« Boston Red Sox join Giants and Cubs, announce 'It Gets Better' video against anti-gay bullying | Main | Gay South Florida reader, age 70, says she's the 'very proud mother' of a transgender daughter »

New Broward policy offers protection to transgender students

For transgender students, there’s a constant fear of being mocked or harassed. A Broward School Board policy is the first step to helping them feel more comfortable.

BY CARLI TEPROFF, cteproff@miamiherald.com

For 17-year-old Taylor, a typical school day presents unique challenges: Does he use the boy’s bathroom, or the girl’s? What can he do to keep his teacher from calling him “she?’’ When is the right time to tell classmates his secret?

Taylor, a sophomore at a Broward County high school, is a member of a group of transgender youth who say they were born into the body of one gender, but think, feel, and identify with another.

People just don’t understand it,’’ said Taylor who was born a female, but identifies as a male.

For Taylor and others like him, every day can be a struggle.

He can’t take physical education because that means undressing in front of the other kids. He’s been embarrassed by one teacher who repeatedly calls him “she.’’ He wonders how his classmates would react if his secret got out.

Taylor’s last name and school have been withheld, as have those of other transgender students interviewed for this article, because they fear being bullied or harassed.

Understanding the difficulties and threats these students go through, the Broward School Board recently changed its non-discrimination policy to acknowledge transgender students.

Any employee who discriminates against someone for any reason — race, ethnicity, gender, and now gender expression — may receive a punishment, ranging from a warning to being fired.

For example, an educator who embarrasses a student could face a reprimand.

In reality, the policy is still words on paper. There are no bathrooms being installed for transgender students; there’s no policy on whether a transgender student can try out for a sports team for the opposite sex; no set policy on which school uniform to wear.

Click here to read the complete article.

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451b26169e2015432c8f27d970c

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference New Broward policy offers protection to transgender students:

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment