On July 1, 2012, several Massachusetts laws – including those related to public education – were amended to expressly prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) just issued a very helpful advisory concerning this change to the law, which offers guidance to school districts on how to “take steps to create a culture in which transgender and gender nonconforming students feel safe, supported, and fully included, and to meet each school’s obligation to provide equal educational opportunities for all students, in compliance with G.L. c. 76, §5 and the state regulations.”
Kudos to Massachusetts for formally recognizing that all students, regardless of their gender identify, should be treated with equality – and to DESE for providing this much needed guidance to school districts.
Want to learn more? Here are some useful links:
- To read the complete DESE advisory concerning nondiscrimination on the basis of gender identity, please click here.
- To read the underlying Act Relative to Gender Identity (Chapter 199 of the Acts of 2011), please click here.