In what has recently become national news, the Massachusetts Department of Education has issued a directive for how schools should deal with “transgender” students, including the rule that students who claim that they identify with the opposite gender must be allowed to use the opposite-sex restrooms and locker facilities. The directive was issued to help ensure that school districts do not run afoul of the state's 2011 anti-discrimination law that makes transvestites and other transgendered individuals a protected class.
With the rise in aggressive homosexual activism over the last several years has come an increase in the numbers of young people who identify as homosexual or with the opposite gender. “These students, because of widespread misunderstanding and lack of knowledge about their lives, are at a higher risk for peer ostracism, victimization, and bullying,” reads the education department document.
According to the directive, issued last June by the state's Education Commissioner, Mitchell Chester, the gender with which a student identifies is up to that student and his parent or guardian, so, for example, if a male student insists that he feels more like a female, he must be treated as such, including being allowed to use the girls' restrooms and locker facilities.
In all instances, the directive mandates, “the student may access the restroom, locker room, and changing facility that corresponds to the student's gender identity.”
The directive stipulates that a student (in this case, even a male student), “who says she is a girl and wishes to be regarded that way throughout the school day and throughout every, or almost every, other area of her life, should be respected and treated like a girl.”
Explains the directive: “One’s gender identity is an innate, largely inflexible characteristic of each individual’s personality that is generally established by age four… As a result, the person best situated to determine a student’s gender identity is that student himself or herself.”
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