Gender Dysphoria, which is a serious medical condition characterized by clinically significant distress caused by an incongruence between a person’s gender identity and the person’s assigned sex at birth. A critical part of the treatment of gender dysphoria is a “social transition” in which the student lives in accordance with their gender identity in all aspects of his life.
Students must be treated as the gender they identify with by all teachers and staff. This is true regardless of the pressures that intolerant parents may put on the district.
- Which bathroom will the student use? – Students shouldn’t be forced to use separate private restrooms. The distinction stigmatizes students and marks them as different from the other students. Using separate bathrooms isolates students from their peers; and exposes them to serious psychological harm.
- Bullying, harassment and intimidation – unfortunately, transgender students are often the target of bullying. Schools should have sensitivity and awareness training to ensure a safe learning environment.
- Schools not referring to students by their preferred name and with the appropriate pronouns – Again, it is critical that the student lives in accordance with their gender identity in all aspects of his life.
What can you do?
- Demand to see your schools transgender policies. Schools should have thorough policies in place to ensure that all staff act in accordance with the relevant laws and best practices.
- If you feel as though your child’s rights have been violated, call an attorney from Montgomery Law today. We are experienced in dealing with LGBT issues and are proud advocates for ALL children!