June 10, 2016
Rhode Island’s Department of Education (RIDE) has issued guidelines to schools to protect the state’s transgender students.
“The guidance is excellent and comprehensive,” said Jennifer Levi, Director of the Transgender Rights Project for GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD). “Rhode Island was one of the earliest adopters of a trans-inclusive non-discrimination law, and RIDE is making a strong statement in support of full inclusion and support for transgender youth.”
The document addresses issues such as names and pronouns, privacy and confidentiality, dress codes, the use of restrooms and locker rooms, sports, and other school activities. It outlines the requirements of state and federal laws, and gives guidance on planning for a student’s transition at both the elementary and secondary levels.
Guidance for Rhode Island Schools on Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students: Creating Safe and Supportive School Environments can be downloaded at GLAD’s website.