LINCOLN CITY, ORE. (TND) — A public library in Oregon plans to hold a “donation kickoff” Thursday to launch a local high school’s “gender affirming closet,” which will offer “clothes, makeup, and accessories” to transgender students.
The Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City, Oregon, set up a “wishlist” for those who can’t attend Thursday’s donation drive, including “different items that [the library] will need” to launch the new closet.
Located on the wish list were chest-binders and “trans tape” for hiding your breasts, fake eyelashes, makeup, underwear and other clothing.
“Many students that are transgender and/or nonbinary are not supported by their parents nor can showcase it with their daily clothing choices,” reads the Driftwood Public Library’s website. “These students will be able to go into the closet and take anything that they may need to identify however they are comfortable within their clothing. It will also have makeup brochures and different resources that they can reach out to.”
The library’s website also advertises a guest speaker, free face painting, a photo booth with props, an auction, snacks, a scavenger hunt with prizes and free pride flags and stickers for attendees of Thursday’s launch event.
A public library in Fayetteville, Arkansas, was called out last week for its own plans to host a “Transition Closet” for middle and high school-aged students at a “Back To School Festival” planned for this weekend.
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During the festival’s “Community Resource Fair,” middle and high school students will be able to select “clothing from The Transition Closet.” Later in the night, during a “Back To School Dance Party,” students can listen to music and watch drag performances.
A high school in Oakland, California reportedly launched a transition closet as well earlier this year.
“Schools that have a ‘transition closet’ are actively participating in the social transition of a child without their parent's knowledge or consent,” tweeted Colin Wright, an evolutionary biologist and contributing editor at Quillette. “This is a medical intervention that often leads to more invasive treatments like puberty blockers, hormones, and surgeries.”
The National Desk (TND) reached out to both Driftwood Public Library, and Taft High School in Lincoln City where the “gender affirming closet” will ultimately settle, but did not hear back prior to publication.