New Enforcement of Transgender Student’s Civil Rights in California!



On Tuesday, October 14, 2014 California Downey Unified school district entered into an agreement with U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights after a student filed a complaint against the school district.

Although the student suffered to verbal harassment by both peers and staff at school for wearing make-up, was discouraged for speaking about her gender identity and was suggested to transfer to another school, this is really an affirming ruling as the agreement forces the school to make broad changes to school climate and culture.

Some of the changes include:

  • Working with a consultant on gender identity to address discrimination
  • Having age-appropriate discussions with students about gender identity with assistance of a consultant
  • Treating students as female by allowing access to girl restrooms, sex-segregated facilities and sport teams
  • Ensuring that students are not disci;lined for acting or appearing in a manner that does not conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity
  • Removing disciplinary incidents from student’s records
  • Reviewing policies to ensure equal access to activiites and programs for all students, even those who do not conform to sex stereotypes
  • Conducting mandatory staff training on gender issues
  • Coducting annual parent and student surveys to gauge effectiveness of school climate and anti-bullying efforts

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