Transgender Policy Approved in East Aurora Schools
Schools in East Aurora, Illinois, will implement a policy that supports transgender and gender nonconforming students after the school board voted unanimously in favor of it Monday. The policy states that transgender and gender nonconforming students have the right to be addressed by the name and gender pronoun with which they identify. According to the policy, a court-ordered name or gender change is not required. Students also have the right to use the restroom and locker room that corresponds to their gender identity.
This decision comes soon after a Catholic school in Indianapolis, Indiana, publicly stated that it would not recognize a transgender student's preferred gender, saying that it conflicted with their Catholic beliefs. Students protested the decision in support of the transgender student.
The school board of Toronto, Canada, introduced a policy similar to that of East Aurora last week. Their proposal extends the policies to staff as well as students, and includes guidelines for students' privacy.
Media Resources: Beacon News 10-16-12; WishTV 10-12-12; Toronoto Star 10-4-12