New York City Department of Education (USA)

The New York City Department of Education has adopted guidelines “to help schools ensure a safe learning environment free of discrimination and harassment, and to promote the educational and social integration of transgender students.”  The guidelines provide that students should be addressed by school staff by the name and pronoun corresponding to their gender identity that is consistently asserted at school.  Additionally, transgender students are to be provided the same opportunities to participate in physical education as are all other students.  Generally, students should be permitted to participate in physical education and sports in accordance with the student’s gender identity that is consistently asserted at school.

With regard to locker rooms and bathrooms, “(t)he use of restrooms and locker rooms by transgender students requires schools to consider numerous factors, including, but not limited to: the transgender student’s preference; protecting student privacy; maximizing social integration of the transgender student; minimizing stigmatization of the student; ensuring equal opportunity to participate; the student’s age; and protecting the safety of the students involved.  A transgender student who expresses a need or desire for increased privacy should be provided with reasonable alternative arrangements.  Reasonable alternative arrangements may include the use of a private area, or a separate changing schedule, or use of a single stall restroom.  Any alternative arrangement should be provided in a way that protects the student’s ability to keep his or her transgender status confidential.  A transgender student should not be required to use a locker room or restroom that conflicts with the student’s gender identity.”

These guidelines have no statement about the rights of girls to be free from male-bodied people in sex-segregated spaces.

Transgender Student Guidelines – Rules & Policies – New York City Department of Education.

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  1. “These guidelines have no statement about the rights of girls to be free from male-bodied people in sex-segregated spaces.”

    (1.) Privacy is as much a human right as one’s “gender identity”.

    (2.) Do people have an actual working definition of “gender identity” other than how a person self-identifies at any particular point in time? People can’t change their biological sex or race, but people can and do change their gender identity. As to children, experts cannot predict with accuracy which children will outgrow “gender dysphoria” and which children won’t.

    http://therealab1266.wordpress.com/experts-cant-predict-which-children-will-outgrow-gender-dysphoria/

    (3.) Transgender and “gender identity” are not the same thing as rare disorders of sexual development. If we rule out disorders of sexual development, how do we go about diagnosing “gender identity”? Isn’t it just psychological diagnosis and/or a cultural identity? We know that most “gender identity” laws require no actual sex reassignment surgery. When one in five girls and women have been sexually assaulted or raped, common sense tells us that many of these girls have some degree of PTSD. How can anyone prove that one psychological diagnosis (gender identity) is more important than another psychological diagnosis (PTSD in girls and women)?

    I don’t care how they identify. Adolescent males and adolescent females shouldn’t be sharing the same restroom or locker room. It’s just a matter of time before an incident occurs. When it does, the school district and state need to be sued.

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