Courtesy CBS46
Courtesy CBS46

President Obama’s administration issued guidelines this morning, May 13, directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.

The Departments of Education and Justice sent the guidelines to schools to ensure that transgender students enjoy a “supportive and nondiscriminatory school environment.”

Both Atlanta Public Schools and DeKalb County Schools issued statements to CBS46 in the wake of the guidelines.

“Atlanta Public Schools’ current policy prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and expression. The district values the uniqueness of every student; therefore, whenever a student identifies himself or herself as being transgender, the district works with the student and family to develop a plan to ensure that they feel supported and safe.”

“Every school and teacher in the DeKalb County School District wants a welcoming and supportive environment for students, including our transgender ones. It is our firm belief that every student is unique, and every school is unique. This issue requires us to consider the best ways to maximize each student’s social development and equal opportunity. We will do so in a way that promotes a wholesome learning environment. I encourage school administrators to discuss transgender and school issues with students and their families.”

 

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.