NEW HOPE, PA — The New Hope-Solebury School District voted to protect transgender students in a 6-1 vote at a school board meeting on March 23rd, reports Jeremy Rodriguez for Philadelphia Gay News.
Policy 255, entitled “Gender Expansive and Transgender Students,” provides a wide variety of guidelines, including pronoun usage, privacy and confidentiality for transgender students, school records, facility access, school trips, dress codes, school activities, and education for teachers and administrators.
The policy also provided definitions for gender identity, gender expansive, gender expression, transgender, gender nonconforming and gender assigned at birth.
School Board President Neale Dougherty pointed out this policy has been in the works prior to President Trump taking away protections for transgender students.
“We as a district wanted to establish that and we wanted to establish those protections at the local level, and that’s why we wanted to adopt it as point of policy,” Dougherty told PGN.
“The more commonplace [these policies] become, the more commonplace transgender and gender-nonconforming people become [recognized] in society,” Ted Martin, Executive director of Equality Pennsylvania said.
“Once people are treated fairly and equally, it becomes part of the routine that people will have better experiences. Laws also change culture and, I think in this instance, laws will hopefully change culture in a better way too.”
Read the full story about New Hope-Solesbury school district’s new trans-inclusive policy at Philadelphia Gay News.
Originally published 4/2/17