Oregon’s Department of Education has issued sweeping new guidelines outlining how school districts should support their transgender students. They come at a time when transgender rights have been thrust to the frontlines of the country’s culture wars, with North Carolina and the federal government suing each other over the issue of which public restrooms transgender people should use.
The new guidelines say transgender students in Oregon can use the restrooms and locker rooms of their choice. In general, they recommend “that school districts accept a student’s assertion of his/her/their own gender identity.”
The guidelines cover everything from what pronouns teachers should use when referring to transgender students in class, to what names should appear on their student IDs, transcripts and diplomas.
Karin Moscon, a civil rights education specialist with the Oregon Department of Education, told OPB All Things Considered host Kate Davidson that multiple school districts had asked the state for guidance when students came out as transgender.
You can hear their conversation about the new guidelines by clicking on the audio player above.