Questions concerning transgender individuals have arisen as part of a national issue over the past year: Bruce Jenner made a very public transition to become Caitlyn; a Multnomah County Court recognized “non-binary” as an official alternative to male or female; and so-called bathroom bills have been considered and passed in individual states. Schools have been caught in the middle, struggling to balance the rights of transgender individuals with the privacy interests of all students and staff — often without a lot of clear guidance.
While questions still remain, comprehensive guidance documents released by the National School Boards Association (NSBA), the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice (OSDOE and OSDOJ) have provided specific instruction to help support transgender students throughout the country. Additionally, the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration have provided guidance for transgender employees. Numerous court cases continue to work their way through the system, helping to clarify the law along the way.
PACE has provided a handout to help answer some questions and provide guidance. See PACE Transgender Handout for more information.