Anyone who has advocated on behalf of a transgender child knows you can come up against some real resistance at almost every turn.
I know trying to decide which school was best suited for my son often came down to simple things - oh no, not curriculum or teacher student ratio like you might expect - nope, things like would they let him use the boys bathroom and where would he change for PE?
Every time the discussion turned into a battle and I knew it wasn't going to work. For some reason people have irrational fears of transgender children in bathrooms. I have no idea what they think our kids will do.
Needless to say, I've been watching this fight in the Arcadia school district for some time. And I am thrilled with the outcome. Finally, there's a resolution to the bathroom issue. Transgender children can use the bathroom they want to use! So simple yet so incredibly meaningful.
Here's the press release:
San Francisco, CA, July 24, 2013—Today, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights and U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division announced a resolution to a complaint filed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) on behalf of a transgender student in California’s Arcadia Unified School District.
The resolution requires the school district to treat the student as male in all respects and keep his transgender status private. Furthermore, the school district agreed to revise its policies to ensure that all students who do not conform to sex stereotypes, including transgender students, have equal access and opportunity to participate in all of the district’s activities and programs.
Those policy changes will be complemented by district-wide training for personnel and students. The implementation of this agreement will be overseen by a qualified expert agreed upon by the district and federal government. read more