The Manhattan school board on Wednesday took its first step toward instituting a policy to protect transgender students.
The policy, which the board approved on 4-1 vote, includes giving students the right to be addressed by the names or pronouns that align with their identities, and defines terms like transgender and gender expression. It also allows students to use restrooms that correspond to their gender identity.
Weve written on this topic before in this space. When the district first began to explore creating a policy in December, we said we were willing to listen, but we werent sure it was necessary to enunciate guidelines. After all, the school district already forbids discrimination of students on the basis of gender identity. And it doesnt have separate policies for other protected classifications such as gender and religion.