John M. Becker

School Districts Making Strides in Trans Inclusion

Filed By John M. Becker | March 12, 2014 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: bathrooms, locker rooms, New York, school accommodations, Shorewood, trans inclusion, trans students, transgender students

classroom.jpgAs the push for trans equality gains visibility and momentum, school districts across the country are increasingly stepping up and enacting policies that protect trans students.

For example, the New York City Department of Education has just introduced new guidelines to help ensure schools respect and protect trans students.

The new guidelines recommend that faculty and staff address students "by the name and pronoun corresponding to their gender identity that is consistently asserted at school, and further states that trans students have the right to dress, play sports, participate in gender-segregated activities like overnight field trips, and use restrooms and locker rooms in accordance with their consistently-asserted gender identity.

But it isn't just big cities like New York. Last week, the school district in the suburban community of Shorewood, Wisconsin became the first district in Milwaukee County to create a more trans-inclusive learning environment. CBS 58 reports on the new policy:

According to the district, a student's parent must write a letter saying their child identifies as transgender. The district's new policy will allow transgender students to use a unisex bathroom or the bathroom of their self-identified gender. We're told all four of the district's public schools have unisex bathrooms.

The district will also allow students to use locker rooms of the gender they identify with. Students who identify as transgender can also use the gender-neutral coaches locker room.

Kudos to the school districts of New York, New York and Shorewood, Wisconsin for taking these important steps to help create a safe, friendly learning environment for all students, regardless of gender identity. Here's hoping more school districts across the country follow suit.

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