Loudoun County School Board Expands Transgender Rights to Sports, Pronouns and Toilets
The Loudoun County School Board on Wednesday agreed to expand the rights of transgender students, allowing them to participate in sports and use facilities based on gender identity, and requiring staff to address them through their pronouns. favorite.
The Northern Virginia board of directors approved the 7-2 transgender and gender student rights policy after a moving public commentary on Tuesday that lasted more than four hours.
The board said the policy was needed to align with state law passed last year following a federal court ruling in Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board, which found that banning a transgender student from using the toilet because of their gender identity violated Title IX and equal protection. Clause.
“The number one priority of LCPS is to foster the success of all students and to ensure that they feel safe, secure, accepted and ready to learn in school,” the board said in a statement. press release Wednesday. “The school division will continue to demonstrate due diligence in creating this environment and remaining open and transparent with all LCPS partners, community members and stakeholders. “
Loudoun County public schools have landed at the center of cultural wars this year as parents argue and board members over hot issues including critical race theory, systemic racism and human rights. transgender.
Under the transgender Politics, Loudoun school staff must enable “transgender and transgender students” to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities compatible with their gender identity.
Students can choose their names and pronouns, and staff members are required to use them at the request of students or parents / guardians.
“The use of gender neutral pronouns is appropriate. Unintentional slips in the use of nouns or pronouns may occur; However, staff or students who intentionally and persistently refuse to respect a student’s gender identity by using the wrong name and gender pronoun are in violation of this policy, ”the draft policy said.
Students are also allowed to use the toilets and changing rooms in accordance with their gender identity.
BREAKING: The Loudoun County School Board passed a measure that expands the rights of transgender students in county schools. https://t.co/65lf8ZMDHj
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The debate was rich in drama. In Tuesday’s hearing, a teacher identified as Laura Morris accused the board of pushing “highly politicized programs” and resigned on the spot.
“I am leaving your policies, I am leaving your formations,” she declared. “And I have stopped being a cog in a machine that tells me to push highly politicized agendas on our most vulnerable constituents, children.”
Virginia State Senator Jennifer Boysko, a Democrat who sponsored state legislation, said after the vote the district had little choice in the matter.
“It’s a state mandate”, Ms. Boysko Recount ABC7. “The State Commissioner Mr. [James] Lane said if schools consider not implementing it, they must be held accountable. “
The Supreme Court decreases in June to respond to the Gloucester board’s appeal in the Grimm case, which upheld the U.S. District Court ruling.