The group of students called themselves “Created by the Anti-Gay Association (AQA)” (Twitter and Envato)
A questionnaire was released to high school students in Illinois asking if “gays” should use the bathroom alongside “normal people”.
The survey was distributed at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School in Anna, Illinois, on Wednesday (October 20).
The survey was created by the “Anti-Gay Association (AQA)” and stated: “This document is represented by students of AJCHS. This is about all QUEER children in this school. This is a vote for all students at AJCHS, this is not public, and you do not have to put Your name on it or something like that all we need is a yes or no verification.
“This is an anonymous vote. Vote wisely!!!”
Respondents are then asked to give their school grades, marking either: “Yes, I want queers to go to the bathroom” or, “No, I don’t want gay kids to go to the bathroom with regular people.”
according to nbc news, Rob Wright, the school’s principal, said only a few copies were distributed before the school caught anti-LGBT+ reconnaissance winds.
Wright said disciplinary action was taken against a “very limited” number of students involved.
He added, “I can’t really give any specific information about any individual student or what those measures have been taken, but I can tell you that this type of harassment is taken very seriously by the district.
“We will not tolerate that under any circumstances.”
Tweet embed As a graduate of Anna Jonesboro High School who also happens to be married to someone of the same sex, I am appalled that there was no coverage only of the homophobic presentation that was shown at last night’s board meeting above the bathrooms but today there is no coverage on this pic.twitter.com/IkhGrBBAbQ
– Jason Oglesby (@JasonOglesby3) October 20 2021
Illinois high school anti-LGBT+ survey followed anti-transgender comments from parents
according to Southern Illinois, just two days before the questionnaire was delivered, on October 18, the school board met to discuss trans students’ use of gender-appropriate school bathrooms after several parents posted disapproving content on social media regarding the issue.
The school board confirmed that in line with a US Department of Justice ruling that Act IX requires schools to allow trans students to use correct bathrooms, and the 2019 Illinois Fair Breaks Act, trans children will be allowed to use bathrooms in the same way as any other student.
The decision caused outrage among anti-trans parents, with one mother even posting on Facebook that she was “about to take the kids out of school.”
Tara Bell, a social work facilitator for Southern Illinois, told the publication that parents were spreading the myth that transgender children made school bathrooms “unsafe” for other students.
She said: “In fact, there have been no documented cases of transgender violence, assault or bullying in restrooms, either in schools or in other public places.
“This concept is a myth. But imagine what a student goes through on a daily basis; being forced into a restroom or locker room based on their assigned gender at birth rather than the gender of their true selves creates a downward spiral of problems.
“A student will avoid eating or drinking all day, which makes participation and focus difficult. Overall grades can start to slip. Students will exit physical education classes, and they will face penalties for not participating.”
The local LGBT+ Rainbow Café has taken to social media to reach LGBT students who may have been affected by the hateful survey.
Shared on Facebook: “The Board of Directors of Rainbow Cafe understands and monitors anti-transgender and anti-queer sentiment at Anna-Jonesboro High School.
“We are working with statewide agencies to determine the best course of action to make the greatest impact on LGBT youth at that high school.
“To any young man who might read this: Please know that you are loved, that you belong, and we are here to support you.”