State board of education approves LGBT guidance to schools

Bathroom debate over transgender bathroom access.

Bathroom debate over transgender bathroom access.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s education board has approved guidance to schools on creating an inclusive environment for LGBT students.

The State Board of Education voted 6-2 to adopt the guidance.

The guidelines are voluntary but have spurred criticism from conservative lawmakers, particularly over restroom and bathroom policies for transgender students.

The State Board of Education voted on the guidance Wednesday afternoon, after receiving additional public comments.

Proposed recommendations to schools include making good faith efforts to address students by their chosen name and pronoun when asked. The guidance also urges schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity.

Education officials say the draft guidance was amended to encourage local school districts to engage their communities in the development of their own policies and to urge greater consideration for parental involvement.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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  • Kevin Rahe

    There are too many people who have REAL problems with their body to be affirming the feelings of someone who finds theirs to be a curse instead of a blessing even when it’s completely healthy and in excellent physical shape. I have no problem making a good faith effort to accommodate someone who is uncomfortable using restroom or locker room facilities designated for people of their own sex (whether or not they suffer from the condition called gender dysphoria). But providing a facility as private as the ones we have in our own homes is as much accommodation as can be expected – i.e. expecting people of the opposite sex to participate in that accommodation unwittingly and/or unwillingly is neither reasonable nor realistic. Someone whose perception of themselves contradicts the reality of themselves cannot expect the rest of society to turn their world inside out and upside down in a vain attempt to make it conform to what they want.