For those not in the know Braly is a 38 year old self identified pre-op transsexual attending the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. She lives as a woman and was originally supported by the University in the use of the female restrooms which is the RIGHT thing for the University to do. A student complained and the University rescinded her use of female restrooms and Jennifer did the right thing. She simply filed a complaint with the DOJ about bathroom issues and bathroom issues alone.
Miss Braly has an SRS fund page where she explains her situation quite clearly and self describes as pre-op transsexual and I believe her. This case was always about the use of female bathrooms by Jennifer and nothing else. She never asked to use female changing areas and other female facilities. That red herring was thrown up by Kevin McCullough and his particularly anti Obama blog where he equates the DOJ telling the University of Arkansas Fort Smith that Jennifer should be able to use a female restroom with the DOJ and Obama using bully tactics.
From what I can tell the DOJ made a rational individual case decision that this pre-op transsexual should be allowed to use the female restrooms since there are not enough unisex bathrooms on campus. Jennifer also wanted to find a female roommate and get into a dorm and went through the University and was denied even the right to ask another girl if she would mind being her roommate. This was not part of the DOJ decision but I find it troubling they would not try and help a pre-op transsexual.
When I went to college 50 years ago my University knew everything about me and was a large Land Grant State University and they put me in the female area of a scholarship dorm that was essentially coed and assigned a student as my friend or protector but stuck me in a private room which had its own shower. My understanding is this University has similar rooms with private showers. It was a godsend for me because even though I was not allowed to completely transition I was a girl to all my friends and that socialization with other girls was a key to survival.
Jennifer appears to be an attractive 38 year old woman which means she passes, her words, and she has tried to follow the rules and do this the right way. The University has been rather vindictive. She had given several lectures on what it means to have this crap whether you call it gender identity, gender dysphoria or transsexualism and who but one of us truly understands the nightmare of this existence. She has been denied the right to lecture in classes when asked by professors which is just not right and particularly not right if it helped her financially which I am unsure of.
Jennifer wants her surgery by Dr. McGinn in the Philly area so she is serious about SRS and IMHO this is a case where the University should use some common sense and help her and not hurt her. Jennifer is trying to do this the right way but we all know what will happen. the TG Borg are going to latch onto her and drag her into their malevolent world and try and make this a "transgender" issue when in reality it is an issue only those of us born transsexual can understand. When you want to be accepted by your fellow women you ask for help and it is usually given when transsexual.
The problem with The University of Arkansas Fort Smith is it is Arkansas. The irony is if she had her SRS this would not be an issue according to Miss Braly. I am certain if she had been allowed to talk with female students she would have been able to find one to room with but the University rebuffed any sensible methods of dealing with this.
I kind of understand the University position but my University found a way around the issues with me 50+ years ago and I believe common sense should rule here and not some legal precedent that forces females to accept those that have zero inclination towards SRS in our midst. They have a Nursing school so maybe a Nursing Student would understand. My "protector" Karen was Pre-med and eventually a Medical School student so that is a possibility since they do not have a Medical School.
The real irony here is Ms Braly is a quite religious and Christian plus leads Bible Study for a group of straight and GLBTQ students which is a ministry supporting these kids. She is President of "The Circle of Hope" which runs this ministry I believe.
Sometimes people doing good just seem to have unkind things done in return. I do find it disturbing what they have done to her and this is a rare case where I think the DOJ actually did the right thing and for the right reason. Hopefully this does not get uglier for both Ms Braly and those pre-op transsexuals that follw her to that University.