In an announcement Tuesday from the country’s third largest public school system, the City of Chicago revealed its decision to permit individuals to use whichever restroom and locker room that match their gender identities.
“Chicago Public Schools, like much of the country, has become far more aware of the needs and experiences of the transgender community, and it’s crucial for CPS guidelines to reflect our commitment to promoting safe and inclusive schools,” said Janice Jackson, the city’s chief education officer, in a written statement.
According to Chicago school district, the recently adopted guidelines permit participation in such activities as school programs, overnight field trips as well as classes, based on gender identification. They are also allowed to be addressed in a like manner. The guidelines not only apply to the students, but extend to school system employees, visitors and volunteers.
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In an article in the Chicago Sun Times, attorney Christopher Clark, who assisted CPS by compiling policies from other districts around the country, refers to Chicago’s new policy as “a positive step in the direction of good education policy.”
Clark went on to say, “What we’re seeing around the country in some state legislatures is really an attack on LGBTQ students, and really transgender and gender non-conforming students.”
Asserting that some students feel unsafe and not recognized for who they are, Clark added, “That immediately creates a problem for that student’s learning.”
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In March, North Carolina passed a law stating that transgender people were required to use school bathrooms as well as facilities in other public buildings which match the gender indicated on their birth certificate.
The North Carolina legislature has said the policy was enacted to ensure privacy as well as protect women and children from sexual predators.
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