Western Pennsylvania Schools Debate Crafting Restroom Policies For Transgender Students

Apr 26, 2016

Several western Pennsylvania schools are considering or actively creating bathroom policies for transgender students.  While many districts have been receptive to the policies, some parents have expressed concerns. We’ll examine the issue and what a policy could look like in schools.

Ira Weiss and Aimee Zundel, attorneys with the firm Weiss Burkardt Kramer, are working with districts in the region to develop policies. Weiss says it’s best to be proactive when it comes to implementing these strategies.

Brashear High School has had a policy for transgender students in place since 2014. Devin Browne is a teacher at Brashear and an adviser for their Gay Straight Alliance. He’s been working with LGBT advocacy groups and Jason Landau Goodman, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Youth Congress, on how to accommodate transgender students in school settings.   We’ll also talk with Matt Sharp, legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, who believes that creating policies for transgender student bathroom usage violates the personal privacy of other students.

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