Massachusetts Department Of Education Issues New Guidance For Respecting Transgender Students

The Massachusetts Department of Education issued new guidance on Friday for how to respect transgender students and ensure their full safe inclusion in schools. The new directives reflect a 2011 law prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity and take a comprehensive look at the experience of trans people in the education system. Here are some of the recommendations:

Conservatives are already complaining that bathrooms need to remain segregated by genetic sex, but education department spokesman JC Considine explained that school restrooms are not public accommodations:

CONSIDINE: We’re talking about the use of school facilities by students who have no choice but to be in a school building. Kids have to have restroom access.

Indeed, kids need to have an environment where they can be respected for who they are, and these guidelines provide for just that.