How schools must handle diverse gender identities

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In 2017 Nevada legislators passed a bill requiring schools in the state to establish policies for “addressing the rights and needs of persons with diverse gender identities or expressions.”

A month ago the state Department of Education published a draft spelling out changes to the Nevada Administrative Code to comply with the law. As written, the policy requires all school personnel and students to not only accommodate but support those born with one gender but who “identify” as the opposite gender.

“Each school or school district shall address the rights and needs of persons with diverse gender identities or expressions on an individualized basis to foster the safe and healthy development of the gender identity and expression of each pupil,” the policy states.

It also requires schools to create measures that “ensure that each person governed by the policy, including, without limitation, each employee, volunteer and pupil, does not use names and pronouns other than the names and pronouns identified by the parent or guardian of a pupil, as recorded through the registration and enrollment process of the school or school district, in reference to or in any verbal or written communication with the pupil …” Even students are required to toe the politically correct line.

It also requires all school board members and all school employees to under go “annual training concerning the requirements and needs of persons with diverse gender identities or expressions.”

Though the changes in the law are often described as an effort to counter school bullying, the requirement that schools “prevent discrimination, harassment, bullying and cyber-bullying based on the gender identity or expression of a person” takes up two lines out of the 57-line policy.

Of course, the aspect that will be of a greatest concern to parents and students is the use of facilities such as restrooms, locker rooms and showers that have long been customarily segregated by biological gender. In that regard the policy does not allow schools to “discriminate or segregate according to gender identity or expression …” referring specifically to physical education, assemblies, dances, ceremonies and other school activities.

The policy also states that sports participation should be “in accordance with the regulations and policies of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association …”

Four years ago the NIAA published a little-noticed “position paper” on gender identity participation.

“A transgender student athlete at the high school level shall be allowed to participate in a NIAA sanctioned sport in accordance with his or her gender identity irrespective of the gender listed on the student’s birth certificate or other student records, and regardless of whether the student has undergone any medical treatment,” the paper declares. “This policy shall not prevent a transgender student athlete from electing to participate in a sanctioned sport according to his or her assigned birth gender.”

The paper is silent as to the use of the aforementioned facilities.

The new administrative code appears to leaves little room for school districts to establish any other accommodations for the gender diverse.

Though it sweepingly demands that schools create methods “to ensure the protection of the privacy of each person governed by the policy …” it is silent on how to protect the privacy of those who identify with the gender with which they were born. How much will it cost to build private restrooms, locker rooms and showers for everybody?

All females are born with a pair of XX chromosomes and all males with an XY pair. No amount of wardrobe changes, makeup, hairstyling or surgical mutilation will alter that. Nor will laws and policies designed to accommodate the delusion.

We thought you ought to know what is coming to a school house near you. — TM

Comments

  1. Janice Laliberte says:

    I have long thought when reading your so called editorials that you have a narrow line of vision. That was confirmed with this article. Not everyone is comfortable in their own skin. Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t negate it’s reality.. But your preference appears to be the old throw back on don’t know don’t tell. You obviously have no one in your life that struggles with identity. Or you do and there is no way they plan to discuss it with you. That is your loss. Developing the ability to understand those who are different than us is a gift. And don’t get me started on wear someone’s should pee. It’s a function of all life. Go, flush, wash your hands. That’s all we need to do.
    Your Wild West persona has worn thin with me. Maybe spend a bit of time thinking of an editorial outside your comfort zone. It would be a welcome change.

    • Carole L. Rawlings says:

      Just read the Bible it tells everyone what is right or wrong West has nothing to do with it. If you want to dance with the Devil go Right ahead Majority Rules Sorry.

    • Samuel Panico says:

      Well written Janice, I couldn’t agree with you more.

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