumanized for no reason.

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When it comes down to it, he doesn’t think it makes sense for students to be required to use a bathroom that aligns with the gender they were assigned at birth.

Exactly this. This is a major reason why people don’t understand why locker rooms and bathrooms have recently come under fire under the basis of, well, not really anything at all. There’s no major issue with trans kids using the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity, so what’s the deal? We’re just happy to see that, even if the adults are creating nonsense, the kids are doing pretty okay. Bowman said he’s had SO much support from friends and allies, and we’re *so* happy to hear it.

Bowman is AMAZING, and Colton Haynes, who recently won the HRC Visibility Award, wants to make sure Bowman knows the power behind his words.