In recent weeks, Minnesotans have come to learn the story of Kelsey Waits, chair of the Hastings School Board. During the 2021 election, a political opponent of Waits outed her transgender child, Kit, on Facebook. As news of this appalling story spread, members of the community have come together to defend trans children and show their support for the Waits family.
In response, Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove) issued the following statement:
“What happened to the Waits family is unacceptable, disappointing, and hurtful. It has exposed a dark side of our community that we must shine a bright light on to ensure that this never happens again to any child. As a community, we owe it to Kit, the Waits Family, and our state to do better. We need to continue to speak out on injustice and work together to implement change so that everyone feels welcome in every community. To our transgender, non-binary, and LGBTQ+ children: we see you, we hear you, we love you, and we support you.
“Kelsey and her family are simply amazing. I am so proud to call them friends. She will not back down from bringing the necessary changes to support trans kids, and as a community, we come together today to support them and join them in the fight for inclusion. Thank you Kelsey and family for your leadership, advocacy, and friendship.”