Manteca is a city of 67,000, and sits in California’s great central valley, 20 miles south of Stockton, and 75 miles east of San Francisco. The Manteca Bulletin on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, ran a story highlighting the story of Ashton Lee, a high school junior. Ashton’s story is one of coming out to his family a year ago, and his efforts to effect change at Manteca High School and in California law.
From the Manteca Bulletin:
Ashton Lee is a transgender boy, one of a “handful” in the Manteca Unified School District, said Superintendent Jason Messer. Born Kimberly Marie Lee, Ashton revealed his gender identity to his parents last year and would go on to garner national headlines for his role in the transgender equality law AB1266, the School Success and Opportunity Act.
The oustpoken teen has emerged from the shadows of fear and confusion a champion of civil rights, embraced by the love and support of his parents.
“He’s taking a stand for what he believes in,” Don Lee said. “We’ve always been like that. We tend to stand up for those who don’t have a voice. Ashton is standing up and we support him 100 percent.
“I hope over time they see that everyone has a right to be happy. To be successful. Ashton took a big, bold step in school, saying this is who I am and this is what I believe.”
Read the Manteca Bulletin article here.