“It would make me feel embarrassed, scared, nervous."
This is how 10-year-old Trevor Shane Baize says using the girls' bathroom makes him feel. Biologically, Trevor was born female, named Felicity. By the time he was 9, however, Trevor started identifying as a boy.
"I'm just afraid what will happen," said Trevor when asked about the possibility of changes to federal guidelines that would force transgender students to use the bathroom matching their biological sex. When it comes to using the girls' bathroom, he says, “I wouldn't want anyone seeing me this way.”
A U.S. District Judge issued an injunction late Sunday night in the case of the Texas vs. U.S.A on behalf of the Harrold Independent School District. That injunction blocks transgendered students from accessing restrooms and locker rooms of the gender with which they identify until the court can make an official decision.
Melissa Baize, Trevor's mother, says the challenges her son faces as a transgender boy are hard enough.
“He's not just a piece of paper that you can sign off on and say, 'who cares?' He's more than that," Melissa said.
Trevor starts fifth grade at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts in Fort Worth Monday. Earlier this year, Fort Worth ISD approved its own policy to accommodate transgender students.
Trevor didn't know what bathroom he would use this school year, but describes what his experience has been after transitioning while attending school in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD.
"I was angry that I didn't get to use the boys' bathroom," explained Trevor. "But I was happy that they let me use the teachers' bathroom instead -- instead of making me use the girls' bathroom."
However, Leslie McMurray, spokesperson for the National Center for Transgender Equality, argues that using a separate bathroom does not go far enough to safeguard transgender rights.
"Even making a kid use the nurse's office is singling that kid out and treating them differently."
Elected officials like Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick have been firing back ever since, alleging such a policy is going to disrupt the education system.
"They're declaring war on children, and they should be ashamed for that," McMurray said.
The Obama administration issued guidelines under Title IX this past May so students could use the bathroom with which they identify. Not long after, Texas led a charge of 10 other states currently challenging those guidelines in federal court.
Trevor says he just hopes to be able to use the boys' bathroom this year.
"It makes me feel free for being who I am."