After a long process of working with Coalition members and a number of local community groups, Los Angeles Unified School District this year formally adopted an administrative guidance package on protecting transgender students. With the enactment of this policy, modeled after the San Francisco Unified School District policy developed by the Coalition, one in six K-12 students in California is covered by a district policy on addressing the needs of transgender students.
The purpose of this Reference Guide is to advise District staff regarding issues relating to transgender and gender nonconforming students in order to create a safe learning environment for all students , and to ensure that every student has equal access to all components of their educational program. California law and District policy require that all programs and activities and employment practices should be conducted without discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The guide does not anticipate every situation that might occur. It does offer suggested approaches to specific instances when the protections or the safety of transgender and gender nonconforming students may come into question.
Are you interested in working with your school district to improve protections for transgender and gender non-conforming students? Contact the Coalition for information and assistance.