(DAILYMAIL) — A 12-year-old transgender boy from Pennsylvania made a powerful speech to his school board, urging them to keep upholding the rights of trans students.
Ari Bowman was given a standing ovation after sharing his story at East Penn School in an effort to combat transphobia after a classmate complained about another transgender girl changing in the same locker room.
The seventh grader, along with his mother Alisa, spoke earlier this month amid an ongoing debate about transgender students' use of bathrooms and locker rooms.
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'As my Mom likes to say, "People are afraid of things that they do not understand,"' Ari said during his September 12 speech recorded on video by his mother.
'I hope you understand what being transgender means. It doesn’t make me any less or any more. It makes me me and no one can change that.'