Alberta brings in school guidelines for LGBTQ students
EDMONTON — Alberta’s education minister has introduced guidelines for school boards to follow regarding LGBTQ students, including what they can wear, what sports they can play and which washrooms they can use. “Together we ought to be able to spur social change in a positive manner and build greater understanding and acceptance for all people,”David Eggen told a legislature news conference Wednesday. Eggen said the guidelines follow up on a government promise made in November to help the province’s 61 school boards as they draft policies to keep LGBTQ students welcome and safe. The drafts must be submitted to the province for review by the end of March. The guidelines address a range of issues, but specify that transgender students be allowed to use the washroom of their choice, depending on their gender or on whether they perceive themselves to be a girl or a boy. The guidelines also state that transgender students be allowed to dress based on that same principle and play on sports teams they feel align with their sexuality. Students should be addressed by the name and pronoun that makes them comfortable.